06-02-2014, 09:49 AM
Re: kindness on the river.
So having been on the receiving end I try to pay it forward after this story
I was fishing (not catching) and a guy comes down through the trees and stands next to the river 15-20' from me. It is a small run , a single fisherman type of run. I am thinking to myself "get lost dillweed". He politely says "any luck"...I politely say not really how about you. His response was yeah not bad 18 fish or so just up around the corner. My radar went up since I think I was on fish # 0. "Oh yeah, on what" ? He says little midges running deep. Apparently the I don't have the foggiest idea what you just said look on my face was a dead give away that a little advice wouldn't be unappreciated. He proceeds to ask what I was using and I said throwing this EHC to the risers across the stream. Politely he says well no wonder your not catching fish, first off wrong fly and secondly your casting across 3 currents and from up the hill he could only see a single fish over there..odds are pretty low. He says can I show you some things....well of course now I am ready to learn.
He stands next to me and instructs me to look up stream and the bottom of the deepest part of the river. Hmmmm low and behold fish were stacked up. He proceeds to throw a cast up stream and hook a fish. Pulls his rig out of the water and shows me the bugs, goes through my fly box and finds a similar fly, ties it on for me, gives me a strike indicator ( Had no clue about them at that point in time).
First cast I get a big old tangle and he offers to fix it for me. I politely said no thanks he had already helped tremendously, and that I was out of time and apparently had a lot to learn.Which I am still learning today.
I try to pay it forward. A few months back I am fishing and catch about 20 in a 2hr stretch. Guy 100yards up river didn't so much as have a bite the entire time. As I am leaving I walk up and ask him if he is having any luck....no he says he cant figure it out. I snipped by double nymph rig off (Red Two-Bit Hooker trailed by a JuJuBee midge) handed it to him with a spare of each and said tie this on and throw it in the deeper runs.
I didn't hang out to watch and see, but I imagine he had to at least have a little luck after that.
"The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"
"Snap it" Hank Patterson
Last edited by comeonavs; 06-02-2014 at 10:11 AM.