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What got you started into flyfishing?
Posted 06 April 2005 - 11:35 AM
Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:35 PM
Three years later I started to tie my own flies and now I am OBSESSED and POSESSED!!! (Just read my "Obsession" story on my website and you'll see what I mean... )
By the way.... My casting and spinning rigs are gathering dust now. I have not fished with anything but a fly rod in those four years....
Arkie Fly Guy's NEW AND IMPROVED website...
I'm not a fly fisherman.... But I DID stay at a Holiday Inn Express!!!!......
Posted 06 April 2005 - 12:52 PM
I finished the book that same night. A few days later, there was a sporting goods store near us that was having a customer appreciation day. They had all kinds of discounts going on. I bought a fly tying kit and a rod and reel a few days later. I joined this forum and have been tying and fishing like crazy ever since.
Unfortunately, this all happened about three months ago, and I've been getting skunked that entire time! Hey skunked, have you proven your name wrong yet?
-Bill Hicks (Thanks whippersnapper
Posted 06 April 2005 - 01:15 PM
It was during a Jeep Jamboree that I saw a fly fishing class. I didn't join it but I watched a few of them practice casting and thought it would be worth a try. Not till a year later did I pick up my first fly rod kit for 60$ at a local sports store and tried it. I had a heck of a time learning how to cast on my own and eventually after reading a book got to the point where I could get a fly into a general area.
After a full season of trying to catch a fish on a fly and failing I almost put up the fly rod for good but then it just so happened the next season I figured I'd go out and give it another shot since I had tied up a few of my own flies. I caught my first fish, a 14" brown, on a cased caddis imitation that I had tied over the winter. I've been hooked since. Things have only got better since I found the FTF on a search. I may not be a great fly fisher/tyer but the thing I most like about the sport is the fact that no matter how much you know there is always more to learn.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 02:07 PM
A couple months later my dad took me to burtons landing on the holy waters of the Au Sable in Grayling MI and I caught my first trout. About a 6/7 inch brookie. I was as hooked for life after that.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 02:51 PM
My first fish was a 7" brown on a olive wooly bugger!
IT'S SANTA SWAP SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted 06 April 2005 - 03:17 PM
I fish for panfish, bass, northerns and have started trout fishing. I started tying just over a year ago. I think the tying changed my hobby to an obsession, because I can do something everyday, whereas, I can't fish everyday.
Fishing in Minnesota
Posted 06 April 2005 - 08:11 PM
One day when I got home from running my trap line last fall my wife and I had a discussion about all the time and money spent trapping. How I was missing out on a lot of things at home, etc. So I put my family first and started gathering all of my trapping equipment to sell/trade away. But I am a very outdoorsy person and had to have some type of serious hobby in the outdoors that I could do WITH my family. So I thought, "What about flyfishing?" The next day I put some of my traps for trade on a trapping forum for a fly rod/reel. Then I traded all of my traps to a guy who used to be a steelhead guide here in MI for all sorts of flyfishing stuff. Then I entertained the thought of tying my own flys and for Christmas my mom got me a book on fly tying. I read it from cover to cover and thought, "I can do that!" Then I found this forum and most of you saw that first fly I tied. That was 4 months ago and already when I look at it I get a good laugh Yet at the same time I am still very proud of that goofy looking light cahill.
My first time flyfishing was on the Au Sable River and I quickly realized I'd be able to utilize all of the skills from other outdoor quests while flyfishing. I got skunked. I went again with Flyfishenvy, but to the Pere Marquette after steelhead and got skunked.( But so did he ) Yesterday I went back to the PM, but this time with Fishigan. I got skunked.( And as small as that brown was you might as well say he did too ) So MTG, I have lived up to my name, and to be honest I really don't care in a happy sort of way. Because to me the best part of flyfishing is enjoying all of the other aspects of it, it's ironic but, I actually enjoy it for all of the reasons I was too intimidated to get into it in the first place But I will start catching fish eventually, I am going back to the Au Sable this weekend. I learned a lot on my trip yesterday and have a feeling I will atleast get a hook up on one of my next trips. I am getting ready to go through all my spinning gear and will pick out certain things to keep for my son to use one day. Everything else will be sold. I sold all of my ice fishing equipment. Why would I ice fish all winter when I can tie flys? I doubt I'll ever fish with spinning tackle again. I've almost got my wife talked into starting too. I'll wait till the gills are on the beds and that should be the perfect opportunity to introduce her to this great sport. The kids are real interested in it too. They think the casting is cool.
So quitting trapping, my greatest passion, turned out o be a great thing for me. One of the best parts of the trapline was all the wildlife I'd encouner out in the woods and swamps. Critters deer hunters never see. Just during the few times I've gone flyfishing I have had some close encouters with some of my favorie critters. I like to think they're stopping by to say hi to an old friend
I'd like to take this moment tothank a few people on this site who have helped me go in the right direction, without their help I probably would have gave up. Particularly Steeldrifter and DFix. DFix, thanks for those PMs you sent me when I first started tying, I am still truly greatful for that info. Steeldrifter, all the info you've gave me and questions you've answered are also truly appreciated. Everyone else on this forum, y'all rule
Posted 06 April 2005 - 08:27 PM
Posted 06 April 2005 - 09:05 PM
Found a flyrod in my Dad's fishing locker at home. Found out it was my deceased uncle's, he loved to flyfish for steelhead. My Dad let me take it out. I was totally self taught with the flyrod and flytying. Had to learn to tie flies, since I couldn't afford to buy them. So first flies I tied were ones out of Trey Combs book. They were tied using materials from my Mom's craft stuff and my Dad's hunting stuff. Tied on Octopus hooks. First fish was a summerrun steelhead caught on a polar shrimp (tied on an octopus hook). Was around 1980/81.
Posted 06 April 2005 - 09:12 PM
Posted 06 April 2005 - 10:54 PM
Posted 07 April 2005 - 09:07 AM
My first fish was a brook trout had a stream full of them behind the old house - but I was more excited about rolling over rocks and finding bugs and salamanders.
I take a lot of pride in the fact that a number of people in my life would answer this question that I taught them.
Posted 07 April 2005 - 05:23 PM
My fly fishing story starts back when I was around 12. My step father was a hardcore bait dunker and metal chucker for bass and pike. The salmonoids were those 'mystery fish' that we dreamed of catching but never pursued because they were to 'hard' to catch. He decided to add fly tying and fishing to his many interests and I got a small taste of tying at that time (cheap kit with crap materials). In the next 2 years or so, I lost all interest in fishing. I was more interested in girls and the darker things in life. When I met my wife 9 years ago, her brother was just getting out of the US army, after being stationed in Tennesse. Rods, reels, hand tied flies, Caddis that, mayfly that, match........Forget it, besides he was too much of a redneck for me!!
A couple of years later enters a good friend now Davey. The salmon were running hard and he was after me for a week to go fishing. Finally I agreed, so we grabbed to noodle rods and away we went. I hooked into a 8 lb + hen and was hooked for life. In the follow two years I bought spin this and bait that, but avoided the whole fly thing. I got into tying at first, looking for a hobby and flies for steelheading only. A crappy kit from Wally World, but it was enough. I was into this fly thing good!! I started collecting materials as needed and tied only when I needed to. Right before the fall and spring runs, I'd go on a tying spree, just enough to get through the season.
Due to a desision that I made 2 yrs ago, I sold off all my bait and metal gear. At the time I also got rid of most of my materials as I was planning a large move and was trying to lighten the load. In the end I was left with one fly rod and reel, and my float rod and reel, and a select amount of materials for 'Rocky Mountain Trout'. The move never happened, and I was left with no tools to just run down to the river for hell of it (bait/mindless fishing). I finally surrendered to the fact that I loved fishing and fly was going to be the only way for me. Started recollecting materials again, new rods and reels, and found this place last year.
Since then, the transformation has almost been complete. I don't fish bait or lures at all anymore. I still use my centerpin setup for the majority of my steelheading, especially when the rivers are up. The hatches are still abit of a mystery, but are starting to sort themselves out. I've met some great people on this site and other places due to the fly, and look forward to meeting many more in the years to come.
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