Polaroid for trout

Polaroid trout fishing

Some Polaroiding Facts:

Polaroid sunglasses reduce the effects of glare on the water surface providing a better view of objects within.

The best polaroiding time for trout fishing in Tasmania is approximately between 10am and 2pm.

The best position to be in when polaroiding is to work a line between the direction of sunlight from behind and the direction of the wind from behind. Try to find a happy medium.

Polaroids are treated to enhance contrast and this is probably where spending a few more dollars on a pair of quality polaroid sunglasses will pay larger dividends when you go trout fishing.

Polaroid sungasses also protect your eyes while fishing from wayward flies, hard to see or low hanging twigs and branches as you stalk through the undergrowth.

Some polaroids come with photochromic lenses, which mean they adjust according to light conditions.

Sight fishing. How to Polaroid for trout.

Sight Fishing! Polaroiding for trout is the core of the Tasmanian trout fishing experience. Seeing clearly through the glare into the world of the trout is an amazing experience.

Trout show up well against light colored backgrounds, like sand, but sometimes they blend into their surroundings very well indeed!

There are a few things you can look for to help you decipher rocks, sticks, weed and shadows from a trout, and with practice, you’ll be casting to more fish than sticks in no time.

If you see a suspicious looking object, like a rock, a branch or swaying weed, it is often well worth taking the time to look closer or longer, or even from a different angle. You could try crouching down as this gives you a different line of sight through the refracting light in the water. Look out for things such as:

Window. Lean, step or move sideways – with polaroiding you carry a window of visibility with you.

Movement. Is it moving? Look closely, maybe only the tail is moving very slightly.

White. You may notice a flash of the white of its mouth as it opens.

Flash. Many times the sun will catch the side of a trout as it turns.

Colour. Upon looking very closely, it may become noticeable to you that there is a different hue of color in a particular spot.

Shadow. Over lighter backgrounds like sand and light colored weed, in very good light, shadows show up very well. In mediocre light, a hint of a moving shadow may well be the trigger that brings your attention to the possibility of a moving fish.

Clarity. Remember to take into account, that in the varying degrees of water clarity, fish will become harder to see the more discolored the water gets.

The ideal polaroiding conditions are clear skies, good light, middle of the day, clear water, light, sandy bottoms, sun over your shoulder, wind over your shoulder. It’s not too much to ask for really!

Well lucky for us, days like this do occur in Tassie, more often in the settled weather months of March and April.

When conditions are not as ideal as we’d like, we put some of the above mentioned techniques into practice.

Some days are simply not suited to productive polaroiding, and on those occasions, i.e. overcast, we still sight fish, only now we are looking for the insect hatches, rising fish and trout tailing in the shallow weedy margins.

We supply Poloroid sunglasses on all guided trout fishing tours, or bring yours along.

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“Dear Fiona, Thank you very much! We had a great time, and really enjoyed our day. Gary was fantastic and gave excellent tuition to Paul and Al on trout fishing generally, and to us all on fly casting. The lunch was also great! We hope to see you both again in the not too distant future. Kind regards, Tim”
… Tim Reeves, Geelong, Vic, Australia

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