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: Return of the deep waders .....

05-01-2007, 07:02 AM
.....this time its PERSONAL

I dumped the yak on the Housatonic on Sunday and had a lot of fun on the outgoing tide. The fish were well distributed and willing to hit any well presented fly. When I got to the Southern end there were a large number of fly guys and conventional guys. I would say that 75% of them were wading between waist and armpit depth. The fish were hugging the shore and hitting in about 3 feet of water, except where everyone was deep wading. I beached the yak and found a quiet spot (at least for a few minutes) until a handful of morons who, having successfully scewed up the fishing for everyone up-river, decided that I needed company. :roll:

Why do people do it? Here are a few thoughts and observations from Sunday:

1) "Must get out there where the spin guys are casting". Now what is interesting is, the spin guys weren't catching much - wade deep, chuck it out and wind it in - fast (of course) - not much to show for the effort. At least they were wearing neoprene waders and keeping warm :)

2) "Fish must be holding in certian spots". This guy walks downstream of me and wades out waist deep within range of my swing after seeing me take three fish in three casts. I think - well I could say "hey, you're standing on the fish" or just let him stay there until I nail his $600 GoreTex waders with my 2/0 Tiemco 811 :) Before that happens he sees another guy downstream hooking up and decides the fish must have moved. So, he legs it downstream - doesn't leave the water - sloshes down with the current, thigh deep, stumbles and almost goes arse over tit - (next stop is the other side of Long Island Sound) Hauls himself out and jumps in front of the guy downstream exclaiming - they're hitting well today aren't they!". Since he is singularly focused on the spot 60 feet below the guy downstream, he doesn't notice that me and the guys upstream are still hooking up.

3) "Hmmm, wind is tricky, fish seem to be hitting 10 feet out so if I wade out 10 feet (armpit depth, serious risk of a good drenching when the next lobster boat goes upriver) and cast straight downwind I can catch fish too" :)

4) "I paid $600 for these bloody waders and I'm going to get my money's worth!"

I know that I'm preaching to the converted here - but - for those who might be overcome by the irresistible urge to - "swim with the fishes" - please think before screwing up everyone elses fun.

Be cool, be safe:smokin:

05-01-2007, 08:34 AM
Classic tale Adrian and one that gets repeated everywhere people fish.

Sheep & shepherd theory.

05-01-2007, 09:50 AM
You're Splat-O-Matic fair game! :eek:

05-01-2007, 03:14 PM
I tend to stay shallow up here, and a recent experience down in Florida has me thinking should stay shallow EVERYWHERE.....waded out to a sandbar on Gulf Coast side of Long Boat Key (near Sarasota)....waist deep, but more shallow than surrounding water in front/behind me.....catching just tiny herringish fish, when a school of about 20 jack swim right past my time to recast before they were gone. Last time I wade out that far again!

05-02-2007, 09:16 AM
It's always good sport to catch a fish between a wader and the shore.

05-03-2007, 04:37 PM
I witnessed the same at the very spot you speak of. One guy says I should join him in the bowl he's standing in. I said maybe later. I cast from shore and hooked a nice fish right at his feet and he goes "What the f#@K!" I said sorry and he still didn't get it.