Join Date: Dec 2014
Location: Northern California
I grew up bait fishing by holding the line between my thumb and forefinger, and you can indeed detect gnat farts that way - plenty of data and plenty of time to wait and wonder what kind fish may be eating the bait. A telegraph from the mysterious deep. Very exciting! Still in a lot of situations doing nothing is better, and though I suppose knowledge is always in principle a good thing, I can't help but feel in certain situation a few stiff drinks (or some other depressant substance, or distraction) might in actual practice work better than knowing. Still I have experienced the soft take of a few huge Fall River trout on ever so gently twitched and swung nymphs that even with the tips of my fingers directly on the line felt like a tiny piece of weed catching on the fly. At least until I set the hook. So I guess it depends. I don't have any data on how many time I set the hook on an actual weed, or actually scared the fish away instead. It's a signal to noise issue.