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Old 07-22-2011, 11:46 PM
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it's not the gear. it's the pleasure of it and of tying up your own. my fav fish on a fly for this year? white bass
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it's not the gear. it's the pleasure of it and of tying up your own. my fav fish on a fly for this year? white bass
yep, i fish for it all.......from gills to bows. bass to cohos, its all fun for me.


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Casey,

Thanks for the article. It speaks volumes in my life. I'm glad to live in a country where we can define our own happiness.

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I think it's all about having fun; like most other sports.

The gear that you choose is up to you. The fish that you chase is up to you. The places that you fish and those that you fish with are up to you.

And snobbery..........well, in my opinion, snobbery never made anyone good at anything; except maybe turning-off others.

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My happiest day fishing was when I caught my first redeye on a bugger I tied myself. I think I've caught a total of 3 trout.
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The first fish I ever caught on a fly rod was a tiny whiting in saltwater and though it was no monster, it was very exciting! The next day I caught a few bluegills and lost one bass! No huge fish, but all fun! I have yet to fly fish for trout, but I'm sure I will. Nevertheless, ANY fishing is good fishing, and fly fishing is just a new method with which to keep myself challenged and entertained
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When I was a kid, I had a spinning rod and a fly rod. When my spinning rod broke, I had to learn to fish the fly rod or not fish at all.
It was never a higher calling for me, it's just the way that I learned how to fish.
There's no snobbery involved, fly fishing is just what I know.
( however, I do have an issue with grown men who fish with bait)

I've fly fished for more than 45 years and never owned any fancy gear. You can't afford that stuff if you'd rather fish than work . and there was a time when I fished everyday.
Only one of my 2 dozen rods cost me more than $100. I use mostly $10 factory second lines and proudly don't own any "fishing shirts".
I do have a fairly extensive fishing library though as I believe education and personal experience are far more valuable fishing tools than any high end rod or reel.
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My most expensive complete outfit (Sage rod, reel, case, & Rio line) cost around $400 new, and my least expensive (Eagle Claw rod, Pflueger reel, eBay case & line) cost around $60 new.
I enjoy them all!

The only trout I've caught was stocked rainbow in the local lake and I've actually used live bait for those.

I used spinning or baitcasting tackle for over 40 years before I tried my first fly rod, and within a year I sold/gave away/retired all my spinning tackle.
If I need to zip a lure swiftly through the water my baitcaster(s) will handle the job, and the fly rod(s) get used for over 90% of my fishing.

I carry my nippers, floatant, flies (small fly box), hook file, and forceps on a neck lanyard and spare tippet, leaders, line cleaner, and a few other accessories in a small fanny pack.
Cheap insulated hip boots handle my cold water wading, and canvas shoes handle warm water wading.

I fish almost daily, catch fish almost daily, and find 6" bluegills beat the heck out of catching nothing if the bigger fish aren't biting.
Matter of fact - most of the bigger fish are caught while chasing the bluegills.
(A trip catching bluegills over 8" and I'm really excited.)

When I want fish to eat I'll grab the baitcaster and target channel cats, but about 2 a year is all I keep. Everything else goes back in the water.
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I especially like Rip's comment about putting money into expanding one's fishing library! But I will throw in that while I do own fishing shirts, not only can I cram my scrawny frame into youth XLs which cost around 20 dollars, they are also my standard attire for my archaeological field work, so I find it a completely justified expense Gotta love when you wear the same thing to work that you fish in, especially when it saves you having to change when you head straight out from work!
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Very good topic. My first impression of fly fishing was much the same. A friend of mine got me interested enough to purchase a fly rod several years ago. I felt intimidated by other fly fishermen who had all of the latest, greatest, most expensive clothes/waders/sunglasses/tackle and I wouldn't even go near them on the water so as to not embarrassed. It wasn't until I caught a trout out of a hole that one of these "magazine cover fly fishermen" had just left with my cheap rod/reel combo and one of my first hand-tied flies that I realized I could catch fish and enjoy the sport without trying to fit the mold.
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