11/08/13

Insects and other foods the trout
should be eating:
Hatching:
1.     Slate Drakes
2.     Little Yellow Stoneflies
3.     Needle Stoneflies
4.     Mahogany Duns
5.     Little Yellow Quills
6.     Great Autumn Brown Sedges
7.     Blue-winged Olives

Most available - Other types of food:
8.     Sculpin, Minnows (Streamers)




Whatever Hits Me - Hunting Fish
Driving back through the park from Maryville to Pigeon Forge yesterday, a preferred
out of the way route, I noticed several guys, including a fly fishing guide, hunting
fish. Of course, there isn't anything necessarily wrong or illegal with that, all
depending on exactly how and when it is done. It's just that yesterday, it reminded
me of some of my own wildlife hunting experiences from years ago. First of all, I
have absolutely nothing against hunting. It is just that within the past thirty years or
so, I haven't have the time or desire to do so.

At one point in my lifetime, I got into turkey hunting. The first one I killed was in the
Fall, when I was actually deer hunting but happened to be hunting where it was also
legal to kill a wild turkey. I jumped it trying to stalk a deer. That experience and a few
friends, led me into Spring turkey hunting. They told me "you ain't done nothing
yet". A few months after my fall turkey, I managed to call up and kill a gobbler trying
to make love. After a little thinking, I decided I had been there and done that and
that I didn't want a T shirt to show it. There was just something about it that I thought
was on the borderline of cheating. After a few deliberate tries at killing another one
in the fall season, I noticed there was a huge difference in jumping or stalking a
gobbler and killing it, than imitating a hen to call a gobbler up to kill.  

In essence, I did the same thing with the whitetail deer, meaning jumping them and
killing them (in my case the hard way - from the back of a horse) and using the
rattling technique to kill an unsuspecting buck trying to make love, God's way of
sustaining the population. I did notice, again, learning the hard way, there was a big
difference in what I had accomplished from shooting a deer from my horse, than
rattling up an unsuspecting buck trying to make love.

In essence, I did the same thing with the elk by flying out to New Mexico to hunt them
during the rutting season. That experience woke me up a little. I decided I would not
mount the elk's beautiful head. I was a little afraid someone would ask me exactly
how I managed to kill it. It wasn't a great deal different than shooting one in a pen.
There wasn't a fence, just a very stupid elk that lost all of its normal caution again,
trying to make love and sustain the population of elk. I noticed there was a huge
difference in killing an elk during the non-rutting season than killing one that wasn't
preconceived with sustaining the population.

In response to the elk, a business associate in California called me a red neck one
day. Thanks to Google, I noticed redneck is a term that originally characterized
farmers having a red neck caused by sunburn from hours working in the fields. That
was my grandfather before he became a carpenter, and even though I haven't done
any farming, I will proudly let anyone call me a redneck if that's what they mean by
the term.

By 1900, "rednecks" was in common use to designate the political factions insidethe
Democratic Party comprising poor white farmers in the South...men who work in the
field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin stained red and burnt by the
sun. I'm still okay with that. By the 1970s, the term had turned into offensive slang
and had expanded its meaning to mean bigoted, loutish and
opposed to modern
ways
, and was often used as a term to attack Southern white conservatives and
racists. Except for being conservative, I resent being called a redneck if that is the
proper definition.

A couple of years ago, a local Pigeon Forge business owner ask if I was a hillbilly.
Before I told him I had spent most of my grown life in Florida, he went on to explain
that if I was a Hillbilly, I would get a 15% discount. I responded by saying I was a
Hillbilly. Looking that up on Google, I find Hillbilly is a term (often derogatory) for
people who dwell in rural, mountainous areas primarily in Appalachia. Well, I guess
I'm now a Hillbilly.

Now, as best as I can with my lack of knowledge of the King's language, using the
part of the most recent definition of a Redneck, or the "opposed to modern
ways part",
I would like to call at least one of the guys I spotted yesterday
a Redneck Hillbilly -
local redneck hillbilly, trying to catch a brown trout trying to
defend its redd. There were others I spotted on Little River probably doing the same
thing. I will assure you the same exact thing is done in California, Maine and any
and everywhere else there are guys willing to stoop down low to show off a picture
of themselves holding large brown trout caught trying to protect its redd.

The only thing that helps prevent this from occurring anywhere else are regulations
that either puts the spawning areas of the fish off limits (such as parts of the South
Holston), or closes the season during the spawn as is the case most places in the
country.
Anywhere, especially in National Parks where that isn't the case,
you have question whether or not the regulations are being established
with sportsmanship taken into consideration. Obviously, it isn't.

Yes, I am very well aware that catching them from their redds has only a tiny effect
on the overall population of brown trout. Same thing with killing and eating them. I
just feel that the population should only be a part of the consideration. It ignores the
importance of sportsmanship. In my opinion, good sportsmanship is just as
important in the sport of fly fishing as any other sport.  
Copyright 2013 James Marsh
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