Friday, November 4, 2011

Etiquette schmetiquette

These boaters can park and fish where ever they damn well please, no matter whose face their backcasts are almost hooking.

Poor etiquette is almost (but not) expected as some locations that get hammered, even with all of Montana's water, but this is a bit much. We happened to be fishing near the president of the Henry's Lake Foundation who fishes this stretch often (the Madison River in between Hebgen and Quake lakes), and he said he's never seen manners quite this bad. Myself and Ben, the prez, and the boat were the only folks around, but they needed to fish there.
We had fished that stretch for a couple hours and were about on our way out anyhow, but the boaters didn't know that. Maybe we should have started a knife fight (as apparently happens at some Eastern fisheries that get unbelievably pounded), and maybe we should have at least spoken up, but if they don't already understand common everyday manners about personal space, I don't know that we'd have helped.
Henry's Lake guy was sure it was a guided trip, but I cannot be sure as we didn't see any tags. We do know they were from Idaho.
Ultimately, I am glad I am able to fish in a place where breaches of etiquette rarely exist, but that doesn't excuse them when they do.
These hillbillies will get their comeuppance in due time if they keep it up.

6 comments:

Todd said...

Sorry to hear that you are experiencing bad manners there. Unfortunetly I've seen a some sort of bad etiquette almost everywhere I have fished. Take the high road.

Ivan said...

i have had similar experiences in that stretch. i was fishing there with a friend. A group with two boats stopped dropped their boats off and then started the organize the shuttle. The remaining members of the group proceeded to cherry pick the water we were fishing. I wish I spoke up, but instead I opted for a long long staredown.

Josh said...

Todd - that's pretty much my attitude, but I'm sure I have my breaking point.

Josh said...

Ivan - I did the stare down as well, but I wonder if speaking up (politely, to make your point) would be the right thing to do. Especially if it was a guided trip, and the clients are learning poor manners.

e.m.b. said...

Miss Manners would truly have a time of it. Most of the rivers I fish couldn't be successfully boated, but high-holing seems to be getting worse. Also, I was perusing your Published Writings, and really enjoyed (and was heartened by) "Do not disturb?" Thanks...

Josh said...

EMB - this was at the mouth of a lake, which is why the boat could get in. We rarely have to deal with motorboats.
And thank you for the compliment. I always cringe when I re-read some of that stuff, but that one was OK.