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Wow, did that happen fast! Excited to start it all again!! Alison and Bill had a super time today at the Beverly J. Martin Science Fair! Students from pre-K to 5th used their knowledge of insects and dichotomous keys to learn about insects that spend most of their lives living in our streams.
The insects are great food for trout, and tell us the water is clean. Thanks to Ellie and Leo, and the staff at BJM for all their work to put this together- see you next year! Posted by Bill Foster at PM 2 comments:.
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The second graders at Cayuga Heights completed their first trout experiment today with the help of Trout in the Classroom instructors Bill, Michael, and Josh. Big thank you to them! Students had to make a hypothesis about whether or not the trout fry would eat the live food daphnia placed in a beaker with each fry. The students created a hypothesis based on their previous knowledge of the trout and their eating patterns. Then students tested their hypothesis with a group by feeding live daphnia to a trout and counting the number of daphnia eaten out of about 10 over 5 minutes.
Most students predicted that their trout would instinctively know to eat the daphnia and the majority proved their hypothesis to be correct. One trout must not have been too hungry during the experiment and opted not to eat any daphnia. The majority of the trout ate all the daphnia presented to them during the experiment. Enjoy some photos below! Posted by Amanda Howard at PM 1 comment:.
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Monday, January 2, Color Adaptations in Trout. Our trout are now in their "parr" stage and are developing distinctive colors and patterns. We have been visiting classes with a slide presentation science-inquiry illustration activity to explore these color adaptations. Our Brown Trout , in particular, are able to change colors to blend in with habitat features, and several classes will be setting up experiments over the coming weeks to observe this phenomenon. Trout are not the only fish that can change color.
Flounders, like the one on the right, are masters of this skill.
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How do they do it? They use special cells called chromatophores! For a quick intro to fish coloration. You can see chromatophores up-close here. Fascinating stuff! Fish living in darker locations tend to take on darker colors, but did you know that blind fish turn dark colors, as well? Check out the links in "On-line Resources" if want to know more. Posted by Bill F.
Choose your weapon: Like a trophy wife selecting a necklace at the diamond emporium, your choice among the various styles and brands of flashers is highly personal, subject to whim. If one particular model sparkles on the shelf and hypnotizes you, buy it and try it. Just consider that no single shape, color or size of flasher can cover every situation, and fish accordingly. Shape and size: The bigger they are, the harder they pull.
Even worse, the powerful, pulsating pull of large flashers on your line masks both the initial hit and subsequent fight of all but the largest fish; I once trolled a 17 inch mackinaw around Fallen Leaf Lake for half an hour on a heavy rod, thinking that the barely noticeable extra kick in my rod tip was just a flasher blade that was jammed and not turning smoothly. The traditional argument for large flashers is that they perform well in deep water, where their increased size creates more fish-attracting flash in the limited light.
This may be true, but while testing the theory several years ago, I became so annoyed with the loss of light-tackle fun as I coupled large flashers with downriggers or lead core line and heavy trolling weights that I switched to smaller, lighter attractor blades. This not only increased my enjoyment, but my catch as well- I was able to detect subtle bites, small fish and bottom-bumps much more effectively. I normally choose one of three popular blade shapes: Colorado: Oval and cupped, like a wide serving spoon, this is a good shape to start with while learning to use flashers.
Medium resistance; good for slow less than one mph to medium trolling speeds. With weight or off downriggers, coupled with a live minnow or Flatfish lure, they are my favorite choice for deep trolling Fallen Leaf Mackinaw. Willow Leaf:These slimmer blades are oblong, with curved sides leading to a point, or V at each end. Less water resistance actually means that higher trolling speeds are required to achieve the best action, and the streamlined profile will cause less of the line twist that plagues wider-bladed flashers at high speeds.
This rig, with a three foot leader and live minnow, has been excellent for wild rainbow trout on Lake Tahoe this fall. Beer Can: A variation of the Colorado style, this is a wide blade as well, with some unique characteristics. Instead of a cupped lip, the entire blade is curved, with a pear or teardrop shape, like the old pull-tab pop-tops those of you over forty years old might remember finding on soda and beer cans in your youth thus the name. These are mounted in-line, through a hole in the blade, and with only two blades, produce a special, off-beat action that can produce fish when other flashers fail.
The two blades turn independently, each giving a small pulse to your rod on every revolution. Every few turns, though, the blades chance to line up for a turn, both moving through the same portion of the circle they scribe at the same time. Color: Silver is my first choice for clear area lakes and sunny conditions, with gold a good backup for murky waters and overcast conditions. These brands also have a high quality finish that maintains its shine over time with little care or polishing, which is important. I have found that the Luhr Jensen and Pop-Geer line of flashers tarnish and develop discoloration in their finish rather quickly.
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They also both feature pink or red, translucent plastic keels, which I do not like at all. Not only do they do little to add to the attraction factor of the flashers, they are a weak point in the rigging. I have seen the plastic, which is all that connects the flashers to your line, crack and break.
Look for a metal keel, in a color to complement or contrast with the flasher blades. Trolling techniques: All flashers should be trolled at slow to medium speeds, with the willow leaf style performing best at the top end. Start with your set in the water at boatside, at a speed just fast enough to turn the blades. An electric motor is often a better choice. When topline trolling without downriggers or lead weights, this will be the baseline against which you judge the action of a properly running rig against bottom bumps, light hits, and fouling by weeds.
The running depth of unweighted flashers is a unique function of the combination of three factors. Size and weight- the larger and heavier the blades, the deeper they will sink on a troll.
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