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Old 07-30-2013, 10:01 PM
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Fred. Have a cute terrier but she's not on the river with me do usually let folks walking to the river know what flies are working while I'm leaving but don't have much conversation while fishing.
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:26 PM
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The best line a stranger ever asked me was "Any luck with that thing?"
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Old 07-31-2013, 02:49 PM
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I fish near a few college and tourist towns.......alot of young folks like to ask about flyfishing, and I try my best to answer their questions.......first impressions are everything.........I think it is very important to be a good ambassador for our sport.......and to help the younger generation whenever possible......
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I fish near a few college and tourist towns.......alot of young folks like to ask about flyfishing, and I try my best to answer their questions.......first impressions are everything.........I think it is very important to be a good ambassador for our sport.......and to help the younger generation whenever possible......
I used to fish at my college, right in the center of everyone. Would get some really strange looks and "what is he doing?" whispers.

Its always funny when I'm casting and people go WAY outside my range or angrily ask me to be careful. Sometimes I just want to say "does it look like I don't know what I'm doing?" Granted, sometimes it doesn't.....
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just say.....do be do be do.....
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Years ago, I was fishing the river here in town. This section has office buildings on river left and a golf course on the other side. I could hear the office workers talking about me/fly fishing behind me. I notice the disturbance of a bunch of feeding fish and began to cast (a small dry) to them. It was a school of whitefish, not only saving me from a skunking but taking that fly on nearly every cast. For about 20 minutes I caught one after the other as fast as I could hook 'em and unhook 'em, till I put them all down. Really neat. And probably a much more positive reflection on the sport than me talking about it.
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I had a guy a few weeks ago walk up to me while I was standing tying a new fly on in the middle of the stream, just started talking. Best part is once I saw him I jumped and about fell in the water, had my headphones in and pretty sure I was singing to Led Zep. In the end he was a cool guy, but dang no one knows how to tap a shoulder anymore hahaha

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I was fishing my favorite smallie river and there was a kid, about 8 years old, fishing on the shore with his dad where I enter the water to wade. The kid was the one to start a conversation with me asking, "why is your pole so long?" and "is fly fishing fun?". So I talked to him before I started fishing. That afternoon I was casting hoppers to the shore and twitching them back, and on ther second cast I caught a 10" small (the smallies don't get to big in our river), followed by an 8" bluegill, and a 12" smallmouth all in about 45 minutes. The kid was interested, because every time I caught a fish he'd tell his dad while sounding excited. Before they left, the kid asked his dad if he could try that, but the dad said it was too hard . I just hope the dad changes his mind. I'm not one to mind others business too much, but I almost felt like going over there and telling him it's not too hard and giving the kid a starting casting lesson. Hope the dad changes his mind.
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Zillion years ago, back up in Washington State, had a similar experience. Guy asked if he could take my picture. Why not?
We used get a campsite and fish the Farmington every Columbus Day weekend. That's peak foliage season here in CT and the leaf peepers are always out in force.
One day I must have been in a particular picturesque spot, cuz when I turned around, there was 4 tripods set up in the pull-off behind me.
I reeled in and moved off right away
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Got another one the other day. Fishing a small local pond with bluegill and bass, guy stops and says excitedly "They stock this place?" to which I reply "No." He then says "Oh, so you are just practicing then." I answer by telling him that the pond is not stocked but has natural fish. His next line, "Oh, brown trout?"
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