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Old 05-19-2004, 01:02 PM
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Have you ever gotten "the look"?

You know what I mean....when you're flyfishing, and someone with conventional gear looks at you like you're from Mars. I've actually had people shake their heads at me while they caught fish with other methods and I continued to catch nothing on the fly. It's as if they see the flyrod as a handicap.

But then there are the times when the fly is the most productive method, and I'm catching fish while others don't.

As often as possible, I try to take these opportunities to answer any questions folks may have about what I'm doing. Heck, there are sooooo many anglers out there who are baffled by the fact that you can catch more than just trout on a flyrod. Most of the time if I'm catching and others aren't, that's when the questions start. And the usual comments about it looking like it's too hard, or not having the money to invest in more gear, etc. only provide more opportunities to quel some myths.

But overall, when you're fishing next to folks with conventional gear, do you sometimes feel the eyes on you? Sometimes I'm so entrenched in the fishing that I really don't notice anyone else is there.
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Old 05-19-2004, 01:20 PM
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I can recall maybe once or twice, but there is the great equalizer - the words "fish on".

Seriously, I always try to spark up conversation to enjoy the similarities. We are both outdoorsmen out there seeking gratification, escape, a wild experience in this concrete-lined transistorized cultural eccentrocity we call a society.

On the river I have walked the spawning channels without a rod to see how bright males interact with ripe hens and kyped fighting makes, and how the trout take advantage of opaque egs in the current. I key on their aggression, he keys on their focus on roe.

On the beach and flats I think about herring runs, study sand eel habits, and play the bunker bloom in fall; so does he. But I imitate them, he utilizes them. We choose two ways of seeing the same water, IMHO for personal satisfaction.

I don't enjoy bait fishing any more than a dyed-in-the-wool live-liner or roe-slinger would have any interest in using my buggy whip for the day. But we are both hardcore in our own way and share the water, some laughs and a fish here and there.

It's all good as long as we each enjoy the day.

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Old 05-19-2004, 02:08 PM
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Sure - gotten lots of "looks". The funny thing is
have had a lot more success with a fly rod than
ever did gear fishing in the past. Since the first
day I tried a fly rod for Steelhead have never
looked back. Managed to convert some gear guys
to fly fishing - quite a few in the last few years.
That was really cool! Hope to convert some more
this year. Fly fishing is such a wonderful sport!

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Old 05-19-2004, 02:16 PM
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The very first time I used a fly rod for saltwater, I was fishing (or should I say, trying to fish) the basin at the north end of Plum Island near Newburyport. My casting was way off, as I was trying to get the feel of my new Sage 9wt and how to use a stripping basket. This guy comes over and proceeds to stare at me from the adjoining beech; after awhile I decided to vent my frustration at him a little and asked the proverbial "what are you staring at?". He explained that he was a long-time saltwater flyrodder and author, and simply enjoined watching people engage in the sport, regardless of their skill level. Well if that didn't make me feel like an ass! To make matters worse, the guy was then kind enough to give me a few pointers and a couple of flies as well, one of which I finally caught my first flyrod striper with later that week. Like Juro said, it pays to be civil and consider such curiosity as a chance to educate (or be educated as was the case with me).
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Old 05-19-2004, 02:47 PM
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...but there is the great equalizer - the words "fish on".

Exactly. The first time this happened to me, I was out on Great Bay with my ex-wife's father and uncle. They were both using spinning gear and I was using the long rod. All the way out to the fishing spot, the uncle kept snickering and making remarks about my rod being from K-Mart or something (the guy was a real moron, doesn't he know that K-Mart doesn't sell Redington?:hehe: ), that is until I hooked and landed the first fish... and the next... and the next...

By the end of the day he was singing a different tune. In fact, the picture of me to the left was taken by him, with me hooked into another bluefish. He didn't catch anything that day, besides a sun burn . In all, I had four fish landed and one LDR mack-daddy weakfish, to his bagel. It made me feel quite good...
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Old 05-19-2004, 03:38 PM
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When I started fishing with my Dad many moons ago, it was with a fly rod. I remember being with other fishers who were using spin casting gear and wondering what they were doing, we would always catch more fish than they did so I was the one staring! I had a horrible time learning to use a bait caster and it took many many birds nests to learn, similar experience with spinning tackle. For over 50 years I've spent fishing, probably 90% with a fly rod, I've had the stare directed at me and each time I recall my own early stares.
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Old 05-19-2004, 03:48 PM
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I was flyfishing a couple days back, we took a route under a bridge to reveal a group of high schoolers laughing hysterically at my "long buggy whip of a rod" but with the wind to my favor I ended up catching 15 to 1 compared to them. Needless to say they left wounded and discombobulated. HOW DIFFERENT IT IS MAKES THE SPORT GREAT!!!
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Mark,

I like to observe and look for the look in certain fishing areas.

Nothing more entertaining than seeing a guy new to fly fishing or just foolish enough to walk out on a crowded jetty or just below a hatchery with a fly rod. Not only do they get the look from the many gear guys they sometimes get bonked by the gear guys. Nothing sets a fly fisher strait as quickly as some big old boys doing the old looking and bonking song and dance.

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Old 05-21-2004, 05:46 AM
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Wes. Was fishing in RI at night on a dock catching what turned out to be Shad. Two spinfishermen arrived saw me catching fish and pitched their lures right me. I said nothing and continued to catch the Shad while they got skunked. It was sweet to see their frustration.
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Old 05-21-2004, 06:06 AM
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People who don't fly fish, don't understand fly fishing, but I would respectfully suggest that if you are close enough to read the expression on someone else's face, then you are probably fishing too close to them.

It's a big ocean out there.
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Old 05-22-2004, 01:54 PM
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the look

my deal that gets me is; any fishing tourists that want info,,they love me,,,if you fly fish,and find out i'm a `local',,they sort of step back a foot,,give me the snake eye rake with their eyes,,very weird,,as for the bait only guys,some act like i'm a turncoat or something,but these guys are the ones who have one years experience twenty times,,the ones that just stand in one spot with a worm on the bottem,and occaissonally get lucky,i'm the luckiest though because i can fish any way but choose methods that require thought,,,i've plenty to do in life!,this is why i love flyfishing,,it's `proactive':hehe:
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Old 05-25-2004, 07:39 AM
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I enjoy all forms of fishing. Debating which form is superior is ridiculous, in my opinion. I never measure my fishing success by how many more or less fish I caught than the other guy. I measure mine by how enjoyable and exciting the experience was.
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Old 05-25-2004, 09:09 AM
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Mark....I don't mind the look as long as I am sporting my new Ex Officio shirts (Two new ones this year- that makes 26-in all colors). Have the shorts too and I will be sporting my all white outfit this summer- tarpon wear though! My abel camo pliers set off the all white outfit quite nicely I must admit. I also have every color of neckerchief....depending on my mood. Some days when I am grumby I opt for the brighter colors. I am working on the Columbia shirts now- both long and short sleeve. Remember Mark, "It's not how you play the game or if you win or lose----it's how you look". :hehe:
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Old 05-25-2004, 09:44 AM
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Well John, looking like that I can only surmise that all of the looks you get are the good kind. Just don't stand next to me this year and make me look bad in my duds.

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Old 05-26-2004, 11:35 AM
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Now it all makes sense. That's how the Ironman got his job at Orvis School he has the look!!!:hehe:
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