by R. Sumner
reading an online fly- fishing forum the other day. This is a great place to
get the pulse of a fly fishing community; you find out how much time the
cubical people have on there hands at work.
Mostly it’s the same old questions about
waders, rods, reels, knots, boats, etc…..” “Should I buy the $700 waders or
wear shorts?” or the classic,” How much should I tip the guide??” I always say, if you have to ask, you can’t
afford to hire a fishing god. But I digress.
interesting subject I found was about the price of gasoline as it affects your
fishing travel plans. A lot of people apparently are upset at the price of gas
and are angry at the Greedy Rotten Oil Companies.( from here on referred to as
The cubical people seem unhappy, restless, and
I sense, horrified that there garages are full of gas guzzlers. What were you
thinking when you bought that whopper one ton truck with a tractor motor,
especially if your not using the thing for work. Now don’t get me wrong I am a
free marketer, I say if you want a big, smoking, rod knocking beast of a rig,
go for it, but then your whining later comes off a bit disingenuous.
Here is a gut check; the price of fuel may
modulate some but it will never come back down. How do I know that? Well, I
asked my Mom about it, she is wise beyond her years; she says forget it, the
cheap fuel is gone.
So where does that leave us and our
fishing travel plans?
We Trout Bum types
will probably just stay home and try and grow something to eat in our backyards
and huddle for warmth around our BBQ’s, dreaming of all good times we’ll never
have again because of the evil GROC’s.
No, I suspect we will adapt quite
nicely with smaller vehicles and some carpooling to our favorite distant
fishing venues. We will embrace the new fuel reality, that’s what fishing
teaches us; to constantly adjust to the conditions as we find them and most of
all to stay optimistic about the future. My advice is to dump the behemoth
monster rig soon while the dumping is good, or get a second job.
As to the
cubical people and there rants about the GROC’s here are some other by- the-
gallon prices that will chap there hides.
Diet Snapple 16oz $1.29 …. $10.32 per gallon
Gatorade 20oz $ 1.59 …$10.17 per gallon
Evian water 9oz $1.49 …. $21.19 per gallon
Printer ink for your PC’s printer $5200 per gallon
is a gallon of Vicks Nyquil 6oz $ 8.35 or $178.13, It would just be fun to see
a gallon jug of Nyquil. Now I realize we don’t need to use much or any of any
of these products, and that’s my point: We don’t need to use as much fuel
consider all the trouble and expense it takes to find, drill, produce, ship,
refine, and deliver fuel it makes you glad the cold medicine people are not in
the oil business.