02-01-2011, 12:20 PM
Re: "Losers and Finders"
Last season, a client with a new sage rod, and his buddy were learning to get a drift.
Until you get it right, not much happens fish wise.
They hadn't hooked up yet, and asked to see me do it.
Sure enough, a demo fish helped out with the lesson.
The client with the new rod was down stream from me, so I led the fish to where he was standing, to let him see what they look like. He deftly netted the fish, we marveled over the colors of a rainbow, then he did a clean release.
As he stood up again, he got a funny look on his face.
"Where is my rod" he says?
I instantly dropped my rod in the water to see how far a rod/reel might drift in the current.
To get some idea of the area we should search.
After about an hour of fruitless wading about, the traumatized fisherman made a break for the car. He said he was going to drive to town, buy a diving mask, and come back.
It was clear to me, that the morning of fishing delight was over.
And a day of agony and regret was starting.
Just then his buddy and I spy fly line running along the stream bottom.
Amazingly, his dropper fly had hung on a rock, and we followed the line to the rod about thirty yards down-current.
Emotionally, as a group, we were done.
We repaired to some shade for a beverage, and breathed a collective sigh of relief.
I called the morning 1/2 day a wash, and got them to come back for an evening session instead. After a burger and some BSing, we tried again.
"Another song about tragedy narrowly averted."GD
Guiding can be a very stressful occupation.
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.
Last edited by Bigfly; 02-01-2011 at 12:55 PM.