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Old 04-10-2008, 11:02 AM
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Question Do you take chances ?

I have been wondering about asking this question for some
time, especially since our Michigan weather is making most all
of the rivers too high & fast.

Do you take chances when the river seems too "nasty" ?
What does it take to keep you from going out ? (maybe other
than that "you better not" from your spouse. )

Have you ever took that chance & ended up floating down
stream, or just got soaked because you lost your footing &
ended up in ice cold water ?

Any good stories to tell ?

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Old 04-10-2008, 11:42 AM
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No, I don't really take chances on the water, over time I have developed a healthy respect for water and the power it posseses. And I really try to listen to that little inner voice that tells me "Maybe that's not such a good idea", as I've gotten older, that little voice seems to be getting much wiser. lol

Sorry, I don't really have any stories to tell, although I have gotten that bit of cold water in the waders a few times.
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Old 04-10-2008, 11:53 AM
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I was wearing rubber chest waders 30 years ago, and lost my footing in a
swift current. I didn't go far, but that was enough to keep me in hip boots
for the next 25 years.

A few years ago, I was fishing the Schuylkill River for smallmouth. I had my
snazzy new chest waders on, and knew that the the river had two sandbars
(where the water dropped down to about 1 foot in depth), and that the
second channel was a good spot for smallie action. Soooo.....I waded up to
my navel, got into ankle deep water, and then back up to my navel. The
fishing was good, but when I turned back to look at the bank, it seemed a
million miles away . Needless to say, wading back was much more tricky,
and despite following what I thought was the same path, the water was
much deeper. To make matters worse, the spool on my reel fell off somehow,
and I was in chest deep water. I had little choice but to stand there gathering the line and the 100yards of backing in my hands until the spool
could be lifted. That actually got my mind off the mistake of walking out as
far as I did, and I managed to stay calm and make it back.

I have fallen into the water getting out of my canoe. After sitting for 2-3
hours, one of my legs always falls asleep, and just when I think it's safe
to get out of the canoe, my leg doesn't realize that it was supposed to wake
up . The last time that happened was this past December. I was wearing
hippers, and lying in 6 inches of water. The people at the adjacent fishing
pier must have thought I was drinking...LOL!!
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:52 PM
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Default Re: Do you take chances ?

Every day is a risk. I don't need to increase the risks by doing anything stupid... anymore
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Old 04-11-2008, 06:06 AM
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Default Re: Do you take chances ?

I agree with Joe. You take unknown risks everyday why tempt fate by looking for more!!

Most my time on the water is with clients. My job is to safely get them home. I don't get to take chances with their lives.
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Hi Dave,
How about clients that want to take chances. I'm reminded John Geirach's
grayling fishing trip in Trout Bum, in which he gets in water too deep
after hooking a fish. He fought the fish while being swept down river, but his
guide was able to scoop him up into the boat.

Do you get any clients like that?
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:13 AM
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Default Re: Do you take chances ?

I've had several clients do risky things... from jumping out of a swiftly moving boat to wading way too deep or rough for their ability. Fortunately, when the day's done, no one's been hurt (except for my back, knee or shoulder).
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Old 04-11-2008, 10:48 AM
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Default Re: Do you take chances ?

Well funny thing we went out last weekend me dan and jay went to alcova we get there and jay took time tieing on his leader and fly he dont fish as much as the rest. So 15 mins into fishing we hear a splash. He stepped once on a rock then second step he goes under. the water is about 2 ft higher than usuall so it was over his head and he got soaked. Just not paying attention. It was about 28 degrees outside. So needless to say it was cold. So we did what any dedicated flyfisherman would do We laughed for a hour and continued fishing for 3 he did eventually dry
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Hi Dave,
How about clients that want to take chances. I'm reminded John Geirach's
grayling fishing trip in Trout Bum, in which he gets in water too deep
after hooking a fish. He fought the fish while being swept down river, but his
guide was able to scoop him up into the boat.

Do you get any clients like that?
I've had a few do some risky things but not too many. You just have to keep an eye on them. Get two clients out wading at the same time you wonder how is it you are not in a neck brace after a while. Guess my head is mounted on a good swivel!! LOL
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Old 04-11-2008, 11:23 AM
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Default Re: Do you take chances ?

I've have taken some stupid risks to either get more backcast room or to reach that fish that's way out there. Luckely the worst that has happened was that I got wet or had a few scary moments. I now realize I'm older & that you have to turn around to get back to shore so in fast / high water I don't go where I can get swept away as I turn around & I'm very careful not to get my feet caught between rocks. I also always have a wading staff attached when I wade in any thing but sand. If I think the water is to high or fast when I get to the river I'll just get out the camera & take some pictures or collect some bug samples.
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