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  1. Default What's the strangest thing you've seen while out fishing?

    I bet there are some great stories out there about strange things that you've run into while out on the water.

    When I was a teenager we used to hike into this little mountain lake in N. California. One day I was there with my dad and two younger brothers. I was in a float tube in the middle and my dad and brothers were on the bank when a tree fell 50 yards into the woods directly behind my youngest brother. His eyes got about as big as dinner plates and he ran straight into the lake up to his waist. The rest of us all got a pretty good laugh out of it as he cleaned out his trousers.

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    Metuchen, N.J.

    Default Re: What's the strangest thing you've seen while out fishing?

    A buddy & me were fishing from a canoe when a dragonfly landed on his nose. He panicked & went to swat it off & knocked his glasses over the side into the water. In a rush he jumped over the side of the canoe (capsizing it)
    head first & ended up head first in the bottom muck. The water was only about 2 ft. deep. We gathered up our stuff (after I stopped laughing) & he did find his glasses after sifting thru the muck. He won't fish from my canoe anymore. Maybe it's because everytime I see him I swat my nose to remind him.

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    Northern California
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    Last year I thought I saw a squirrel fall into the a stream. It came out with a crawdad in its mouth.


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    quiet corner, ct

    Default Re: What's the strangest thing you've seen while out fishing?

    Just the other day I had a 4' shark chase some bait up on to the sandbar where I was fishing. In just inches of water.
    Freaked me out
    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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    Ben Lomond, Ca
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    1. 1974, Lake Isabella, Ca...guy fishing power bait gets a hit, sets the hook and watches as a pelican erupts from the water with his hook in the corner of his beak. This guy tried to break off the bird, but ended up reeling him in. That bird kicked his a$$ when he got close enough. I felt bad for the bird, but couldn't stop laughing.

    2. Huntington Lake, Ca about 4-5 years ago....A massive thunderstorm upstream caused a flash flood on the feeder stream. My wife and I watched as the flood tore out MANY full sized pines and washed a huge log jam into the lake. There was a propane tank ripped off a cabin upstream that was spewing propane, spinning in the water for over an hour in the middle of the log jam. Pretty scary stuff. Upstream there was a car washed into the creek from a campsite.

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    Truckee, CA.
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    Last season while walking a little stream that had spawning kokanee up in it, I spied a western gull "dancing" in the shallows.
    Wings out, he was doing a silly circular side-step thing.
    Looking closer, I saw something barely break the surface, looked pointed.
    Turned out a big cray had taken posession of a dead fish and was standing his ground.
    Mine, mine, mine.....

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    long time ago i was fishing in a secluded (or so i thought) stretch of the blackfoot river in montana. it was late june. about 70 degrees out. i was high stick nymphing because there wasn't much action on the surface. got into a handful of 12-16" rainbows and cutthroats. and LOTS of whitefish.... it was a blast. anyway, i decided to take a break... cracked open a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon..... was walking along the shore when i heard voices... i emerged from some thick brush onto a sandy beach and there were 5 women sunbathing....NUDE. beer shot out my nose.... they noticed me and nonchalantly waved. i waved back and slowly stepped back into the brush.

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    ps. they were pretty too.

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    pss. i was double-rigged btw.... bead-head flash back pheasant tail and.... um.... i forgot.... some other nympho... i mean nymph....

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    Western Maryland

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    Saw some deer crossing downstream and moved up on my side of the river. A little while later I hear some commotion in the thick brush behind me and figure it's the deer and don't pay a lot of attention to it. Brush and trees were really thick. I kept hearing it so I finally turned to look and here comes this huge black bear coming down to the water! It was about 20 yards from me and coming. I tried to get my camera out of my vest but he kept coming so I yelled and fell backwards into the water and he retreated up the hill somewhere. Don't know hwere he went and didn't care as long as it wasn't next to me!
    "I fish because I love to; because I love the environs where trout are found; because trout do not lie or cheat and cannot be bought or bribed or impressed by power, but respond only to quietude and humility and endless patience...because only in the woods can I find solitude without lonliness..." Robert Traver 1964 (Judge John Voelker)

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    Languedoc/near montpellier
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    Great idea for a thread...great stories.Unfortunately I can't tell you here what's the strangest thing I've seen while fishing
    it'll be censored

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    Last year while fishing the Upper Sac my adult son and I ran into a fully naked couple all tangled up together.
    -Tom Wilson
    Attention New Fly Fishers and those just wanting to improve- Join a Fly Fishing Club. They have classes on every aspect of fly fishing for beginners to advanced for free or cheaper than offered elsewhere. Some offer mentor programs. You will make friends with other fly fishers. Clubs often have outings in which members pay special group rates for guides or to fish prime private access areas.

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