Montana Outdoors

March 20, 2006

The etymology of entomology, or something like that.

Filed under: Fishin' stories, Fishing, Humor, Montana, Nature, Outdoors — montucky @ 7:34 pm

It’s common knowledge that fish come from fish markets unless you live in a flood zone, and then they all too frequently come directly in through your front door or your living room window, depending on the direction of the current and the time of the month as noted in the Solunar tables.

After doing some research on the subject of fish markets, mainly by placing random calls to various residents of our larger East-coast cities, I determined that it’s also common knowledge that while the products for sale in the markets are food, the products themselves do not eat food and have never been guilty of consuming any even when they were alive, something I wouldn’t have guessed, not coming from a large city myself. “And how dare you infer that the fish I am so fond of eating would stoop to eating bugs! You know fish eat nothing but fish food!”

(I also found out that while residents of our larger East-coast cities don’t especially enjoy receiving random calls asking questions about fish markets, they don‘t mind at all giving directions to callers over the phone and I now have an extensive list of interesting places to visit, most of which might be a more than a little warm this time of year.)

As a result of my newly acquired knowledge about the non-eating habits of fish, I’ve had to re-think my previously opinion that 95% of a large trout’s diet consists of small flying insects, something I read in The Outdoor Life during my developing years.

Contrary to the opinions of those who were involved (or violated as they put it) in my research, it never especially disturbed me that by partaking of a delicious trout dinner I was eating insects, once removed: in fact I had never thought about it before.

I’ve never ingested insects directly myself other than on a few motorcycle rides, mainly because around here most flying insects have little fishhooks embedded in them, making them very hard on the teeth and even harder to digest.

But otherwise…? Stone flies: Yuck! Salmon flies: Disgusting! Trout Almondine: Scrumptious! It’s just a matter of when you eat the insects. (I don’t know what almonds eat, but I suspect there was a barnyard animal involved around there somewhere, if you got the roots of the matter, and it probably doesn’t matter, because nobody I’ve ever talked to objected to eating almonds.)

I also occasionally like to consume a large plate of Virginia baked ham, especially during the holidays, and if you know what hogs eat, please keep it to yourself! I buy my pork at a meat market!


  1. Oh lol! I just thought to look back in your archives… I love this post!
    Er… what do fish drink, though. Do you know? I do… well, I’ve been told that one shouldn’t eat fish from the sea as little kids pee in it..


    Comment by absurdoldbird — July 20, 2010 @ 4:35 pm

    • Or, one shouldn’t drink water from trout streams because fish poop in it.


      Comment by montucky — July 20, 2010 @ 9:01 pm

  2. LOL
    I never thought of looking back through your archives as I’ve always found the current posts most entertaining (and educational). I can see I missed some priceless posts 🙂

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    Comment by Vicki — June 21, 2017 @ 2:01 am

    • Wow, you went back a long ways for this one Vicki!

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      Comment by montucky — June 21, 2017 @ 7:50 am

      • I was going to go through all your early posts Terry. Read a couple that were very funny. But in the end, this horrific ongoing headache won out and I had to stop. Am trying to catch up with blog reading, but this pain is really getting to me this time around. I thought the nerve pain in May 2015 in which was a nerve being crushed in my lumbar spine was agonising, but this headache & neck pain beats that.

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        Comment by Vicki — June 21, 2017 @ 6:27 pm

        • I’m so sorry for your pain Vicki. Wish there were something I could do. Besides everything else, pain like that is completely distracting, I know.

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          Comment by montucky — June 21, 2017 @ 8:33 pm

          • I wish there was something you could do too, Terry, but a plane fare to Montana and a month in the wilderness would break the bank, so to speak 🙂 I’d love to visit my friends in Canada, another blogger in Alaska and one in Colorado too. To me, hiking in the mountains (if I could walk uphill without chest pain 🙂 ) would be the ultimate way to get some fresh air and share some time with friends who know how to be silent and just appreciate the natural beauty around them. Why city folk feel this compulsive need to talk so much on a nature walk beats me.

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            Comment by Vicki — June 21, 2017 @ 9:52 pm

            • I think some quiet time in the back country would do you good Vicki. I’ve been on quite a few hikes so far this spring and have been entirely alone out there. That kind of time with Nature really does a person some good. I guess it’s easy for me because I was raised in the outdoors from a very early age and have loved it all my life. I feel much more comfortable ten miles up a trail somewhere in the wilderness than I ever could in an urban environment. Now that’s clearly not for everyone, but a close acquaintance with Nature should be a requirement for everyone.

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              Comment by montucky — June 21, 2017 @ 10:47 pm

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