White River Flyshop Newsletter
“I GOT MY TAIL KICKED”
I am sure most of you have had this experience—getting your 'tail kicked' by the person fishing downstream or upstream from you—but perhaps not, because you are such excellent fishermen that you 'always' catch the most fish. For me, sometimes I am the windshield and sometimes I am the bug—said for you Mary Chapin Carpenter fans. (If not a fan, google it and look it up.)
This last week, my wife and I walked into the cold water of Taneycomo to catch a few fish on our way home from Bull Shoals. Wasn't suppose to rain—but of course it was!! My wife is a novice—just two years of some experience on the stream. I tied on what I hoped would be two great flies, and on my first cast I had a fish. Wow! Look at me, I am a hero! However, things then slowed down. Several casts later with the same flies and no fish. What happened?
Then what appeared to be a beginner walked in just downstream of us. Could hardly cast a fly. Threw his cast sidearm. His casting was mediocre to say the least. But then he proceeded to catch fish after fish. He had no idea how to land a fish. I was afraid he was going to break his rod several times as he bent it double getting fish off his fly and back into the water. He caught a fish on 'almost' every drift. The only reason I say 'almost', is that I had to watch my drift some of the time!! He probably caught a fish on every drift!!
Meantime, with my superior skills and knowledge, my wife and I had only caught a few. My wife was watching all of this. After 42 years of marriage, my approval rating was dropping to that of a Congressman.
So being the noble person I am, I shouted downstream, “Man you are slaying them!” “What are you using?” This was said, in desperation, of course. I didn't want my marriage to break up after 42 years. He replied, “a maroon midge emerger”. Immediately, as a guy, I am processing what in the world is the color maroon? So I tied on, for my wife or course, the only maroon midge emerger I had. Immediately she hooked up with a good fish. After several minutes of fighting the fish it broke her line. Obviously the fish wasn't concerned about saving the marriage.
Well, I struck up a conversation with the guy downstream. He was great. He had only been fly fishing for a year or so. He was an experienced hunter and outdoorsmen but had not been fly fishing very long. I looked at his equipment and it had all been purchased at Bass Pro. His waders, his rod, and his reel. That made me feel very good. So I moseyed downstream and asked if I could look at his fly. He said, “Of course.” The fly had been hammered. Not much left. Just a small hook with about two turns of thread and a little dubbing. His comment to his buddies was, “This is the best day I have ever had fishing.”
While we don't always have all of the right answers, we want you to have your best day on the stream! Be sure to check out our free fly fishing classes and fly tying classes.
Call 913-254-5200 and ask for the fly shop to schedule.