Brook Trout Short Rising
One of the most exasperating of trout habits is that of rising short. When the fish are in this mood the angler's character suffers in inverse ratio to his capacity for patient endurance under much adversity. Whether it is a matter for congratulation that when the trout are rising short they are generally rising pretty freely is a question. Certainly the more short rises you have, with consequent failures to hook the fish, the more you are inclined to wax exceeding wroth and feel like smashing things. But this free rising of the fish, even under these conditions, generally results in a capture now and then, and for this reason it should probably be considered a good rather than an evil.
When the fish are acting in this manner the angler is at first inclined to believe that he is striking too quickly and jerking the flies away. But if he steadies down and strikes more deliberately, he soon discovers that the fault is with the fish. To increase his discomfiture it generally happens that the trout strikes just closely enough to result in being pricked and lost.
So far as the writer knows there is no remedy. It is simply to be endured. The exact mental bias of a brook trout when he is determined to rise short has been variously conjectured, but is still to be definitely decided. It has been claimed that he is merely playful; that he desires to maim the insect for future reference, or, perhaps for the fun of the cruelty; also, that he rises purely out of curiosity and without intention or desire to take the lure. Any of these theories is probable, plausible, and possible, and the angler may take his choice with the certainty that whichever of them he may elect to rely upon may be easily proved conclusively—and with equal ease absolutely discredited.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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