I'm new here - to fishing (and inparticular Fly Fishing), the US and the forums!
Thought I'd introduce myself and share a little story.
I arrived in the US (WI) in November (from the UK), and shortly thereafter proposed, got married and got residence with my long term, and long distance partner. For various reasons I was unable to obtain a fishing license in WI until I had a social security number and driving license, so I was late starting this year.
In all honesty, I haven't fished since I was 15 (which is about 15 years ago), and both my wife and I decided it would be nice to try it, and even if we didn't catch anything, we got to spend the time outside together in peace. We bought a couple of basic spin setup rods and went out to our local(ish) lake which was restocked back in 2009. We have been catching some largemouth bass, pan fish and a few perch - nothing to write home about!
Saturday morning just gone, we went early to see if we could get something a little bigger. I've never caught anything of a decent size in my life, and it's still one of my goals. Anyway, we spotted a guy fly fishing by a small weir, which had about a 4 foot deep pool a short while after it. It's not a wide area and I was surprised he was fly fishing there. I went over and got chatting with him and he pulled out quite a few nice size brown trout. He tied a fly with a tippet to the end of my spinning rod, put on an indicator and I had a go. I caught mostly suckerfish and a couple of baby trout, but it really wet my appetite.
I persuaded the wife to visit a local store, and we left with a fly fishing setup for beginners. I didn't want to spend much in case I didn't like it or stick with it. I figure next year I'll invest in more and better equipment.
I have practised a bit, and last night we decided to go back to the spot where the guy was fishing Saturday. I was determined to pull something out of a reasonable size! The first thing I caught was the biggest thing I've ever caught, but unfortunately not a trout:
I then got a hit after only a couple more casts, and pulled out my first trout on a fly line! I have to tell you I was so ridiculously excited, and the size is certainly comparable to the sucker, so I was happy. Trout are such beautiful fish.
I am looking forward to trying out new places soon, and hopefully going somewhere the fish are even bigger. I'm sure it doesn't measure in size to anything a lot of you have caught, but for me it was a very rewarding evening!
Thanks for reading