My first fish caught while sight fishing was a small cuttbow trout out of the Poudre River, about 10 inches long to be exact. I was discouraged, but we all have to start somewhere, right? So I continued to hone my skills, waiting for the moment of my encounter with the trout of a lifetime.
Ever since that day on the water, I have come a believer in sight fishing, and hope that all of you will give it a try sometime. A good exercise to try when on the river in order to train your eyes is this:
- Start at the end of a run, and find a large rock, piece of vegetation or something else on the bottom, and pretend that it is a fish
- Stare at the item for a minute or so, allowing your eyes to "acclimate"
- Now, look at your feet, and scan your eyes across the bottom until you reach the designated object, and focus on that object again.
This exercise is training your eyes to adjust, and can be the savior on challenging days. Doing something as simple as this can make spotting, and catching fish (trout especially) much easier than if you were to walk up to the river, and just stare into the water, hoping for a fish to show up.
Overall, sight fishing, in my opinion, is the easiest way to consistently catch more bigger fish, and I guarantee that you will have fun while doing it. So next time you are on the water, give it a try. You never know what you might find.