LOOK FOR DROP-OFFS

Trout Fisherman (UK) - - Advice -

Small tarns of up to a cou­ple of acres or so aren’t too in­tim­i­dat­ing, even for be­gin­ners. There’s a sense here that a rea­son­able por­tion of the wa­ter can be cov­ered rel­a­tively eas­ily. How­ever, larger tarns ap­pear more daunt­ing, par­tic­u­larly when lit­tle stirs at the sur­face. Nat­u­ral tarns tend to be de­pres­sions in the hills, with gen­tle slop­ing banks and a def­i­nite drop off (di­a­gram 3). Even where steep-sided banks oc­cur a ledge is usu­ally ev­i­dent, but this will be closer to the shore (di­a­gram 4). Drop-offs are key ar­eas for us to tar­get as trout like to feed on fly life that’s more ap­par­ent on the slop­ing banks (lit­toral zone) where light pen­e­trates. They feel se­cure here as the safety of deeper wa­ter is nearby in case dan­ger threat­ens. While deeper parts (sub lit­toral zone) might not sup­port much life due to lack of light pen­e­tra­tion, they pro­vide am­ple sanc­tu­ary for trout. Po­laroids not only of­fer im­por­tant eye pro­tec­tion they al­low us to de­ter­mine where shal­low wa­ter meets deep parts. Ob­vi­ously, shal­low ar­eas ap­pear paler in colour with deep wa­ter be­ing much darker and al­most black look­ing in some cases.

At first sight, larger tarns ap­pear daunt­ing.

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