Re: Locals getting uptight for online tutorials

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2013-04-11 12:02:19 in reply to Re: Locals getting uptight for online tutorials posted by Michael Rosa on 2013-04-11 08:02:32


I've fished with a great many of the top Florida Keys guides during my years fishing there - some of the "really" old timers. Most were great guys and were true gentlemen. Yeah they had their gripes and would grouse just like anyone else; and they guarded their best spots and flies as best they could. Of course they'd never turn down "inside" information from another guide or even from an experienced client; and they read all the top fishing mags too.

Indeed, the two-handed retrieve has been around since before the birth of Christ for crying out loud! Personally, I hate that bloody style of retrieve - but if it works... And, how are you going to hide from observing eyes that you are using a two-hand pull and are feeding fish. Good anglers also learn from observing good anglers...

I also ran into a few total jerks and the fishing session always ended early if the guide didn't take my very direct hint that I wasn't going to put up with his condescending remarks or denigrating comments. Once I stood my ground, most of those cranks backed off and we ended up having a good experience and often became friends. Back in "The Day" Keys guides were expected to be hard asses. Times have changed for the most part.

Everyone one learns from someone else - one way or the other; but most guides who are secure and confident don't go all bananas over someone like Andy Mill offering a few tips on how to feed tarpon. They need to just get over it and do their job as professionally as they can.

As has been mentioned, most of the Keys guides are quality people who treat others with respect - noted exceptions of course.


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