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William Schlafer  
#1 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 4:24:22 PM(UTC)
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Don't be like these guys:

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Friday I was out fishing a beautiful little stream I had never been to before. I parked the car and started working my way upstream, when a red pickup truck pulled up next to my car. If full view of me fishing the stream just yards away, they geared up and hopped 100 yards upstream of me and began fishing. I had only been fishing for about 20 minutes and had planned on at least several hours at this spot.

I should've marched up and confronted them for their douche-baggery, but I just don't have the time or energy for it anymore. It's likely they would think they did nothing wrong anyway, or probably just don't care. Either way, I choose not to waste my time on them.

For your newbies out there, if you come across someone already at a bridge or an access point, move on to the next spot, or find another stream. Or at a minimum, ask whoever is there first if they mind if you fish in the opposite direction they are fishing.


-Bill


PS: and, if by chance one of these guys is you, the least you could've done was asked if it was OK instead of just pretending you didn't see me.

Edited by user Sunday, September 30, 2018 6:10:06 PM(UTC)  | Reason: added text

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NBrevitz  
#2 Posted : Sunday, September 30, 2018 11:18:45 PM(UTC)
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Jackassery at its finest... I probably would’ve said something but that’s ended badly before.

This is one reason I don’t like to fish easements when I have the choice. Once I’m in, no one can get above me.
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weiliwen  
#3 Posted : Monday, October 1, 2018 1:12:04 PM(UTC)
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Quite a dick move on their part. I, for one, count a section as "taken" if there is a vehicle parked nearby. The area has so many places to fish, there's no need to crowd others. This weekend, on the North Fork Badaxe, I only saw two other vehicles on the whole river. Plenty of room.
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Guillermo  
#4 Posted : Tuesday, October 2, 2018 12:39:52 AM(UTC)
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I get around this shit by fishing the most remote, out-of-the way water I find. Not only does it eliminate the jackasses and reduce the litter tainting the aesthetic value of the land, but it tends to result in more fish and bigger fish. Win-win.
chiflyguy  
#5 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2019 1:57:35 AM(UTC)
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Most guys on Timber Coulee are cool at least what I’ve seen.
For that one asshole, I just fish behind them and start pulling in fish from water that they blew thru.
On the flippety flip, once on Timber I saw a huge fish rise next to me but my stomach was rumbling for some lunch so I left(dumb move) and as I was walking back to my car ran into an older guy I’ve talked to before and told him what I saw and told him exactly where I saw that biggun at.
Went to lunch and went back to where I stopped fishing before lunch and he was a couple holes up from where I told him and he thanked me. He got a 20 inch brown.
Felt good.
weiliwen  
#6 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2019 3:15:49 PM(UTC)
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I guess its etiquette of a sort - STAY OUT OF THE STREAMBEDS!! I imagine that the eggs are still in the redds, although not 100% sure.
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AKinMN  
#7 Posted : Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:32:42 PM(UTC)
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I’m not trying to defend bozos like that but I honestly think most that pull that dick move don’t realize they’re not following the unwritten rules of trout fishing. Those that do and pull it anyway are jerkoffs and probably the same morons we pick up after on the streams.

With that said, it’s also why I don’t fish close to access points anymore either. A 20-30 minute hike does wonders to get away from the masses and d-bags that we encounter from time to time.

Edited by user Sunday, January 13, 2019 7:34:07 PM(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

s.t.fanatic  
#8 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2019 5:20:23 PM(UTC)
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Stream etiquette 101 also involves asking permission to fish private property even though the law allows you to fish if you keep your feet wet. If you are on State or eased property every fisherman has the same right to fish the water as you do.
Jimbern  
#9 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:21:08 PM(UTC)
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I think we're a little spoiled in the Driftless where fishing within sight of another angler is frowned upon. Hell, I've fished the San Juan below the dam where you're OK as long as you're not touching anybody! (not much fun, BTW). I think every access point (bridges, at least) is allowed 2 cars. One can fish up, and one can fish down. You can't have both. First to arrive gets first dibs. Some folks used to put a little note in the car window indicating what direction they've gone. Maybe we should all do that again. When in doubt, though, be nice...please.
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WI-fly  
#10 Posted : Tuesday, January 15, 2019 7:39:20 PM(UTC)
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I remember one summer when I saw another angler on a stream I was fishing. Very uncomfortable.

In a more serious comment, living here in the heart of the Driftless I know I will run into other anglers if I hit the stream on a weekend in the spring or summer. If the only time I have to fish in the summer is a Saturday afternoon in June, then I assume I will rub elbows in the parking lot with other people, and I assume they will be from out of town. Not a big deal. Since I am a TU advocate, I try hard to represent myself and other local anglers well. Happy to jump into the chit chat, give advice, and represent the locals well. We are not going to run out of fish. I know these outoftowners are paying a hotel bill somewhere local, buying gas, and buying food. Those local tax dollars mean a lot to put groceries on the table for people I know.

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