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Jmd123July 31st, 2013, 12:30 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2611
Kyle, I do believe the above warning was aimed at me... ;oD

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
MartinlfSeptember 11th, 2013, 8:19 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Angler is working with a difficult fish. After several refusals he determines that that certain blue-winged olive variation he tied two Winters ago would be just the ticket. After combing through a dozen fly boxes, he finally locates the beast and manages to tie it on with trembling fingers, just knowing it will prove to be the big trout's demise. He again looks at the stream for the precise location to plant his fly. While false casting, he mutters to himself, "Hey - where did he go?"...

Full of disappointment as he trudges out of the stream, he missteps and tweaks his back because of the massive weight shift of his vest. At least his chiropractor will be happy.:)

From Kurt, but the scenario seems vaguely familiar.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PaulRobertsSeptember 11th, 2013, 8:31 pm

Posts: 1776
Yes, well described.

It's where we begin to look like a leopard pacing in its cage, and wonder if it's OK. There's an unnerving primeval voice whispering "Your family is starving"; a voice we've learned to quash. Herons bring us some solace.
MartinlfNovember 17th, 2013, 9:58 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
A pile of student papers has had me pretty busy for a while, but Troutnut provides a brief respite from time to time. Too busy to post much, but this was too good to pass up:

From Spence:

There was a decade when it seemed that as soon as I crossed over the Crawford County line where Grayling is located a very large low pressure center would camp out over head and my fishing week's weather would get down right snarly. Gray clouds, wind, rain, and ocassionaly very cold and it would snow.

One time, Paul, I sat on the bank of the river on a very cold bluebird sky day with a single cloud hovering over my head. This cloud was pouring snow down on me...I thought I should move to get out from under it, but then resigned myself to the idea that a greater power was probably sending me a message, and that moving would be futile.

That same week my guide friend and I were launching the boat for our annual day together. As we were about to shove off he turned to me and asked if I was sure about this. "Once we go, Spence, there is no turning back." We were on the river and by the end of the first hour we found ourselves taking shelter underneath some cedars as it hailed for 20 minutes.

The only fly on the water that day was a size 26 Baetis that was so small the creek chubs weren't even interested. This was during my bad back period and when we made it to the end of our all day float I was so hunched over I looked like Quasimodo. My friend was so concerned he started the truck and made me sit inside, trying to thaw out, while he stowed our gear and put the boat on the trailer...The bag of ice I had purchased for our beers was still intact. Not a single drop thawed.

Folks began to ask Rusty when I was coming up and booking either the week ahead of me or the week after.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
OldredbarnNovember 17th, 2013, 3:30 pm
Novi, MI

Posts: 2608

No pain, no gain, baby! :) Just paying some dues, I guess.


"Even when my best efforts fail it's a satisfying challenge, and that, after all, is the essence of fly fishing." -Chauncy Lively

"Envy not the man who lives beside the river, but the man the river flows through." Joseph T Heywood
GusJanuary 23rd, 2014, 8:56 pm

Posts: 59
Great topic!
CaseyP I'm going to have to agree with you so far. the forum rules about no haiku gets my vote>
"How do you help that son of a bitch?"

"By taking him fishing"

-A River Runs Through It
RogueratJune 2nd, 2014, 11:10 am
Posts: 472
[if you don't tie, you gotta' buy]

I ran across this one buried deep in the 'tying tips' heading, which by the way makes for great reading and research. I can't tell you the originator or date, since I can't find the post again! Maybe 2009?

I was going to head north today, do some 'trout driving' on my day off- but gas spiked to $ 4.00 a gallon over the weekend, pretty much keeps me closer to home.


I Peter 5:7 'Cast your cares upon Him...'
MartinlfDecember 10th, 2014, 7:27 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
I have a sister that lives in Hawaii and we are limited to emails to each other to keep in touch...She sent me the following: A little boy was sitting in the tub taking a bath and checking out his testicles. He asked his mother, "Are these my brains?" She said, "No dear! Not yet."

From whom else but Spence. Don't know how this one has not ended up here before.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
RogueratFebruary 26th, 2015, 4:52 pm
Posts: 472
'Fly-fishing is the Zen of fishing...'

quote from a novice, female fly-fisher whose mom I worked with

Last I heard the novice was in Nepal, an English-teacher or something
MartinlfFebruary 26th, 2015, 8:38 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
If you ever see me in the pike suit my wife made for me you should follow your natural instincts and head off in another direction.

This one will be hard to beat.

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
MartinlfMarch 2nd, 2015, 2:41 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
I once hooked an immature hen mallard on East Lake, a volcanic caldera lake in the Oregon Cascades. I was fishing from shore and she was huffing and clucking her way around picking goodies out of the elodea. I specifically gave her a wide berth when I cast, but she glided over anyway and sucked up my #14 parachute adams. Got her right though one of those vents in her beak. Luckily, she was only half grown (if that) and I was fishing 4X Umpqua which was pretty stout stuff for the alleged diameter and I was able to turn and run right up on the bank with her and run her down and pluck the fly back out with a set of those mini pliers. She was pretty hosed at me though and after I put her back in the lake, she swam back and forth in front of me and read me the riot act in Mallardese for about 5 minutes. She was making so much noise that for a while, I feared a personal injury lawyer would materialize out of the bushes (they're everywhere...), sign her up and poof, there would go the rest of our vacation.

OK, the quotation's pretty long, but once you get down to the word "Mallardese" it's pure genius to the end, and you need what comes before for context. Well done, Lee.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
PaulRobertsMarch 2nd, 2015, 6:54 pm

Posts: 1776
Another time during the Green Drake on Penns Creek, I hooked a guy from Willow Grove (or maybe it was King of Prussia, I forget..). He was in full Orvis regalia, so he was probably about ready to spawn. Which would explain why he didn't put up much of a fight despite going at least 90-95 Kg. Just as well, probably. The hook was only caught by about 4 threads of his treated SPF 80 shirt and I probably would have lost him anyway if he had jumped or made a hot run downstream..

You beat me to it, Louis. I'm adding the rest of it.
RleePMarch 2nd, 2015, 7:44 pm
NW PA - Pennsylvania's Glacial Pothole Wonderland

Posts: 398
Thanks, fellas..

I'm glad to be back on my ancestral turf in NW PA and I'm glad to be coming round here again after an extended hiatus. They're both a part of coming home.

Me and the junior cat, Sam, are going back down in the basement now and tie more 6/0 Deceivers and 10" Bunny Buggers. This is going to be the year of the legal musky on the long rod (I hope..). Then I'll have it out of my system and I can concentrate on trout again.

PaulRobertsMarch 2nd, 2015, 7:58 pm

Posts: 1776
Welcome back, Lee. And good luck with your muskie adventures. Kyle (Kschaefer3) is a muskie chaser, and catcher I believe.
MartinlfMarch 3rd, 2015, 12:56 am
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
Me and the junior cat, Sam, are going back down in the basement now and tie . . .

Lee, Our cat Jimmy has a spot right next to my tying table. He's become quite a critic of split wings that are not exactly symmetrical.

Best of luck with the muskies.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
Kschaefer3March 12th, 2015, 1:34 pm
St. Paul, MN

Posts: 376
I don't tie blood knots for the same reason that I don't use back flips to travel from the bedroom to the kitchen when I go to get my morning coffee. I've never found it necessary and there are easier ways to get it done.

I was laughing really hard at this one. I never thought about it in these terms, but that pretty much sums it up.
MartinlfMay 7th, 2015, 3:01 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
From Lee:

If there is a loose piece of barbed wire lying around, my waders usually find it.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
MartinlfFebruary 1st, 2016, 3:47 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 3233
A comment and response from Lloyd that caught my eye as I was looking at some older bug threads:

Litobrancha: “there are also some good litobrancha populations on [the] Davidson River in Transylvania county NC.”
. . .
GONZO: “Maybe, but I'd be careful about those bugs in Transylvania County. Wear some garlic or something, especially after dark. ;) “

"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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