February 11th, 2002

Silly Things
By James Castwell

Fortunately, not every time I do something silly do I have a large audience, just most of the time. For instance, when I get a splashy rise to a dry fly and I miss it, I automatically shoot the fly back in one reflex movement. I can't help it, it just happens. Silly. All the previous casts were a marvel of perfection in presentation; then I smash one back like a black-belter doing a throat-chop. And you know what? It never does any good either, I can't ever remember getting a hit on the very next cast. Will I continue to do it now that I know it is silly? Of course, and that's silly too.

How about this one? When I take a new fly rod out to fish the first time, the 'maiden' event, I try very hard to hook a fish on the very first cast. Now, that's got to qualify as really silly, but not as what follows. I can't think of a single time when I have actually hooked anything on the first cast with a new rod, but, eventually I find some obliging creature and now the real fun starts. I somehow have it in my head that if I lose the first fish on a rod it's 'Jinxed!' Dumb-dee-dumb-dumb, and silly also. I will say it does make for an interesting time out with a new rod though.

I have not fished for brown trout in years, since way back in Michigan. You can still find some there who remember this one. I would not fish for them unless I was wearing a tie, in fact it was a plain tan tie. I felt that it was not a 'gentlemanly' thing to do. That one for sure makes the list.

Here is where you may actually may find some fault with me, I sure hope not, but it is how it is for me. When I do manage to hook a fish, and it does not matter what kind, I treat them all equally, I try very hard to make sure I land said fish. By that I mean, it is not how fast I can do it, not how fancy I may look doing it, it is I must simply 'do it.' Does it become a contest of 'life and death' importance? Yes it does, theirs. Do they come in with their tongue hanging out and slithering on their side? No, usually right-side up and, I think, just bored with the whole event. I enjoy the contest, the 'playing' of the fish, not the 'fight,' Silly? Maybe, but, it's my way.

I have no idea why I do this one, but it happens every time. I catch and land a real nice fish. I can't hardly wait to get my fly 'right-back-out-there' and get another one just as fast as I can. Can I take a break and relax and enjoy the moment, yes; but only if I remember to do it and it is a struggle when I do.

Just when you think you don't even want to be in the same county with me, listen to this. I do not fish nymphs, wet-flies, soft-hackles or worms. Nope, I won't do it. That goes even beyond silly I suppose, but, that's the way it is. Why won't I fish the things? Is there some conceit showing here, I hope not; I do not play golf or go bowling either. There are some things I don't care to do, those are just a few of them. I also don't like paying income taxes, but that is another matter entirely.

The clincher. Now, writing about all the silly things I do; that takes it, that 'really' is silly! ~ JC

We have set up a host for Australia and New Zealand. Host Wulff will be in Monday the 11th, from 8 pm to 10 pm AUSTRALIAN TIME Monday through Friday night, and he needs help hosting. So, welcome aboard all you guys 'down under,' we have been waiting for ya! Email me at editor@flyanglersonline.com ~ James Castwell

Till next week, remember . . .

Keepest Thynne Baakast Upeth

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