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On being an interloper
We all have those moments…some last longer than others…that bring a smile to our faces when we look back upon them. This is one.
Fly fishermen have a standard of conduct of their very own. When approaching one another on a stream, two anglers will try to avoid crowding each other. If the area appeals to both, one will usually wait his turn and the other will avoid dallying in the spot. He will fish it, but not turn it into a drawn-out affair, thus giving the waiting angler a chance to fish it in short order.
But there are times the standards of conduct are violated. This is not taken lightly: the normally courteous angler will only transgress in the most unusual of circumstances. A case in point:
High Temps = Low O2
Warm water contains less oxygen than cold. When fighting a fish in warm water keep the fight as short as possible to avoid over-exhausting the fish. Under those conditions fish also need to be revived longer. Consider using heavier tackle to keep the fight short.
Read more about proper fish handling and catch and release in a special section of Vol, 3. No. 5 of Florida Fly Fishing magazine.
When hot, humid weather lays on us like the ubiquitous wet blanket many anglers want to hide out in the A/C and wait for fall. Some even appreciate being stuck in their climate controlled offices this time of year if only to excuse themselves from being on the water.