11.13.2012

Know the Rules!

Well, I feel like a horses patoot!

If you read my last entry about fishing the Indiana streams for steelies, I mentioned that I tried a new-to-me technique of a 2 nymph rig and I was very excited that I was able to hook up with two fish using it.

What I didn't realize is that it was completely against the rules!! As a lover of rules, I am completely embarrassed by my ignorance of them when it comes to fishing Indiana tributaries.

In Indiana, while fishing Lake Michigan and its tributary streams, you are only allowed to use one hook per line. It should then go without saying that the 2 nymph rig is a no no.

I unknowingly broke the rules and, as I mentioned before, I am completely embarrassed. This mistake could have cost me in multiple ways including a ticket, loss of gear, and potentially loss of fishing rights in Indiana.

As a lesson for all, BE SURE THAT YOU KNOW THE RULES FOR THE WATERS YOU ARE FISHING!

© 2012, BrookFieldAngler

17 comments:

  1. If the extra nymph presentation works, I have some thin brass tubes to slip over the leader. You could tie some nymphs on these (no hooks) and be back between the lines!

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    1. Hmmm...this sounds interesting! I am not entirely sure I follow though. What do these brass tubes look like (and don't say like brass tubes lol) and how would I tie something to them?

      I think the only problem with this is that when running a double nymph, you have two flies that can catch a fish. Without that opportunity, there wouldn't be a real benefit other than as an attractor. With my luck, the fish would constanty be hitting the attractor and not the fly with the hook. HA!

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  2. I know what you mean. Great advise. This past summer I was on the driftless area and fishing a dry with a dropper. Not getting much action and to lazy to switch rigs I tied on another dropper which did the trick. A minute later my buddy informs me that was very illegal...off comes the rig and I felt like an idiot. Lesson learned cheaply.

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    1. Thanks, Joel! Nice to know I'm not the only one. The problem is that this combo is so often talked about and hyped but rarely do these authors and magazines warn of the legality of it.

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  3. Kudos on being adult enough to admit a mistake learn from it, and make the rule known to other people who might try the same thing you did. most people now days would brush that under the rug and continue doing what they want with the attitude of "it's only illegal if you get caught". It's good to know there are other people out there that feel the way I do about things like that.

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    1. Well there lies the big thing! Not that my blog is a world renowned website, but I do get quite a bit of Google hits for Indiana fishing. I'd hate for someone to come here, see the amazing success of a 2 nymph rig, and go hit the water with it under my misguidance.

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  4. Ha! I'm sorry I had to laugh...not at you but at me. Last year I went fishing without thinking that I hadn't bought a license yet. Way to man up.

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    1. I actually did the opposite thing this summer. I thought that I had only purchased a temp WI license in the beginning of the year for an ice fishing trip so when I went out there in July, I bought another temp. Fast forward to the fall king run, I went to buy another one and as I was pulling out my credit card, I noticed a piece of paper in my wallet....it was my annual WI license!

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  5. Sometimes one gets to the water and being so excited to get the fly wet they overlook some of the regulations. Take heart we have all been there, especially with the licenses thing. Thanks for reminding all of us we are human

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    1. You know it wasn't even an excitement thing...it was just 100% ignorance. I fish these waters 20+ times a year and just didn't know. I was on the IDNR website trying to find some other info when I ran across the rule.

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  6. I've never met a person who has never made a mistake, although I have met a few who thought they never have. Admitting our mistakes is the best we can do!

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  7. Oops!!! :) Don't feel bad, everyone slips at some point. I've been known to be the one who reads the rule book on a certain area five or six times before getting into the water, and on occasion, getting so excited to be out there that I mess up and use something I shouldn't have. Lol. Good of you to acknowledge your mistake though. Not many people would, and it sets a great example!

    Ash
    www.extraordinaryoutdoors.com

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  8. Been there, done that. I wouldn't agonize over it much. There's a 99 percent chance a CPO would have looked at what you were using, explained the rules to you and let you go on your way. Now, if you were running a trot line snagging everything in sight, different story.

    On the Fox I kept a smallie on April 3rd, assuming the C&R on them started on the 15th. Caught a tremendous amount of grief from the smallie nazis. I apologized once, doing what you did here, I continued to get grief. That's where me being nice about it ended. It's a fish, I made a mistake, I apologized for it, now get the f**k out of my face.

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    1. From what I have been told, CPO out there has been strict lately - especially on the tributaries. With that, I agree, my chances of walking away with nothing more than a stern talking to would probably be pretty good considering I was out there solo and obviously CPR'ing the fish.

      The nazis don't really bother me...it's the personal repsonsibility and law that I care about.

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