Column nr. 2, 2015
As California once known as land
of endless milk and honey struggles to fathom the impact and future of a
state quickly running out of water! Sportsmen of all stripes, boaters,
campers, even bird watchers are afraid the good old Aqua wealthy days
are in the rearview mirror. While surveying possible fly waters still
accessible I recently visited many of my favorite old haunts.
Beginning way up north near the
border near Mt. Shasta and winding down toward lake Tahoe, Yosemite and
then east to Feather River. I could not help but notice a sad sidebar to
this insidious 4 year drought... A lack of general old school fly fisher
consideration and respect. Fly Etiquette as I like to refer to it is
simply giving the other guy or gal as much room as possible especially
if that person is on the water you like first? In my fly life an
unspoken code among seasoned bug throwers is understood and never
wavers. I will attempt to site several common mistakes.
In almost every fly trip you
take either here in water starved California or wading lovely Vermont
chalk streams. Fellow fly fishers will certainly appear or may be there
first! If you come upon a nice pool being worked. Quietly back away and
find another area. If that means walking from easy access road side or
hiking another mile either way give the first fly fisher respect and
leave him to his morning period. Don’t ask him how its going? What
patterns he uses, simply leave him or her alone and walk away.
Why this hands off leave them be
philosophy you may enquire? This complicated noble old sport is simply
not for everyone in my mind. One has to have many tools to expect any
success. First in your tool kit has to be respect and putting the other
fellow first. This is not a sport for those who must behave in a selfish
me first manner. My life Long fly friends world wide are highly educated
in the school of human dignity and behaving like gentlemen and ladies at
all cost when in the field. Your behavior is being watched and emulated
by our young fly fishers who deserve a high standard to follow for the
sake of the sport and your own peace of mind. Many times showing a new
fly fisher how to gain twenty feet casting or tying a sound knot or
understanding currents. I feel more satisfied regardless of number of
fish caught and released at days end having been an Embassador, it is a
wonderful feeling. Perhaps on the golf links or table tennis Chicanery
rules? Not on fly streams... In fact on many occasions I have given my
hot Pool to a younger eager fly fisher and helped he or she hook up and
release making another life long Pal. I always carry many examples of
patterns I know land fish and hand them to new members of the
“Brotherhood Of The Long Rod“. My Grandfather who lived to 105 third
generation San Franciscan always insisted,” Wolf costs nothing to be a
Wolf Royal variant
Hook: Dry Fly 8 – 22
Thread: Black Thread body thin wrapped to accommodate just enough
Tail: Red hackle fibers.
Body: 50/50 mix Black hackle and peacock Herl.
Hackle: Black primary not tied full as this fly effective lightly
hackled with afew Peacock Herls wound in.
Head: Black thread.
Written by Dan Fallon © 2015
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