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Fish: Stealth vs. The Lateral Line

“A fish also uses its lateral­-­line system to determine the direction and distance to the source of a sound, sometimes with startling accuracy, and to orient itself in a current or position itself among waves. Experiments have shown that certain fish can detect and catch prey within 10 to 20 feet by using their lateral­-­line system.”

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“A fish’s lateral line picks up nearby or near­-­field (within 20 to 30 feet or so) low­-­frequency sound caused by water movement and turbulence, which can be caused by currents or breaking waves, by movements or activity of other animals, or by movements of the fish itself. The lateral­-­line system is extremely accurate when the sound is within 5 feet or so. The ability to sense sound through the lateral­-­line system is sometimes referred to by scientists as a “distant touch” sense.” (Source: FlyLifeMagazine)

The above sensory magic of the lateral lines points to the need for obvious stealth when wading, rowing, kicking, paddling toward an area in search of fish. 


Fly Fishing: Stalking Trout

Unless you are fishing gin clear spring creeks and attempting to spot holding fish you, like me, are probably moving about a stream looking at probable holding water based on currents and structures in the water. We know not to wade carelessly and maybe we consider the finish on that fly rod (maybe a matte finish) or not to wear to flashy of clothing. We do have a sense of a trout’s vision and sense of vibrations.

bow wet belly sbI have written a couple prior posts here at SwittersB & Fly Fishing that provided excellent information re a trout’s vision and color perceptions. Query in the search box (‘trout vision’) to the right (below The Versatile Blogger icon) and you will locate those prior posts.

Today, I am sharing some basic info for the beginner or a refresher for others about a trout’s senses and how to move against those senses.

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