Video Pro Tips: How Do Trout See, Hear, and Smell?

The topic of how a trout’s senses should inform the way we fish for them is common among anglers, and this video does a great job offering a primer on how a trout experiences its surroundings. Once you understand all the ways that a trout can sense your presence, you can work to avoid that. For instance, as you approach the water, consider how your silhouette, the colors of your clothing, and the vibrations you are making may make your quarry warier. I’m not sure I agree with the notion that your first response to a refusal should be a change in fly color—i’d go to a smaller size or a lighter tippet—but there’s quite a bit of useful info here.

The way water refracts light is the key to understanding what’s visible to a trout.

2 thoughts on “Video Pro Tips: How Do Trout See, Hear, and Smell?”

  1. If unnatural smells are a deterrent, what about floatant? I’ve often wondered if, in trying to make sure my dry fly floats, I’m actually scaring fish off.

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