The success of a distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) survey depends on strain energy impeding at favorable angles at most sections of the fiber. Although constrained to the path of the wellbore, there are various design parameters that can influence the recorded DAS amplitude. We present here a method to model the performance of DAS installations. We use precise raypath modeling in complex velocity models to determine ray incidence angles and show variations between different wrapping angles and detection thresholds. We then propose a way to evaluate the performance of the DAS acquisition design, and how to optimize processing, based on the percentage of DAS channels above a chosen amplitude threshold. For microseismic studies, the best wrapping angle of the fiber can be determined, which may be defined as covering the target area most homogeneously. For vertical seismic profiling projects, surface shot positions can be evaluated for their predicted recorded energy.