Beating the crowds

How to avoid stepping on each other's toes when fishing

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How come the best and most productive fishing spots are always close to parking lots?

Mostly because anglers are lazy. Most of us will fish close to parking lots because we don't want to walk. And when many people gather close to the places with easy access, these places automatically become productive - simply because more anglers catch more fish. But it also means crowding and fish that have been fished over again and again.

The best way to beat the crowds is simply to walk. It will lead you away from people and may even show you new and unfished water with rarely fished fish.

A short podcast today, but better than silence...

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Lots of space - It\'s not like a rush hour, and this is absolutely acceptable - as long as people move along
Lots of space
The day is over - A day with moderate crowds is about to end
The day is over
Crowd on the Frying Pan - The tailwater on the Frying Pan just below the dam is quite crowded. The fish are plenty but most have seen everything a normal fly box can offer, and thin tippets are required to entice them. Once you hook a fish and follow it downstream not to have it break you off, you can potentially disturb a dozen anglers and hundreds of fish.
Crowd on the Frying Pan
Crowds! - The Kokanee salmon gather in huge numbers where the Taylor and Gunnison streams run together. So does the anglers! This crowd was firmly set on their spots and not willing to give up their particular positions. The top man (right) would catch 10-20 fish for each 5 the second man would get. In that time the bottom man (left) would get nothing while the guy upstream from him would maybe get one fish!This place would surely work well with a one-cast-one-step policy!

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Published January 6th 2007
Duration 16 minutes and 42 seconds
File size 15.31 Mb

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From: Ripley Davenport · admin·at·  Link
Submitted January 7th 2007

That's a good point Keld.
It's kind of a natural way of sorting out the anglers!
I seem to have been labelled Mr Wedellsborg but in truth I rarely fish there.
Most of my favourite haunts never see angling pressure, which is why I never meet anyone or anyone meets me, and why I have no friends....!!!!


From: Keld Petersen · skytte.svarrer·at·  Link
Submitted January 7th 2007

Hi Ripley.

I think you HAVE to walk long distances in the future, because of the big sea trout, caught on your spot last week ;-)
But in a way, it's a good thing that there are so many lasy anglers, in this way we can have the distant places for ourselves, and in my opinion, this makes a sorting of what kind of angler we are meeting too.

From: Ripley Davenport · admin·at·  Link
Submitted January 6th 2007

I adore solitude and will walk 10,000 miles (figure of speech don't quote me on the exact distance), to avoid crowds.
...Mostly because anglers are lazy. Most of us will fish close to parking lots because we don't want to walk...

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