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PostPosted: August 6th, 2002, 9:59 pm 
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I think alot of the problem is that fishing for trout with worms is so ingrained in Maine tradition. My dad took me trout fishing from the time I was 5 months old, at least thats what he tells me. We preaty much fished exclusively for trout with worms. We kept all the fish we caught up to our limit. I remeber when the bag limit for trout was lowered to 5 fish his response was " there's almost no point in fishing anymore". I'm sure he learned most of this from his dad. He also pounded into me that trout only bit worms or flies, and fly fishing was just too difficult to learn. So I went through life throwing worms at trout. One big change came on a fishing trip with a friend. I was 23 at the time. We went out the golden rd to fish a pond another friend had told us about. we fished the pond during the day and camped on the west branch at night. One morning while waiting for my friend to wake up I started chucking a mooseluk wobbler while I was waiting for him. I remember getting a hard strike and pulled in an 18" brookie, by far my biggest up to that point in my life. I was absolutely shocked. My friend had the same reaction. We fished with lures on the pond that day and caught fewer, but much larger fish. From that point on I fished more and more lures, then eventually flies. Mt dad still hasnt come around. I tooke him fishing in waterville this year. He fished for a while and then decide to leave early. His reason "I just don't trust a place where I can't use worms". <BR>I remember that feeling. I think if kids were brought up more using lures and flies this would be a non issue. I believe the more these regs become common, and people find they can still catch fish, they will eventually gain they're own momentum. The hard part is getting things started


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PostPosted: August 7th, 2002, 6:18 am 
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My uncle was arrested for helping his kids catch their limit. Im not sure exactly what he was doing to cause the conviction but the game warden had been watching that pond which is quite popular with the bank fishermen. Everyone in town knew that it had just been stocked rather heavily. I guess my take on kids having a place to go is that a majority of the times parents look at that as an opportunity for them to have fun. So is it for the kids or the parents?

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PostPosted: August 9th, 2002, 1:16 pm 
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As long as we are talking special regs, it might be easier to get public acceptance of ALO/Single Hook than FFO. There are additional benefits to ALO. I understand that both have a low (fish) mortality rate under ideal conditions; but with the use of weight and bobbers on leaders, I would think that spinning gear might be a safer alternative for the practitioners than the "chuck and duck" casting of some fly-flingers. Even a cone-head Muddler can be dangerous on the leader of some FF... whereas, spinning gear can cast this jig safely and effortlessly. <BR>Best regards, <BR>Reed <BR><!-- BBCode auto-link start --><a href="http://www.overmywaders.com" target="_blank">www.overmywaders.com</a><!-- BBCode auto-link end --> <BR>

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