The Most Humbling Piece of Equipment in Fishing: The Tape Measurer
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The Most Humbling Piece of Equipment in Fishing: The Tape Measurer

Once upon a time, I think I called everything a “twenty-incher”.  I was young, new to fly fishing and wanted to impress my elders.  Can anyone guess what the most shocking item I purchased that year was?  Yes, a tape measurer.

How could this happen though?  All of a sudden my 20 inchers were 16 inches long, my 22 inchers were 18 inches long, and all of a sudden I gained a whole new appreciation for the “twenty-inchers” that I had been landing left right and center the last few years.

Throwback to 2011, my good friend Brett with the largest rainbow trout I have ever seen

When I ask people at the launch how their day of fishing was, it is such a common response to hear “lots of twenties, nothing much bigger” as if they are disappointed with the outcome.  I wonder if it was a coincidence that all the fish I landed that day were 16 to 18 inches, without anything much bigger.

It didn’t take my 16-year-old self long to realize that maybe there was a chance I had never even laid my hands on a true 5 or 6 pound rainbow trout.  Of course I thought I had, so what did I do? Started taping everything.

After putting the de-liar to enough fish, I slowly learned how to make a somewhat accurate approximation of a fish’s size.  I will honestly say in the last decade I have landed less than ten fish that were actually thirty inches or better.  Taping fish is a great way to stay humble, and will give you a new appreciation for landing a bunch of “twenty-inchers” in a day!

Speaking of twenty-inchers, now is the time to book yourself in for some springtime stillwater.  The first three weeks of June are one of my favourite times of year due to the diversity that this fishery offers.  Drop me a message and we will make it happen!

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