Superstitions

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  1. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I thought that was the best legal way you can add scent to a fly... Just have to kiss it, amirite? The fly I mean..
     
  2. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    New rod or new hat are always suspect until the first fish is landed.
     
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  3. Jim Speaker

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    Never fish from a boat that hasn't been stained with fish blood and scales, it has zero mojo. And, if you have a new boat, take it somewhere that you can hurry up and bonk a fish and cut its gills out.

    A rod whose cork has never had fish blood and scales on it is an inanimate object until that magical transformation happens and it will very likely take awhile. See above solution to this scenario.

    For God's sake, don't say the W-Word, especially if you're in MY boat! (Jim Wallace, that goes for you too! :D )
     
  4. plaegreid

    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    Wookie?
     
  5. Jim Speaker

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    Man, if somebody posts the correct word I'm going to be pissed and wish I'd never replied to this post... ;)
     
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  6. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I hate it when people say they are going to "wind" string in the boat... Jim..
     
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  7. Krusty

    Krusty Krusty Old Effer

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    Yup, and I hate it when they talk about 'layin cable' in the boat too.
     
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  8. Jim Speaker

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    Well played.
     
  9. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    From the sounds of it, your upper lip could legally be classified as a "scent dispenser," and you would be "in violation!" since scent is legally bait.
     
  10. Gobstopper

    Gobstopper New Member

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    No superstitions, especially not the ridiculous banana one.
     
  11. Jslo

    Jslo @troutset

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    -> I have a few hats I rotate. I'm not sure the exact formula, it's kind of a gut feel...but they (the hats) definitely have a pecking order.

    -> My rods have names they earn. Once named a rod has magical powers lol. I have one rod named Mojo, and another one named Moses. They earned those names through special performances and events. Rods without earned names are still virgin and while useful and have caught fish, are bereft of special powers! There's no ceremony or anything, or any formula. After a succesful run of epic fishing days with a given rod, usually involving either a huge fish or an epic cast to a rising hog that is landed...I just have more affinity and the rod has a personality...seems not right to fish it nameless, and usually the name comes to me. Powers from then on! lol.

    -> I have a certain nipper that I wear on it's own nylon cord around my neck. The color is kind of olive green, its got all kinds of juju on it. I tried not to buy it, and I even tried to buy a different color. That thing virtually hopped into my hand in the store. It's just got juju. It's Midas in the form of nippers. I can't explain it either. But man that thing is a fish magnet!

    -> On an inverse note, I had a pair of polarized fishing glasses I've worn hundreds of times- last week they were dumped/dropped/lost somewhere in a river or something. I was super concerned about the newer pair I had to start wearing...but it turns out the shades I lost just had neutral luck apparently as I caught alot of fish with the new ones this week, and many were caught with the old. So at minimum my new shades have the same power as the old. No worries there!

    Nah...I'm not superstitious ;)
     
  12. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    No superstitions. I will sneak a banana aboard YOUR boat and hide it, though, if I think you believe in that one! Just because....:p
     
  13. Dorylf

    Dorylf Oregon Member

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    I've actually thought a lot about this topic, so with apologies for the length, here are my thoughts...



    A friend got me to thinkin' about jinxes when he dared blatantly state that: “Steelheading is cake.”

    Up until now I've always been careful about how I approach my steelhead fishing.

    From the basics, like triple washing my hands after exposure to petroleum products, to the more subtle like touching the fly as little as possible to avoid leaving human scent, I've always been painstakingly aware of anything that could cause my day on the river to go awry.

    Avoiding black cats was a no brainer. I was careful with mirrors. I wouldn't even use salt on my scrambled eggs on mornings I planned to fish so there wasn't the chance I would spill it. And, I made sure I never walked under any ladders or touched a banana.

    But, beyond all else, by mutual agreement, none of us--myself nor anyone I've ever fished with--has ever uttered a word or phrase that could result in a jinx being visited upon us. Most especially, we'd never, ever, under any circumstances, say something like: "Steelheading is cake."

    We've been quite vigilant. If one of us had a momentary gaff, slipped up, and actually said something that even remotely resembled a jinx provoking word, we would immediately knock on wood.

    As often is the case with such offhand comments, they would happen whilst we were enroute to the river, speeding down the highway. Such moments would inevitably be followed by an exchange of a glance as the realization of what just occurred sank in. Then there'd be a brief but desperate search of the vehicle for any kind of wood.

    Finding none, the driver would gently tap the brakes, we'd come to a halt, and all of us would quickly peal ourselves off the windshield (man I gotta start wearin' a seat belt), leap from the car and run to the nearest tree or fence post.

    The shaken fist from the guy who was following us [It almost looked like he was showing us the finger he had sprained while attempting not to rear-end us, but it was hard to tell through all the smoke left by the skidding tires] and the gaping stares of passers by were small price to pay for preserving our chances of having a successful day.

    But my friend said it, "cake." And, then he caught a fish. He emailed pictures and talked about how "easy" it is to catch steelhead, and went out and caught yet another one. It really gave me something to think about.

    So, last weekend, I decided to put this whole jinx thing to the test. While on the road to Three Rivers with another fishing friend, I calmly said, "So you think we'll each catch a couple by noon?"

    Hearing a noise to my right, I took my eyes off the road for long enough to look over at my passenger who, just that fast, had his feet braced against the dash and was attempting to gain a grip on the ceiling with both hands.

    Hmm, probably should have told him about my little experiment.

    A short while later, against my friend's profuse objections, I flung a few more loaded aspirations out into mid air. They seemed to bounce harmlessly enough off the nearby rocks and trees as we approached the river.

    "You think we'll catch our limits?" I asked. He scolded, but I noticed he began casting anyway.

    Well, long story short, we each caught a fish within the first 40 minutes. I hooked and lost another.

    Finally, half an hour later, I set the hook on a feisty little chrome hen that leaped and ran and peeled line from my reel.

    Knowing it was a hatchery fish, I couldn't resist one more: "Boy I hope we get this fish in, because I want to have it for dinner."

    A couple of hours later, I got my wish.

    Know what? This really is cake!
     
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  14. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Wow, Dorylf! The flagrant devil-may-care attitude you possess is admirable! That's what I call flirting with disaster! Although you don't mention having a banana along on your experiment, you used the word "peeled" in describing the chrome hen that took line from your reel. I hazard to guess that maybe you even thought the word "peel" as the hen was stripping off line, and that's close enough. Well done!;)
     
  15. JayH

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    The only superstition I have is that there are fish just about everywhere. If I'm not catching its beacuse I'm doing something wrong with presentation, or fly selection, or ... but the fish are there. :confused: