Rage Debate - Fire arms carrying while fly fishing

#18
Chased by vicious local pitbull on NF Stilly.
Interrupting 2 tweakers breaking into rigs (hadn't reached mine yet) at WDFW lot on the Sky.
Watched/followed by weird guy on the Cedar.

Never had to draw, but thankful I was exercising my right to carry in each of those instances.

I have since moved on to other fisheries where these things are less likely to happen, but still carry.

I stopped going to the cedar after hearing reports of dog attacks, tweaker confrontations and a cougar staredown (in order of decreasing probability). Its just not that great a fishery to deal with the hassles. There are other options just as close without the same headaches.
 
#20
G-spot4u said:
Have you ever had to brandish, point or shoot your weapon at a "crazy"?
Thankfully no sir, When I feel a situation is potentially awkward I would rather leave or avoid an interaction. The piece is for worst case scenarios not a first reaction. I am not an internet tough guy, just a dude who enjoys fly fishing and target practice. My weapon of choice for weird situations...if I have to use one would be my camera.
 

mtnwkr

aka Mtnwkr
#22
I would advise most people not to bother carrying a gun while flysfishing in WA unless it's essential. If it's essential, then I might advise them to fish elsewhere or go in a group.
I advise you to stop wearing your seatbelt unless it's essential. If it's essential, then I might advise you to drive elsewhere.

The point is, you carry for what might happen, not whats planned.
 

scottybs

Active Member
#23
It's comical how upset people become over these threads. If you don't like firearms, don't carry them. If you do like firearms, carry them in a legal, mature fashion. I can't stand the anti-gun crowd just as much as the radical "I carry a gun because I'm tough" type. Both groups, get the F*(K over yourselves.
 

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
#25
Mr. Spot, Not that I owe you an answer, but yes, I have pulled before (I've never "brandished," nor would I.) and me having both a gun, the proficiency to draw & use one made the difference. As for "is carrying essential?" My life is ESSENTIAL; I will safeguard that if/when necessary and I'll continue to carry the proper tool to do so. And I suggest that you add situational awareness to your list of "prerequisites."
 

G-spot4u

Active Member
#27
Just to be clear. I am not anti-gun. If anything, this discussion is making my trigger finger itch. It really has little to do with fishing, so I was not expecting it. Nevertheless, it was thrown out and I am interested in all these views.

If someone carries a gun while flyfishing in WA just because it's their right, then so be it. However, I hear that and it makes me curious to dig deeper. Could that truly be a reason in and of itself?

Here is a list of all the reasons I can think of why I would choose to carry a gun while fishing:
  1. It's part of my culture, tradition, upbringing, education and/or generation.
  2. I am more comfortable with a gun.
  3. I fear for my life/safety from the risk posed by animal attacks.
  4. I fear for my life/safety from the risk posed by human attacks.
  5. I want to shoot my gun.
  6. I want to hurt myself.
  7. I want to hurt someone else.
  8. I want to kill something.
  9. I want to destroy property.
  10. I want to protect my property from theft or vandalism.
  11. I want to make a point or political statement.
  12. I want to intimidate someone.
  13. I want to impress someone.
  14. I need it to plug a halibut or shark.
  15. I bet my buddy my gun on who would get biggest fish and I need to have it with me in case he wins.
The reason(s) one carries a gun to fish has everything to do with whether or not that's a good choice. If your only reason to carry while fishing is because it's your right, then it should be your friends' right to tease you like there is no tomorrow and hopefully you are man enough to relish it instead of shooting them.
 
#28
I have been fly fishing for over 40 years and I have never carried a firearm while fly fishing. If I was in Alaska in a Brown Bear area I probably would think about it, like a 44 Mag. I personally don't carry firearms with me unless I'm hunting or on the range practicing my shooting. I have a couple of very good friends that carry firearms with them all the time. I don't judge them but I just don't carry firearms with me unless I have a reason (hunting) or out sighting in or practicing or fun. When I was younger I did a lot of back packing and some mtn climbing and I never carried a firearm unless I was hunting.
 

G-spot4u

Active Member
#29
Alright, cool. So, tell us the story. I agree your life is essential to you. I feel the same about mine. What's the difference between pulled and brandished?

Mr. Spot, Not that I owe you an answer, but yes, I have pulled before (I've never "brandished," nor would I.) and me having both a gun, the proficiency to draw & use one made the difference. As for "is carrying essential?" My life is ESSENTIAL; I will safeguard that if/when necessary and I'll continue to carry the proper tool to do so. And I suggest that you add situational awareness to your list of "prerequisites."