Meal Worm Smack Down
So this past week I was heading across the state on business and managed to sneak down to my favorite tail race for some summer trout action. I got there and as luck would have it the mid-week crowds were sparse but a few elder statesmen were milling around. I set up in my favorite run and began chucking my two fly rig hoping for some streamer action. The fishing started out a bit slow but the old guy across the river was killing them! One cast after the next. We exchanged some idle chit chat and they asked me where I was from so I told them.
Once they realized I was a pretty good natured guy, the ribbing started… “Hey Mt. Lebanon… how’s the fishing over there?” chuckle chuckle snort snort…. I laughed and smiled. After landing my first decent bow I asked the age old question… so, “what are you throwing?” Had I been paying much attention to what they were doing, I wouldn’t have had to ask because they weren’t really throwing much of anything. The answer boomed across the river with pride…. “MEAL WORMS!”
Ahhhh… I nodded emphatically. Was I really getting my balls busted by a group of retired dudes chucking meal worms with fly rods? Yes indeed I was. Now anyone who knows me can attest to the fact that I am no purist nor am I one to judge how another man chases fish. (unless of course they are using explosives). But come on man! If you are going to pretend to fly fish while you throw live bait that has to come with a no heckling clause.
As luck would have it, fish started to rise and I switched up to a few dry flies and managed to scare up three or four more trout which my hecklers seemed to approve of.
I guess this beckons two very important questions:
1. If you are using live bait on a fly rod are you actually fly fishing?
2. If so, is it bad form to heckle a fly fisherman who is actually fly fishing?
Now don’t get me wrong, they were really nice guys having a blast and I did too. I just couldn’t help my internal eye roll and broad smirk as they chirped back and forth at one another. Who know’s…. maybe they have it right and it really doesn’t matter how you do it… Maybe whoever dies with the most fish wins? Or maybe style does count for something after all?
What do you think?
Good Luck and Tight Lines!