|Even the selfies are different depending on which world you're in.|
|My favorite reels from both worlds.|
My ability to walk between these two distinct worlds has even caused confusion in my dealings with others when fishing. I've had times that I have invited my "fly fishing only" friends out on the water only to have them look shocked when I pulled a spinning rod out of the back of my truck. The same holds true for the guys I fish with on "conventional gear" when I arrive at the lake for some bass fishing and they look disgusted because I'm carrying a fly rod. Most of the anglers I fish with seem to strongly identify with one world or the other. When somebody asks what would you use to fish a certain area and you tell them a Dahlburg Diver and they don't fly fish it causes issues. Want to have a lot of fun? Try explaining in a text message what a 3 way bottom rig is to a guy that only fly fishes. Even clients of mine seem to scoff at the fact that my backpack usually has a baitcasting rod strapped to one side and a fly rod strapped to the other.
|Both caught from shore and released happy and healthy.|
On more than one occasion I've learned a new technique either online or at a seminar and instantly thought about how well that would work if I transferred it into another world. From topwater tactics to bottom bouncing rigs I've learned all kinds of cool tricks from both types of fishing. From fly fishing gear that can be used to aid me in conventional fishing (floatant). To neat swimbait tactics that can be just as effective with a streamer pattern. Not to mention all the flies that I've found can be thrown with a spinning rod when rigged below a bobber. The crossover ability you get when you are familiar with different types of angling is amazing. You will never be exposed to this if you allow yourself to be limited to only one type of fishing.
So the next time you're at an event or out on the water, don't discount what the other guy is using. If you're fly fishing take a look at what the bait fisherman is using and see if you can recreate it. Same thing goes for the guy with the conventional gear. Take the time to learn what each world offers and I guarantee you'll become a better angler. At the very least, you'll have an excuse to meet some cool people and maybe buy some new fishing gear. Until next time...
|I don't care how it's caught, the proof is in the pictures.|