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Old 11-01-2007, 06:11 PM
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Question How long are you out there ?

Just curious, how about some good discussion :

When anyone of you heads for the river is a clock running ?

Do you stay out for a certain amount of time, then head home ?

Are you limited as to how long your out ?

Do you feel it's better to not worry about the time your out ?

I personally will stay out for several hours wading, but have
been out longer in my drift boat. Many times it depends on
other factors require for that day.

What about you ?

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Old 11-01-2007, 08:21 PM
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

Clocks and watches just don't seem to work when I'm fly fishing.
If the fishing is good times flies right on by.
If it's bad time sure drags.

In all reality though, I'm lucky in that I can play it by ear most times when I'm fishing and those who I fish with seem to be in synch as to when enough is enough.
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Old 11-01-2007, 08:45 PM
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

I try not to push my luck so when it gets dark I stop wading, will generally call it a day, if I don't have to be to work the next day I'll wake the Rooster and go some more, I don't take my cell phone or watch unless I have a critical appointment that can't be rescheduled.
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Old 11-01-2007, 09:01 PM
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

I have a 5 year old little girl and a Wife who still kinda likes me (grin) and likes me to be around on weekends. In the summer I would head to the river at 5:30 AM on Sat and Sun and my first cast would be in dim light. I would usually get a call from her around 10:30 or so and I would go running home. I have only gone out 3 or 4 times since the beginning of October and have had longer outings since they were typically only once a week. I plan on going out Saturday, and I'm not taking my phone.... I'm going to hike out on a stream that I have heard about. It's a little over a 2 mile hike from the nearest vehicle access. There's about 2 miles of fishable stream that I hear has some nice Native Brookies, which are kind of rare near me. The majority of our trout waters are stocked.

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The total time varies alot, but I'm pretty consistent about fishing 30 min longer than I said I would while thinking, "well, just one more cast" the whole time.
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

Many variables, weather not being one of them. Sometimes I like to do a half day so I can get some things done at the house, or take the wife out to dinner. Sometimes after a long week of work, I like to sleep in a little, drink my coffee and get on water around noon and fish til dark, like tomorrow. Other times, I will hammer em from sun up til dark, just depends on what is going on. I don't feel the need to fish all day long everytime anymore, it's a bear getting old (er)
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Old 11-03-2007, 01:28 AM
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

I can stay out as long as I want. I'm a young single guy that only has to report for work and I love it. If I want to stay out on the river I stay; if I want to go home I go home. But I usually stay...

When I do stay out too long though, I'll just sleep in the truck and hit the river again.
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

I am blessed to be married to the youngest daughter of a flyfisherman. She was the one he drug all over flyfishing. She understands my obsession.
I will fish long hours.
If the fishing is good, I stay till I don't catch anymore fish.
If the fishing is slow, I stay till I figure it out and catch fish.
What Cliff said is true with me also, except I will say, "ten more casts and I'll leave". After ten or fifteen, "ten more casts" I head for the takeout (I usually float fish).
Sometimes I will stay on the water late just to watch the sun go down. With me it is more about the fishing than the catching. Catching is the bonus.
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Old 11-03-2007, 07:21 PM
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

Hmm. I go to work at about 5 a.m. and I am back home at about 4:00 p.m.
I live within walking distance of a large lake and about 6 minutes down the road to another lake by car. I try to handle my fly rod every single day at one of these locations.

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If the fishing is good, I stay till I don't catch anymore fish.
If the fishing is slow, I stay till I figure it out and catch fish
I usually fish from say 4 p.m. till about 7 p.m. now cause it's quite dark
and cold and windy, plus there's a highway well within my backcast ... ...no matter how hard I've tried, I've never been able to
turn a car...maybe if I had a bigger rod ...

On my days off, I'm up at 5 a.m. and on the water by say 5:30 a.m.
I don't come home until about 7 p.m.

I guess I'm somewhat obsessive. There's so much to enjoy with a fly rod.
Everyday either I figure something out or my muscles do. Or, I learn a new
'read' on the water that reveals the 'behemouth' I've seen...
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Old 11-03-2007, 09:32 PM
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Default Re: How long are you out there ?

There are sometimes that only 1 hour is enough, and then there are others that a full weekend on the boat isnt enough. when the fish are biting it is hard to come in off the river, stream, lake, or flat. there is something about being on the water that makes time pass either very very slowly or so fast that you wonder where the last several hours went.

I guess only you would know when the right time to leave is.
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