"Instead of blowing up the boards I am going to growl in
your direction concerning my newest pet peeve. It is the
word "technical" when associated with fishing. Where did
this dumb phrase come from? Who is responsible? I have
fished the "dream stream." I have fished the South Platte
in Cheeseman canyon. I have fished the "miracle mile," and
I have fished the Blue River near Breakenridge Co. All
places lauded as being "technical" waters.
How then is it that a hack like me, can catch fish there.
Plenty of fish and big fish too? I don't cast particularly
well. My mending is even worse, and most of the flys I use
are size 16 dry, and most are patterns that haven't been
commercially sold in years. My favorite - don't tell anyone
or they will all know what a hick I am - is a fly we call a
grey hackle yellow. Yellow floss body, red hackle tail, silver
tinsel rib, divided white quill wings, and light dun hackle!
Until I got old, fat and desperate from living too far away
and catching too few fish, I didn't even carry a nymph in my
box, and nothing, NOTHING, under size 18. I fish with 4x tippets
most of the time. In short, while the fishing in those waters
is difficult even challenging at times, it requires a bit of
patience, an understanding of fish and what they want, and maybe
a little bit of skill. Technical? Give me a break. I don't
need a calculator to catch fish there. I did fine as a kid with
my $20 fiberglass "pole." I don't need any special scientifically
generated dubbing, or a tippet designed by NASA. So what the
heck is so danged technical about fishing fish that have been
fished over a lot.
I should be noted I guess, that I started flyfishing with crusty
old buzzards like my grandfather and his friends, who had been
fly fishing in Colorado and there abouts since the roaring 20's.
I started fishing before the yuppies thought it was cool, and
when even the hippies were just figuring out what we were doing
out there in the river waving that stick around, in short Gerach
was just a pup back then himself. So I understand that I am an
old fogey at heart myself. But still, technical? How about proper?
If you put a good drift on your fly is that technical, or just
right? If you use the fly the fish want is that technical, or
just good fishing? If you do something different than the last
600 people who fished that trout is that technical? Or just
I mean for goodness sakes, one of my favorite things to do when
I am home is to fish the upper stretches of the Arkansas river
with the biggest ugliest salmon fly I can throw, while people
are out there dragging the bottom with #24 nymphs and bobbers.
It isn't technical, it's just fishing. The fish like "willow bugs."
They eat willow bugs. And if knowing that and using them is
technical, well then I must be a dang fishing engineer."