Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Old Man, Apr 25, 2014.

  1. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Why is it as in Fly Fishing that we all go out and pay good money for numerous fly rods and reels. Then those that can tie up many flies and those of us that can't buy many flies. We spend gobs of money on all the different doodads that you need for fly fishing. Then you all need a new rig to get you to those far away places. And in the end all we do is release the fish that we catch.

    It sure is one expensive hobby to have when there is no end result.
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  2. Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

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    I guess it depends on what the individual considers and categorizes as
    an "end result".
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  3. plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    But there is an end result, Old Man. I get a mental and physical challenge, exposure to nature, stress relief, and meat during some seasons. Your argument could be applied to any sport, really, from cricket to football to hunting. The end result is that we get to go and do something we love in the places that make us feel good, and I see no problem with that.
  4. later_Peter Active Member

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    if that's your opinion, Old Man (a different one), I can't agree. (but it's yours). When fly fishing, it's next to impossible to think/worry/be concerned about much else than the fly on the water, the fish near the fly on the water.
  5. GAT Active Member

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    Guess we're all not the brightest bulbs on the tree...

    Mentally off? Perhaps a genetic error?

    Who knows?

    My Dad fished to catch, kill and eat fish. I fish to catch and release fish. To non-anglers, we who release the fish we catch are considered downright odd and they can not see the point in what we do.

    When I think about it, I gott'a agree, ... we are a strange lot....
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  6. Josh dead in the water

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    The journey IS the destination.
  7. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I understand this part of it. All I'm trying to say is that we all spent gobs of money on a sport that we enjoy but we don't eat what we catch.

    Now if you were a hunter, you would eat what you shoot. I don't think that you would spend that much on hunting that you would on fishing. Do they as hunters have a rifle for every thing that walks on this earth. Most have a rod for every different kind of fish. Or a rod for different kinds of weather.

    I guess that I was looking for was a different kind of answer. Not to sure what I'm looking for. Maybe is a justification for doing what we do in the way of Fly Fishing. I'm just as guilty as the next person. I think it's just something to think about.
  8. Yard Sale Active Member

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    If I drank as much beer at home as I do on the river my wife would leave. All that gear has to be cheaper than a divorce right?

    Plus when I fish my 3 dogs poop themselves silly, which saves me picking it up in the yard. That's something you just can't put a value on!
  9. rockthief Fly fishing = food for my soul

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    Fly fishing soothes my soul, eases the pain in my heart, and feeds my spirit and stimulates my mind.
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  10. wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Jim, why are you doing this:


    Instead of this:

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  11. SteveA Gnu to the board

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    In the end, there is only one end result.

    Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk HD
  12. Tyler Sadowski Member

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    For me it's purely the love of the outdoors, hunting and fishing. I can't imagine it any other way. I'm a CnR guy always have always will. Nothing against keeping hatchery fish but I honestly don't really care for the taste of most fish.
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  13. GATOR9 Hey you guys

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    How about this one OM.
    Here we are standing in the water, draped in more gear than the cable guy repairman, trying to outwit an organism with a brain not bigger than a breadcrumb and getting skunked in the process but it is all good and we always come back because this is what we do.;)
  14. IveofIone Active Member

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    Jim, a much deeper philosophical question would be: Why would anyone sign off of a post with "Sent from my KFTT using TapatalkHD"?

    Does anyone care?
    Does it fucking matter?
    Did it somehow enhance the message?
    Is there anything even more useless that we should know about?
    Is there------------------------------------------------------------------------?

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  15. Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    I'm a firm believer in 100% catch and release.....until my BBQ starts talking to me.

  16. SteveA Gnu to the board

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    Easy now. I've just been too lazy to change the default settings on my device. I didn't know it was so offensive but now that I do, I think I'll keep it. :)

    Sent from my KFTT using Tapatalk HD
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  17. Krusty Active Member

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    I dunno...I guess I just like shiny objects, floating around on a mountain lake, and getting shitfaced on a day away from work. Don't really give a f**k if I catch, and release, a fish ......or not.
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  18. Vladimir Steblina Retired Forester...now fishing instead of working

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    Nah, other than gas....fly fishing is one of the cheapest hobbies.

    I buy one rod about every 10 years!!.....Granted I did have to replace my stolen pontoon boat. But in a normal year...counting my fishing license I probably spend less than a $100/year for fly fishing stuff.

    Less than that for bird hunting stuff.

    A bit more for that photography hobby.....

    However, do NOT ever look up at the sky and night and say "I wish I had a telescope".
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  19. Dan Page Active Member

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    Old Man,
    If you think there is no end result to fly fishing, think about all the golfers in the world. How do they justify their existence?
  20. flybill Purveyor of fine hackle, wine & cigars!

    Hey Jim! Fuck off!