hating the _uckers
There was a day…..
There was a day when you would put your boat in the Calawah in March, and maybe everything just didn’t feel right for what you were trying to do, and you could pull out and go somewhere else, and still be first boat.
There was that much water here. That many place to be with no one else.
Then things started to change, then about five years ago, they started to really change. Then last year, well, it got nuts.
Sooo many guides form all over the globe, getting EVERYWHERE!
And I mean some of these folks, well, suck at catching fish. I mean, nice people, good casters, good fly tyers, good teachers, just absolutely awful at making fish bite for clients.
I mean really bad, I mean 4 or 5 days between fish, and still, booked everyday.
So thats it. Post a bunch of pictures of hamburgers and flies you tied, get 8 million or so likes on facebook, damn, your a fishing guide.
The town I live in fills up with these people, they are everywhere, and I start hating on them.
But here is the deal, they are nice folks, mostly young, mostly on an adventure, out for a good time. And they will generally give you the shirt off their backs.
It is not their fault they chose the same adventure as a bunch of other folks at the same time.
The ones that stick with it will become good fly fishing guides, or starve, probably both.
I realize me getting cranky pants about it is my problem, not theirs, and they have as much right as anyone to be here.
Last year a good friend had an embarrassing incident that left him stranded in what used to be a very remote area. Luckily, there was a group of traveling guides who cheerfully offered to help him out, they went out of there way to get him back to town, where he ran into another group of helpful vagabonds at the store, and still another back at the motel. All helpful cheerful folks helping out a good guy having a bad day.
None of them realizing that they were ruining my ability to resent them.
This place has gotten too crowded during February and March, and we need to take some steps to keep it from being loved to death.
Folks around the state have been working for a while on a way to limit the number of guides working here, and the guides association has been working on its members to try to convey to clients, on those really good days when lots of fish are being hooked, to head in early and be thankful we still have as many fish as we do.
I will post more details on ongoing efforts in the coming weeks and months, and would love help and comments from those interested.
Rain Coast Guides