Fly fishermen, heck all fishermen, have some funny beliefs when it comes to their fishing habits. Some will only fish during a certain time of the month, others swear by the color of their fishing line, and then there is the guy who thinks his beard gives him a fishing boost.
Fly Fishing and Superstitions
To beard or not to beard is just one of many superstitions that float around lakes and rivers all over the world. Fishing is more than a sport, and not even a hobby. Fly fishing is a lifestyle, and with any lifestyle that is centered around luck and nature, there is going to be a bucket load of superstitions.
No Bananas – This one is mainly for the commercial fishermen, who spend weeks at a time sometimes hauling in nets and cages full of flopping fish. There is a lot of superstition here, handed down for decades with no real way of knowing how or why it started. All we know for sure is that if there is a banana on board, you need to head back to shore as fast as you can.
No Cameras – Our theory behind this superstition is that fishermen wanted no proof of how “big” the one that got away really was. Apparently, this superstition does not apply to cell phones, and as our bearded trout fisherman proves, video cameras either. Thank goodness for him he had loaded up on the beard balm and perfected each hair with a boar hair brush that day, or his chances of ever winning the heart of a lady angler would be finished.
Don’t Use a Net – At least not until you have handled one slithery fish with your bare hands. This superstition is definitely not embraced by those new to fly fishing.
Make Out With Your First Fish – Okay, maybe not make out, but you should at least kiss it. It is believed that if you don’t kiss your first catch of the day, you won’t catch much more. It’s also probably the reason why so many fishermen have a hard time catching a wife.
Don’t Make a Catch on Your First Cast – If you cast and catch right off the bat, you are doomed. This is classic sign that you won’t even get a tug for the rest of your trip. Avoid this by making your first cast a throwaway, reeling it in as quick as possible to avoid getting caught in this superstition.
You probably have superstitions of your own, like favorite hat, favorite hook or even best day to fish. When it comes to fishing, it’s good to abide by all, since you can use all the help you can get.