Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Wednesday Whiner Post - Blabber Mouth

We've all seen it and maybe even done it ourselves. A person on forums or blogs gives too much information. They share the location of great fishing spots and tell what flies and techniques to use. Usually these same people have the nerve to write about how crowded these places are. Fisherman are funny creatures and some love telling people about the fish they catch as much as catching them. The information is sometimes shared innocently with no intention of praise or recognition. People just want to help. Fisherman love to share the passion of what we do and have others jump on board. The problem is how much does what we share ruin what we love? It's a quandary many fisherman eventually face. What is the right amount of sharing? For me it's giving general information without the details. I feel the journey is part of the experience that makes things enjoyable. If someone holds your hand through every step of a process all the way to its completion is it really as gratifying as doing it yourself? Time and effort make accomplishing something really important. That applies in many aspects of life and with fishing as well. I think sometimes as fisherman we forget the recipe that leaded to a great day. The skunks, lost flies, wrong turns, bug bites, knots and falls. Don't take those learning experiences away from someone else by being a blabber mouth.


  1. Kevin
    This discussion can be carried ever further if you happen to be a guide on one of our tributaries. Case in point was me and my sons guide trip last year on the Caney Fork in Northern Tennessee. At the end of the trip the guide kindly ask us not to mention the flies and some of the locations we fish that morning, and we agree. Why because of his well being as part of his income and because we want to come back and land more of those fantastic brown, brook, and rainbows on our next visit. Another example completely opposite is our local tailrace here in Alabama.
    Our local fly shop is willing to advertise the flies the trout are taking and the exact location of the feeding trout. They also broadcast the day and number of stocker trout being released in the tailrace. I realize this is for their well being as a business, but too much information can prove to be negative as oppose to positive. We as members have complained about the stocking dates and now the only way one can find out when the stocking occurs is too called.
    Bank fishermen were walking out of the tailrace with numerous trout, over the 5 day limit. They were viewing stocking days and would show up a day or two after stocking and carry home as many as 15 trout or more. Some were ticketed, but most got away. With all this said yes one can be their own worst enemy in a situation like this. Thanks for bringing this subject to the forefront.

    1. Bill I appreciate the response. I have too many stories to go into here.

  2. I just read a great book called Holy Ghost Creek about fishing small streams in New Mexico. The author tells you up front that while writing the book, he had a real dilemma deciding how much information to give. He finally decided that the well known and fished locations he would mention by name. The places that were not well known and fragile fisheries would not be named. The kicker was he gave just enough information that if someone wanted to go exploring, that they could eventually locate the stream he was talking about. This seems to be the most common sense guide to me.