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Old 05-20-2012, 09:23 PM
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So I've been pretty dedicated to fly fishing over the years and my girlfriend has been nothing but supportive, albeit from a distance. Lately I've been having her practice casting my 3wt in the backyard in order to involve her in my hobby and help her see why I love what I do. Well this afternoon she surprised me and asked to see the river I've been fishing ever since we moved to NY for her Ph.D program, and I gladly brought her out to one of my favorite spots.

With a little coercion, she donned my waders and explored the stream with me while I wet-waded in fishing shorts and my somewhat waterproof hiking shoes. I brought along the 3wt and some flies (just in case ) and we started walking around, heading for a spot in which I knew there would be fish. She was a natural fly fishing entomologist, spotting mayflies, examining nymphs under rocks, etc.

I had been casting for a while and then all of the sudden it started raining mayfly spinners and she asked if she could pick a fly and I gladly handed over my fly box and she surprised me again and picked out an impressionistic pattern rather than the more realistic extended body spinner I had in the box. I tied it on and after she got her casting stroke down WHAM! in comes a nice rainbow... Now, she's fished before but rarely, and has never before fly fished in her life - she was so excited she dropped rod and started hand-lining the fish in lol. Anyways, we came home tonight having caught 2 rainbows and 2 brookies. It wasn't the banner day I had a week earlier in the rain, or a monster snook back home in Florida, but without a doubt it put all of those days to shame. Seeing her standing there in waders 5 sizes too big and a smile to die for holding that rainbow trout.... Can't get any better than that.

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She needed to document the bugs under the rocks:
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She was nervous that she might be holding the fish incorrectly in this picture lol:
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I assured her nobody on the forum would chew her out Also notice she almost lost my sunglasses during the battle... You can't take eye protection too seriously

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Earlier on the stream:
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:32 PM
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Awesome! Did you get any pics?
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Dude,
You are screwed. She will be wanting to go fishing with you every time. She will also sneak out on fishing trips while you are working hard. You will need to spend between a $500 and a grand just to get her started.

The worst part is that she will be a better fly fisher than you. Rather than throwing the long bomb, she will surgically dissect a trout stream. Her casting will be so proficient that you will be trying to learn something from her.

You might end up like the guy in this video.


Seriously, this is awesome. Congrats!

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hah , this is awsome , nice man !
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Thanks a lot guys. I added pictures from the trip to the original post.

Dennis: Tell me about it. She'll sit there quietly thinking to herself and then BAM out of nowhere she's an expert... happens all the time. Too smart for her own good I've always said...
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Pure awesomeness!
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Great trip report! Yes it will cost you a lot to get her outfitted, but in the long run you will have a fishing partner for life!
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Great trip report! Yes it will cost you a lot to get her outfitted, but in the long run you will have a fishing partner for life!
Thanks! Lucky for me she's a low-maintenance girl. I just got that 3wt Redington Classic Trout from Dick's for $50 I'll keep looking for a similar deal for her.

She asked me today when we are going again and I told her the week's forecast calls for rain so we'll see about Friday evening. She then proceeded to inform me that Friday was too far away. She's got the bug, but that's not surprising when you catch trout on dries during your first ever fly fishing trip. I guess I spoiled her with my expert guiding skills, haha!
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Very nice Austin - it's like a fairy tale, complete w/ swans and all!

You should rename the thread - Spinnerfall In Love

Seriously though, you're going to get to spend so much time fly-fishing in the future that we're all going to be jealous!
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Mine girlfriend fishes with me and she is getting pretty good at it .It's great thatr you got her out and fishing with you.
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