Did You Know That? Part 1/2

by Louis Bignami

When albacore were first canned, housewives used to pink tuna would not buy. So the canners contacted a PR agency, which solved the problem with simple stickers for each can. The stickers said, “White tuna, guaranteed not to turn pink in the can.” Now, of course, white meat tuna is a selling point.

Gary Soucie notes in his excellent Traveling with Fly Rod and Reel “Common sense and human logic convince us, as well as many regulatory agencies, that barbless hooks do less damage to the fish and decrease the mortality of catch-and-release fishing. Unfortunately, there is no science to support the notion.”

The “cane” fly rods in A River Runs Through It were really graphite Hexagraph rods built in strip cross-section.

Noted fly fishermen Lefty Kreh was once asked by a non-fisherman what the sense was of catching fish just to let it go. He responded, “Do you burn your golf balls after a game?”

Consider the world record salmon from Alaska’s Kenai River, and realize that Smilodonichthys Rastrosus, now extinct in North America for four or five million years, AVERAGED six and a half feet and probably weighted in at 250 to 300 pounds.

If your brass swivels don’t, use a toothpick to push silver polish into the barrel and spin the swivel for a bit to grind out rough spots or grit. Then give the swivel a dab of oil. And you’re set.

While people can run a bit over 20 miles an hour, fish wiggle through water that is about 700 times more dense considerably faster. Sailfish can top 70 mph with pike clocking 20 mph and bass 10 to 12 mph.

A fisherman,” wrote Roderick Haig-Brown, “is good in proportion to the satisfaction he gets out of his sport. [So] a merry duffer is better than a dour master.”

Joseph Seccombe wrote the first American fishing literature, “A Discourse Uttered in Part at Ammauskeeg Falls in the Fishing Season, 1739” as a sermon that was published in Boston in 1743. The sermon defended fishing in a period of six day work when Sunday fishing was thought “Ungodly” by many.

A pessimist is any angler who thinks the weather is too bad to fish. An optimist is any wife who thinks her husband won’t fish anyway.