Last Memorial Day weekend, Joe Brown from Buffalo arrived in
Wilmington to fish his favorite trout stream, the West Branch of the AuSable.
He awoke early Saturday morning and put together his gear with great anticipation,
then drove to the trophy area of the river to fish the famous Monument Pool. It
had been raining for three days and the water was a little higher than usual.
After making a few casts into the water, he decided to call it quits. His whole
vacation was spoiled because the river was "too high."
A couple weeks later,
another good fisherman arrived to fish his favorite trout stream, the Saranac
River. He had made the long trip from Connecticut and had spent hours tying up
Caddis and Gray Foxes in anticipation of the hatches that are usually on the stream
the first part of June. His first day there, he awoke early and was out on the
stream by six o'clock. It was extremely humid that day and it became even more
hot and sticky. He quit after about two hours of fishing and did not even bother
to go back out on the stream in the afternoon. It was just "too hot" to fish.
A couple weeks later, a fisherman from the Albany area walked into my shop
and lamented that he had spent an hour on the stream and had taken only one little
trout. As he was explaining to me that it was too cold to fish, another gentleman
walked in and declared that he too had given up because there were no flies on
It was then that I realized just how much the fish really have going
for them. It had started to rain and I knew that many fishermen would not go fishing
because it would be "too wet."
After giving it further thought, I decided that
I might do a great service to the fishermen if I compiled a list of the times
when they shouldn't bother going fishing or some of the reasons why they were
not catching fish. Some of the reasons I wrote were as follows: weather too hot,
water too high, weather too cold, no hatches of flies, water too low, sun too
bright, too cloudy, leader too heavy, wrong flies, too many fishermen, water too
clear, water too muddy, and too windy.
I was still working on the list when
an old gentleman walked into the shop. He was carrying an old wicker creel that
looked like one Moses might have made from the bull rushes. When I asked him how
the fishing was, his bony hands reached into the creel and snaked out four of
the most beautiful brown trout I'd ever seen. I then inquired as to what fly he
was using and he replied, "Just some old flies I've had for years."
further questioning revealed that he had been fishing the river for two weeks
and had, as he put it, "Some of the best dang fly fishing I've ever had."
guess he must have been just too busy fishing and having a good time to realize
that the conditions on the stream were just "too wrong" to go fishing.
evening, I was going to go fly-fishing myself but it was too windy, so I called
up this beautiful girl I know and invited her out to dinner. After a terrific
meal, I asked her to go to my place for a nightcap but she replied that she was
too tired. I was just too disappointed to sleep.
I think I'll just forget about
finishing that list. Instead, I might write a letter to my congressman suggesting
a law to remove the word "too" from the English language.
The above story is
taken from Fran's book entitled "Fish Are Smarter in the Adirondacks". To order
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