Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Dilemma.

From Friday:

"Hey man, let's hit the Hiwassee on Sunday. I hear caddis are coming off like crazy."

"Why don't we go to Queen City instead and chase some carp?"

"Would you shut up about #$!&%ing carp? Meet at the store on exit 11 at 8."

Click.

This is becoming a dilemma. I want to fish for carp pretty much all the time. My trout-head angling partners would sooner sign up for lifetime memberships in PETA than cast a fly to a carp.

I suppose an assessment of priorities is in order. These are after all life-long friends, guys with whom I've spent many, many hours on the trail and on the stream. We have spent countless evenings around campfires discussing our lives, our beliefs, our trials and tribulations.  We probably know more about each other than our own wives. Those are bonds that I suspect even they couldn't understand.

I guess when those things are considered and weighed against my selfish pursuit of carp, the true priority is clear. Obvious, even.

I need to get some new friends.

23 comments:

Trevor Tanner said...

Laughing too hard to come up with anything to say.

Trout MaGee said...

If it swims I will toss a fly at it. Good luck chasing those carp. Tight LInes.

John Montana said...

I once talked a buddy into going fishing with me by saying "you fish for smallmouth, I will fish for carp." as we walked along the high bank I pointed to a fish holding in the river...about 14 inches. "there is your smallmouth.". My buddy got all excited and got ready to cast. Then I pointed to another fish sauntering up the river bottom, this one about 14 lbs. "there is my carp."

He cast at the carp.

Geoff said...

Ole Brown Eye @ it again huh? How was the NC trip this weekend?

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Gregg said...

I have a friend whose password has all to do with existing to fish dry to you know what. The one time he tried for carp with me I think he was put off by my intensity, maybe the city park thing had something to do with it, but whatever it's a personal problem and his loss. Maybe a kid I met and helped rig for carp and who caught a fish on his first cast bothered his sensibilities. Oh well.

Gregg

Bill Trussell said...

Ty
Get some more crap out there--waiting for the next post!!

Ty said...

That's ok McTage. Those guys check the blog from time to time and I'm sure they will have PLENTY to say.

I'm with you on that MaGee!

Ha ha, that's pretty good John. I'll wager there's not an angler alive who could resist casting to a 14 lb. fish. My problem is I can't even get these guys out there.

I skipped out on the NC trip again this year, Geoff. Too many baseball games right now. I think Brown is pissed at me. When are you going carp fishing with me?

Absolutely his loss, Gregg. And extra karma points to you for taking the time with that kid. That's what it is all about!

Oh don't worry Bill, more crap, erm, carp posts forthcoming my friend.

John Montana said...

When are you going to make the trip to OR Ty? Chase some Columbia river carp?

Ty said...

John, that is on my list. Way up near the top. When would be the best time to come up there?

John Montana said...

I will shoot you an email Ty. We could coordinate a trip with Mctage so you can meet Trevor too. I can run with three guys on a flat out here.

lowbrow said...

This time of year it's carp/striper dilemma for me. I do find, though, that almost all my trout fishing these days is done for social reasons.

Ty said...

Exactly lowbrow. I still enjoy trout fishing, but I hardly ever hit trout water just for the hell of it. Typically some kind of outing with my trouthead friends. Which is ok too.

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