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StrmanglrFebruary 1st, 2012, 5:09 pm
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A couple years ago I heard my buddy saying to another, that he can smell the fish in the water. This came from a conversation about steelhead and salmon. I'm thinking to myself, all the spawn in the river during those times, maybe.

I went to my local steelhead water about a month ago, no fish caught, no smell. I went yesterday and the stream smelled fishy. I caught a medium brown and saw a few minnows.

What's up?
EntomanFebruary 1st, 2012, 5:29 pm
Northern CA & ID

Posts: 2604
The only time I've smelled fish in the water is when salmon carcasses are all over the place. But then again, my nose is more attuned to sniffing out a good cup of coffee or a wee dram of...:)
"It's not that I find fishing so important, it's just that I find all other endeavors of Man equally unimportant... And not nearly as much fun!" Robert Traver, Anatomy of a Fisherman
PaulRobertsFebruary 1st, 2012, 6:51 pm

Posts: 1776
I can't say for sure with salmonids -except for the dead ones. Might be though as I've smelled largemouth bass on stillwaters -an odor something like fresh cut grass. I wonder though, whether I smell the fish, or catch the fish, first (lol).
JesseFebruary 2nd, 2012, 1:18 am
Posts: 378
I can't smell fish on a river unless their, like it has been stated, dead.. Now after i catch a few i can certainly smell that river from a mile away!
Most of us fish our whole lives..not knowing its not the fish that we are after.

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