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Fly Fishing -- Success!

post #1 of 11
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Well, I've decided this year to get into fly fishing and have been plugging away at learning the basics. I've been lucky to have some good guidance since two of my friends are among the top fly fishing guides in Tahoe. But for the most part, I have just found it enjoyable to go out and stand in the flowing river waving my rod around, no real prospects of actually catching a fish.

But then today I reeled in an 18.5" rainbow trout! I thought I had snagged another rock, but this one fought back. I thought "Hmmm, that's a strange rock." My guide friend said it was the largest trout he'd seen caught yet this year (and he's out there every day).

Well now I'm hooked, so to speak!
post #2 of 11
Well done AC--it's a great sport! Among the best fly anglers I've ever met is our own Wigs--drop him a line if you need any good fishing advice. He's top-notch!

I enjoy it too, but as often as not, fish just laugh at me...

Best regards,
Bob Barnes
post #3 of 11
Oh, my, another victim of the sickness....

Be careful, AC -- if you end up doing winter steelhead fishing you'll continually face my dilemma. Fish vs. ski, fish vs. ski.....

But, you are right, my friend. The best thing about fly fishing is that it is just another excuse to be outdoors in beautiful country doing a quiet sport. Catching fish is beside the point -- though I've never tired of that feeling you've just experienced...
post #4 of 11
Congrats on the big bow!!! Are you tying your own flies as well? Nothing better then reeling in a fish on a fly that you've tied. Speaking of which; what kind of fly?
post #5 of 11
Thread Starter 
Thanks guys! I can see how people get so into it.

artimus , I am not tying my own flies -- though I can clearly see how that would add to the experience. I was fishing with a fly tied by my friend and I could see how excited he was that I caught one with his fly. It was a tiny bead-head nymph with a San Juan Worm a little higher up (and some weight). The fish went for the nymph.

I remember saying to my friend who tied it that I'd never catch anything of any size with such a tiny fly, but he thought otherwise -- turned out he was right.

[ May 26, 2002, 08:32 PM: Message edited by: AC ]
post #6 of 11
Good old bead head. Great pattern in any trout stream anywhere. Heed the warning above about steelhead. Fall steelheading is my only other real passion and when the leaves start to turn, the chrome starts to run through my veins.
post #7 of 11
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Steelhead fishing sounds incredible, but I don't think my little five-weight rod could handle it. Looks like I'm getting into another gear-intensive sport.

On a river kayak trip up in Oregon last year I brought my rod thinking I'd do some fishing. I stopped in the local fly shop to see what kind of flies they were using, and was amazed that most of these "flies" were actually rodents! Seriously, patterns that looked like mice and required a much heavier rod to fish for Steelhead. I later saw the steelhead themselves climbing up a very powerful eight foot waterfall -- very large and muscular fish -- and understood why it took such heavy ammunition. I'll bet they put up quite a fight!
post #8 of 11
hey great news, AC

next time, try it without the BAIT**

just kidding, sort of. 18.5" is nothing to sneeze at. If she was a 'bow, I'll bet she tailwalked a bit and probably pulled a few arcs before coming to net.

keep at 'er. when you have caught a few nice 'bows, try your hand at big browns.

**BAIT = San Juan Worm. Western MT guides won't use 'em because they say it's cheating.
post #9 of 11
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It wasn't a real worm, just a fake one tied to look like a worm! Plus the fish didn't go for the (fake) worm, it went for the bead head. Is that still cheating?

[ May 28, 2002, 07:04 PM: Message edited by: AC ]
post #10 of 11
actually, it's not cheating at all. people who consider themselves skilled fly fishermen usually won't run a San Juan Worm because it's as easy as bait fishing and therefore not challenging. But nymph rig fishing is tough work, so I wouldn't begrudge you using the SJW.

The typical rig for using an SJW is exactly what you did. The SJW attracts the fish's attention and the beadhead mimics the nymph.

Fly fishing purists associate the SJW with those rubber worm lures that warm water bass fishermen use. There's really very little difference, because there aren't any natural materials in a SJW. But since you are a relatively new fisherman, I think the purists would give you the nod on this one.

Again, great catch!
post #11 of 11
That-a-way AC.....Gonzo....another Worm-ah' (Maineiac spinology),
Work on getting a natural drift AC..with some slack in the leader (tippet to be more
exact)... and limit your wrist action....with the higher modulus in the butt of the new rods,
use a relaxed forearm for 95% of the cast's momentum...to form that loop in the line.
You're right!...the mere activity of just *Throwing Line* is just like *Getting Onto The Mountain....No matter what kind of snow exists...*.

Hitting a hatch is a bonus...

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