One of the fly-fishing bloggers I follow recently posted that he encountered a fellow fly-fisherman dropping F bombs within earshot.
Being the honest type I admitted that I allowed my frustration to bring me to the same point a few months ago. While no one said anything to me at the time, in hindsight I realized that I was inconsiderate and wrong. I said so on his blog and another person admitted they too have been guilty of such behavior. The owner of the blog believes that there is a commando mentality that has invaded the fly-fishing sport. He mentioned the stages that everyone goes through in fly-fishing (i.e. get the most, get the biggest, having perfect technique and lastly the satisfaction of participating in the adventure) and he wondered if these commando types will ever get past the first stage.
I know as a golfer the USGA & PGA have tried to expand the sport with better equipment. As a result, people who never would have dreamed of playing are now taking up the sport. The upshot is mostly unintended inconsiderate behavior (e.g. slow playing, talking while people are addressing the ball and yes swearing) by some of these new converts. Depending on the situation, I have privately told the person the rules and etiquette that people try to abide by while on the course.
What is your experience with incivility in this sport called fly-fishing? How have you dealt with the incivility?
Also, is an experienced fly-fisherman under some obligation when he sees a "newbie" so frustrated that they behave poorly? Perhaps offer a piece of advice based on your observation. Maybe offer a kind word about how you have been there and not to get frustrated (I have gotten this from several of you when I first started writing about my misadventures). Whatever the kind words are, the helpful gestures are they could make a difference. Of course, discretion is the better part of valor.