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Tight lines: Secrets … or lies

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This week I was successfully fishing with one of my dry fly patterns. As always, a fellow fly-caster asked the infamous question: “Whatcha getting them on?”

I stopped short of my common reply – “something I tied up” – because, when asked questions, I normally don’t lie. Then I thought, well, it’s not a lie, I am simply protecting a secret.

While he waited patiently for my response, I just stared blankly back at him. Then I wondered, if I was him, what would I be looking for? Would I expect the other angler to stop fishing, run over and give me a fly out of his box or expect the successful fisherman to look in my fly box and point out the answer that was in my possession the whole time?

I chose to stop what I was doing and crossed the river to show him what I was fishing with. He then asked if I had an extra that he could purchase.

Customarily, I try to do a good deed each day. It’s the only way I can breathe. So, I opened my box and gave him two patterns: one for my good deed and one for my own arrogance on the water.

It’s hard sometimes to differentiate between being a guide and being a fisherman out fishing.

Personal time to fish is a gift from the greater powers. Taking people out on a paid fly-fishing trip is a gift as well, but it’s hard to tell that whether we are “on the clock” or out on our own, because people find a way of making us work either way – but as a guide you get paid.

Most of us (not just guides) get asked this question too often to see the opportunity right in front of us: the chance to show a friendly gesture that will reflect well on our mountain community and an opportunity to show kindness, honesty and local knowledge to someone in need.

This is the stuff that makes Summit County the best place to live in Colorado. Maybe I’m sounding like a preacher at the AC/DC concert, but if we would be better to “gapers,” perhaps they would spend more of their free time here, creating the endless supply of paying jobs, that we’ve grown use to up here. Hence the sticker “Love thy Gaper.” After all, they pay our bills.

So for now, I’ll share with all of you one of my secrets. This is the still-born stimi. This pattern was developed in Summit but catches fish from N.Y. to Cali. (See above box.)

Kevans Evans is a fly guide and tying expert. He writes a weekly column on fishing in Summit County.

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