So, you thought by the title that I was going to tell you about my recent dry flying success. Sorry, that's not it. I just wanted to tell you that one of my favorite things about fly fishing is the camaraderie of fly fishers. Sharing water, sharing good stories, sharing knowledge. (Nose down) This is what makes it special. It shouldn't be something that is "elitist" or "exclusive". (Nose up) It's all about having an enjoyable time. When you head to the river, you should expect to see an occasional angler there besides yourself. It's not "your" river. Unless you own the private land that it is on. Haha. So, don't make the sour face when you see me standing where you wanted to go. I will be on my way soon enough...
Sometimes there is a crowd. Yes, it is what it is. And when there is a crowd, it is kind of nice if everyone leaves an appropriate amount of space between them and the next guy.
It is what you call river etiquette.
Are you better than the other guy because you wear all the designer or big name fly fishing gear? No! One should never think that the guy wearing Cabelas doesn't know as much or more than the guy wearing Simms. I have a friend that wears Cabelas and he is 5 times the fisherman that I am... just saying. And I only wear Simms 5x ply because I fall down so much and trip over every rock and branch. There are factors involved with purchases. There are some things that I buy on a budget and some things that I pay a price to have what my clumsy self needs. = )
So, I'm keeping my nose to the ground. Trying to stay humble. Teachable. And likeable.
And if you don't find me acting that way...
You can kick me in the a$$...
Haha, great post. Dare I ask, is this stemming from a recent experience on the water?ReplyDelete
Atlas ~ Several experiences lately have me rolling my eyes. But, you just have to ignore rude people and realize that it isn't the norm. Most are friendly and courteous.Delete
Besides, think of the cost of replacement of that really pricey gear once something happens. Personally I'm a Cabela's kind of guy with just a little LL Bean thrown in. Good post.Delete
Mark ~ I hear ya on replacements. I have a cheaper backups that I bring with me when traveling. Thanks for stopping by !Delete
Years ago I watched a fly angler trying to catch a rainbow just above Little Hole. After nearly 20-minutes he gave up the hole. I asked if I could try. Second cast and the rainbow was in the net. He asked what fly I was using. Since they were of my own creation, I couldn't say. So I gave him two flies and went on my way upstream. Later that day I came across him again. He approached me and wanted to buy a couple more flies. I told him they weren't for sale, but if he donated to TU I would give him a couple. He was one of the happiest anglers I have ever met.ReplyDelete
Wes ~ That is what I'm talking about. More of these type of actions on the river and people smiling! Nice work.Delete
Ahhhh, I'd love to hear the story about what prompted this. I just know that if you p!ss me off that I'll be standing behind you throwing rocks in your run.ReplyDelete
Howard ~ You won't. It's now forgotten. It's better to move on. Hmmm,,, rocks? I will be on my best behavior when we fish again... Promise!Delete
I have to say this post really hits home with me; I seldom buy top of the line fly fishing equipment. I was in the Orvis shop the other in Birmingham and was mainly just browning, and decided to check out the price of some of fly rods; let’s just say that a 750.00 fly rod is somewhat out of my price range. I’ll keep looking for bargains and enjoy fishing with my Cabala items. Thanks for sharing
Bill ~ As I have written about before... my Ross rod for $149. is the best rod that I have ever bought! Just remember that fly fishing knowledge comes from practice, study of the water and bugs, and learning from others. It really doesn't matter what you wear.Delete
Just getting to your post, R.D., as I have been a bit busy of late with blog and family activities. Anyway, as you know, I am a senior citizen living on a limited budget for fly fishing anymore. At one time or another, I have owned or cast most all of the high end rods in my life, however not any more. I am completely happy with less expensive rods and budget minded gear. Makes things a whole lot simpler in my book....................................ReplyDelete
Mel ~ You are absolutely fine! And when you get older, there shouldn't be as much to buy either... I'm thinking that over the years, that you have acquired most everything that you need for a successful fishing day. = )Delete