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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 10-28-2019, 07:48 PM Thread Starter
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So you and a good buddy or two are standing at the top of a sweet run. How do you decide who goes first?

I’ve got some opinions but I want to see what you all say first!
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They go first.. I'd rather they get a fish than me.

if i do go first i fish a skater..

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They go first.. I'd rather they get a fish than me.

if i do go first i fish a skater..
This I think. Ideally you have a little contest of politeness, and the loser goes first.

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Always been my experience that the driver of the vehicle gets first go. The only exception if it is a new starter and then I usually try and get them a fish before myself.
Also whilst travelling the driver gets the double bed if the choice is a double and a single in the room.
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When I first started fishing with my sons, they always went first. Every run.

With one good friend who didn’t get to fish much, I always insist he gets first run through and then we switch after that.

With my other fishing buddy, it depends. Three weeks ago on a five day trip I hooked the first fish of the trip behind him. After that I had him lead through each run until he hooked one. By day 3 I had hooked six and he was still looking for number one. He became convinced that the “second guy” got all the grabs. So he moved to the back. Then I took one in front and he still couldn’t find one. The last morning he took the lead and found redemption. Headed back over for another five day stint next week. My guess is he catches them all behind me.

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Take turns or flip a coin, maybe? First person fishes 1/3 across and second person further. How significantly does it really reduce hookups?
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Whomever has gone the longest without a fish (or a hookup) goes first. Occasionally, someone says "no, you go first." I say, "if you say so!"
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On a recent three day float, the guy that originated this thread put everyone in ahead of him. Over the first couple days, he wouldn't take a run on his home river. Every time I'd come floating along, he'd be at the head,waiting, waving me over- You gotta swing this, it's juicy, juicy..... you'll love it, swings killer nice.

If not me, RD was the recipient. Finally, day three rolls around, we're about out of the float, RD and I wage a war of manners, insist he goes through first or we're just floating out.

Yard finally capitulates, and starts at the head, RD and I hanging back, visiting, taking a few pictures. 5th, 6th cast of the run, I turn in time to see a sweet cast lay out and about 12 inches into the drift, a fish pounds the fly an inch under the surface. Gorgeous, amazing and so fun to see your generous friend hook up with the only fish of the weekend.

Next trip, around the fire at night, we're going to help him practice with his knots.
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Next trip, around the fire at night, we're going to help him practice with his knots.
Yeah, right!
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That is a tough call. These days, I am fine either way but both my fishing buddy and I enjoy catching fish behind each other. I usually go first and guess who wins!

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I always offer to follow. Most of the people I fish with, the best part of any run is deciding who should get to follow. Pay it forward.

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whoever is the least experienced goes first for me and my friends. I live 100 yards from a great lakes river that gets a run... I always go last and fish sculpin pattern.
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When I first started fishing with my sons, they always went first. Every run.

With one good friend who didn’t get to fish much, I always insist he gets first run through and then we switch after that.

With my other fishing buddy, it depends. Three weeks ago on a five day trip I hooked the first fish of the trip behind him. After that I had him lead through each run until he hooked one. By day 3 I had hooked six and he was still looking for number one. He became convinced that the “second guy” got all the grabs. So he moved to the back. Then I took one in front and he still couldn’t find one. The last morning he took the lead and found redemption. Headed back over for another five day stint next week. My guess is he catches them all behind me.
Hello.. I let in friends first. To relate to sinktip´s story, I went browntrout fishing last year with a newcomer to that particular destination. He went first all week, he lost three and I landed four. This year, he went first caught naught and I landed five. What do I do next year? Offer to fish without a hook, haha... Yours borano20
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