in my time,
the fish were so big that if you used anything less than 10 lb test
leader you were guaranteed to break off on fish. Of course, then I
was using a broomstick for a rod, a clothesline for a fly line and
some 12-year-old leader I had salvaged off my granddad's old spinning
in my time the fish were about twice as big as they are today.
I can even remember the exact time when this drastic reduction in
size occurred. It happened at precisely the time that my wife bought
me a good set of scales for weighing my fish.
in my time we had belly boats. Of course then you had to check
with your dad to see if you could use, and patch, the old inner tube
in the garage. You also had to sit in them with your legs dangling
over the side but that inconvenience sure made them a lot cheaper.
in my day we didn't have Chironomid fishing. We used some flies
representing gnats, midges and mosquitoes and those mostly as dry
flies. I've heard that Chironomids have only evolved in the last 30
years as that as a result of nuclear testing.
I was young the only bugs we tried to 'imitate' with flies were
the mayfly and black and orange bumblebees. The mayflies were an eastern
influence and the black and orange bumblebees were just to give the
fish a sporting chance.
in my day it took about 4 hours to drive into most any of our
lakes in four-wheel drive. It only took about 2 hours to drive back
cause we used a technique we called the "downhill, out-of-control,
slide in the mud, sideways shimmy". With today's good roads, the younger
generation has lost something.
in my day it took twice as long to get to a lake, we had half
the amount time for fishing, caught twice as many fish and killed
virtually everything. Perhaps that explains why we are having problems
in some of our lakes today.
in my day fly fishermen actually spent the day fishing, sat around
a campfire that night and tried to create a bigger lie about their
days catch than their buddies. Today we watch 'Fishin' Canada' on
TV, followed by a flyfishing video made by a local yokel, and then
get on the internet to brag about our flyfishing knowledge to people
we don't even know. And all of that without having actually gotten
near a fishing lake or stream.
in my day I could fly fish all day without seeing another fisherman.
Without witnesses it sure made bragging about my days catch a lot
in my day, fly-fishing was a rich man's sport. That's why I didn't
do it for sport. Back then a fishing license was about $3.00. In today's
dollars that is about $60.00. If I didn't put some meat in the freezer,
the wife would cut me off. Can you think of more incentive to be a
in my day almost every fly fisherman kept flies in their hat and
often on various parts of their fishing vest, supposedly to distinguish
them from the non-fly fisherman. Of course, today we know that those
were there because of bad casting ability and because barbless hooks
hadn't yet been invented. Today I never see a fly fisherman with flies
'stuck' in their hat or vest. It marks the end of an era.
in the good ole days, we 'expected' a fisherman to tell lies and
tall tales and none of them larger than those about hooking or catching
a big fish. In today's fly fishing clubs (with catch and release)
we rely on the 'integrity' of the fly fisherman to accurately report
catches. Do I detect a conflict, particularly among the older members
of our fly fishing society??