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Spotting Trout - Part 4

Monday, 13 September 2010 16:45

SPOTTING TROUT PART FOUR

In this exercise I will include the pictures I want you to study, but the answer pictures (where the fish has a neat black rectangle around it) will all be at the end of this section and in sequential order.

Little_stream_113

Let’s start with a simple, straight forward spot using some of the techniques you have learned up to now. Of particular relevance in the picture above is the draped shadow and the effect of contrast of the fish against the stream bed. This is a simple sighting where not much else in this run could be mistaken for a trout. In the photograph below the shadow of this fish becomes even more prominent as it changes its position slightly.

Little_stream_114

Little_stream_1A

Above is a marginally more difficult sighting, a trout in a wide open run. In contrast to the previous picture there are quite a few potential sightings here and you would have to eliminate them on stream by watching for movement and looking very carefully for draped shadows. By way of interest I will add a few of the potential ‘sightings’ in this picture that I would study (see the marked possibilities at the end of this piece. I quickly got to seven.) But only one potential sighting has a give-away corresponding shadow under it, although two more ‘shadows’ are suspicious I will admit. Those ones you have to watch for movement. Tough call from a picture to see this fish, but it’s a sighting you should be able to make. And the shadow here, though foreshortened, is definitely draped.

ST_4_1

The above sighting, in a limpid run in the Holsloot River, is a killer. I picked this trout up quite easily though, but only because it was moving around a great deal and well on the feed. We eventually caught him, but watch how far he travels. In the picture above the draped shadow and contrast are again give-aways.

ST_4_3A

 

The picture above is of the same fish, now much easier to see because he is side on and contrasting nicely with the underlying stones. Note again the draped shadow.

ST_4_4

But see if you can spot the same fish in the picture above and then compare it to where you first sighted this fish.  As usual the shadow is there.

ST_4_6_first

Above is a fish in an unusual position and he is just the sort of fish you spook when you hurry onto a pool. No clues – he’s easy.

ST_4_7_OBVIOUS

In the picture above the same fish moves out to feed and for a moment he is as plain as the nose on your face.

ST_4_9

The final picture above should be an easy, almost instinctive spotting. The fish is lying in a totally predictable position, but again his position emphasises the need to creep up onto runs very carefully. There is very little by way of shadow to see but the hint of a dark triangle from the tail fin is there.

HERE ARE THE ANSWERS

Little_stream_113B

Little_stream_114_B

Little_stream_1_potentials

Above are the possible trout, below the actual fish

Little_stream_1B

ST_4_1B

ST_4_3B

ST_4_4B

ST_4_6second

ST_4_7B_OBVIOUS

ST_4_9_B

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