I've been lurking on this forum since January, sucking up some good info.
I'm a 67 year old retiree living in Eagle, CO. I've been fishing with a fly rod since I was six, but back then it was garden hackle and grasshoppers. I really got into flies when the Navy sent me to Idaho to learn how to operate a nuclear power plant. I spent two wonderful summers fishing everything from the Madison to the South Fork and lots of stuff in between.
During my 27 year Navy career, I didn't get a chance to fish as much as I wanted to, but then neither does anybody with a day job, I suppose. I did score three fantastic weeks in New Zealand in 1976 fishing the Tongariro River and some other Lake Taupo feeder streams. A few years later I spent a week with Ted & Mary Gerkin, founders of Iliaska Lodge on Lake Iliamna, Alaska. Daily fly out to a new stream every day was not at all tough to take.
We moved to Colorado in 1992 so I could try my hand at making atomic bombs, but that was no fun, so I quit and became a fly fishing guide in summers and DW and I taught skiing in winter. We did that for nine years, and are now retired from both gigs, but still ski all winter and fish all summer.
Don't let the fact that I guided intimidate anybody. I can still tie a wind knot with the best of them.
I hope to be able to participate some on this forum from time to time.
And proving that we can all still learn, I had never heard of a furled leaders until I found this forum. I've recenty got Kathy Scott's DVD on making them and am making up a mess of them for the coming season.