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Offline POPEYES8548

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Masking Human Scent?
« on: November 17, 2018, 05:31:04 PM »
I was watching a Youtube video of Andy Burk on tying a Pyramid Lake Wooly Bugger, and he mentioned it is a good idea to grab some bottom mud and rub your flies with it to mask non-natural scents.

Later on I read an article on FAOL about scent trails and particularly that of human scent. The gist of it was that some people excrete more "L-Serine" than others from their hands and that it is a powerful fish repellent (along with bug spray, sunscreen, and some say even head cement).

"Smell Tracks - Fly Angler's OnLine

I have to admit, I've been real sloppy about it. I rub on sunscreen and mosquito repellent and kinda just wash my hands off in the water and wipe them on my waders. I'm pretty sure that for an animal who can find their way upstream to where they were born using scent alone, I am putting a big nasty Exxon Valdez kinda scent trail into the water, and getting it on my flies and leaders too.

I am going to get some biodegradable unscented soap like Dr. Bronner's and carry a little bottle of it with me to wash my hands with periodically throughout the day, any time I have handled stinky stuff other than fish. I'm thinking of also scooping up some mud and water from shore and carrying it in a small container like a film can to dunk my flies in and maybe rub on my leader.

It may not help, but I can't see any way it could hurt. Do YOU do anything to mask human scent related stuff on your flies?
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Re: Masking Human Scent?
« Reply #1 on: November 17, 2018, 06:00:38 PM »
Dang, maybe this is why my buddy casts the same rig just feet away from me and catches 2x the fish!!!
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Re: Masking Human Scent?
« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2018, 10:03:16 PM »
Please guys i need more input on this.
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Re: Masking Human Scent?
« Reply #3 on: November 20, 2018, 07:49:31 AM »
Don't know about fish.

I used to have a buddy who sat on a log in the woods and smoked his pipe during deer season and killed deer every year.

I've had deer walk by me within 3 or 4 feet and pay no attention to me.  They just stopped and stood there looking on down the path.  One of the fawns caught me moving my eyes (or something) and stood there looking at me, then looking at mama, looking back at me, etc. till the does and fawns turned around and went back up the path out of sight.

When fishing, instead of bug spray, carry a small pack of cheap cigars.  Light one up, let it hang out of your mouth (don't smoke it, just let it hang there slowly burn) and the smoke will keep the bugs away from your face.  Can't say it will keeps ticks/chiggers off you (don't have those up home in the mountains) but it will keep the flying bugs away from you.

I used to know a guy who seldom took showers.  He'd borrow a relatives pick up truck and it would smell so bad (even the next day) inside it would almost turn your stomach.  He killed deer every year.
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Re: Masking Human Scent?
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2018, 04:27:03 PM »
Hunt the deer that are not downwind of you.  Else they will detect your scent regardless of what you do.  Now, perhaps that buck throws caution to the wind if in the rut...
Deer could be conditioned to NOT be alarmed at human scent if constantly exposed to it near the farm hiuse for instance.  They've even been known to run to the chainsaw in habitat-ruined (over populated) areas.

In general, a mature deer is going to be leary of anything unusual for them.  Their sense of smell is their primary sense for SD.

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Re: Masking Human Scent?
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2019, 11:02:11 PM »
Old thread, but I fish Pyramid Lake, NV from time to time. I haven't heard of people doing this, though wooly bugger is pretty good at it. The main local practice is using step ladders to fish.