An Alternative to “Water Visibility”

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Joe Dellaria’s recent treatise on “Water Visibility” prompted a great deal of thinking on my part.

Having read and contemplated the well-articulated posts, I think there was a key element of why different water conditions resulted in catching fish in different parts of the river that was overlooked. First, generalizations based on a single river are challenging because the impact of the different variables that contribute to good or bad fishing from one stream to another can’t really be compared or evaluated. There is no doubt that water clarity plays a role in success or failure on the stream, but I believe it is an enabling factor to the most important variable—temperature. So, here’s what I think all the variables are in order of priority and how they relate:

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