Hearing of Brook Trout
Much has been written regarding the sense of hearing of fish, but the belief is quite common among those fishermen who have given the subject a little thought, that fish do not hear. However, it is possible that they can hear a shout, or loud talking, when they are in quiet water, and it is advised that the angler make no more noise than necessary. A. heavy tread or a thump on the bank is readily felt by the fish in the water, because of the vibration. The slightest disturbance of the water is also observed. This applies mainly to still water, for where the water is rapid, and tumbles over rocks, a little splashing in the water is not distinguished. It follows, therefore, that the angler should use care in approaching the water, and especially when nearing a quiet pool. Some anglers wade the stream, but whenever possible, the fishermen should walk the bank, especially if the pools are quiet. When wading, one should always avoid splashing. Keep out of sight of the fish, always, and avoid letting the shadow of your rod fall over the water.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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