'Millers Tails' Fishing and the Weather
In what way does the rain effect fish and why are they more easily caught? It goes without saying that fish are effected by the weather, but are they easier to catch when it is raining? I would never rush out to fish if it was raining, in expectation of catching more fish, as I don't enjoy fishing in the rain that much, do you?. But if it starts raining and the fishing continues to be reasonable, and I'm all togged up against foul weather then I would certainly carry on.Changes in atmospheric pressure - I know from personal experience that a change in barometric pressure can bring fish on the feed. I well remember a day long ago that I had planned to go pike fishing on the fly and a low pressure system was moving in on the Eyebrook at a rate of knots and as I began to fish the rain started to lash down, the wind had increased to uncomfortable and the pike began to feed...and did they feed. I was absolutely drenched and although it mattered not a tot resembled a drowned rat! but I caught twenty pound after twenty pound fish, one after the other, it was as if they were forming an orderly queue to grab my fly the next time it passed by them. Is it a "vision thing"? - Another possible explanation why trout can be easier to catch when it is raining could be to do with their vision. It is a known fact that on stillwaters and reservoirs trout tend to feed and swim into the wind which is bringing them their food, be it terrestrials blown from the banks or nymphs and buzzers and so on drifting with the general movement of water down wind. If the wind direction and that of the sun are the same, then the trout swimming straight into the sun are not going to be able to see flies so well. This cannot happen on dull or wet days when the sun is not shining.I haven't come up with enough evidence to convince myself that fishing is better in the rain. One thing that I do know is the importance of confidence. If you think and are confident that fishing is better in the rain, then you will catch more fish because you expect to and, as a result, probably fish better too - which is, perhaps, the real reason that you are catching fish!