Box of trout flies lost, found, but not returned
Many outdoors users are quite secretive folks. That’s certainly true of morel searchers, archers and a few trout anglers.
Sometimes they pay a price for their privacy and discretion, however.
My grandson was fishing some good trout water in Iowa County earlier this year. He happened to find a fly fisherman’s small tackle box streamside. Inside there were hundreds, at least 500, flies probably all tied by an angler who went home empty handed in several ways.
After numerous posts on Web sites, blogs and at fly shops, my grandson was unable to find the owner.
It would have been so easy to open the box, call the number of the angler from Illinois, Wisconsin or New York, they all fish here, but there was no name, telephone number or email address.
Why? Maybe partly because archers usually don’t put their names on arrow shafts; turkey hunters don’t inscribe their box calls; and morel hunters don’t identify their $35 walking sticks.
These identifications would put us in a location we might consider a secret. But if we have been there and someone else is there who finds an item, the location is no longer a secret anyway.
The 2013 Wisconsin hunter ethics winner was a man who spent many hours of his time tracking down the owner of an expensive bow. He was successful, in part became the archer who lost the bow had signed in (state park) when he hunted and then reported his loss.
Most hunters, anglers and campers are honest, ethical folks and are willing to try to find a rightful owner.
But in Jeremy’s case, he was unable, maybe because the angler didn’t want it to be known that he fished this stream.
One every-day trout angler from the area told me, “that’s why I only carry a dozen flies when I fish trout.”