Orvis Fly Fishing
What Does It Mean To "Rest The Fish?"
"Resting the fish" is a phrase you may hear from guides or other anglers, or you may notice a fisherman sitting on the bank while fish are rising all around. Resting the fish is a tactic that lets the fish go back to their normal habits after being spooked or becoming aware of an anglers presence. Resting the fish also benefits the angler in that they are able to slow down and become calm after either a botched hookset or too many frantic movements.
When Should I Rest the Fish?
You should rest a pool or rest a pod of rising fish more often than you would think. Just like casting and presenting you flies, resting the spot should be regularly practiced. Once you've spooked a spot, your chances of catching a fish decrease significantly.
How do I rest a spot or fish?
Resting the fish will also give you a chance to settle down and remain calm. After seeing a spot boiling with fish rising and feeding, anglers tend to make hasty and inaccurate casts. Adrenaline may be pumping and you may be rushing to get your fly out there. This can be a recipe for a spooked fish, so above all, remain calm and take your time, the fish aren't going anywhere and all it takes is one good cast and a good presentation. Bombing cast after cast on top of the fish is only going to put them down. Resting the fish also means resting yourself.
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