Sight Fishing For Trout
They say one trout landed polarioding is worth five fish blind casting. All freshwater fishers who have successfully executed such a feat will whole heartedly agree. Even after decades of polarioding trout, the exhilaration of first seeing, then presenting a lure or fly, and then hooking a big brown trout in ankle deep water is one I never will tire of. Many new comers to polarioding often give it a couple of half hearted attempts and then give up as too hard or too frustrating. I will say up front there will be days when it will be so damn frustrating you will be wishing to be anywhere else but the waterway you are fishing. However, when everything comes together and you strip that small nymph past the nose of a wily browny, which he gladly accepts, then the meaning of life becomes crystal clear. Trout polarioding is like that!
"They say one trout landed polaroiding is worth five fish blind casting. All freshwater fishers who have succesfully executed such a feat will wholeheartedly agree."
There are a few basics that need to be remembered and carried out each time you attempt to stalk trout in the shallows. The main two reasons trout will spook is either movement by the angler or their rod, and vibrations through the ground. To avoid being seen ensure you have the sun slightly to one side as you walk the edge. Carry your rod low so reflection from you rod or guides doesn’t inadvertently spook a fish. Also stay as low as possible and use bank side features such as rocks and shrubs to hide behind.
Minimising vibration is much easy than avoiding being seen. The most common way vibrations are transmitted into the water is from thuds from angler’s feet. Try not to walk too close to the edge because even when you place your feet cautiously you may still spook the nearby trout. Also, avoid jumping off rocks or logs as the thud when you land is a sure way to inform the fish of your presence.
Polarioding for trout is awesome way to spend a day and there is no better way to hook into the always challenging brown trout.
Andrew uses two Mako models for his trout polarioding – Barra 2 and the Escape both with Grey lenses.