Friday, January 8, 2010

Fly Fishing for Spectators?



I often fish in what would be considered urban conditions: seawalls near marinas, local parks, and the always popular with joggers, cyclists, and dog walkers, Coffee Pot Bayou.

One thing that I experience when fishing in this environment is the tendency to draw a crowd.....which can be quite annoying (sorry folks I'm here trying to fish, not perform a circus act). I don't enjoy whizzing 3/0 Owner hooks past peoples faces, or making sure my backcast doesn't snatch off your wife's wig....or YOUR wig.....or the pissed off jogger who runs into your backcast....

Another thing that often accompanies the crowd is the same old questions....

"Are you fly fishing?"

"You ever see that movie A River Runs Through It?"

"What do you catch on a fly in Florida?"

"We used to fly fish for trout in streams back in the day up north"

That's cool. I'm all about telling folks about the sport of saltwater fly fishing....except when I'm out doing it.

Would you approach the scary looking guy wearing a skull hat, Killswitch Engage shirt, earrings, with a scowl who looks like he'd kick your ass in a second, whipping a sharp object around?

Hmmmmmmm......

4 comments:

  1. well put Rob..I know that scenario...I have heard people say look he flyfishing...duhh..I tend to dance around and talk to myself alot and laugh that usually keeps onlookers at bay... ohh and the tattoos help too.

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  2. I know what you mean mate, people are stupid (you have to remember that) and ask stupid questions. It's pretty dumb when you're casting to be standing around near you if they can loiter equally as well out of range.

    I always get people asking if there are really fish in some of the spots I frequent. "No, I'm sitting by the bank in -2'c staring at a rod in the dark for fun..." would be my preferred answer, but I bite my tongue...

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  3. "Would you approach the scary looking guy wearing a skull hat, Killswitch Engage shirt, earrings, with a scowl who looks like he'd kick your ass in a second, whipping a sharp object around?"

    Yup, I sure would!!

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