03-08-2004, 08:57 PM
Greetings, I'm a recently retired Coastie and new to the board. I cut my fly fishing teeth so to speak trout fishing in Idaho. Since then I've been everwhere it seems but my most memoable fishing forays were spent in Kodiak after Reds on the Passagshack and Steehead in Ketchikan. I only recently (past two years) been fishing the waters in the greater Puget sound. I fly fish and gear fish, I like the flexibility. But I am a bit confused because it seems like there is a detectable rift between the fly guys and the gear guys. It seems like with everything thats going on with regards to the new rules in Washington that these groups should come to some agreement. Maybe compromise?
the user name is supposed to read "woolyworm"
03-08-2004, 09:45 PM
I fly fish and i gear fish.. I do nor mix the two.. I don't drift fish with a fly rod ( split shot, slinkies) and I don't bobber and jig fish with a fly rod ( weighted fly and indicator)
03-08-2004, 10:01 PM
I really miss those reds taking me for a ride all the way back down river to the salt on thePassagshack, not to mention nearly getting spooled in the process. I have to be honest and admit I havent put fly to water since I've been down here. It's been all gear from float and jig to casting bent metal to pink worms. I reckon I'll need to build my self a new fly rod. What do think of Rain Shadow?
03-08-2004, 10:30 PM
I've spent many enjoyable days steelhead, silver, and chum fishing with a 2-hand fly rod while sharing runs with folks fishing gear or spinners who C&R their fish just like I did. I've never really cared whether someone fishes fly, gear, or spinner. I do care about limiting wild steelhead harvest, and I would like to see a bait ban and a single, barbless hook requirement to have the lowest hooking mortality.
It seems that many gear fishers think that only fly guys want C&R on wild steelhead, which is where the "rift" comes from. I know several gear guys who also want C&R on wild steelhead and a bait ban.
03-08-2004, 11:40 PM
I have talked to more gear guys on the river who release wild fish than who bonk them.
03-09-2004, 11:53 AM
Fishing is fishing as long as your heart is in the right place.
03-09-2004, 12:11 PM
here's a hammer to chew on;in my drifter,i'll pull plugs,then park flyfish,if the chinook are stacked in a section i'll throw bait,all from the same boat,,wow,terrible huh,,,not for me,,,it's a study of one river,and to be honest,my feeling are;one aspect of the sport,,can,and will reflect on the other's,like,certain plugs that represent baitfish,when you're seeing fry rolling all over,will outfish crawdad looking ones,,getting the picture;streamer time!,,if you get a chance to get to so. ore.,let me know,you're fine with me,just keep er' wet honey!,and keep smiling:D
03-09-2004, 12:38 PM
Gear fisherman don't bother me at all just be legal and don't kill your limit every day you can. I get along just fine with them actually its other fly fishers that tend to get me upset at times.
03-10-2004, 06:35 PM
Go into User CP then edit your profile to change your user name.
03-10-2004, 07:57 PM
I fish fly and gear. Like some others, pull plugs, toss gear, and swing flies. I go by my mood, and river conditions.
So no beefs with me.