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Old 06-04-2013, 10:36 AM
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I was fishing upstream and had NUMBER OF FISH RISING just below a small foot bridge hat crossed the creek when along comes a kid about 10 or 11 years old who starts to fish off the bridge and drifting his fly down stream towards me which means I got to stand there and stare at him and it did not seem to faze him.

The point of the story his his father was standing next to him on the bridge and did not seam to have enough common sense to tell the kid that what he was doing was exactly the wrong thing to do. The old man just watched the kid. I guess if you start training them young to be totally to be IGNORANT, then that is what you are going to get from them when they grow up. Obviously the father learned his lesson well from his father.
I can only shake my head when this happened to me. One of my FAVORITE encounters a kin to this was; when a young man who is in a Big Brother Teaching Kids To Fish program stormed into my spot with 3 very loud teenagers whom he was "mentoring". They were basically took over my spot liked I was not there at all. So loud and no etiquette at all, I moved to the another corner of the lake and had my peace and quite but no fish moment. Then I called it a day when I saw the rowdy bunch moved toward me.

I once read posting from a father who wrote about his father-daughter memorable experience. Where it was only him and his young daughter fishing a stretch of stream with nobody else there except for them. He witnessed his daughter's first fish, the good fight, the beautiful fish and the picturesque nature. I've been searching for that one unspoiled place but yet to find one. I still have 1 year to look for that place before my little girl is 3.
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Default Re: Fishing etiquette! Do people have any?

Yes it is sad that society has become so greedy and disrespectful towards others. But I feel like at times like these, it's not worth the trouble (or sometimes your life/health) to deal with these obnoxious idiots that have nothing better to do than ruin people's days.

There is enough water in the world that when I encounter someone like this, I simply just keep walking and not even say a word. Sometimes when you speak up, thats the type of response they're looking for and it can escalate quickly.

Enjoy the fishing, enjoy the scenery, but ignore the jerks.
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As my mother's cousin once wisely told me: "Society is full of @%^holes."
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I've seen this sort of thing while fishing. Interestingly, when I go hunting it's completely opposite. Everyone is courteous, everyone leaves plenty of room for the other folks, and everyone helps each other out when it comes to spotting a downed bird or whatever. Great camaraderie, all the shooters are friendly and pleasant.
I have noticed that also when i go waterfowl hunting. Nobody hunts on the same piece and if they do they are friendly, they help you if you need it, and they leave plenty of space. I bought a t-shirt that reads If you can read this your are fishing to close. It seemed to help. I am by no means an expert at catching fish, im probably average but people do start to flock to you when you do hook up. I ususally jsut ask them to leave or move over a bit being that i was there origionally, and if not i go somewhere else to prove to them that you dont have to be in one certian spot to catch a fish! Life is to short to spend time arguing with people who have concrete blocks for heads, enjoy fishing while you can!
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I have noticed that also when i go waterfowl hunting. Nobody hunts on the same piece and if they do they are friendly, they help you if you need it, and they leave plenty of space.

See what I mean? A loaded shotgun brings out the best in people!
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Natural selection really. When all the rude people get shot, all that's left is nice ones.
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Default Re: Fishing etiquette! Do people have any?

We live in the Age of Entitlement. Everyone is entitled to what every they went when ever they want it or can throw a hissy fit until the get it.

", but I just [insert excuse for lack of self responsibility here]."
", but I thought [insert excuse for lack of self responsibility here]."
", but you / your [insert attempt at relocating self responsibility here]!"

Side Note: Was wading the shore of a local 'lake' last evening. Guy came around a point in a little zodiac kind of thing and saw me. He stopped fish and rowed a good 50 yards behind me and down the shore line a good 75 yards and then started fishing again. I was all confused. Must not have been any fish in the direction I was headed.
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Default Re: Fishing etiquette! Do people have any?

When asked to give them the fish I caught, I say, "Sure", then let the fish swim right over to them....

And, with even all the years I've fly fished, it's amazing how out of control my casting becomes when others are close.
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Gretchin Beaty told me she was fishing and a guy came right in on her. She put on a big heavy weighted woolly bugger and hit him in the back of the head with it." I am sorry, you know us girls can't cast."
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