Saturday, February 01, 2014

Murphy Must Have Been a Fly Fisherman

He had to be! That can only explain the various things that befall us hapless fly fishers in our never ending quest for fly fishing nirvana.
So here are a few examples of what can go wrong out on the river. Now bear in mind, dear readers, I am not necessarily owning up to anything here...wink wink, but after many years of investigation I've been told that these unfortunate maladies might actually happen to a fly fisherman.

- You are trying to thread a size 18 Pale Blue Dun but you discover that you've glued the eye of the hook and cannot fit your tippet through and the light is fading fast and the fish are rising.

- You have one last dry fly that the fish cannot resist so you what do you do? You drop it in the swiftest or deepest part of the river while tying it on your tippet.

- The cutthroat trout of a lifetime chooses to take your fly after you were too lazy to tie a good knot when attaching the fly to the tippet.

- Your last knotless leader turns into a tangled mess as you remove it from it's package and the trout are on the bite.

- You contemplate the wisdom of leaving your raincoat in the car as you wait out a torrential thunder storm under a tree...four miles from your car.

- The odds of the section of river you are about to wade being one eighth of an inch deeper than the tops of your waders are somewhere in the range of betting on the sun to rise the next day.

- If that log looks too slippery for you to walk on then it probably is!

- Rattlesnakes always seems to choose sun themselves on the exact rock you need to step on when wading a tricky part of the river.

- Why does nature always wait to call after you put your waders on and ready to fish?

- How come the trout wait to rise after you've put your fishing gear away for the day?

- The importance of the gear you forgot at home is in direct correlation to how far you've driven when you realize you've forgotten it. If it's too far to turn around then it's important.

- Why is the hole in your waders only discovered on the coldest day of winter?

- The odds of you casting your fly into a tree on the first cast are in direct proportion to the time you took to tie it.

Like I said friends I've only heard rumors that these things happen.