Category Archives: Joe Dellaria, Learning From The River

The Sort of Bear Incident

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

I had been trying to get my friend to try trout fishing for several months. To protect the innocent (or guilty, as the case may be), we will call him Harold. He was close to saying yes, but didn’t want to invest in fly fishing equipment and felt like fly casting was too complex. So, I suggested he could spin cast and watch me fly fish while we alternated fishing up the river. Harold thought this sounded reasonable and agreed to go.

A couple of days later I picked him up at his house. We had barely made it out of his driveway when he started asking me if there were any bear on the river.

I was surprised and asked, “Why are you asking?”

Harold, “We have had several bear sightings in our neighborhood over the past couple of months.”

I replied, “No kidding, I never knew there were bear in this area!” more…

A Reply to “An Alternative to ‘Water Visibility’

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

In his latest blog post, An Alternative to ‘Water Visibility’, Mike Cline provides an excellent review of many (possibly most) variables fisherman face on the river. It is clear he is a seasoned angler with much experience leading to the insights he shared. Thanks for that work!

Before going on, Mike suggests that generalizing from one stream “can’t really be compared or evaluated.” I disagree with the statement in part. That is like suggesting every time I get to a new river, I can’t apply my learnings from the rivers I have fished previously. Generalizations can be helpful. In fact, Mike’s excellent response has several generalizations. And that is appropriate. Why? Because generalizations are the beginning of learning.

Generalizations come from being observant, they help us formulate patterns. We can try applying the patterns to new situations to see if it translates. Sometimes the patterns don’t translate completely. But frequently they translate at least in part, and in the best situations, they translate almost fully. This allows fisherman to go to new bodies of water (rivers and lakes) and have more success faster. I would surmise that Mike has lots of success as he has formulated his own generalizations he shared in his recent blog. These help him be more successful. more…

Water Visibility & Stream Trout Fishing – Part 5

Guest Blogger: Joe Dellaria, Woodbury MN

The bottom line is that water visibility is an important factor dictating where and how aggressively fish will feed. Most of the time under high water visibility conditions, when you can see the bottom of the river clearly, it is unlikely you will catch a fish in that area. While under medium or low visibility conditions the same stretch can be a fish factory. This does not mean you should only fish deep holes. It means different areas of the river will be more productive than others depending on water visibility. Pay attention to different portions of the river and try to fish them when the water visibility is low or medium.

Remember, there is always an exception to every rule in fishing. If an area looks fishy and you can clearly see the bottom go ahead and take a cast or two. If nothing happens move quickly to another spot. Try to focus on shallower (less than two feet of water) fishy looking areas where you cannot see the bottom. Under those conditions it is medium or low water visibility. If you consistently do this, your fishing success rate will increase dramatically. more…