The North American Fly Fishing Forum


Go Back   The North American Fly Fishing Forum > General Fly Fishing Discussion > General Discussion

General Discussion General discussions regarding fly fishing as a whole. Ask questions. Get answers...

Like Tree12Likes
  • 9 Post By fly_guy12955
  • 1 Post By caberguy
  • 1 Post By nick k
  • 1 Post By quijibo

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08-31-2013, 10:23 PM
fly_guy12955's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: southwest , Virginia
Posts: 1,835
fly_guy12955 is a splendid one to beholdfly_guy12955 is a splendid one to beholdfly_guy12955 is a splendid one to beholdfly_guy12955 is a splendid one to beholdfly_guy12955 is a splendid one to beholdfly_guy12955 is a splendid one to beholdfly_guy12955 is a splendid one to behold
Default Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

Thought I'd share an embarrassing moment of my outdoor life with you fine folks. I was fly fishing once,,years ago,,wet wading and was on the bank. A fine run with lily pads on the opposite side of the stream and I KNEW there was a nice small-mouth in there. Just had to be. Cover, feeding lane, nice oxygen..hell,,it made me wanna be a small-mouth living there!
Anyways, I ease down the bank and start to position myself for a cast in and round some briers on my side. There were just a few lily pads on my side also,,just growing in this brackish water. I had to ease out in that brackish water for an angle for the cast.
Now, let's pause for a moment. If you have ever examined the stalk on a lily pad,,it's quite reptilian looking. Honest they are. Keep that in mind. It was out of mind for the next few moments.
I felt something bumping up my legs,,I was thigh deep in the backwater,,and felt this 'thing' come searching up my leg. Well that got my attention, but what happened next sill makes me wake at night crying " Holy Mary, Mother of God. pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death!"
The 'thing' that was bumping up my leg, made it's appearance about 3 inches below my crotch. What I saw was NOT a stubble off of a lily pad that my foot had dislodged, but the neck of a big , hugeee, snapping turtle. (actually is WAS the section of lily pad stalk that I'd dislodged).

I won't really elaborate on the situation more, except to say this. I am a devote Christian, attend Mass regular as a Swiss watch and believe the scriptures without question. So, yes, I am in awe that Jesus walked on the water.

However, I did it BACKWARDS.

Mike *leery of snapping turtles posse
__________________
All the romance of trout fishing exists in the mind of the angler and is in no way shared by the fish.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09-01-2013, 08:34 AM
busbus's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Pittsburgh
Posts: 371
busbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to beholdbusbus is a splendid one to behold
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

See? That is probably the biggest reason I am scared to death to fish from a float tube, at least in the lake I like to frequent. I have seen too many of those darn things watching me and I wonder how many I don't see.
__________________
Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” –Henry David Thoreau
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 09-01-2013, 09:15 AM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Milwaukee
Posts: 141
caberguy will become famous soon enoughcaberguy will become famous soon enough
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

Once when I was wet wading I had river otter shoot off the bank and between my legs before I knew what was going on... startled the heck out of me. Now, there was no gaping maw lingering by my bits in pieces, but it's still enough to freak you out when something unexpectedly rubs up against the inside of your leg.
quijibo likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 09-01-2013, 09:26 AM
mcnerney's Avatar
Administrator
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Pinedale, WY
Posts: 12,883
Blog Entries: 43
mcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond reputemcnerney has a reputation beyond repute
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

Yikes! That was a close one, I can see we're the nightmares come from.

Larry
__________________
Larry

Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 09-01-2013, 04:42 PM
Senior Member

 
Join Date: May 2013
Location: Southeast Idaho
Posts: 4,038
siege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant futuresiege has a brilliant future
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

I'm not a big fan of snapping turtles. I was teasing one with a stick once, when I was about 12 years old. Out in the 'Glades, they grow big and ugly. The stick was about as thick as my wrist, and he turned his head and snapped that stick in two with one bite. Instant respect. He didn't move away. I did.
Wading with snapping turtles ? Can you say " cast iron athletic supporter " ?
__________________
You can always tell a fisherman. You just can't tell him much.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 09-01-2013, 07:19 PM
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: South Florida
Posts: 1,164
fq13 is a glorious beacon of lightfq13 is a glorious beacon of lightfq13 is a glorious beacon of lightfq13 is a glorious beacon of lightfq13 is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

Candy ass! TRy fishing down in South Florida. Between the gators, crocs, bull sharks and pythons, an alligator snapper seems refreshing. Nice story.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 09-02-2013, 03:52 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Tri-Cities, WA
Posts: 56
smarty140 is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

This thread reminded me of a fishing outing a few weeks ago. I was fishing on a small brook trout stream near home that is a max of about 10 yards wide, and was picking my way through a rocky area when I (thankfully) noticed that one of the "rocks" on the bottom right ahead of me was a snapping turtle that looked way too big for such small water. The next spot that I wanted to cast from was right where he was sitting, so I grabbed a 6' stick from the woods and pestered him until he swam away back downstream into a jam of sticks and other debris.

All was well and good until I was moving on to the next spot and slipped and fell forward in some pretty fast water, spilling a couple fly boxes and a tippet spool out the front pouch of my chest pack. I scrambled downstream to catch up to everything and grabbed the fly boxes pretty quickly after they hung up on that jam of sticks and debris I mentioned earlier. I had been rooting around in the sticks trying to find the tippet for about 30 seconds before I realized "Oh $%&#, this is where that snapper is sitting!" and jumped backward a couple feet. I don't like leaving litter in the stream, but I figured it was better than leaving a couple fingers!

I'll bring an extra plastic bag next time I go there to pick up enough of other people's trash to more than make up for my tippet spool...

ryan
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 11:43 AM
nick k's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Brookline, MA
Posts: 1,229
nick k is a glorious beacon of lightnick k is a glorious beacon of lightnick k is a glorious beacon of lightnick k is a glorious beacon of lightnick k is a glorious beacon of lightnick k is a glorious beacon of light
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

Sounds like you almost cranked the Heisman on that turtles.

Snappers freak me out too, and we've got some HUGE ones around here. I was fishing one time on a small dock-like section (maybe about 6ft long) that jutted into one of my local ponds. I hadn't noticed, but a 50+ pound snapper had come up next to the dock because of all the bluegill I was pulling in and tossing back. During my next cast, my fly hit the tip of a branch and it fell to the water. As soon as it hit the pond, I heard a blood-curdling hissing noise as the water exploded next to me.

The turtle had mistaken the branch for a thrown-back fish and had instantly attacked it (head the size of a grapefruit). I nearly fell off the dock trying to figure out if I was being attacked.
fly_guy12955 likes this.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 09-04-2013, 02:56 PM
quijibo's Avatar
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Winnipeg, Manitoba
Posts: 105
quijibo has a spectacular aura aboutquijibo has a spectacular aura aboutquijibo has a spectacular aura about
Default Re: Mis-adventures- lions , tigers and,,,a turtle ?

Family canoe trip years ago, it was a scorcher, so we decided to go swim off a rock in the middle of a large bay. After about an hour, we got back in the canoes, and as we were paddling away, a large snapper swam out from the rock we were on. :O

Then while spin fishing for cats in the red river in th e middle of winnipeg where I live, my feet were just in the water, I looked down and saw a big one right beside me looking at my toes. Yes, I jumped out quickly and not very gracefully.
fly_guy12955 likes this.
__________________
-- Ryan
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
122 wade figures circus animals fish camels birds lions dogs cats noah england Ebay USA Wading equipment 0 08-28-2012 04:50 PM
Lions, Tigers and Bears LenHarris Great Lakes Region 1 05-24-2011 11:40 AM
Adventures of a newbie kevthebassman General Discussion 27 03-01-2011 10:09 AM
Tigers darkcahill Coldwater Fly Fishing 5 09-17-2007 02:21 PM
Opening day adventures? Salmo Nella Pacific Southwest 4 05-09-2005 01:38 PM













All times are GMT -5. The time now is 04:21 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0
2005-2014 The North American Fly Fishing Forum. All rights reserved.