Fly Fishing Roads

Guest Blogger: Phil Rispin, fly fisher, photographer & more, find Phil’s photography here

In graduate school I got the opportunity to teach a basic statistics course while performing my duties as a TA or teaching assistant at Penn State University. I’ve always enjoyed numbers and what they can tell us so it was natural to start applying statistical concepts or formulas to my fly fishing. My favorite one is as follows “The size and number of fish in the stream goes up as a function of distance from the parking lot.” In fact I’ve even been able to identify a distance from the parking lot within which most of the fishermen can be found and that is two miles. If you have the patience to get two miles or further from the parking lot you are most likely to be rewarded with large amounts of relatively unused trout stream.

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