Often in this column I have written about the importance of observation as a key to successful fly-fishing. While most of my writing is slanted toward trout fishing I have fished for a variety of different species and I believe that observation is just as much a key to catching other species, both fresh and saltwater, as it is in catching trout. While you might be looking for different things when fishing for freshwater bass or snook in the salt I am firmly convinced that the observant angler is the more successful angler.