Monday, February 17, 2014

Fishing quietly has its moments too

David Heneise is one of the few fisherman who sometimes uses a fly rod
Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle!
Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle! Rattle!
If you were a fish, settling down for a good night's sleep in the early evening, is there anything in the above set of noises that sounds appealing? In fact, is there anything that doesn't simply sound frightening?
These noises would be something like the sounds made by a crankbait or a spoon being cast by an angler for northern pike.
As soon as this commotion began, if you were pike you would probably high-tail it to some other area, probably amid a group of weeds with some fallen trees in the water, then just lay there, quietly watching the sun go down.
After awhile, you may hear a soft-sound up there on the surface. Something is quietly struggling in the water. Eventually, you can see it, slowly moving, making sporadic motions, then lying still, then a few more little kicks.
You weren't really planning on feeding at this time of the evening. You just don't normally have the energy for it. But this...this little just helpless. It would be just like taking candy from a baby.
So you coast on over, open your maw and inhale it...this juicy bug or soft-bodied frog or furry little mouse-type thing. Only it turns out there is a hook and line attached to it and at the other end -- a fly fisherman!
Fishing quietly does have its moments. When the lake is flat calm and there is no other noise, it's probably a bad idea to be fishing with noise-making lures. Those would be what you would choose on a windy day with waves crashing noisily on the rocks and the stirred-up bottom making visibility difficult.
If the lake is placid, as it usually is every evening, your lure presentation should be calmer and quieter too.
This would be an excellent time to break out the fly rod, if you brought one. If not, then a spinning rod with a surface lure that imitates a frog, mouse or crippled minnow. Work it slow and especially, work it quietly.

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