Reading the water - VINICIUS

We made reference to those “moments” that every angler enjoys about fly-fishing. Now we will further focus on one that is the most fun: reading the water.

Fly-fishing begins out of the water. One of the most important aspects to bear in mind is water-reading, a concept difficult to transmit out of the surface of the water where one does the job. But it is necessary to know a few variables like depth, transparency, among others, that allow you to describe the conditions of the environment.

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Even if there is a lot to be learned when you are out of the water, the reading is first perceived on the surface. It can be compared to a slip of paper where you get to read the first message. The characteristics of the surface are dynamic and constantly changing, that is why the big secret is to be able to read them. Like when rural guide sees things in the land that we cannot see firsthand. This situation is quite the same: if we listen and if we pay attention, we receive the signals that Nature has to offer us. The fishing guide is like the rural guide.

We should pay attention and consider what is going on beneath the water. In order to deepen this reading I strongly recommend to spent as much time as possible with a good guide, one that not only is good at reading the message but also at interpreting its meaning. I also suggest to look up for information about this process and to read about it.

A good comparison

Reading the water can be compared to reading the street. If we go about in a hurry we will only see things but we will miss the messages sent across and they will remain unread (and I’m not referring to ads!). If we make it a habit to observe what goes on around us our senses will become sharper and we will see and receive more information.

In the same way, the fly-fishing guide could be compared to the taxi-driver that gets to see many things from spending hours on the streets. To understand what fly-fishing is about you need to take the place of the fish and to spend a good deal of time in the water that will provide you with new tips.

As for trout fly-fishing, when the surface of the water is stirred by a trout, it will give us a hint about its behavior and its eating habits and we will get an idea of the size of the fish. What it likes to eat, the time of day, the height of season, and so on.

In short, the goal of fly-fishing is to trick the fish without killing it. The saying that “the fish dies by its mouth” has to do with catch and release to avoid harming the fish: “the fish is tricked by its mouth”.

The habit of observing enriches your life and it allows you to grasp all kind of experiences. Sharpening your senses gives you the chance to find better recreative time in the water and even in the street. Nothing should be wasted.

By Mario Lussich