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Flies for catching the big American Shad?


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#16 Blackwater Virgil

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Posted 21 February 2015 - 03:23 PM

Thanks for the support, Mike.  One always has to wonder what he's doing when he waxes poetic on what fish are "thinking" or in reading motives into what they do, yet we infer things often that we ought not properly and warrantedly to do.  It's almost unavoidable, especially when you're trying to explain to a young man what they do, and maybe why they do it.  Some imputation is inevitable, and must always be drawn from our own experiences to make it "understandable."  Still, it's always good to have our buddies keep us on the straight and narrow.  We actually catch more fish that way.  Ain't it funny how that works?



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Posted 22 February 2015 - 07:31 AM

Yep.  Ya' paid attention, didn't ya'?  In talking of such matters, it's awfully hard to explain some things without imputing to them something we humans can identify with, and thus understand better, especially to a younger fisherman who's up and coming.  That's the paradox of it, I guess?  But you're very right to point that out. Getting to "understand" fish of any species is probably a futile effort on our behalves, albeit a life-long pursuit for most of us.  However, I have a feeling that if we could ever really "understand" fish, the sport would lose some of its mystery and attraction for us, so maybe it's good that we can't really "understand" them after all?  "Relate" may be a better choice of words?