Saturday, October 5, 2013

Relax breath and be mindful!

Hello yes I’m still alive! Sorry but being back at work has kept me busy, and so busy in fact I have not really thought about fishing.  In working with my childhood issues that I have brought to my adult life is seeing a lot of eye opening challenges. 

The nights are getting colder, and the leaves are starting to show their true colors.  The Great Lakes are starting to cool down.  With the Great Federal Shutdown it has put the stop to a lot of the great websites out there that I use for gathering data on Lake Temperatures and other information.
 
This year I have decided to challenge myself.  I will not put one egg pattern on my bug rods this year when fishing Ohio.  Sure I will hook less fish with streamers, and tube flies.  I am purposefully doing this.  I’m going to slow down my catching to slow down my fishing.  In the beginning years I was all about the numbers sounding like a bait chucking Neanderthal.  Not all bait chucker’s are like this.  The ones I’m talking about I don’t need to point them out we all know who they are.   So back to my point we are missing so much of the experience of fly fishing or fishing in general. 

When was the last time you sat on the bank of the river or creek and just took it all in?  When was the last time you did not care about the fish you did not catch?  When was the last time you traveled hundreds of miles in a day and waded miles of rivers and creeks without a care you did not hook a fish?  When was the last time you did not throw a bead or an egg pattern on your tippet?  Anyone can fish with a bobber and an egg pattern!  Yes the technique is as deadly as Sarin Gas, but as challenging as watching paint dry! 

So more over we see very little of life even know we are supposed to live consciously.  Like so many things we witness in life we take for granted.   We take our everyday freedoms for granted.  We assume so many times that we can do what we like without any consequences.
 
How many times do we see trash left on the river side?  How many times do we see people who handle fish they have caught like irresponsible children?  It’s a resource people this means it’s depletable asset of the Great Lakes.  For every fish that is mishandled, fingers stuck in the gill rakers, slime removed from its body, and played until it’s almost dead.  You the angler increase the mortality rate of the fishery. 

I know it’s a catch and kill fishery, but why do we continue to treat it as such?  The following link will take you to the creel survey by Kevin A. Kayle of Fairport Harbor Fisheries Research Station Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife 2008-2009. http://dnr.state.oh.us/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=TF2B8xLkl4k%3D&tabid=6166
The catch and release numbers are very impressive in the report.  The report is just part of the picture that it paints.  What the report cannot show is the blatant disregard for the law.  I’m talking about the snagger’s and the people who willfully trespass these folks are the people that are part of the dichotomy. 

The more we the angler educate ourselves and become conscious of our fishery the better it will become.  Well folks be well, and take care.

See you on the water,


Ralph