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Old 02-02-2012, 07:51 PM
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Default Directions on how to make a proper post

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.



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".....



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



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.



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



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.



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.



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.



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.



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



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.



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.



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.
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Old 02-02-2012, 08:37 PM
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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.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:17 PM
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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.
I see where you've made a couple of nice reports yourself. I enjoyed reading them.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:36 PM
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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.

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Old 02-02-2012, 11:08 PM
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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!
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Old 02-06-2012, 07:30 AM
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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.
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Old 02-06-2012, 08:02 AM
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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.
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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.

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Old 02-06-2012, 08:28 PM
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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.



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.
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