Is fishing blobs, montanas, damsels and snakes spinning in disguise?

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Well, is it? Is fishing these "flies" the refuge of the inept?
It's well worth calculating just how many people you'll irritate on-line before deploying any of the above. If it looks like hardly anybody will get their knickers in a twist then it's probably not really worthwhile as the prospect for endless entertainment is very low. :rolleyes:
 

tangled

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Wahey, nice troll.

Lure fishing this time of year is very successful, if fishing was always difficult and always needed great skills there'd be a lot fewer people fly fishing and fewer places for them to fish.
 

diawl bach

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It's well worth calculating just how many people you'll irritate on-line before deploying any of the above. If it looks like hardly anybody will get their knickers in a twist then it's probably not really worthwhile as the prospect for endless entertainment is very low. :rolleyes:
Indeed, it's just very, very boring.
 

Cap'n Fishy

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Well, is it? Is fishing these "flies" the refuge of the inept?
Clearly it is not the refuge of the inept, if someone is equally adept at catching fish on all methods - dries, nymphs, traditional wets, and lures. And likewise, if someone is equally adept at catching all fish on fly gear, whether it is wild brownies from a stream on dry fly, or bass from the surf, or pike on 6-inch streamers, or salmon on a snaelda - then that person will likely be quite happy to use blobs, montanas and damsels in the right place at the right time. It's not spinning. there is no spinner or spinning reel. There is a fly rod and a fly line, ergo it is what every rational person calls 'fly fishing', regardless of what is on the pointy end. Surely only a pompous, blinkered snob would think otherwise?

A lot of people kid themselves that they have the moral high ground because they fish buzzers, when they are catching stockies that have no idea what a buzzer is. The stockie is taking the first thing it finds that might be food. Therefore, it makes no difference whether it is what we call a buzzer or what we call a blob. The buzzer and the blob are both just 'lures' or potential food, or whatever term you want to call them. It just helps the snob to feel all warm and sanctimonious about it when he catches on buzzers rather than blobs. It's all fishing at the end of the day. Fish the way you enjoy to fish and judge not, lest ye be judged. Live and let live, eh Bob? ;)

Jimmy and I were fishing yesterday on our club water. It had been stocked but also held a good head of overwintered fish. In the course of the day we caught on dries, nymphs, damsels, mini-cat and a mini-cat booby (used on a washing line rig with snatcher and Diawl Bach). We used floating lines with the dries obviously, and intermediates for all the others. We caught about 50:50 stockies and overwinterd fish. We had more overwintered fish than stockies on dries, but we had stockies on dries. We also had more stockies on the damsels and booby, but we had a really good number of overwintered fish on the damsel and the booby. The snatcher caught stockies and overwintered fish, slow figure-of-eighted on the washing line rig. We both thoroughly enjoyed our day. Enjoying the day should be the primary objective, not trying to reach some non-existent moral high ground. Did we worry about what we were catching on at any given point, or about our possible ineptitude, as perceived by folk who have clearly lost the plot? Did we ****!

Col
 

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Like most fisheries these days, I reckon the forum needs to adopt a no trolling policy. :whistle:
 

Rob Edmunds

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Any method is ridiculously easy when the fish are switched on it.... Dries, nymphs, wets, blobs, boobies, snakes etc....

If people enjoy ( or always fish) a particular method or fly.... let them because it won't always work 100% of the time, but yes I do appreciate there are some methods that will work the majority of times..


The key to catching a lot of fish is being able to fish every method or pattern well, and understanding when you need to fish them and why you are fishing them....reading the water and conditions etc..

If you've never fished Blobs, boobies, or snakes how do you know you don't like it ??.....or that it's for the "inept" all these methods require a lot of skill....then again you could always try targeting a 8 lb Fry feeding brown on a Diawl Bach and see how you get on

On which note I'd genuinely say "Buzzer fishing" is the easiest of all methods to master....you don't need to cast very far, or accurately, you put 2, 3 or 4 flies on a leader to essentially cover the depths and you just wait for the fish to swim off and hook itself...

From the middle of April to the middle of June it's a nailed on method on almost any still water and a 3 year old could do it well..
 

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I suspect Bob, bless him, is either feeling mischievous or got out the wrong side of the bed this morning :whistle:
 

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I reckon his missus made him hoover the house instead of going fishing.:wine:
 

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Hell no, trolling on the motor is[FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif] the be[/FONT]s[FONT=Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif]t form of sport [/FONT]
 
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The problem with threads like this, and the others of a similar nature, that draw such scathing criticism of the poster(not in this case) is that it deters beginners from asking questions and may even deter them from joining the forum in the first place in case someone tries to make them look a fool. If you don't like a question look elsewhere for your entertainment and let those who are genuinely happy to help a newbie learn post instead, don't fill the forum with sarcasm at another's expense.
 
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