Did You Know That? Part 2/2

by Louis Bignami

“I don’t like not catching fish,” said Datus Proper, author of What the Trout Said, “But I don’t need to catch a lot of trout. . . I can’t imagine still wanting to run up a big score on trout after you’ve been fly-fishing a few years.”

Don’t bring bananas on board if you fish in Hawaii, and if you’re in Iceland on one of their $500 a day salmon rivers, don’t sing or you won’t catch anything. In France some anglers take along cats to smell out fish. The English take their own route. In England a family quarrel reputedly brings good angling luck on the next trip.

Rock Hinds and a number of other fish species change sex as they mature. The largest individuals always male.

“So my advice is, always buy more tackle and take more stuff than you “need.” And when people say “Well, god, here comes the tackle store again,” don’t be ashamed because it just might come in handy -- Jack Hemingway, of Misadventures of a Fly Fisherman, who says he went from being Ernest’s son to and Margo’s and Muriel’s father

In his New Standard Fishing Encyclopedia and International Angling Guide, the late A. J. McClane noted, “Money spent in pursuit of the Atlantic salmon ranks midway between money invested in backing a Broadway show and money invested in an Irish Sweepstakes ticket” and that “par for the course is a fish a day, but very rare is the salmon angler who consistently breaks par.”

Slightly more than six per cent of the 1732 marine fishes occurring in North America are found off both the Atlantic & Pacific coasts. Eastern coastal waters sport 1127 species.

The Oarfish Regalecus Glesne, is the longest bony fish with specimens to 35 feet and rumors of lengths up to 56 feet with weights upwards of 500 pounds.