In our club as it is we have members from all over the country who moved here for the BBQ, Carolina Blond brew, Carolina blondes, jobs (many of which have since gone away) and mild weather. The fact some are fly fishers drew them to seek out an actual fly fishing club that promote all fish in all waters as long as it is with a fly rod. In other words, an IFFF club. They seek out clubs to help in or take advantage of the education in all aspects of fly fishing, to meet fellow fly anglers or to go to club outings and meetings.
We in the club have a good idea of who is good at catching so we have several mentor/mentee trips where the old-hands at fly fishing take a rookie or two under his/her wing and teaches them some things on how to get fish to the hand. This really makes for good interesting reports.
I think the reason some people are a bit shy about telling about all of the fish they might catch is because they've learned that once the toothpaste is out of the tube about their special spot there ain't no going back to the solitude and numerous fish that made the place special in the first place. The days of earning the trust of the person who knows those spots before they are told you and the promises made to keep quiet if told about them are over, thank the internet and the droves who now demand instant gratification, don't know how to search maps and who have to thump their chest about their fishing prowess with details and digital pictures of every fish they catch. In many instances it's simply a case of being burned by saying too much to make people clam up.
I bet if you gained the trust of certain members of your club they would open up a bit because many who have secrets probably have them for good reason.
Join our club and I'll introduce you to a few members who absolutely slay the fish at every outing and hold no secrets of how and where. The fact these slaying always take place 'just around the bend', before you got up, after you left and the day before or after seems unusual because no one has been able to witness these astonishing catches but so what, the stories are good.
While we're on the subject, I put in a request from our city council to have them build our club a new meeting and fly casting facility complete with casting ponds and trout stream simulations that would have chilled, moving water with trout in it year round to teach on and practice in. Our club would of course, keep any money made on parking and refreshment sales.
This idea works well for other sports, especially franchised team sports where the teams aren't even 501(c)(3) non-profit orginizations like us and are investments and money makers for the private team owners.
What I ask ain't unreasonable, is it?
What we will end up with when this charming deal is approved are world class fly fisherman who will vacuum any fish in the area's they go to. We would also become a major tourist attraction for the city much like the Panthers, Bobcats and NASCAR Hal of Fame brings people in from all over the world in droves. All of the stuff mentioned in the last sentence were shiny little gifts to the multi-millionaire or billionaire owners (in the case of Bobcat Johnson and several NASCAR key figures) from the city of Charlotte so my request is within reason, no?
I hope I kept on point with my rambling. looking back at the wordiness of this post I'm starting to think that wasn't the usual coffee I had this morning.