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After reading the threads about unethical fishing and illegal activities I thought you might want to read something lighter. I spotted a fly fisherman in the parking lot at the Stave today. He had some great looking stuff and was wearing a back pack about the size used for Everest assaults. I was really curious to see him fish and thought I might learn a thing or two.
I didn't see him on the river and in fact did not see him again until I was leaving. He was fishing the spawning channel just under the bridge. You just gotta smile and go on your way.
 

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Ive seen a huge influx of OTC fisherman that seem to love fishing the spawning channels etc...haven't seen a fly guy there...must be practicing his "soft take" method..

You do gotta love sitting in the parking lot and watching what guys/gals bring back to their vehicles what they keep...I have seen many a smiling face so proud they have a fish...even though the thing is starting to mold...Ahhh the excitment of the catch!! I don't begrudge them their fish..Someone is going to be sitting down to dinner that night though and thinking...Salmon sucks!!!
 

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It always amazes me what some people keep from the stave. Some of those fish my dog wouldn't even eat and he tries to eat just about everything :p . I also have never seen a fly fishermen in that spawning channel. I wish they would just shut that channel down to no fishing.
 

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About 8 or 9 years ago, when I had just started fishing, I was on the Mamquam trying to get some fish holding in an eddy to bite. This guy with a BCFR patch (I had no idea what it was at the time and actually thought it was some DFO type thing.) walked up, said hello, chatted, and then pointed out that the occasional fluttering you could see the fish doing was a good indication that they were spawning. I felt pretty stupid.

He also pointed out a better spot for me to try and warned me that the chum would have an easy time breaking my 7-weight if I didn't play them lightly.

The embarassment passed, I had a much better day on the river (I only cracked the lacquer on my rod, didn't break it) and there was one less person bothering spawners.

We shouldn't forget that the best way to make a difference is one person at a time.
 

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Great title ;D the poor Stave is now the local comedy show. Ruskin must be taken with a grain of salt and a light hearted attitude...its pretty messy. How do those dogs taste? Anyone kill one?

Just a few years ago this chum kill fishery in LML seemed like a good idea ??? 'It'll take the pressure off the coho & ******'....boy was I wrong. I remember fishing the Stave in the early 90's, when you saw 5 people there it was busy...still fun for casting practise though :thumbup:
 

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good point george, many moons ago when i first started river fly fishing for salmon i too tried fishing the spawning channel at ruskin. not a great idea as i know now but not one person said a word, though there were more than enough people who no doubt new better they instead walked by looking back and self rightously thinking what a terrible fisher person i must be. i didnt even know they were there . my common sense being it took me away from the crowd and i could see the fish just sitting there,though i couldnt buy a bite out of them. snagged a few and put some uncomfortable strain on my 8 weight outfit and decided to move back to the faster water. next time make an actual difference and with a positive mindframe let the angler know that he/she is killing babies in the making with not much upside . you and everyone around will quickly know if it's true ignorance or just trailer trash committing the ethical offence .
 
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