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?