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Old 04-03-2012, 08:52 AM
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Last week while working in the shop I decided to learn how to tie my own flies. I figured if I am going to build boo rods, work in a fly shop, and guide... I better get on learning how to tie flies. The problem has always been with my schedule, it's either tying flies or fishing. Well in the shop I have had some free time to learn... So I tied my first fly

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It's pretty ugly, but I tied a few others as well as some pink San Juans. Saturday I fished a San Juan on the jacks (a small river our here) and so technically I caught my first trout (6" bow) with my own tied fly there. However, my first wb I tied myself caught a fish on the toccoa. I broke it in with this pretty brown...

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After that I caught several brookies and called it a day. Another accomplishment in the fly fishing world


This brookie was actually caught several days earlier, but my one pic of the brookies I caught yesterday didn't turn out. This one looked better anyway...
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Nicely done mate! Pretty rewarding stuff catching fish on flies you created eh?

That brownie is a great specimen! Very healthy looking fish!

Keep at 'er and soon you'll be devoting an entire room to fly tying. =P

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Awesome! I have to admit that one of the most rewarding elements that I have found in fly fishing is catching a fish on a fly that I tied myself.
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Pretty fish. Nothing more satisfying then getting em on one you tied yourself. Enjoy!
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fly tying is second only to fishing in my book. There is nothing like catching a fish on a fly that you tied yourself. Keep up the good work
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All those fish are caught in GA? That's a pretty serious brookie, isn't it? A better question is, is tying any more difficult with a thumb and only three fingers??
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Very nice work, as the others have said, nothing beats catching fish on something you have tied! Very gratifying indeed, congrats!
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All those fish are caught in GA? That's a pretty serious brookie, isn't it? A better question is, is tying any more difficult with a thumb and only three fingers??
Fortunately my fourth finger is hidden behind that brookie, but my fly looked as if it were tied with three fingers!

And yes they were all caught in georgia, on the same river. They stock brookies every once and a while, and several have made it home. No brookie breeding in that river though. Only browns and bows.
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I figured you were doing the pointer-finger prop maneuver, I was really hoping that you didn't actually only have three fingers because then I would look incredibly insensitive I may have to stop through that area on my way home...
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I figured you were doing the pointer-finger prop maneuver, I was really hoping that you didn't actually only have three fingers because then I would look incredibly insensitive I may have to stop through that area on my way home...
If you do come through the area be sure to stop by Blue Ridge Fly Fishing in downtown Blue Ridge. I am in there from Tuesday through Saturday.
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