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July 22, 2010

Deeter: Don't Complain, Just Walk Farther

By Kirk Deeter

I don't have a problem with fishing near people I don't know. Crowded rivers don't really bother me. Not my first choice, for sure, but I like to make a game out of busy situations, and see if I can hook fish that someone else has passed over and missed. I also like sitting and watching other anglers... sometimes you pick up on tricks that way. When a river is a total zoo, with 50 drift boats jockeying for position, that kills the buzz, I will agree. But I just don't let it bother me much.


I have a lot of friends, however, whose skin starts to crawl at the sight of another car in the lot of a public park. Wading upstream, an encounter with another angler will cause them to slump and sulk...

There is, of course, a simple solution for all that.

Walk. Far.

In my mind, there are 1,000 times more "complainers about crowded rivers" than there are anglers who will walk to find open space.

And when you do find a little stream in a setting like the one in the photo, it almost doesn't matter at all if you catch fish. Well, almost...

Deeter

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

This is the every ready stand-by excuse for those that always need to b*tch about something. Good post Deeter

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Walking away from the crowds is my specialty and one of the reasons I often fish alone. I like to get away and work a section of water without being disturbed with fighting over fish with another angler. Working slow, methodical and reading the water is not conducive to crowded waters.
All of this does not matter a whole lot at this time. I’m still nursing a busted ankle from April. I’m able to fish but not to the degree I wish.

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from hi_tail wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

...almost...

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I don't mind crowded spaces as long as I'm still catching fish. It actually can be kinda nice to have people to ooo and ahhh at your fish. That said I much prefer fishing alone or with one or two good friends.

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

i have no problem going in farther to fish. alaska is a lot of combat fishing and after a while i learned ways around that problem. we were on ship creek in downtown anchorage one day and everyone was minding their manners except one guy. he was cussing at people and complaining the whole time. he even started throwing on top of people's line on purpose, convinced he was gonna have the place to himself. i had my 3 kids with me, the oldest about 4. i gave my 2 daughters my rod and my wife's rod and told them to go to the bank and cast to their hearts desire. i of course put them on each side of this guy and let them have at it. they couldn't have been more tickled to be throwing their lines all over the place! he left soon after. usually it's just easier to avoid the crowds and walk further in, but not always as fun.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Being brought up in steelhead waters, I know the chosen space I've occupied when shoulder to shoulder with the wild bunch.

The looks you get. Casting over your line or dead drift over "your spot."

Deet, you are so right about schoolin' the disenchanted! I love it...

Just one story, okay (?), then I'll go.

I'm on the Skykomish River, at "The Hole," before most steelheaders used the fly rod. A really overweight guy, just upstream from me, says..."THAT'LL NEVER WORK" as he eyeballs my set-up. 10, maybe 15 minutes later, SLAM!

Yep, schooled that Richard Cranium good!

Then there was the time on the Stillaguamish...

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from prairieghost wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

walking does wonders. we fished the Bighorn on Monday AM. by walking 1.2 miles up from the public access, we had a whole 150 yards of a side channel to ourselves. never saw another walk 'n' wade fisherman and only occasionally heard the flock of drift boats going by, out of our line of sight. caught lots of nice fish and got a little exercise.

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from Sidewinder wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Hey, F&S staff - is there no one to patrol the forums on a S&D mission to delete spammers, and remove their IDs?

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Amen Deeter, quite bitchin' and start fishin'

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from William Romeis wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I couldn't agree more, Deeter. Just got back from the upper end of the Rio Grande. Swarms of fishermen around the campgrounds. A good walk to Box Canyon, or up the creeks feeding the river, or doing a little map study helped find less crowded water. Now if I could just get those trout to reward me for some of that walking.....

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from RJ Arena wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I have fished streams that look remarkably like the one in the photo,( I will not give up the location) and it is a blessing to fish one of these gems, the secret is only visiting the spot once per season.

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from Tim Platt wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Yeah my brother in law takes me to the same place in Tellico every year right where they put the trout in and I always take off walking upstream just to get away from the crowd... I always catch more fish too. Nothing like 200 anglers elbow to elbow waiting for daylight.

I'd rather catch Pumpkinseeds and Rock Bass behind the projects in downtown Nashville with my sons than fight for a spot on the bank in Tellico Plains. I like to wade anyways and they don't seem to fish that way where the truck dumps in a million trout. They just put up their lawn chairs and open a can of corn. That's not fishing.

http://www.twra4streams.org/tellicohatchery.html

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from jamesti wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

i have no problem going in farther to fish. alaska is a lot of combat fishing and after a while i learned ways around that problem. we were on ship creek in downtown anchorage one day and everyone was minding their manners except one guy. he was cussing at people and complaining the whole time. he even started throwing on top of people's line on purpose, convinced he was gonna have the place to himself. i had my 3 kids with me, the oldest about 4. i gave my 2 daughters my rod and my wife's rod and told them to go to the bank and cast to their hearts desire. i of course put them on each side of this guy and let them have at it. they couldn't have been more tickled to be throwing their lines all over the place! he left soon after. usually it's just easier to avoid the crowds and walk further in, but not always as fun.

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from countitandone wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Being brought up in steelhead waters, I know the chosen space I've occupied when shoulder to shoulder with the wild bunch.

The looks you get. Casting over your line or dead drift over "your spot."

Deet, you are so right about schoolin' the disenchanted! I love it...

Just one story, okay (?), then I'll go.

I'm on the Skykomish River, at "The Hole," before most steelheaders used the fly rod. A really overweight guy, just upstream from me, says..."THAT'LL NEVER WORK" as he eyeballs my set-up. 10, maybe 15 minutes later, SLAM!

Yep, schooled that Richard Cranium good!

Then there was the time on the Stillaguamish...

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from Sidewinder wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Hey, F&S staff - is there no one to patrol the forums on a S&D mission to delete spammers, and remove their IDs?

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from ckRich wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

This is the every ready stand-by excuse for those that always need to b*tch about something. Good post Deeter

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from buckhunter wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Walking away from the crowds is my specialty and one of the reasons I often fish alone. I like to get away and work a section of water without being disturbed with fighting over fish with another angler. Working slow, methodical and reading the water is not conducive to crowded waters.
All of this does not matter a whole lot at this time. I’m still nursing a busted ankle from April. I’m able to fish but not to the degree I wish.

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from hi_tail wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

...almost...

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from woodsmanj35 wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I don't mind crowded spaces as long as I'm still catching fish. It actually can be kinda nice to have people to ooo and ahhh at your fish. That said I much prefer fishing alone or with one or two good friends.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from prairieghost wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

walking does wonders. we fished the Bighorn on Monday AM. by walking 1.2 miles up from the public access, we had a whole 150 yards of a side channel to ourselves. never saw another walk 'n' wade fisherman and only occasionally heard the flock of drift boats going by, out of our line of sight. caught lots of nice fish and got a little exercise.

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from Beekeeper wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Amen Deeter, quite bitchin' and start fishin'

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from William Romeis wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I couldn't agree more, Deeter. Just got back from the upper end of the Rio Grande. Swarms of fishermen around the campgrounds. A good walk to Box Canyon, or up the creeks feeding the river, or doing a little map study helped find less crowded water. Now if I could just get those trout to reward me for some of that walking.....

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from RJ Arena wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

I have fished streams that look remarkably like the one in the photo,( I will not give up the location) and it is a blessing to fish one of these gems, the secret is only visiting the spot once per season.

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from Tim Platt wrote 3 years 38 weeks ago

Yeah my brother in law takes me to the same place in Tellico every year right where they put the trout in and I always take off walking upstream just to get away from the crowd... I always catch more fish too. Nothing like 200 anglers elbow to elbow waiting for daylight.

I'd rather catch Pumpkinseeds and Rock Bass behind the projects in downtown Nashville with my sons than fight for a spot on the bank in Tellico Plains. I like to wade anyways and they don't seem to fish that way where the truck dumps in a million trout. They just put up their lawn chairs and open a can of corn. That's not fishing.

http://www.twra4streams.org/tellicohatchery.html

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