04/11/12

Insects and other foods the trout should be eating:
Hatching:
1.    Blue-winged Olives and Little BWOs
2.    Blue Quills
3.    Cinnamon Caddis (Mostly Abrams Creek)
4.    Little Short Horned Sedges
5.    Eastern Green Drakes (Abrams Creek)
6.    Hendricksons & Red Quills
7.    American March Browns

Most available/ Near hatching and/or other types of available food:
8.    Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)

I'm Not In A Good Mood As You Will Detect If You Read This
I received several comments in email about what I wrote about getting young people into fly
fishing just a few days ago that I thought was quite interesting. It was in reference
to the
second part of this article. that begin like this:  

Just yesterday, I read a popular fly fishing blog comment that pointed out the fly fishing
industry was headed downhill. He correctly pointed out that the number of young people
getting into fishing was declining each year. Although this is true of all types of fishing, it's
even more true of fly fishing.

I pointed out that although the statics taken from numbers of fishing license sells point out he
is right, he stated the wrong reasons for the decline. In the case of fly fishing, he blamed it on
the declining number of fly shops. He blamed the declining number of fly shops mostly on the
"big box stores" specifically naming Cabelas and Bass Pro Shop.

I won't repeat my comments about that in the article. You can go back and read them if you
want to. The email I received, mostly from what I perceive to be young people, was about my
pointing out that fly shops should be doing everything they could to help get young people into
fly fishing. Instead of charging for what the shops call "fly fishing schools", they should be
putting them on free of charge. I mean, give me a break. The teachers are nothing more or
less than a few big egos who would and in most cases do, teach without being paid. The shops
mostly charge to make a profit from the school itself.

I also pointed out the industry was almost two faced in their approach, and used 3M's Scientific
Anglers for an example, pointing out that if they could sell Walmart a fly rod, reel, line and
other items in a kit for about $40.00, that retailed for less than a $100.00, they and others like
them could help solve the problem. Again, they are not alone. Other manufacturers do or
would do the exact same thing.

The fly shops point out that the "box stores" like Walmart don't provide any help or have
anyone trained to advise the customers about fly fishing. They point out that in essence, they
are worth far more to the customer because of their expertise and ability to help and advise
their customers. A fly rod quite honestly, not much better than the ones used in the sets in
Walmart, go for a minimum of $110.00 to 250.00, plus to cost of a reel, a fly line and a leader.

In my Beginners Article entitled "Fly fishing gear you will need", on this site, I list this as the
very minimum you need.

Summary of Gear you will need to get started fishing the Smokies:
Fly Rod.........................................................$100
Fly Reel..........................................................30
Fly Line.......................................................... 30
Fly Rod Kit (Optional)..................................(100)
Backing, Leaders and Tippets........................35
Flies................................................................25.
Fly Box............................................................20
Fly Vest...........................................................30
Clothes..........................................................100
Waders: (Optional at first)............................(175)
Wading Boots.................................................(80)
Wading Belt: (If Waders are used)...................10
Sunglasses......................................................25
Floatant.............................................................5
Clippers.............................................................2
Raincoat: (Optional)........................................(50)
Pliers.................................................................5
Map...................................................................free
Fly Fishing the GSMNP 4 hr. Training DVD......50

Total (if fly rod kit used)..................................$407
Total (if rod, reel, line purchased separately).$467
Total (if you wade and use kit)........................$662
Total (max is you wade and purchase separ...$722

Fishing license are not included.

As you can see, even using a Walmart fly rod kit at tax and all nearing $100.00 (I think the
actual price is $79.95), the minimum cash needed for a young guy, lets say a college student
on spring break coming to the Smokies, is $407.00.
In other words, if you spend 407
bucks kid, you can find out if you like fly fishing for trout
. I did put a 100 in for clothes
you will need to keep from being laughed at. That isn't really necessary.

Notice the price does include my 4 hour long DVD at 50 bucks. I guess that means I'm like the
fly shops and trying to reap profit. Although I have sold several thousand of them, the actual
cost of production probably will never be returned. Furthermore, I will give any student a 50%
discount on it.
Furthermore, there is more instructions provided in the DVD about fly
fishing and fly fishing in the Smokies, which by the way, can be reviewed over and
over, than any fly shop in the nation is willing to give any customer, much less one
that buys their lowest price gear.
In most fly shops, they would be hard pressed to find the
items listed above for the 407 cost. It would be more like $467.00. And wait a minute! That
doesn't include the cost of waders and boots. I don't think even a brave young college student
would enjoy wet wading during Spring break. Even then, he would need a pair of shoes and
little booties, or another $100.00. Oh, I forgot. It doesn't include the out of state fishing license
and you will get wet if it rains. Even then, you would have the cheapest stuff a fly shop sells.

In other words kids, if you want to see if you like fly fishing for trout, you better have
an extra $750.00 on you
or a dad that's willing to front it on top of the cost of your college. In
other words kids, if your dad isn't well off, you can forget fly fishing for trout. You can ride a go
cart for $10.00. You can drink beer, bungie jump and play with your iPhone all week long for a
lots less money.  

And after all that, I forgot about the cost of the fly shop's fly fishing school.
That's another
$125.00 per day,
or you could get a guide. No, I realise you probably won't get lost. They will
teach you how to fly fish
for a mere $350.0 more per day plus a highly expected big tip. I
mean these guys are smart enough to get paid to fish. They aren't stupid.  

The email I received pointed out examples of why I was right and in some cases, specifically
the bottom line as to why they couldn't afford to fly fish. Although I won't mention any in detail, I
am pointing out the basic reasons for it. I'm also pointing out the basic reason fly shops are
cutting their nose off to spite their face. The same thing goes for the fly fishing manufacturers.
They are doing the exact same thing. Their latest solution is to sell directly to the public and
eliminate the fly shops. Unless drastic changes are made to encourage people (other than old
wealthy men and women to get into the sport along with a few wealthy youngsters), neither will
thrive and may not even survive..

When the kids get through paying back the national debt we have created for them, it will be
less than the 1 percent that can afford to fly fish.

I'm happy the Warren Buffet plan is being pushed. That will make it tougher for the kids to get
a job in the future, but think about the big advantage of it. It will raise 4 billion dollars of
additional taxes per year. Our president's plan will help cut the national debt down just like he
says it will.
The extra 4 billion will pay the interest on the national debt for an entire
day
 and it will be popular with the 50% of all citizens who don't pay any income tax - the ones
that will vote for him. It won't hurt me at all. I haven't figured out how to make a million a year
fishing.

I hope I'm wrong and since I focus on fishing, I may well be wrong.
All I can think of to write
is - you low and middle income class folks, forget about fly fishing and Kids, Good
Luck.
Your really going to need it.
Copyright 2012 James Marsh