Overheard Recently, While Fly Fishing – – –
As fly fishers, we often find ourselves the “odd bird” in the flock, so to speak.
My personal philosophy is to fit in around the traditional salmon angler’s customary fishing methods, within reason and standards for civil behavior. So if I try to fish in an area where there are several (38 last week) boats trolling, I anchor off from the main trolling route and chuck my fly in the openings between Guide-boats as they pass by in font of me.
Last week, seeing a boat trolling on the inside of the channel, I called out to let the gentlemen know that it was fine for them to troll right through, and that I would retrieve my cast to give them a clear route.
Apparently, my communication was mis-translated.
The reply came pretty much as follows.
“It’s OK, you were here first.”
“No, wait a minute, we were here first, so F*#@! you.”
This was one guy out of 38 boats we counted. When I asked other boat captains if we were sufficiently out of the channel, I received thumbs up and smiles. Some folks asked if we ever caught salmon fly fishing in the bay, and many wished us luck and cheered us on, with good-natured condolences as to the unlikelihood of ever catching a King salmon in all this water.
Re-thinking how I should have handled the encounter later that day, my wise friend Jim listened patiently and counseled.
“Let it go, Jay.”
As usual, he’s right.
Just be prepared for one person out of 160 to be mean-spirited.