Fishing Educated Trout
The little trout of the mountain streams, unless in very secluded brooks which have been fished little or not at all, are not in the least foolish or uneducated. Anglers are wont to associate extreme sophistication with the two-pounders of the big rivers. When considering the typical mountain trout it is well to remember that with them size is small indication of age or degree of education. The size of brook trout is a matter of range extent and food supply, and the trout of the little brooks of the hill country are small because the food supply is limited, the "swim" is limited, and the little fellows have to work hard for a living. So the eight-incher of the narrow, shallow, and rapid mountain stream may be as highly educated as the two-pound brown trout which, in a more extensive stream, rises only to the fly cast "dry and cocked." At any rate, if you find a well-worn angler's path along the little stream you will have to use some finesse and no little patience and ingenuity to make a very heavy showing.
Camp, Samuel Granger. The Fine Art of Fishing. New York: Outing Pub., 1911. Print.
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