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9 hours ago
Who's ready for the weekend?! Mine starts tomorrow! 🙏
14 hours ago
You gotta love a big paddle
1 day ago
Check out the teeth on this ferocious beast
2 days ago
Took a quick 2 hrs yesterday to see if the new hat that Angler's Peak sent me had any luck. Seemed to treat me pretty well.
3 days ago
Saturday morning shooting Streamers through the wind. 🌪🌪🌪
3 days ago
Came across this gem while scrolling threw the archive of #orvisfalldays! 👌
3 days ago
FISHING IS ALL ABOUT THE MARGIN
The margin, or the edge, is of critical importance in fishing, but we don’t typically think of things in those terms. What I mean is this- in isolation, we may look at a current seam, or a weedbed, or a dropoff, as a good place to fish. But we don’t frequently think about WHY that is. Each of these locations is attractive to fish because they represent the edge, or transition, from one environment to another. This transition is inherently valuable; it gives fish the opportunity to ambush prey, and move to different areas that are more suitable to their preferences or level of activity. .
The weedline example? That “margin” is the transition from weeds, which offer protection and stealth, to open water, where prey is vulnerable to attack with nowhere to hide. Thus, holding along the edge of the weeds is an optimal location for gamefish- they can remain hidden from predators and prey, while having quick access to easy meals that swim, or float, past them on the open water side. .
A similar phenomenon happens along dropoffs, where fish can move from deep water holding areas to shallow water feeding areas with ease. Ever fish the mouth of a clear, coldwater tributary in a warmer, murkier portion of a stream or lake? The influx of cold water, and the food that comes with it, is like a magnet for fish, and again, creates a point of transition; an edge between warm and cold, clear and murky. .
Okay, so, what’s the point? The point is this: if you can understand that it is the transitional areas, the margin, that attract fish to particular pieces of structure, you’ll become much more adept at identifying new areas to fish. Instead of seeing a stretch of water as an endless expanse of potential spots, you’ll see it as an array of ambush points, some better than others, that allow fish to satisfy their vital needs of food and protection, while expending as little energy as possible. I’ve found that looking at rivers and lakes through this lens has helped me “think like a fish”, taking much of the random guesswork out of fishing, and helping me be a more strategic and effective angler.