Originally Posted by roryseiter
@vans: We aren't going to please everyone all of the time.
Oh, i know that. That would be an impossible task to set for yourselves.
What did you not like? Anything you did like this issue?
I really liked 99% of the magazine. I just didnt like the editorial. I didnt like the attitude expressed towards new fly fishermen. Perhaps that is because this will be all of my second summer fly fishing.
Is it bad to be so excited about it you read the well known authors? Is Geirach a cliche at this point? Is it bad to be so excited about your new obsession you paw through all the catalogs you can find? It seems from the comments in the column that buying an Orvis item would be bad. That owning such, or a similarly priced piece of equipment, would make a new fisherman look like he is pretending to be "official" or over compensating his/her lack of experience with gear. If that was the case why was there a review of a top dollar name brand chestpack in this same issue?
Yes, i was
hunkered down this winter. However, that was due more to finances and to a degree a lack of confidence just yet in my technical skill in the demanding coastal steelhead rivers and streams near me. It might only be my second spring and summer with a fly rod but i do have more than one snowy January wading stomach deep in freezing water with a steelhead rod in hand under my belt. Not all of us only come out in the warmth of summer.
Frankly, combat fishing sucks and often times brings out the worst in some fisherman. At least it does during the Oregon fall Chinook run and winter steelhead season. Lots of people crowding the banks these days, some of whom think they own a large section of the water. If hunkering down during the winter while getting some more practice in and then come spring and summer get some more polish on the cast keeps me from hearing some seasoned guy chortle in superiority, no skin of my back. Its not like he was too friendly anyways.
Am i allowed to feel like i am entirely comfortable with my fly fishing skills to deal with most situations on the water before i take up yet another aspect of the process? One that seems intensely tedious and requires another substantial investment of money and time, bent over a tiny vise with a magnifying glass.
Yes, I took the trash talk too seriously. Despite the writers call not too. Frankly it seemed there was a strain of seriousness underneath what was supposed to be some good nature trashing. I am sure it was unintentional, but that doesnt always come across in text too well. Especially so when the reader feels he is being belittled or impugned.
I suppose i could go out in my gear and roll around in the dirt and gravel to get some of that new stench off them sooner so i dont stick out like a sore thumb. Dont get too cocky though, never know when one of us new guys is gonna come up with some better casts or more refined skill than Mr "well seasoned trout bum" editor.
Other than that, great issue.
Seriously, i do like the magazine.