October 3rd, 2005
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Things I've Learned This Year
By Joseph Meyer One More Cast Fly Shop
The things that I've learned while trout fishing this year:
The Chicago leech and the Copper John are the most under-rated
flies I have used. The traditional Elk Hair Caddis is the most
In an emergency, Chapstik make an acceptable substitute for
fly floatant. There is no substitute for Chapstik, especially
the one with the SPF 30 formula.
7X tippet is the best thing to happen to trout fishing in a
long time. The stomach pump is one of the worst.
With apologies to Len Harris (who I have not fished with yet)
Joe Krznarich and Frank Nardomarino are the most under-rated
guides out there. Never pass up a chance to fish with either
of these gentlemen.
Purple Loosestrife is one of the prettiest of the invasive
species, Wild Parsnip is the worst. I think that God only
made two mistakes: the pit in the avocado is too big and
Good mending skills are a close second to casting skills
in order of importance with wading skills coming in a
There is so much fly fishing talent here in the upper
Midwest. I would rather fish with my friend Wally than
Lefty Kreh, I would rather sit and watch Bob Blumreich
tie flies than A.K. Best, and I would rather watch Dave
Barron cast than Flip Pallot.
At my age, a wading staff is a necessity on the Prairie
River, regardless of which section I fish.
Trout flies, much like prayers, sometimes are best
delivered from my knees, if only to humble myself.
Trout do smile. They smile at the beauty of their
There is no Catch-and-Release if you hook a bat and no
amount of side pressure will land a hooked cow.
Chicagoans (and I am one of them) drive like fools,
(which I still do) park streamside where they do not
belong (but I do not anymore) and are appreciative of
the privilege to fish in Wisconsin. Deeply appreciative.
There are no accidents in nature. If you have doubts
about the existence of a Supreme Being, catch a brook
trout and admire the coloration. Which I intend to do
come the first of March, 2006. ~ Joe
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