Sea-Trout Fishing Methods
The chief methods of fishing for sea-trout may be briefly listed thus : fly-fishing,, rolling or running worm, and drop-minnow. On certain big lakes a specialized form of from a drifting boat is also used. Of these methods fly-fishing is widely considered to be the most sporting and the most interesting. It should be added also that it is the most killing method if performed correctly.
The mystique of gaudy flies and varying fly-patterns cannot be dismissed entirely as the product of man’s fertile imagination. Personally, I feel that any sort of reasonable fly will catch sea-trout provided conditions are promising and the fish are not too stale. Yet I am also led to the curious belief that fly-patterns vary in value according to the angler who uses them. This sounds mysterious; and so it is. There is undoubtedly a quality in fishing described as ‘confidence’. The angler who has confidence and faith in the luring qualities of a particular fly will certainly catch more fish with it than the angler who thinks that the pattern is no good.
Confidence stems partly from use and experience. The angler who catches fish on a particular fly naturally tends to develop confidence and faith in that pattern. In short, the angler needs to be intellectually convinced that the fly he is using is a good one.
Concentration plays an important part in fishing; the most successful anglers are all masters of the art of concentration. But no one so far has explained very clearly what concentration does for the fisherman in terms of cause and effect. An American research scientist recently recorded how certain laboratory experiments ‘went to pieces’ as soon as he handed them over to assistants after prolonged periods of concentrated personal attention. No obvious physical cause could be traced for the deterioration. It seems almost as though certain effects can be obtained by sheer will-power.
Every angler who desires better-than-average results should pay attention to the possibilities of this field. For success in sea-trout fishing I would say that the following points are desirable :
1. The angler should feel relaxed in mind and body.
2. He should train himself to forget everything except catching fish.
3. He should fish buoyantly, never doubting his own ability to succeed.
The relationship between the angler’s mental outlook and the process of catching fish on a hook is admittedly obscure, but I am quite convinced that there is such a relationship. Angling literature is full of references, and anglers frequently report that when they feel frustrated or depressed they seldom have any luck. Since the acts of casting and working a fly tend to become automatic it seems doubtful that such lack of success is due to ordinary physical reasons.
In fishing, success and failure breed like rabbits if given the chance; if you desire the one you need to discourage the other. But it is not always easy.