Washingtonion's are getting a bad rap!

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  1. Buck

    Buck "Ride'n Dirty."

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    I went there last summer and dropped some cash in various shops, with guides, at hotels and the like. Maybe I should spend locally in Seattle, drive there and give them the Ol'Washitonion!
    Seriously though, I didn't have that experience. I was probably more the sucker, than the rule. And everyone I spoke to was really friendly and forthcoming with info.
    I actually find that hard to believe. If you have real data, like shop names, then drop them, otherwise I call it the minority. I know no one that would go and leave trash anywhere. In fact, I probably don't know anyone that would even walk into a shop looking for data, without dropping some cash. Maybe I'm just in good company.
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  2. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    Master Obiwan, the force is stong with me. I think I even convinced our Friendly Administrator that he could spey cast. He tried my two hander on the Hoh and was putting it out pretty nice for a first effort. I think he now has a stealthy two hander tucked away in the shop. Tweed can be your friend, but is only required when swinging flies on the two handed bamboo rod!

    The friends I've made that are from Montana are really a delightful bunch. Just keep your sheep and goats out of their reach.
     
  3. Stewart

    Stewart Skunk Happens

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    Sheesh, you think they'd be glad we're taking so many people off their hands. I swear 25% of Spokane is from Montana. I used to wonder what Montanan's thought about Washington drivers. Every time I'd get passed on i-90 between Lookout and Missoula it's a car with WA plates. Then I decided that at least 1/2 of them had to be transplants on the way back to visit the folks. Hell, that was the reason I was going lots of times. My ex is a Montanan...
     
  4. obiwankanobi

    obiwankanobi Active Member

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    The black sheep has a special place in my heart and no one will ever come close to getting their hands on her. Together we make a fine Oreo.
     
  5. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    I saw this guy in Seattle the other day with an outline of the State o' Washington tattooed on his neck. It took me a while to figure out what it was (internal conversation: "The fu*k's that....ohh...state o washington...got it...hunh...dude's a state patriot....cares about his state enough to put it on his neck...hunh...what kind of person is a state patriot?....the kind that puts the state outline in permanent ink on their neck" It was circular logic that didn't really get me anywhere. That neck tattoo was my CSI style clue that he was probably from Washington State, or alternatively, he emigrated here and got religion, so to speak, State of Washington religion. Without the state outline tattooed on your neck or forehead, I'd have a hard time telling you who was from Washington or not.
     
  6. Go Fish

    Go Fish Language, its a virus

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    Living in Kalispel for a year is a found memory.

    Side-hill salmon (sheep)

    Running a tab at a bar in Whitefish and
    paying it when my UE check came in.

    Driving way to fast with no speed limits.

    Having someone pull a 38 at the bar on the guy sitting
    next to me saying something about you is
    messin with my old lady.

    And the fishing. If I could find away to do it
    I'd be there now.

    Do they dislike assholes?
    Everyone does.
     
  7. generic

    generic Justified

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    I got that a bit in the late 80's. I'd even spend money in their shops - get bad info.

    I figured it out one year and every year after..... Wherever they would tell me where to fish, I'd go in the opposite direction and be very successful.

    Well there's that, but personally I think they're just jealous because we pay more taxes. :beathead:
     
  8. James Harrington

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    I was born in Austin, TX but my family moved to western Washington when I was three weeks old. When I was 10 my family moved back to Dallas. I spent 16 yrs there and then four more in the Austin area. Then I moved back here because I still think of this place as home. Are people a little less overtly friendly when you don't know them up here? Yes. Are they rude or cold? Not really.

    And yes, there are a bunch of Texans that still wish Texas was its own country. They mainly live in rural areas. One thing that still cracks me up about Texas, is that is probably the only state where the state flag can become almost any article of clothing. Shirts, hats, hell wristbands, bandanas. That shit is so ridiculous to me. I really do love Austin and I think the Gulf Coast is badass. Lots of really good fishing all throughout the state.

    But I came back here because I wanted to live in a state where the mountains fall into the sea and there are temperate rain forests on one side. In the middle there's a mountain range that is rugged as hell and has the second tallest peak in the lower 48, and on the other side is a dry, desert, plains like region.

    Texas also has a vast diversity of geographic regions. Actually it probably has the most. East Texas piney woods and swamp like area, blackland prairie from Dallas and along the I-35 corridor, the Hill Country of Central texas, the great plains all up through the panhandle, ocean and beaches and inland bays along the Gulf, and the Big Bend mountains out far West.

    Up here when I tell a lot of people I'm from Texas, I know they think we ride horses everywhere. Down there when I tell people I grew up in Washington they think flannel, lumberjack type shit, or sailor type shit.

    Truth is, I like both. When I go to Montana to fish for the first time should I tell them I'm from Washington or Texas?
     
  9. Flyborg

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    Man. Where I fish, "a bit more space" is usually a few feet greater than the length of your rod. And we like it that way. I've got a sticker on my handle that says, "if you can read this, best pray I don't rip my fucking anchor".
     
  10. Benjy

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    Fellow guide? Where are you working?
     
  11. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    There is nothing wrong with people here in Montana. Yeah, I've met Mumbles. He could leave you wanting.

    I was out on the Beaverhead last Saturday. Talk about being crowded, shit there wasn't no more than 50 feet between anglers. If I can get out and there is two people on the river I will leave and find me a place with no people. It is easy as there is so much skinny water with fish in them.

    And as for Speed limits. They have them here. It's just because you all from Washington don't think so. If you are speeding you will get caught sooner or later.
     
  12. Mark Walker

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    I've never thought of "bitterroot" as "delightful", but kinda think a tattoo of your state's border on your neck means "graduate of the State Penitentiary".
     
  13. Jergens

    Jergens AKA Joe Willauer

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    I've lived out here for 2 years, guided for 4 and have never experienced any of that, in fact quite the opposite. Not to mention, start asking those giving you grief where they are from, I'd be amazed if many of them were actually from MT. Besides, if I remember right you're over in missoula, and over here east of the divide we think you're the assholes :)!
     
  14. Upton O

    Upton O Blind hog fisherman

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    When I travel to Montana to visit family and hunt birds my experience has always been positive in terms of interacting with the locals. There have been times when there that I met some people from Washington that were just real assholes. I was embarrassed and irritated with their behavior. There was another group that got thrown of my cousin's ranch for trespassing but it wasn't their fault, they were using a Montanan as their guide. Assholes have no state boundaries, you can find them everywhere you travel. The secret is not being the asshole. As for Texans, I was in Canada sitting by a campfire at night with our guides, plus two Californians, and a Texan. The wolves were howling a few hundred yards from camp, my first and only experience with wolves. What a wonderful, erie sound once we got the Texan to shut his mouth. It wasn't that he was Texan, he was just a loud, obnoxious guy who didn't get it. Besides, if there had been a back door to the Alamo, Texans would all be speaking ...(Just kidding). Go Sooners.
     
  15. Radway

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    Washitonion's are getting a bad rap!

    Sorry to read a fly shop is diss'ing anyone! At the flyshop I work at in Whitefish we appreciate everyone. It's not just because of these difficult economic times, we're just nice guys and passionate about our job. Many times folks come in just for a few tips and head out, but, we've found these same folks return when they do need something because they remember us for our kind treatment. Business the way it should be in my honest opinion.

    Cheers,

    Radway

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