Biggest fear while out fishing?

Flyborg

Active Member
#78
I was beginning to suspect they were one and the same...:eek:
There's actually a few well-known Bigfoot sitings circulating around the net with regards to the Kalama (the most well known is a bigfoot swimming at night in Beginners Hole). They cross my mind fishing in the dark, it's hard not to give in to the imagination when the world turns to black.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#79
I was fearless before I read this thread.
Now I'm afraid to leave the house.
Wha... whuzzzat noise I just heard?


Edit: Finally thought of something to fear: Arriving at my intended destination only to find another fisher already fishing right where I wanted to fish, and then beating myself up over not getting up earlier. I really fear having to take that :beathead:kind of beating.
 
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Jim Kaiserman

Guest
#81
1) Rattle snakes are number 1 was fishing on the Ronde last October and had seen several. two of us were fishing a nice run and I looked up river above my buddy and hollered at him as i could see something drifting down the river right at him. He turned around to look and he saw and i saw at the same time it was a rattlesnake just about to drift into him. Scared the bajeebas out of him. Also, have had my lab hit by one. Not good

2) Mother nature. was standing in one of my favorite steelhead streams next to a big cut bank. Wind was blowing and I kept hearing a noise like wood creaking. Looked at the bank and there was a big rock in the wall that looked like it was being held by some roots from a big tree up above. heard the creaking noise several times and i thought to myself, "a smart man would move because if that rock fell it would crush your sorry ass and if that didn't kill you, you'd certainly drown". I heard the creak again and moved two steps downstream. The wind blew hard, heard the creak again and that big ass rock fell into the stream exactly where I had been standing. I thought I was drowning from all the water that blew on me and then had to check vitals as I though I was having a heart attack from moving away so fast. Now, I ALWAYS listen to that little voice that says to move or do whatever as it saved my ass.

3) Kooks--was on a beautiful stream and had a guy show up in camp. he got naked and went for a swim right in front of our trailer. Long hair, fat and driving a van with oregon plates. Surprisingly, we got in a confrontation and a long story short he threatened me--I drew a line in the sand (don't know if it was 21' or not) but I had my weapon out of it's holster. He left after threatening that he'd be back that night to "burn our sorry asses to the ground". I followed him to make sure he left the area and when I got back the wife had everything picked up, packed up and ready to leave. I wasn't ready to leave but couldn't think of anything to allay her fears over some kook that just told us he was coming back to burn our sorry asses to the ground. Still haven't thought of anything to say to her in that situation and that was 2 years ago.

4) Lowholers
 
#83
Fell into the Hoh years ago in mid winter and amost died. Ended up getting pulled out by two gear fisheman who chased me for a long ways and pulled me out of a log jam as I was losing my hold and slipping under. Even with all my training and being in great shape back then, the cold, the river and the length of exposure destroyed me. Never was as aggessive, risk taking or confident in the wading department again. Not even close. Very humbling experience and showed me real fear for the first time in flyfishing.:eek: Duff

2nd would be Mumbles walking around naked. He has taken away some of our "innocence" with his RACY avatar.
 

junebug41

Junior Dave Monti fan
#84
I knew this thread was going to be great as soon as I saw the title -- thanks for the laughs, gents!

My biggest fear is that I will get old enough that I can no longer survive the overly aggressive approach I take in wading/climbing/swimming the rivers I love to fish... before I get wise enough to realize that I've gotten too old for it.

To try to answer the (I think) spirit of the original post... my only "realistic" fear on the rivers is drowning -- mostly due to the hyperaggressive wading habit mentioned above: a tact best described as the "Let's see if I can make it across here" technique.

I don't sweat the animals. I figure I may well take a hit from a rattlesnake one day, but it is incredibly unlikely that it'll kill me. I grew up around a very dense moose population in Maine, and have been close to them way too many times to fear them -- I think they're getting a bit of a bad rap here. Sure, they have immense power and can be belligerent, but they remain deliberate, slow to get moving, unmaneuverable, and let's face it -- dumb. And they can't climb. With moose, I have observed a very consistent "25-foot rule". Getting within 25 feet will almost always provoke a reaction from them. Usually they run away, but sometimes they huff and puff and advance. Escape via uneven ground, through trees, or up trees is advisable in the latter situation. =)

I have to admit a heightened alertness when I know I'm in grizzly territory, but I'd stop short of calling it fear.

Hmmm... I feel like I should say something bad about Mumbles here...
 

KerryS

Ignored Member
#86
Fell into the Hoh years ago in mid winter and amost died. Ended up getting pulled out by two gear fisheman who chased me for a long ways and pulled me out of a log jam as I was losing my hold and slipping under. Even with all my training and being in great shape back then, the cold, the river and the length of exposure destroyed me. Never was as aggessive, risk taking or confident in the wading department again. Not even close. Very humbling experience and showed me real fear for the first time in flyfishing.:eek: Duff

2nd would be Mumbles walking around naked. He has taken away some of our "innocence" with his RACY avatar.
About 20 years ago I took a rafting trip on the upper Skagit. The purpose of the trip was to teach the participants white water rafting and cold water survival techniques. It was an eye opening experience which forever changed my approach to fishing and water sports in general. One of the exercises was each participant was suddenly immersed in the river over their heads. The river temp was, and I'm guessing now, around 40 degrees. This was a very controlled exercise which was designed to show the participants what happens to the human body when it is suddenly immersed in cold water and what to do. Even with the explanations of what was going to happen, how to deal with it and the fact you were surrounded by trained professionals in a controlled exercise some panicked and I have to admit I was close to panic when I did it. Panic will kill you.

Coach, what you experienced would most likely have killed the normal fisherman. If you wade or boat in the cold waters of the Northwest learn what happens if you are suddenly immersed and how to handle it. Falling into a couple of feet of very cold water is enough to kill you quickly.

Ok, now back to the humor, glad to see you got dressed Mumbles. Plz, in the future bet six packs, cigars or bottles of 10 year old scotch.
 
#88
Man, I wasn't really thinking of being afraid when I am out fishing until I finished reading this thread.. Maybe the rattlesnakes now.. What do you guys do when you see one?

Here is the only "scary" thing that has happened to me so far. I think I was in a creek up north here and I look down the creek and I see something big and brown running down in real shallow. At first I thought it was a big brown dog, like a retriever but as it got closer (rather quick and I was almost waist deep in water) I saw it was a deer, it ran about 2 feet behind me and kept going, scared the crap out of me. I kinda froze but I don't think I could have gotten anywhere too fast anyhow.
 
#90
my other fear is being on the yakima when for some reason a speeding freight train derails. Being right next to the tracks when those things go by really gets your attention.