Friday, February 6, 2015

Translation of esoteric science-related terminology for a non-specialized piscatorial audience in a publishing environment (or Blah, blah, [slump]...)

Writing about fishing isn't always a dream job. One lackluster aspect is when the writing involves translating articles from scholarly journals and fisheries biologists' language for anglers - usually challenging and always very dry. I actually had the opportunity to speak about how writers craft these facts and numbers for a fishy readership (which I declined). Ultimately, I just do my best to understand the science-ese (it helps to have a housemate with a biology degree), then regurgitate it as fish-ish.

That said, it's usually worth the effort. The findings of the research and the biologists' on-the-ground information is usually at least intriguing, and at best game changing.
In fact there have been a number of worth-while scholarly journal articles recently that relate to fly fishing. Here are a few:
  • Fish-eating mice. You can read a fly-fishing-focused take on this and related concepts in the August/September 2015 edition of American Angler.
  • Rainbow trout show smell preferences and taste preferences (H/T Anne Marie Emery of the Henry's Fork Foundation). Obviously trout get keyed, but sometimes what they've keyed on doesn't make sense. Here's solid evidence with rationale.
  • Alarm signals in fish (are they letting each other know when we're around?):
I'm sure there are many more - feel free to comment with any similar articles you've found...