A comment last week by a long-time guide about the advantages of poling from the deck–”It’s a heck of a lot easier to sneak up on tailing fish”–got me thinking about the new lines of camo-wear designed specifically for anglers and new for 2013. Columbia‘s Amphibious Assault line is has that distinctly digitized look common to modern military camo, while Simms‘s Cloud Camo goes au naturale. Does either help you get closer to fish without being detected? They likely both do, but only if you’ve first considered all the other aspects of stealth like a silent approach and delivery of your cast with as little motion as possible.
Del Brown used to occasionally wear a fluorescent green hat while we fished for permit, mostly just to annoy me. It worked–he missed more than a few shots at fish that saw him far sooner than they should have. Unless you’re looking to heighten the challenge like that, blending in with the sky ain’t a bad idea at all.