Don’t Tell Anyone

Shhhh. Don’t tell anyone.

I have three fly rods.

I have a nice selection of flies.

I know how to fly fish.

Now and then I’ll go use these tools and skills.


Even on those sluggish pond bass.

And the occasional little bluegill.


I’ve been thinking about using nothing but fly rods on the creeks this spring just to see what happens.

Of course, I’ll have to lie about it.

If I do well, nobody will believe me if I tell them I’m fly fishing.

Other fly fishermen only seem to appreciate struggle and missed opportunity.

So, keep this to yourself.

If word gets around, it will ruin my reputation.

10 thoughts on “Don’t Tell Anyone

    1. Ken G Post author

      I already use my fly rods like a Tenkara rod Bob. In the tight quarters I fish I have no room for a back cast. I think I can do this, but Ed already left a comment on Facebook… it won’t last.

      He’s probably right.

  1. bob

    reminder. just because you use a fly rod doesn’t mean you must you fur and feather flies only. Many things can be used with the fly rod and have been for 100 years; cork and wood poppers and little lures, small in line spinners, small spoons, and now we can add to that list, small, lightweight modern plastics. The fly rod is simply a delivery system. Just you don’t only cast things that spin on a spinning rod, or just cast bait on a bait casting rod, one need not have a truncated definition of what may be used with a “fly rod”, unless you so wish.

    To hear you talk, your reputation has nowhere to go but up as it is. Might as well get points for innovation and creativity. Then again, in some fly circles hanging with me and my crackpot fly older traditional, before the modern definition of traditional, fly fishing methods could actually take you down a notch or two more.

    Mini Mites anyone?

    1. Ken G Post author

      I’ve learned well from you Bob when it comes to all things fly fishing. 1/32 ounce jigs with 1.5 inch twisters. Why use strike indicators when a little red and white bobber will do. And of course, a pearl Producto twister on an unweighted hook.

      How’s that go… bastardizing fly fishing one cast at a time.

  2. bob

    Cane poles don’t collapse.

    “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter don’t mind.” ― Bernard M. Baruch

    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson

    “Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.” ― Mark Twain

    “I like it when a flower or a little tuft of grass grows through a crack in the concrete. It’s so fuckin’ heroic.”
    ― George Carlin

    I’ll stop with those words of wisdom.

    1. Ken G Post author

      Thanks Janee. I try to keep up on info about Kayak Morris. Looks like it’s doing well. I keep toying with the idea of coming by to rent a kayak so I can take it up the Mazon.

  3. Jim McClellan

    What fun! I love catching bream (bluegills) on a fly rod. Usually we don’t break them out until after we’ve caught all the fish we can eat.

    1. Ken G Post author

      Jim, when I first started going to Virginia years ago, everyone called them bream. Took awhile for me to figure out what the hell they were talking about.

      If gills grew to be the size of bass, nobody would fish for bass any more. 8-9 inch gills when you can find them are a blast on any kind of gear.

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