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Fly Fishing the Lifetime Sport(BBS)

Fly Fishing the Lifetime Sport(BBS)

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Published by: Niko Diamesis on Apr 22, 2013
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Light influences fish’s activities. A
photoperiod is defined as the amount of
daylight in a twenty four hour period.
It is influenced by the amount of cloud
cover on a daily basis. Seasonally, summer
months have longer photoperiod days and
the sunlight’s angle is more direct. The
fall, winter, and spring months include
both shorter daylight periods and lowered
sunlight angulations. In addition, there
are longer shadows than during the mid-
summer times. Seasonal variances influence
the amount of light entering the water.
Fish are more alert during bright
sunlight conditions because they are more
visible to animals of prey. The fish’s food
supplies are most abundant in the shallow
littoral zones which are located in areas of
more intense light penetration necessary for

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photosynthesis. Fish may only feel safe to
be in these shallow zones during subdued
lighting conditions. This is usually early
and late in the day or at times of seasonal
low light conditions which occur in the
fall, winter, and spring. During mid-
summer, a fish’s presence in the shallows
may be restricted to times of dawn, dusk,
or overcast days. Consequently fish collect
during bright light conditions into the
darker areas adjacent to the littoral zones.
With present lighting conditions taken
into consideration, select your fishing site
accordingly. During the winter, spring, and
fall, you will most likely find fish spending
more time in the shallows than they do
during the summer season. Dark, overcast,
and rainy days can draw an abundance of
fish into the shallows to feed. Dusk and
dawn are also prime times for fishing these
shallows. As the light intensity increases,
the fish converge into the darker depths of
adjacent channels and drop-offs.
Light affects insect’s activities. Usually

they are most dynamic during low light
periods. During intense lighting periods
insects search out shaded areas deep in
protective cover. The evening rise happens

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as insects lay their eggs upon the surface
at dusk. Overcast days prolong surface
feeding because both the insects are more
active and the fish are safer feeding in the
shallows. With little knowledge of optical
physics, the seasonal and dusk/dawn light
phenomenon can be explained. Light rays
striking the water’s surface at a right angle
travel through it with little deviation.
The angulated sunlight is less
illuminating underwater because some of
it is reflected away at the surface as rays
hitting the water are bent upwards; thus the
net result is diminished light penetrating
the aquatic environment.
There are other light physics phenomena
such as infrared rays which are elongated
and penetrate cloud cover more readily.
This red light from the visible spectrum
is noticed more by the fish. Adding the
color red to a fly improves its effectiveness,
especially in baitfish imitations. Red is
more visible.

In conclusion, lighting affects both
the insect’s and the fish’s activities; it’s an
important factor in finding actively feeding
fish.

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