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  1. I bet there's a story there.
  2. I would pay $10 for a unicorn tag. Not to shoot a unicorn (what kind of heartless bastard could do that?) but just to increase unicorn habitat.
  3. I don't disagree, but that last line struck me. C&R has a much greater effect on population that most people realize as there is about a 15% mortality associated with the practice under the best of conditions. Coupled with the stress of continual angler harassment on popular rivers like the Beaverkill, it's no wonder fish have a low survival rate. Though I drive by Roscoe weekly and have done stream rehab work there, I don't fish the Beaverkill or Willowemoc. I'll hike to catch small wild fish or travel for big fish. I've also been toying with the idea of spending a season practicing C&K - fishing and killing to my need or legal limit and once achieved, reeling in. In other words, no more C&R. It's hard to flip my mind over but I think I just may save more fish.
  4. I wasn't using it as an example to follow here but to show that stocking can and does have a negative effect on wild populations. A sustainable wild population should be the goal of every sportsman. The streams in this area (Catskills) were home to more than adequate populations of trout for centuries if not millenia. Brook trout, at any rate. Read Ed van Put's book, Trout Fishing in the Catskills, where he recaps stories of sports pulling a thousand hefty trout out of a trib in a weekend. And then when they literally fished the large fish out of the streams, they focussed on pure numbers and everything from three inches up was fair game. Of course, none of those fish were put back. Add together development, the acid factories, severe habitat change, and a thousand-fold increase in angler pressure (Trout Town USA!!!), and I agree that the Beaverkill can't sustain a fishable population of wild trout. But the word "fishable" is the issue here. I have no right to fish or hunt, but given the priviIege I don't want to fish for aquarium trout. I want healthy rivers teeming with wild fish and if that means I have refrain from fishing to give those fish a chance, so be it. The Beaverkill can bounce back to support a very healthy population of fish, but no one - town, fly shops, sports, clubs, state - would accept the draconian rules necessary for it to happen. P.S. I see the youth argument being brought up. While I understand the need for a positive hunting experience, shooting stocked birds is a falsehood and one that creates an expectation that is unsustainable. Put more bluntly, if I had a young man in my charge and it was my responsibility to school him in the ways of the world of women, that is, how to ask a girl out, date, maintain a relationship and a succesful marriage, I wouldn't get him a hooker when he was 15.
  5. Ending trout stocking could have a surprising effect, namely that the wild population rebounds as they no longer have the competition from the hatchery fish nor the unrelenting pressure from recreational anglers. http://fwp.mt.gov/mtoutdoors/HTML/articles/2004/DickVincent.htm In 1974, Montana did something that stunned anglers across the state and the nation: It stopped stocking trout in streams and rivers that supported wild trout populations. The move initially outraged many anglers, fishing businesses, and even some Montana Fish and Game Department staff. For decades, hatcheries had been credited with producing more and better fishing. Without stocking, many Montanans asked, what would happen to the state’s famous trout waters and the businesses that relied on legions of anglers arriving from across the country each summer? The answer, now well known, is that trout fishing improved dramatically. Once stocking was discontinued, wild trout numbers doubled, tripled, and more on many rivers. Agree wholeheartedly with this.
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    First fly rod

    There is: https://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/forum/index.php?forums/17/ It can be overwhelming so it helps to know what you're after. For a first rod, I would advise the OP to go to a local shop and buy from them.
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    First fly rod

    And money. There were a few trips where the cost per fish caught made me shake my head. And then I tossed them back. Thankfully, I subscribe to the Thoreau misquote: Many men fish all their lives fishing without ever realizing that it is not the fish they are after.
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    First fly rod

    It would be dull. I've only taken one pic of a fish in my life and that was per the request of an Icelandic guide as I was lucky enough to catch a fish under impossible conditions. (I made him hold the fish.) I mostly just shoot slow-motion video of every river I've stepped in. They're really boring.
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    First fly rod

    What kind of fishing you intend to do will determine length and rod weight. I have rods from 2wt - 12wt, but as I fish trout mostly I fish a 4wt more often than not. But a 5/6 wt may be better for the finger lakes. And despite owning $900 rods, the one I usually fish cost $75 on sale from $150 - Redington Classic Trout. I'm heading to Patagonia next week and will bring the CT 4wt and a T&T 6 wt for lakes and wind. I would avoid a combo set and look for the best rod, line and reel you can afford in that order. Buy the rod from a known reputable company - Orvis, Sage, T&T, Winston, Loomis - as they come with 25 year or lifetime warranties. Then ask advice from the shop as to best line to pair with it. If you're lucky they will let you try a few lines or even better they will set up six or so rods to try. Other than a bonefish or salmon set up, I don't care that much about reels. I almost never put a trout on the reel and no trout or bass has ever taken me into the backing. (I'm including some pretty big fish here.) The best thing is to come with a few options and someone can walk you through them. Or trust your shop. Some reading: https://www.yellowstoneangler.com/gear-review/2017-5-weight-shootout-fly-rod-review-best-5-weight-rod-best-fishing-pole-best-fly-rod-g-loomis-nrx-lp-scott-radian-g-loomis-asquith-t-t-avantt-thomas-and-thomas-avant-edge-by-gary-loomis-orvis-h2-covert-winston-air-sage-x TL;DR mid-priced medium-fast Orvis 9' 5wt with a high-end WF floating line and whatever reel catches your eye.
  10. Well, they also were the major contributor to juvenile delinquency, at least according to Dr. Frederick Wertham. I did the animation for the documentary, Comic Book Confidential, which explored the anti-comic movement and the creation of the industry censor board, the Comic Code Authority. Here is a clip of Wertham and Bill Gaines, the publisher of EC Comics, best known for Tales of the Crypt.
  11. Even if you weren't into the comics, you had to love the guy.
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    advise need with hunter harassment

    Good ending.
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    The Neighbors Corn Pile

    Eight tons worth? It may take some time.
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    advise need with hunter harassment

    If the guy signed his name, I would go to the cops with the pics and your story. I'm sure they will stop by his place. If there was any paint damage from the mud spray (I'm assuming someone backed an ATV up and gunned it) then you may have a case. Sorry this happened and good luck.
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    Get the Lead Out of Bullets - NY Times Op-Ed

    Silver bullets would only work on weredeer. You need garlic bullets to stop vampire deer.