Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by sourdoughsmitty, Sep 21, 2013.
By Mayoral Decree! If you weren't up tending your still that week you would have heard it...
Getting harder to find places. Example:
Here on Whidbey this time of year it's salmon. I had the itch to fish and about two hours to do it. I drove over to Ebey's landing where the fishing is never hot, but it's rarely crowded. There were a bunch of orange cones along the parking area on the road side and the main lot was full of panel vans and folding tables. There were cops at the roads in and out. Since there were no "official" reasons or road signs offered I just nudged in between the cones and proceeded to rig up when I was approached by someone that walked over from the main lot. He explained that they were filming a TV show and asked if I would be kind enough to go away. Interesting that he asked. It implies I could have stayed if I chose to be a dick about it. Instead, and with the clock ticking, I drove to the next closest place. That is Keystone beach. This place was crowded at 2:00pm on a Tuesday! I had an odd schedule that allowed me to be there at that time, but how did all those other "dudes" get to fish that time slot. They all knew each other and clearly fished there daily. Obviously these people were all unemployed and living on the government dole so they could meat fish the best beach at the best time. There was a lot of Bud and Coors. Candy bar and chip wrappers littered about even though there is a garbage can in the parking area. A lot of wives of girlfriends came along. Mostly a little too old and fat for the kind of clothes they were wearing and way too many peek a boo tattoos showing. Just fishing next to this demographic I could feel my IQ dropping by association. I'll probably never go back. Even if I get a call from the nice guy that netted my fish without being asked.
Who's the bubba? The guys fishing gear in close proximity to each other or the guy who decides to flyfish amongst a bunch of guys fishing gear in close proximity to each other....? Kind of like swinging a spoon at Reiter while everyone else is fishing a float.
I know... You were there first and they all decided to crowd you after they saw you hooking up?
Actually PT ,
Yup I was there first it was a typical "must be fish there cause he's there thing" you know like driving by a bridge everyone is right there. Normally like some of you I walk a distance away and have it all to my self and usually the fish have to swim by me first anyway . as to mixing gear -- never If you are drifting and I have a fly rod I go somewhere else the different methods do not always mix with one annother . The exception was on the final hole up in sultan the gear guy was on the beach and I had waded to the sultan bar ,where I normally fish it , so there was no real chance of fouling each other On the kenai combat circus I always took the ferry across like everyone else but would walk a mile downstream near the powerlines and you had it all to yourself, but you kept a sharp eye out for oll brown and aury sleeping off his salmon dujour so to speak . As to reiter I have heard quite a bit about that placesome funny ,some dangerous but it is what you will find near an urban area and it looks easy , instead of getting to know the river. Lately I have been doing a lot of driving in that area whenI come over and found a few more places that would require wading to get to and due to that would recieve less pressure from the others. Hey 10 incher you have descibed it better than me . well enough ranting the war dept. is insisting on dinner out smitty
What a bunch of self centered, better than thou, everyone else is an Idiot, fly fisherman bull-shit!
Make me sad I'm even a part of fly fishing.
If you can get along with other anglers, Reiter isn't so bad. Haven't fished it in 10 plus years but used to have fun up there.
Getting to know the river is great and all. But, our hatchery steelhead runs just don't hang out in the lower river like they used to. Fish used to be dumped in at different points making them more likely to hold downriver longer on their journey which inevitably ends up at Reiter. Now, on any freshet, fish from the saltwater make a bee line for Reiter and can be there within 24 hours. Getting to know the lower river is great in theory but most people just want the best opportunity to take something home. Fishing the lower river offers that to some extent but actually catching fish, especially these little 6# hatchery turds, makes the time and money spent a bit more palatable. They're hard enough to catch when there's only a few around but impossible when there's none.
I bought a copy of the Rosetta Stone program to learn Bubbaeise..
Hookd on foniks werkd fer me!
Get out of here you knuckle-dragging, gear-chucking puke!!
gee mark, I am sorry to hear that. I was born in MO. came to WA when I was 1. I speak bubba too. ya ever fish combat style? you should try it. lot's of fun but I don't fight, I can but I am too old and I don't pack a gun either. fly guy's aren't self centered, we just don't like too fish in a crowd. I sometimes gear fish and yep I combat fish, sometimes it's fun but man it can get to ya and ya want too go back to be alone. interesting to see a lot of bubba's fishin and trashin and all tangled up. later.
I read what you wrote a few times and finally I understood what you were getting at, I mean at first glance it just seemed like you were ungrateful and mean, on the internet, to a guy who helped you out, but then I re-read, first with snark goggles on, still didn't get it, then with the Freud translator goggles, man it was like a scene from National Treasure, you know where Nicholas Cage puts on Ben Franklin's kick ass glasses and takes a real good look at the declaration of Independence and sees some freaky ass shit is down below Trinity church and all...
You met a nice man, a stranger, who you charmed and were patient with and who even though you "didn't really want him to" you "let it happen" a man who "actually netted my fish" , ten incher, and it sounds like you had a fun time, and that you have done this so often that "this actually works more often than not" so much so that you "had to" give him your card so he could call you again....
You nailed it. I get on fine with anyone who doesn't judge me. That's a pretty profound criteria when you consider it. I prefer intelligent conversation to be sure. But finding someone who is smart and doesn't point out my obvious flaws is rare
EDIT: I just want to be sure no one thinks I'm trying to salvage a snarky post by acting saintly. I reserve judgment on an individual basis but I really don't like this sort of group in general. We have nothing in common. Morals, priorities, interests or mannerisms. There's just nothing to share other than pulling fish out of the water directly in front of us. That's usually enough. I'm always friendly at meetings and amicable with agreements to disagree on almost anything. I don't need to like someone as long as they extend the same courtesy. It's the least strangers can expect of each other but more rare than it should be.