Wednesday, February 22, 2012

WDFW and Bobbers

On the department's Facebook Page they are promoting the opening of the kill season on wild winter steelhead on the Olympic Peninsula.

The funniest part of the post is the picture they used. 

Celebrate killing wild fish with pictures of bobber caught steelhead.  I only wish I could make stuff like this up.  Laughter is the best medicine for insane policies.


  1. It's sad to see you passing judgement on the 95% of fly anglers who like to nymph for steelhead. How does your smug, elitist attitude help the cause for wild fish?

  2. Wow, it's hard to believe this post was the anti-bobber post that got my attitude called "smug & elitist." Considering the many posts before I guess I was due for it.

    My anti-bobber (not anti-nymph by the way) attitude does nothing to help wild fish... but does everything have to? Can blogs not make comments about things not related to conservation? Plus, I did not post the picture of a bobber caught steelhead on WDFW's Facebook page announcing the opening of wild fish retention.

    Plenty of other blogs made more serious mention of the press release announcing wild kill. I chose to point out a humorous (or at least I thought so) picture associated with the press release.

    Of course, I have always thought many bobber dudes have thin skin. I guess I may have been right.

    Regardless, thanks for being one of the five to ten people reading this blog.

  3. Hey, that's well played, Chris. Sugar coat an accusatory rebuttal, and defend yourself by calling the other side defensive :-) Are you studying politics? You are right--I am thin skinned on this issue. I've been treated like shit by snooty fly guys ever since I became interested in other fishing methods, and I rarely let anything slide. Confrontational, pissed off, and ready for a fight any old time. In your case I've let some snotty comments slide in the past, but on March 1st I decided to say something about it.

    Obviously you are entitled to publish whatever you like. I appreicate your stand on wild fish, and I support you 100%. I hope my comments aren't too offensive.

  4. I am not offended in the slightest. Honestly, I am still a bit confused as to why finding it humorous that WDFW used not only a fly caught but a bobber caught steelhead photo to promote the opening of the wild steelhead kill season. They used the most vocal C&R groups picture to promote killing wild fish.

    Sorry the snooty fly guys have been giving you a hard time. When I return to the Peninsula I will be on the lookout for you so I can yell at you if I see a bobber attached to your flyline if I can see you over my upturned nose :).... in the meantime I will verbally accost all the trout guys I see here in Colorado nymphing with a bobber.

  5. And for what it's worth, my original point was that wild fish advocates do themselves and their cause a disservice by being snotty toward people who use different terminal tackle. While there is a strong case to be made for swing-only-flyfishing as a management tool, such exclusivity deepens the divide between angling groups.