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Talked to a fellow yesterday about fishing where he grew up. Said he fished small streams where the fish were found only in the occasional deep pool. Out in Arizona.

He told me that when he was a kid he was fishing one such hole and having no luck, though he knew that hole had fish in it. About the time he was getting disgusted a herd of horses splashed across upstream about fifty yards. When the disturbed water reached the pool the fish started biting.

He said after that he'd ride his horse up and down the stream a few minutes before he started fishing.

I've noticed that when water is flowing thru a pond the upstream bank is the place to fish. Anyone else have any such experience?
 

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That's a well know trick in fly fishing called "shuffling" and in some north eastern trout streams will get you a ticket by the game warden. The idea is the shuffling of the boots in the stream bed stirrs up bottom bugs and clouds up the water just enough for the fish to feel safe to feed. :)

Here in the Midwest in Illinois it is not an offense and it certainly can increase the number of strikes when fishing directly downstream into the debris column. Also, just the break of the water flow created by the fisherman standing in waist deep water will increase fish activity directly down stream of the angler. The break creates an eddy that Small mouth Bass especially enjoy!:nanner:

Pond/stream patterns are usually due to the water coming in is always more oxygenated, contains food sources, and is usually cooler than stagnate pond water. Plus, usually is clearer so the bigger fish hover around in the stained water at the clear/stained water boundary in ambush mode to dart out and nab a unsuspecting bait fish!:hobbyhors
 

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Favorite kind of fishing is small waters and light tackle. It's against the law to shuffle here too because you can basically create your own hatch, and the trout will fill up and you hose everyone downstream for a few hundred yards when you do it. The poachers will also "rock" salmon and steelies. That is when you throw rocks in the pool to get sedentary fish swimming around and agitated. They either strike at everything they see or run into the line and snag themselves. Big, big ticket right there. It stresses the fish and they will dump their eggs without a male present and without making a redd. It's a big waste.
 

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You fellows know an entirely different kind of fishing than I'm used to. Down on the coast we fished big waters. The bay shores of the barrier islands, the oyster reefs in the bays, trot lines for catfish in the rivers leading into the bays. Trout, sheepshead, Redfish, flounder in the salt water, catfish and buffalo in the rivers.

Sheepshead and flounder we sold if we caught more than the family could eat--we never ate sheepshead. Catfish we ate, buffalo were sold---19 cents at home, 39 cents if we iced them in barrels and shipped them by rail to St. Louis.

Offshore fishing was an entirely different thing--few people other than tourists and shrimpers bothered with it. That was an industry in itself.
 

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I learned MANY years ago that it was possible to catch topwater minnows on a tiny trout hook... Fished a lot on a small creek that went dry from time to time, but when rain put it up, would let fish run up it from a big lake near Ft. Worth... Gar, good sized carp, lots of small bream.
 

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^^^ the small fish^^
follow the oxygenated water and the increased nutrient load of phytoplankton up the creek and the big fish follow the small bait fish! Excellent opportunities for bow fishermen to take a big Gar, or huge Carp!!:nanner::hobbyhors
 
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