Do fish have traditions?

9 May

Fish don’t have traditions or at least I don’t think they do.

But when compared with people’s traditions fish habits look pretty much the same. During Christmas I go to a predictable place, have a predictable meal, and upon completion of my yearly ritual, I head back to my normal feeding grounds for the reminder of the year.

Each spring I watch a school of redhorse come up the river, school up, and gorge themselves on a one week supply of size 12 grey caddis, which this year is epic. They mate and eat and disappear, probably back to the main river.

Leadwing Coachman, photo originally from Global Fly Fisher

Every year I try to convince one of the big ones to eat a fly. I think I have tried every caddis imitation out there, and green rock worms and emergers, and wet flies like the leadwing coachman still no luck.

But I’ll keep trying every year. I have to, it’s tradition.

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