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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Jay Inslee, Sportsfisher Approved

Posted by on Wed, Oct 31, 2012 at 6:00 AM

Let me know where theyre bitin, Inslee said on a recent sportsfisher podcast.

Maybe you didn't know there are a million anglers in Washington State, or that they spent a collective total of 13.5 million days fishing last year, or that this whole business of standing and casting represents a billion-dollar industry. I certainly had no idea. Nor did I know that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee could talk trout like this.

If you're exhausted by endless repetition of the same old talking points in the governor's race, then I highly suggest clicking that link above and listening to Inslee chat about the effect that cormorants are having on the local fishing stock, a controversy over non-tribal gill nets on the Columbia River, and his favorite video of his wife casting a reel (Is that how you say it? I don't know. Ask Jay). "He grew up fishing," explains Inslee spokesperson Jaime Smith.

And, no surprise, a combination of Inslee's fish familiarity and his environmentalism—sportsfishers want clean rivers and lakes as much as anyone—has led to his endorsement today from the Northwest Sportsfishing Industry Association. What does Rob McKenna sound like when he talks about fishing? Like this.


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McKenna loos like a fish.
Posted by StuckInUtah on October 31, 2012 at 7:08 AM · Report this
McKenna looks like a fish.
Posted by StuckInUtah on October 31, 2012 at 7:09 AM · Report this
Cato the Younger Younger 3
Fishing is about the most boring thing you can do. I mean I suppose when you are hunting elk you get the chance to kill something with a gun which might provide a thrill for some people.

But fishing? I never got it. And I never got it growing up on the Yellowstone which is apparently a fly fisherman's paradise.
Posted by Cato the Younger Younger on October 31, 2012 at 7:34 AM · Report this
@3 I take it you've never landed and clubbed a fish to death.
Posted by Other times it's about drinking beer all day on October 31, 2012 at 8:55 AM · Report this
Somebody in Inslee's camp must have just watched "Salmon Fishing In The Yemen"....
Posted by HMRBEAR on October 31, 2012 at 9:17 AM · Report this
If he wants to look like a fisherman and not a nascar loving busch guzzling redneck he should be using a fly rod.
Posted by john cocktosin v on October 31, 2012 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Normally, one casts a lure, a fly (type of lure), bait, etc. I've been a rabid fisherman for 40 years and while I have heard folks say "cast a reel" or some such version of that it is rare. There are, of course, casting reels but that is a specific style of reel with an open turning spool designed to cast a lure as opposed to spinning reels that have a stationary spool, trolling reels that are not normally asked to cast anything, and fly reels that only store the fly line and perhaps provide for reel spool friction (drag).
Posted by troutbum on October 31, 2012 at 9:54 AM · Report this
After reading my post I may have to change my name to "pedantic bastard".
Posted by troutbum on October 31, 2012 at 9:56 AM · Report this
Cato the younger, younger I never got it. And I never got it growing up on the Yellowstone...

Suddenly I understand why you don't.

Posted by mt on October 31, 2012 at 10:35 AM · Report this
The sad thing about The Stranger partisan politics is that fishing would be a "environmentally unfriendly and unsustainable redneck pastime" if a Republican candidate were into it.
Posted by cliche on October 31, 2012 at 11:16 AM · Report this
@3: I'm not a fisherman (I've gone a few times, but that's it), and only a small-time hunter, but I can see why people would get into either. Whether it's perfecting the cast for fly fishing or using it as an excuse to drink beer with friends on a boat and possibly catch dinner, fishing can be satisfyingly relaxing.

Hunting big game is, in many ways, more boring than fishing. Many times it is nothing more than hiking with a pack and a rifle/shotgun, looking for a good spot to set up, then sitting there silently for hours. Peaceful, but boring. Bird hunting is a bit more active and fun, as there's a lot of stuff to do (and usually a bit more shooting, plus dinner's much easier to clean and haul out :) ), but many would still think it boring.
Posted by Tawnos on October 31, 2012 at 11:47 AM · Report this
Like Jay Inslee, I like to hike. I ran across him once on top of Bogachiel Peak.

Unlike Inslee, I never liked fishing. But I can sure see the appeal. First, if you eat fish, there you go. Fresh food. If you are catch and release, it is like any sport or game. I remember hiking with my cousin in Utah. We passed a stream on the way up, and saw a guy fly fishing. He said the fish just weren't biting. On the way down, my cousin pulled out his fly rod and within a couple minutes had a fish on the line. He released it and started hiking again.

I don't like video games either, but I can understand why people play them.
Posted by Ross on October 31, 2012 at 2:16 PM · Report this

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