THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BANK FISHING AND STREAM WALKING   Leave a comment

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There is a natural evolution from bank fishing to stream walking. It is probably due in part to someone getting bored bank fishing when the fish are not biting.

Early angling literature almost always focuses on stream fishing. It is just a natural progression from bank angler on a big river to the guy exploring the feeder creeks. Even the fish move from big rivers to find food, security and less angling pressure.

All too many anglers miss out on the peace and solitude, not to mention the great fishing found by stream walking. We race up and down rivers in high speed boats with all the gadgets associated with that type of fishing.

Stream walking can be a matter of wading to another location for better placement of a lure or moving up and down the shoreline to find a better spot. After a heavy rain, or when backwaters otherwise flood, wading provides an opportunity to get fish that have taken advantage of high water to allow them back into creeks to feed.

It is possible that a stream walker can blaze a trail into otherwise unknown fishing waters. There is no telling what he might find.

Stream walkers use normal tackle with the addition of some more specialize equipment. The first thing they need is a good pair of waders. Chest waders are preferred but hi-p boots are more comfortable in hot weathers and when walking longer distances. If using chest waders it is still advisable to wade no deeper than ones hips. Also important is that you wear a belt on the chest waders. The belt will slow down the flow of water into the waders should you fall into deeper water. Wear the belt outside the waders and is usually coupled with suspenders that come with the waders.

Polaroid sunglasses and sun blocker are important to protect you from the elements. The glasses not only protect your eyes but also come in handy in locating fish. They cut the glare off the surface of the water.

You can carry tackle in a fanny pack or a ruck sack. Plano has a Lumbar Fishing Pack which is a take-off on the fanny pack but much more efficient. Some people find the fly fishing vest more effective. It was originally a tackle carrier for trout anglers.

Contained in the pockets of the vest or in the packs should be such items as a Swiss Army knife or multi-tool, terminal tackle like hooks, lures, lines and sinkers, a camera, hook remover, drinking water, a snack and small first aid kit.

The technique for stream walking is simple. One just begins walking upstream and casting to fishy looking places. You walk upstream to avoid disturbing the fish with silt that is stirs up when walking in water. It also helps control the amount of sound that you disperse from walking over rocks and debris on the bottom of the stream. Stream walking is stalking fish. Fish prefer certain structures and different areas at various times of the year.

The main idea is to learn a body of water and analyze the shoreline in order to locate fish. Some structure is obvious; downed trees, sand bars, points of land, bends in the creek, undercut banks and large rock formations. You must learn other structure.

The angler must constantly analyze the surface of the water, shadows showing depressions or weed growth. In a creek the bottom is subject to frequent change due to flooding or changes in the current. Casting and bouncing a lure along the bottom will locate underwater riffles. This method is good for finding breaks in rocks and variations in the weed line.

Stream walking is challenging and takes time, patience and skill. But, it is an interesting change of pace for the angler in search of challenges.

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