Fishin’ Buddies

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

It could be said that I’ve been in a lifelong hunt for the perfect fishin’ buddy. Actually I haven’t been, really…I very much like fly fishing alone. Oh, sure, after four hours on the water if I see another angler I might give a wave and trade quick reports on what’s been working and what hasn’t, for each of us. And if an old friend comes into town, taking him out to a favorite stretch of water goes without saying. But much of what I go to a stream for is the peace with which the flow makes its journey. It gets where it’s going. It’s in no hurry. It isn’t worried about anything. I need a dose of that attitude.

I admit to watching a lot of fly fishing videos on YouTube. I consider them the single biggest reason for carrying a mobile phone to work. I’ll wander down to the lunchroom around 1pm, after the madding crowd has begun to thin out and there are free tables outside, there to chew a slice of cheap pizza while having a cyber-experience tossing dry flies to huge New Zealand rainbows or shivering out in the stormy world of Oregon steelhead. I’ll trek Patagonia in search of monster browns right before my manager’s staff meeting. The fifteen minutes of solitude in front of my phone screen is usually the highlight of my day, and I not only sometimes learn things I hadn’t known before, I get an experiential boost to the soul. I’ve nearly floated the upper Sacramento, nearly spent evenings on the Avon, nearly hacked through dense Czechoslovakian brush stalking the Marble, nearly stripped streamers for big Kenai salmon.

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Avail Yourself, It Pays Off – Part Two

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Avail 2Once you have committed to a guided fishing trip, there is an obligation on your part to be prepared for it.

I will freely admit that for some of the trips I’ve taken over the years I was unprepared and that lack of preparation did impact the fulfillment of the expectations I had set for myself. My failure to be prepared was a direct result of me not asking the right questions and making assumptions about the trip that didn’t come to fruition. Of course it is easy to blame the outfitter or guide if the trip doesn’t meet your expectations but having a frank discussion with the outfitters and guides prior to the trip really helps establish joint expectations that can usually be fulfilled.

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Avail Yourself, It Pays Off – Part One

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Avail 1Angling, especially fly fishing, is a sport that fosters all sorts of expectations on the part of the angler. Dreams of big fish, subtle rises to tiny flies, exotic locations, new species caught on the fly and strange but inviting waters.
I don’t know about you, but anytime I am driving or flying somewhere and look down at rivers and lakes, my thoughts go to the fish: what’s there, how’s the fishing and I wonder whether it would be a good place to wet a fly. Occasionally, new angling opportunities do present themselves. The quick business trip to an unfamiliar town, the vacation to a location where you know there’s good fishing and of course those obligatory trips for family reunions, weddings, birthdays and funerals. When you go, you’d like to take along the fly rod, gear and get in a bit of fishing, but you don’t know anything about the River X in Zeesville, USA. What to do?

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