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Now all the Sage casters are thinking "Is he talking about me?"

Nope, unless they fish around Deckers or Cheesman Canyon, then maybe.

 

hwew, I was worried for a minute there.

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Now all the Sage casters are thinking "Is he talking about me?"

Nope, unless they fish around Deckers or Cheesman Canyon, then maybe.

 

hwew, I was worried for a minute there.

 

The less than gentleman I'm taking about waded up to the tail of a nice pool that already had 3 guys fishing. He then proceeded to cast this monster of a fly up stream into the middle of the pool (about 12 to 15') wide. Maybe with the fly he was using, he thought there might be large Muskies in the pool. After beating the water to death, chasing all the fish away, he then proceeded to wade upstream on the other side of the pool, he stopped about mid pool and once again beat the water to death both upstream and downstream, concentrating on the fisherman to my right who he had seen land a couple of nice trout; but no muskies. After he had chased even the fingerlings away he proceeded to wade to the head of the pool then across the pool until he was about 5' from the guy at the head of the pool, once again beating the water. After no muskies, nor trout or any thing else he headed upstream, in the middle of the stream beating both sides to death. By the time he had waded to the middle of the pool, all three of us had quit fishing and just watched his style and lack of total concern (and silently laughing). Saw him much later complaining that there weren't any trout in that stream (yes, he was still using his Muskie fly ( my guess about 6 to 7" long, maybe longer). The reason I called him a Sage guy: Sage hat, Sage shirt, Sage rod, Sage reel, did have Simms waders. My guess is if Sage made underwear, he would have been wearing those as well (maybe they do and maybe he was wearing them, didn't ask nor did I want to look). Will say that the 3 of us took a break because all the fish had high tailed else where, but he did provide us with a great source of amusement and laughter. Not to think all Sage users are like that (have many friends who use Sage) but he looked like what I think of as a make believe guide that is supplied by Sage for advertisement (kind of like the pro golfer that is sponsored by a golf equipment business).

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There aren't many of us "fairy wanders" in Nebraska either. There are more than you would think actually, but you do get some spectators once in a while.

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Why?

 

First, even if you don't know what your looking at fly casting is a thing of beauty. Every once in a while I'll be fishing with a really accomplished caster nearby and more than once I've stopped for a few minutes just to watch someone who knows what they're doing cast from a distance. Casting the rod ourselves were robbed of the sight of our (ah-hem) elegant loops rolling gracefully over and landing softly on the water which can be seen from a distance.

 

Second,I think a lot of people are simply just trying to understand the dynamics of the sport. If you have a basic understanding of fishing with spinning tackle, watching a fly angler on a stream is going to be confusing. As a kid out fishing with spinning gear every once in a while someone would show up with a fly rod. I was always fascinated by them. Thinking of it now I probably could have been accused of looking at them "funny" too. We were always trying to cast as far out as we could. These fly fishermen would cast short to long to short, leaving the line on the water for a varying amounts of time in what to me seemed to be a completely haphazard way before casting again. They did catch fish though and we knew there was more going on than we could deduce from a distance.

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I always just assumed it was because I look weird.

Mark, you look exactly the way a seasoned gentlemen from the state of Alaska who has spent some time in the outdoors should look.

There is no substitute for authenticity.

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This video shows exactly what people think they see when they watch us. It's scary accurate.

But in all seriousness and like other have said, I find typically it's because they don't see it often or they want to see you catch something. To the untrained eye, fly casting could be seen as unnecessary hard work or a thing of beauty.

I usually don't mind, but I will never forget the guy who parked his truck 15' directly behind me to watch.

 

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I think that casting a fly could be compared to a good ballet, a piece of art.

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I think that casting a fly could be compared to a good ballet, a piece of art.

No offense intended ... but comparing fly casting to ballet is like comparing a two years old's first steps to a marathon runner's first win.

Casting can look pretty ... but it takes all of a week to get "good" at it.

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Casting can look pretty ... but it takes all of a week to get "good" at it.

 

Give a spey rod a try and then tell me that again lol. I'm well into my 3rd season with my spey rod and I am still learning new things as well as have days where I seem to not be as good as I was the previous day with it blink.png

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I think that casting a fly could be compared to a good ballet, a piece of art.

No offense intended ... but comparing fly casting to ballet is like comparing a two years old's first steps to a marathon runner's first win.

Casting can look pretty ... but it takes all of a week to get "good" at it.

 

It took me a whole year to get good at fly casting! LOL

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I didn't say a week would make you an expert. Hell, 45 years or so and I'm still learning things I do wrong. But you can put a fly rod in someone's hands, and within one day, they'll be impressing the "uninitiated".

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