I try and be polite to everyone and anyone on the water. Wehre I fish in NM they're are normally a handful of people that I run into a day. I tell the truth and if they ask what I'm using I'll let them know. Also Where I fish you CAN use bait and spinning gear and I don't have an issue with it heck I've got fish with my fly rod and given it to some of them. I know sacrilege but its a stocked stream and if I put a smile on a persons face by giving them a single fish its worth it to me.
PS its only the stocked Bows though I throw back ALL the browns...I love those fish
I always share the pattern I'm using and let them know where I've fished and where I'm headed. A sort of "pay it forward."
I've only had one experience where a guy jumped into a run uninvited. As I was muttering under my breath, he said, "Eric?" and I said, "Doug?" He was a friend of mine (it was winter and we were layered up). He offered me the extra seat in his boat and we had an epic day (I gave him a rash for jumping into the run), including a 26" brown I caught from a run he hammered for 30 minutes beforehand. Karma.
I have been on both sides of the fence on this one. When I started fishing it was with my dad flinging bait on small streams in Wyoming. When I later picked up Fly Fishing I thought all the flingers were just wrong and should't be scaring all the fish (not too worried about the catching). I remember an amazing 60+ fish day on a small stream where we ran into a couple of flingers and just said, "it has been a rough day for us hope you figure it out."
I have now passed the sport on to my father in law, (who has a passion and hobby for life), brother (obsessed with fly fishing), father (who bought a raft and fishes 100+ days a year with my brother), and others who have found a hobby they love because of what we experienced together.
That revelation has changed how I tolerate or welcome fishermen to my part of the river. Most of the time I am more than kind, I offer help, flies, and even the occasional etiquette lesson as needed. I have gone as far as asking a gentlemen if I could cut off his entire rig and start him over with a nice two fly indicator system I had been very successful with on this river. He caught a fish within a couple minutes of changing the setup and I am sure he is still fly fishing today. Sometimes you just need to pass it on to make the world a little better place.
Location: White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone
Re: What would you do?
Excellent answers above; me I tell the truth. Never had anyone 'Low Hole' me with the information. Get lots inquiries of folks wanting to fish the Rogue River and I'll tell them close to what rock to stand on.
I find no reason not to share information and I hope I'd be treated with the same respect.
many times if I saw someone coming I would just step off the path and sit down so I didn't have to answer any questions. If I happened onto someone fishing 'my creek' I would stay hidden and watch to see if they knew what they were doing.
When I ran into people on my way back to where I left my truck and they ask how I had done I usually said I had been skunked. Saying I was skunked was my way of doing the old '2 birds with one stone' thing. Bird #1 = No sense making some guy I never saw before think he was on his way to a honey hole. Bird #2 = It was a win win for the stranger, if he got skunked he didn't feel so bad because the guy he met on the trail had caught nothing as well. If he had a great day he felt really good because he had succeeded where the stranger he met on the trail had failed
Please don't get me wrong, I'm not a total butt head but I generally don't share sensitive intelligence with people I just met. After I know a fellow I'll offer help if it appears they need it or might appreciate it.