The other day, I was reminded again about the importance of not walking into a River right away. I approached a River where the locals told me no one was catching. I stopped about 10 ft. away and leaned against a tree and watched the water for a bit. Just as I was about to approach the water, I saw a nice fish about 6 ft. from the bank. Had I barged in, this fish would have spooked and I would not have even known it was there. Can’t tell you how many times I’ve had this experience, especially early in the morning. It’s good practice to approach carefully, observe, then start casting before you put your feet in the River. Fish right in front of you and gradually lengthen your casts without moving further into the River. It’s not unusual to see an angler barge right in and the fish run for cover and he didn’t even know they were there.
May the River Gods smile upon you!