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View Poll Results: To prune, or not to prune?

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  • Yes

    11 15.71%
  • No

    26 37.14%
  • Situational

    33 47.14%
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  1. #21
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    White City (tad north of Medford) Oar-E-Gone

    Thumbs up Re: An Ethics Question

    WT just put up a very strong Candidate for "Post of the Day.'
    When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"

  2. #22
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Lake of the Woods/Rainy River Minnesota Canada border

    Default Re: An Ethics Question

    The dead tree that I busted my Winston on seems to have suffered from an accident, and believe it or not it was not me.

    I have cut some saplings and other annoying vegetation though. The last couple of years I have had Willows popping up in bad bad spots. They are going to have to go away each and every time. Despite the very large size and length of this river, there are a limited number of spots where I can fish from shore. I refuse to give them to weeds and trees. Don't get me wrong, I'm not breaking out the chain saw. Yet.

    I second Fred's vote for WT.

  3. Default Re: An Ethics Question

    It is usually proper to trim. You're doing yourself and everyone else a favor.

  4. #24

    Default Re: An Ethics Question

    I voted no as well and couldn't have said it any better than WT. The only time I change anything is if I snag my fly on something in the water and that something gets pulled up when I pull my line in. Other than that, I believe that nature has it's own way of doing things and I don't want to get in the way of that. Besides, after a hurricane we had last year, it has made for some very interesting and frusterating obstacles. That makes it fun for me though, if the holes I fished never changed I would get bored with them, I love the challenge.

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  6. #25
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Western Montana

    Default Re: An Ethics Question

    I guess I've never even considered carrying any sort of pruning implement to aid my fishing. hmmm...maybe a new feature for a new fishing pack, "the pruning shear sheath."

    But apparently many people do consider it, so I'm glad you posted this poll Milt.

    If it came to removing structure to make a drift easier - no way! I mean wtf is that? That is fishing, my friends. When structure is such that I can't get to where I want to...well, I lose and walk away. What about all those nasty cross currents and the eddy that doesn't allow me to the drift I "need" to get my fly somewhere? Should I bring in a shovel brigade? A backhoe?

    This is fishing! You find a way to get your fly where you want it and if you can't then you move on. You do not alter the wild scape of the land to suit your greedy desire.

    As far as clearing trail...I don't do that either, but I find it only mildly less offensive.

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  8. #26
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Wasilla / Skwentna, Alaska
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    Don't prune John, bad karma

    ---------- Post added at 07:26 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:23 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by brucerducer View Post
    It is usually proper to trim. You're doing yourself and everyone else a favor.
    Fly fishing isn't about making things easier for everyone else, sorry. I've never trimmed a branch in my life and I've spent a lot of time on small creeks...........

    Anywhere can be the land of great expectations, broken dreams, or paradise found, it's all up to you.

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  9. #27
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: An Ethics Question

    A different situation, but related.
    This time of year, I have little brook trout in the tributary stream that flows through the woods behind my house.
    They're not year-long residents, but move up into the skinny water in the fall to spawn.
    I was out back picking mushrooms the other day when I noticed that there were lots of them this year. More than I've ever seen before in more than 20 years. We've had plenty of rain lately so I guess that made passage easier for the 1/4 mile swim up from the main stream.
    Anyway, it got me thinking that I haven't gone through and cleared out the obstructions in a few years. In the past I've made a point to keep the passage clear of major dead fall dams so that the little guys (and gals ) can make it to their spawning areas.
    This is more of a stream improvement and is not at all meant to make it easier to fish...... I've never fished for my little buddies there and don't intend to.
    Still, spending some time clearing deadfalls (and improving the flow) is not always a bad thing
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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  11. #28
    Join Date
    May 2013
    Franklin, West Virginia

    Default Re: An Ethics Question

    I has gone through my mind, but why make it easier for the next guy. I look at it a challenging water and learn to live with the obstructions.

    I like playing the hazards.

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