To the PMs and replies, thank you.
PM Response > You hate losing flies, but I do intend to fish them, which means I am going to lose them. So be it. If I am in a known bad area, I do have some quick flies to lose.
There are a couple of issues, I dislike ...
- If you keep, kill humanely quickly. Keeping them on a stringer alive for hours is wrong.
- I do not object to CPing, but believe the harvesting of eggs is wrong. I see females killed and disposed of for the eggs only. CPers often use eggs, but not always.
Tie-Dye > Interesting, I was watching the guy across the way. There were no jerks, but I do believe at least one fish was fowl hook. I was surprised at how long his leader but thought maybe a boulder created a deep hole (then how do you get it drop in so fast). Never thought of flossing - will in the future.
When I first started, I tried to "swing" flies and was skunk. I went to slinkies and CPing, and caught fish. I eventually learnt, I can catch and I can land them. I often used small stones and caddis on fine tippet, and besides confidence, it taught me how much I can pressure the fish into shore. I guess, I progressed to the point, being skunked is okay, as long as I get some excercise, fresh air and time away from the office.
I also talked to Pat the following day at Altmar North Parking Lot - it was a good conversation. Yeah, I can see doing pre-spawn bass fishing, as he like to hit them off the surface.
I did not note, yes, there was some small hatches and yes, good suggestion about below the wire. In November, I got a tug between Bovines and Trestle, and it is a spot I enjoy to, but I never tried Sportsman. As far as crowds were concerned, the parking lot in Altmar was heavily parked, but Sportsman and Trestle were quiet. Pineville and Ellis activity ebb and flow. People were working the percentage for a steelhead at the top end.
I intend to hit the area once every 4-6 weeks. A form of fish theraphy. Given the audience I am speaking to, believeing people who read this are willing to share a pool, I am not to concern about divulging what I see.