How Much Ground Do You Cover?
I'm interested to know how much water people typically cover during the course of a fishing day.
To borrow a phrase from former PA Angler Bob Petri, "Are you a stickler or an explorer?"
Do you fish a small stretch of water, mostly staying one general area, or do you fish miles of water?
I think it depends to a large degree on what you use. As I've said before, fly and bait fishers and can afford to stay in one spot more than lure fishers. I've found that almost all of my strikes occur within three casts in normal fishing conditions, that is, when the water is not high or low.
It also depends on how large a stream you're fishing. Not surprisingly, I cover a lot more water on smaller streams.
Due to an app I have on my phone, I can see how much I walk in a day. Of course, not all the distance shown is on the stream, but most of the distance on a fishing day can be attributed to walking in, out, or while fishing.
I fish a mixture of small, medium, and large streams, though I didn't fish as many large streams last year as I normally do. I use spinners and plugs and the occasional spoon, so I fish rather quickly.
The shortest distance I walked during a day while fishing last year was 1.7 miles. It was on a day when I fished a very popular limestone stream and didn't have to walk a long way to access the stream. The greatest distance I walked in a day was 7.8 miles, which was on a trio of remote freestone streams. According to my phone, I walked a little over 133 miles in my 32 outings last year, an average of 4.2 miles per day.
At any rate, as everyone fishes differently, I expect a wide range of answers.