Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The Sophisticated Angler
Fly fishing is generally considered the upper crust of fishing. The anglers that fly fish often see themselves as a high minded, idealistic, and sophisticated lot - well above the lowly bait casters and spin fisherman of the world. I often catch myself in this mind set and have to force myself to come down off my high mountain and remember that I was once a die hard bait caster who loved an afternoon fishing with a rusty push button spinning rod and a can of worms.
The truth is whether you bait cast, fly fish, or are one of those crazy noodlers crazy enough to fish around a catfish hole with only your big toe, we all love to fish because its fun. There is nothing high minded about it and there is nothing sophisticated about what we do on the river. Fly anglers especially, armed with an over priced rod and more equipment than a Bedouin camel herder, have even less of a reason to think what we do is somehow better than the rest of the fishing community.
The truth is we fly fish not because we think we are better than the guy with the spin rod or the kid with the can of worms, we fly fish because for us it is just as much about the art fishing as it is about hooking the fish. For us that have been lucky enough to hook into a big fish on a fly rod it is an experience that sticks with us. That pull on the line your holding and the knowledge that the fish leaping away from your net was hooked on a fly you had a hand in creating is a total experience that we just cant get from digging up worms and hooking it them on an Eagle Claw hook. Its not anymore sophisticated it all has a different meaning.
That all may sound like a rambling preachy post but sometimes we all need to be reminded that regardless of our selected style of fishing, we all are in search of a fish that continually outsmart us fly anglers and bait-casters alike.
Anyway, Continuing on - This stream is usually jam packed on the weekend with spin fisherman who leave with a limit of freshly stocked trout on a stringer. Since this is well known as a 'put and take' stream I have accepted the fact that not all fisherman fish for the experience. It is a fact of life and as long as they stay on those put and take streams instead of cleaning out natural brookie waters further up stream then I have learned to live with it. Heck, even I have on occasion have taken a stocked trout or two for my dinner. What I have little tolerance for is the fisherman - regardless of style - that use the stream side as their own private trash bin. Unfortunately these people are often bait-casters because as we all have seen, one of the top pieces of trash around the stream is the discarded bait container or beer can.
Its common sense and its really simple people - just pick up your crap before you head back home to clean your catch. That all I ask.
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