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buzzmcmanus
02-02-2012, 07:51 PM
Earlier today, I posted an example on how I think a proper post should be made. Well, you folks are lucky and I also fished on Sunday of this past weekend. I will now give you directions on how to make a proper post.

1. Always try to take a picture while driving to your destination.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000408.jpg

This gives the reader the impression that you are a risk taker and that you are in the 0.09 percentile of fly fishermen that is not a nerd. If you have to pull off the side of the road to get the picture, do not include your speedometer in it. That would only negate the risk taker part.

2. Now is the time to either reveal your destination and name the stream, or not. This can be done by either inserting a picture of a common landmark of this stream or a picture of the trailhead.

In this instance, I don't wish to reveal this stream, so I can either "create" a name for it. Lets call this stream "Skillet Creek".....

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000414.jpg

Or, you can just not mention anything and just insert a random picture at this point.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/Calderwood%20Feb%202011/P1000112.jpg

Keep in mind, this is the only part of your post where it is acceptable to insert a picture that was not taken on this particular trip.

3. If you had a long hike to get to the stream, be sure to take pictures of the trail. Angle the camera to make it appear steeper than it really is. If you had no hike, take the first picture you get when you arrive at the water.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000409.jpg

4. Always take a picture of the first hole you fish.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000410.jpg

Do this before actually fishing. If you catch a fish on the first cast, it will only make the trip report better. If you don't take it before fishing, you will forget with the excitement of it being the first cast.

5. Take lots pictures of waterfalls and plunge pools.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000416.jpg

Those of us that see this stuff every week really don't care much about it. But, our "neighbors to the north" that follow this board just eat it up. It also makes good filler on a bad day of fishing.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000418.jpg

In addition, if you make mention about how you had to hike 5 miles one-way and scale 3 cliffs to get to the stream, don't have the taillights of your car in the picture.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000419.jpg

6. Take pictures of bugs, or evidence that bugs once existed. It doesn't matter if you don't know what it is, why it's there, or what it could possibly resemble in real life.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000417.jpg

Fly fishermen eat this stuff up. There are some that could probably even speak Latin at you.

To be continued in next frame.....I have a feeling this could take more than 12 pictures.

buzzmcmanus
02-02-2012, 08:14 PM
7. Always, I repeat, Always, take a picture of the first fish you catch.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000412.jpg

This could possible the only fish you catch the whole trip. If you intend on making a trip report, you need this fish. A fishing report without a fish picture is just a glorified hiking trip that your feet got wet on.

Under no circumstances can you insert a picture of a fish that was caught on a previous trip. No matter how long ago it was. Someone is going to do a search and read all 753 of your previous posts. They will call you out on it. "Hey Buzz, that looks just like the fish you caught on April 1, 2005." There will be no denying it. They will probably even post a link to the post from 2005.

You never have to reveal how many you caught. If you have that picture you can always state "They were there and willing. Hitting BHPH's". Noone needs to know "they" were only one. You've got the picture.

8. If you don't name the stream, somewhere in the post, give the readers a little teaser. Some kind of hint.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000411.jpg

Bunch of hypocrites that outlaw hang gliders, but allow parachute adams. Answer no further questions about where you were. This is very important.

9. End big. Leave the reader wanting more.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/2012%20Fishing/Doublecamp%20Creek%201-29/P1000423-1.jpg

This has to be the absolute best picture of the trip. Leave the reader wishing they were in your shoes.

And that is my opinion on how it should be done.

ifish4wildtrout
02-02-2012, 08:37 PM
Very good post, I need to take some notes. One thing I always do, I take a pic of the first fish, even it's 2 inches. Like you said, it may be the only fish you catch. :smile:

buzzmcmanus
02-02-2012, 09:17 PM
Very good post, I need to take some notes. One thing I always do, I take a pic of the first fish, even it's 2 inches. Like you said, it may be the only fish you catch. :smile:

I see where you've made a couple of nice reports yourself. I enjoyed reading them.

Byron Begley
02-02-2012, 09:36 PM
Hey Buzz,

Great Fishing Report! I don't get on here much so I don't see everything. What you presented is what we need more of. Good job.

Byron

5xtippett
02-02-2012, 11:08 PM
I enjoyed that. I also takes pictures of the first fish I catch for the same reason you do. However, I take pictures of my fish without any background to keep people from recognizing my favorite spots. I do not get near as many compliments as your type of report, but I also don't get my holes clogged up. Very good point about reusing old pictures. There is another reason not to do that, too. You don't have to look back through old reports. Teenagers and other technological people can look at your picture and by using magic can get to your photobucket or wherever you store them and tell where and when you took the picture. I cannot personally do this, but I know somebody who can and has. He is a long way from being a teenager, so I don't have a clue how he does it. That kind of a report is way above my pay grade, but it is neat!

Owl
02-03-2012, 12:24 PM
That may be the most epic how-to + fishing report I've ever seen. :)

I always try to include a photo of whatever I ate for breakfast, too. Unless it's oatmeal. Oatmeal is the least photogenic of all the breakfast foods. Nice post - love those pretty little rainbows...

Mac
02-03-2012, 01:30 PM
Buzz,

I think i understood most of your points. I do feel that i would get a much better understanding if you just took me with you next time. Nothing beats firsthand experience. ;)

Thanks again,

ChemEAngler
02-03-2012, 04:47 PM
Well done Buzz!

We need to try for a repeat of our trip last spring. I am in serious need of some time on the water....

JoeFred
02-03-2012, 11:25 PM
That may be the most epic how-to + fishing report I've ever seen.

I always try to include a photo of whatever I ate for breakfast, too. Unless it's oatmeal. Oatmeal is the least photogenic of all the breakfast foods. Nice post - love those pretty little rainbows...

Owl, I concur. In spite of their marketing people's noble efforts to persuade us to view it otherwise, a friend of mine once asked, "Is it just me, but doesn't McDonald's Fruit & Maple Oatmeal look like vomit?"

Owl
02-03-2012, 11:51 PM
There's not even a thing that photoshop can do for oatmeal. I'm sorry, there's just not. :)

duckypaddler
02-04-2012, 10:38 AM
Buzz,

I think i understood most of your points. I do feel that i would get a much better understanding if you just took me with you next time. Nothing beats firsthand experience. ;)

Thanks again,

Mac,
I was thinking of you the entire time I read this post.:biggrin:

Although if you got together with Buzz you could make a "steaming pile" of a post:biggrin:

buzzmcmanus
02-04-2012, 11:59 AM
Well done Buzz!

We need to try for a repeat of our trip last spring. I am in serious need of some time on the water....

We need to. Hopefully this nice weather keeps up and we can do it sooner than later.

Last weekend was my first time out since bow season started back in September. It took me a while to work out some of the kinks.

Shoot me a message when it looks like you can get away.

buzzmcmanus
02-04-2012, 12:03 PM
Thanks for the compliments folks. I had alot of fun writing it.

muskrat
02-04-2012, 08:46 PM
Thanks Buzz,
This particular "Northern neighbor" does in fact "eat it up"

FishNHunt
02-04-2012, 08:48 PM
http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/Calderwood%20Feb%202011/P1000112.jpg

I know for a FACT that it is VERY steep where your at in this picture. I've been all over about all the ridges in this picture. It's ALL steep around there. Ole Goat creek. One of my favorite places to "get away from it all". Did you do any good here?

Don Kirk
02-06-2012, 07:30 AM
It's been forever and a day since I was there, but there used to be a place located between Cosby and I-40 known as Fort Knox. It was operated by a German couple. I do not recall her name, but his was George. The story was that he was former SS. I never had the nerve to ask. They specialized in German food, with Hasenpfeffer to die for. They also sold a variety of drinks made with moonshine, including maraschino cherries pickled in white lightening. The last time I was there was in the late 1980s. Iit was George’s 80th birthday. He was dancing on top of the bar with two scantly clad local lasses while his wife clapped with the music. I do not recall is they served breakfast, at least in the traditional sense.

Drugcop4
02-06-2012, 08:02 AM
This Northern neighbor is tired of seeing all of these wonderful posts without the benefit of posting his own. It is not my fault that my Townsend born mother married a **** Yankee from Maine, how I ended up in Illinois is an even more depressing story. I don't get "home" often enough, and when I do my remaining relatives don't understand why I spend my time in the "crick." Waterfowl season has ended and my wife is currently enduring my endless hours of trip planning on this **** laptop. The trip dates keep getting pushed up a little closer. Until then I will dream my dreams of cold water, blue skies and tight lines.

JoeFred
02-06-2012, 10:32 AM
It's been forever and a day since I was there, but there used to be a place located between Cosby and I-40 known as Fort Knox...
They specialized in German food, with Hasenpfeffer to die for...


An amusing account, Don. Thanks. Goggling didn't yield much, but I did learn that "Hasenpfeffer (also spelled hasenfeffer) is a traditional German stew made from marinated rabbit or hare,..." So technically this pertains to making a "proper post," as it could be argured that it relates to a fly pattern one could include. Only thing is, I don't think the marinade would be permitted by Park fishing regs. ;)

JF

buzzmcmanus
02-06-2012, 08:28 PM
FishNHunt, I can see how Goat Creek would be a good place to "get away from it all". It would be real easy for someone who's on the run from their job, their wife, or the law to disappear there for awhile. I had recieve report about a couple limits of nice fish being caught out of the first pool past the retention pond (?). Including 2 nice fish that he couldn't turn and they broke him off. I caught nothing. Didn't even see a fish. I also heard the retention pond was full of fish, but it was inaccessible for me.

http://i165.photobucket.com/albums/u51/buzzmcmanus/Calderwood%20Feb%202011/P1000113.jpg

I did see some good buck sign and alot of hog sign up Goat Creek. I'm pretty good at getting dead stuff out of unlikelly spots, but not sure I could get one out of here.

buzzmcmanus
02-06-2012, 08:31 PM
....dancing on top of the bar with two scantly clad local lasses ....

Dude, that's my kind of breakfast!!! I would have definately taken that picture and put it in my post.

FishNHunt
02-07-2012, 09:18 PM
Buzz, I haven't done well there in several years. I have a picture of a really nice brown that my dad caught there. Have to ask him if I can post it. I used to be able to go up there and have a really enjoyable day. I used to also see fish in the creek all the way to the power house and even catch a few in some of the pools but, I can't even get a hit anymore. I haven't drug anything from Goat creek but, I have from First creek and it took around 7 hours. Yeah, there are some serious deer in that area but, the density is very low. If you see one there is a good chance it will be a "goodern".

spotlight
02-16-2012, 04:00 PM
I must say this gave me a good laugh...well done my friend! and very comical!