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08-26-2009, 08:04 AM
A little reflection on my behalf this morning showed me that I have become increasingly bitter and mean spirited over the last little while. Why, I have no idea, but it probably stems from a multitude of factors on our area rivers and streams. Many of which there is no reason to elaborate on at this time. I do apologize for my nastiness and seemingly arrogant persona I have been projecting for a good while now. Those that know me best, know that is not really who I am and how my personality is in reality. I am opinionated, but not usually too big a jackass unless directly taken advantage of or treated poorly, none of which has happened here.

Moving forward I will do my best here to exhibit more of my true self and less of the nightmare which I appear at times to be lately. I have been blessed with a lifetime of experiences and knowledge of this sport over the last 20+ years and certainly can find better ways of using those tools to help and assist rather then discredit and rile.

08-26-2009, 08:24 AM
You sir, have just done something very good that not many can or will do. I hope you and Hugh get to make that trip. I fear for the trout if you do. My highest regards. silvercreek

Gerry Romer
08-26-2009, 08:52 AM
Now this is how one becomes relevant.

Thanks for the acknowledgment and the effort.


08-26-2009, 09:10 AM

You probably wouldn't ever see things froms my perspective and maybe you still harbor anger towards me, but here is my explanation for my reactions in the past. Rest assured that I never intended to offend anyone but felt hurt and disappointed at certain times. I have no doubt offended and dissed others but never really meant it that way. I have made certain comments about a certain enterprise which I do stand by. However it is not proper to discuss on the internet. I also felt at the time that I was dissed and disrespected. No one is perfect and the way I look at it. Individuals who do things just to spite and be mean are the ones I don't have any use for.

With all that said. I don't hold a grudge nor do I think I'm always right. I do respect your honesty and braveness in your last post and maybe just maybe we can move past all this and go fishing.

I hope you are having a good fall fishing and lets talk fly fishing again.

Green Weenie
08-26-2009, 10:09 AM

Paula Begley
08-26-2009, 10:22 AM
Thank you, Jim.


08-26-2009, 11:03 AM
No one is perfect; but some are perfect enough to admit it!

That quality will take you far in life Mr. Waterwolf

08-26-2009, 02:25 PM
Waterwolf, I've known you for years and I hardly recognized you on this forum. You have always been helpful and willing to share any knowledge you have. Your apology is the real you. You can offer a lot of valuable fishing tactics to all of us. You are certainly a fine angler. I don't know anyone who outfishes you. Though it was many years ago, it was always a pleasure to run into you on the Clinch. I contine to wish you well. That Hardy reel you sold me, when you were probably 15, is still getting good use.

08-26-2009, 03:20 PM
"Why we Hatin?"

Folks, I do not post that often but felt this needed it. I am a message board "lurker" and do not have a lot of time to post at work. When I get a few minutes I pull it up and look at the days posts. What I have been noticing here lately was a lot of venom and hostility towards each other. This needed to stop and quickly. I like to read about good times, good fish, and new adventures. If I wanted to squabble I would go to a UT message board and listen to the legions of the miserable.

Lets not forget folks that this is just FISHING. It is supposed to be relaxing and having a good time. Some of us who are relatively new to the sport need this board for instruction and advice. So lets bury the hatchet and move on.


08-26-2009, 03:40 PM
"There are two kinds of light - the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures." ~James Thurber

I'd say that was a very positive reflection... I know I need to practice more introspection - heck, that's why I fish in the first place... I look forward to more of your insights Waterwolf...

(aka Jermz)

08-26-2009, 03:44 PM
Kudos to Waterwolf. I owe one myself to whoever I jumped on about Mr. Hartsell's hatch chart, so I apologize. (can't remember the fella's board name). My posts always come across wrong anyway, dang it.:redface:

08-26-2009, 04:08 PM
Well I'm new here and don't know many but I congratulate waterwolf on his public apology.
As far as people behaving out of the norm...I deal with the public on a daily basis working for an electric utility and have for 32 years,one thing I'm noticing is more frustration and otherwise rudeness from folks who we deal with,and you can tell they're decent people.
We have the usual bad people to deal with but,there seems to be lots of stressed,irate people everywhere....I'm really not sure why....but I blame it on the economy.:redface:

08-26-2009, 06:51 PM
Honorable Relfections

I saw a reflection the other day
That made me want to run
I could not believe what I saw
But something must be done

I never had the courage
To see me from the outside
But the image was quite scary
And make me want to hide

But I reached deep inside
And pulled up my courage strings
And opened the song of sorrows
And began to change some things

And now I am happy to report
To those I treated with such disdain
I have made my sorrowful regrets
And vowed from such action to refrain

My friends have praised my actions
And sung songs of my gallantry
Returned my friendship with open arms
Reflecting the man I want to see

Don Winningham

It takes a real man to do what you did Waterwolf. I have not read all the previous posting. I don't need to. This one is all that matters.

tire guy
08-26-2009, 06:58 PM
When someone does bad, stand up to correct it............
When someone does good acknowledge it.....
You done good sir!

08-26-2009, 07:00 PM
Let's all just fish.


08-26-2009, 07:22 PM

We all make mistakes in life, say the wrong things and regret them later. It just means we are human. My general philosophy towards flyfishing has been that it's a means of release, generally I don't take it as serious as some people on the board or otherwise. I have made the mistake of taking posts too seriously on occasion and have responded in an unkind manner. I have given you grief a few times even though you haven't done or said anything personal to me. Sometimes it was because I thought you were dissing someone I know personally or simply I disagreed with your tone to others. I hold no grudges against you or anybody else on the forum. Sometimes things can get out of hand when people communicate on the internet, words can be interpreted differently when you aren't directly communicating with someone.

I hope you will continue to contribute to the forum as you obviously have a high degree of knowledge and skill in flyfishing the waters of East TN. Hopefully, I will meet you one day on the Clinch or Holston and be able to pick your brain on tactics, etc. or just shoot the bull!

Have fun!

Neal White

Byron Begley
08-26-2009, 08:23 PM
Hi Waterwolf,

You are a "stand up" guy. I appreciate that about you. I guess we should all be careful what we say on the worldwide web. We are speaking to people who we don't know and they don't know us. I have not read all of your posts but when you disagree with me and say what you do it makes me smile. I never take it personally. The difference is I know you, I respect you and I like you as a friend and have for many years. I'm sure I'll always like Waterwolf.

I didn't know about the closed thread. I know Hugh well, I like him as a friend and have the utmost respect for him too. I think you two guys would get along well on a fishing trip. Do it!

Good job buddy,


08-28-2009, 10:48 AM
Nice. Stand-up for sure, wolfster.

08-29-2009, 12:43 PM
Waterwolf, I have never met you, but can tell you are a man I would respect and admire. If only we all could be this bold and truthfull.

08-31-2009, 11:14 AM
Like I have always said, "It is more rewarding and easier to make a new friend than to earn a new enemy".

Being honest with yourself is the first step to self enlightenment!

Seems you are moving forward in removing negative and apathetic thoughts from burdening your heart. Keep up following your heart and fight the urge to allow them back in your life...

GOD Bless you bro!

08-31-2009, 11:25 AM
Madison, good to hear from you. I haven't seen you post in a couple of weeks.