Can smell travel in water? You bet it can. In fact, smells travel as water-soluble particles and travel exceedingly well. If you are fishing for trout using spinners or artificial lures, various scents will help make them more appealing. Unfortunately for the angler but great for the trout - the worse the bait smells, the more it will work to attract the fish.
The nasal passages that trout have are lined with special sensory cells. Additionally, trout have taste buds similar to those of a human that help them determine not just the type of bait but also how long ago the bait was in the water and the direction in which it went.
Because of these sensory cells and taste buds, trout have another up on anglers in that they do not have to put the entire bait in their mouths to taste it. They can simply nudge it or get a whiff of it to know exactly what it is.
These nasal passageways go from the nostril of the trout to the olfactory organ. In addition, each of the trout's nostrils is lined with more than 400,000 odor-sensing cells. To help you catch more fish, consider the following tips:
Keep in mind that smells, regardless if they are positive or negative, will travel great distances and linger in water for a long time.
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