3. Be sure not to mention certain sections of rivers on this public message board because if you do, you might just see a bunch of others there the next weekend. Remember, everything typed can be searched 3, 5 or 10 years from now. Use the private message system for specifics. Be respectful of those who call those sections of river their "home waters." Many times it is just best to say that you fished a "local flow" or an "unamed flow." No one will be upset, afterall it is no ones right to know where you were fishing.
We have become a society of instant gratification. Over the past months I have noticed newbies as they join asking really specific questions and almost demanding answers. Guys, its not their fault. Long before I ever considered posting a comment, I read every article in the info section. I read posts to get a feel for the mood and flow of the threads. When I have asked specific questions I have received good information and have become paranoid at the number of threads I have killed. But I am older, bald and fat and learned my research skills in the UGA libraries wandering through stacks of real books. Our family history is told in pictures of men, women and children with stringers of fish. Now I can sit at home and find out almost anything known to man. For those that have come of age in this information revolution, the world is at your finger tips, but that does not break a certain code of silence that has been learned by fishermen over long years of polite conversation at the bait shop. Yes, it is a secret society and it’s pictures hold the answers to the code. You may share tackle or rigging, but seldom locations. Within the pictures there is however, the unspoken answers and they should remain unspoken. The eternal question “Doing any good?” and the eternal answer “Naw. How bout you? The language of fishing is handed down generation to generation. There may be many who have not had that generational influence. So you guys with success and experience and heritage continue to teach the art of fishing. And to those of us still learning, be willing to take the information as it is shared and then work hard to become better.
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