03-20-2013, 10:13 AM
Re: List flyfishing accomplishments big and small
Here's the list so far. I edit and add a few and set some of them aside for serious and not-so-serious reasons.
Catch my first Atlantic Salmon
Catch a grand slam e.g. Cutthroat, rainbow, brown and brook trout
Catch a grand slam (name your species)
Catch multiple fish at once.
Catch a fish on a fly you tied
Leave that same fly hanging on a tree branch (or a telephone wire in my case!)
Furl your own leader
Build a fly rod
Break a fly rod
Catch a fish on a fly you tied, a leader you furled, on a rod you built.
Catch a 30"+ Trout
Catch a 40"+ Pike
Catch a 50"+ Pike
Catch a p00n
Catch a triple digit p00n
(As a priest, do I dare ask what this is?)
Master roll casting and single handed spey casting
Discover a secret spot full of fish.
Own a pair of Abel nippers
See a huge fish… put your cast in a tree.
Lose your reel in the middle of a fight.
Overlap your waders.
Bad fishing on your intricately planned, endlessly anticipated, hugely expensive trip[Inspiration:”Drifted 12 Miles of the Bighorn River in a Drift Boat, and caught 1 trout on a nice clear day”]
Execute a double haul
Fish in New Zealand
Help restore a species or a body of water (Inspiration: “See Alvord cutthroats restored (they're "extinct," but I caught one last summer.”)
Catch a 30" bull trout
Catch 200 species on a fly
Use 200 flies to get one species..in one day (or so it seemed!).
Catch a paddlefish
Put a windknot in your leader.
Introduce as many new faces of all ages to fly fishing as we can volunteer to be a mentor to a new fly fisher.
Teach & share our skills in tying, casting, rod building, basic entomology, conservation.
Rescue a critter (Inspiration: “I used my fishing net to land and rescue some poor prairie dog that was drowning and exhausted out away from the shore. That poor feller must have been picked up and dropped by some Hawk.”)
(I set these three apart because they stand out. ‘nuff said.)
Tie your own crayfish imitation (Inspiration: “Tied my own Crawdad imitation successfully, after a full 6 months of thinking and preparation about using "Alternative Materials"”. You get bonus points for doing it this way!)
Slipped & fell into water deeper than your waders.
Put away the Fly Gear and got out the Spinning Rod & Reel and the Treble Hook Lures. (“Hey...I didn't know better!”)
Outfished your baitfishing and spincasting buddies.
Make them hear about it endlessly afterward.
(Again, these get their own place because they stand out!)
Hit yourself in the head with a fly.
Tied a wind knot.
7 lb. bucketmouth
halibut on a fly
180' cast with a two hander
Catch a record-size fish.
Release a record-size fish
Catch nothing but tell everybody that you caught a record size fish.
Catch nothing, tell everybody you caught a record size fish, and make them actually believe it.
Get outfished by a total beginner.
Get hooked on flyfishing
Get somebody hooked on flyfishing
Hook somebody while flyfishing.
Learn how to remove a hook.
Cook a great shore lunch.
Discover a great postfishing eating establishment/watering hole.
Close down said watering hole.
Be up and ready to fish by first light—the morning after closing down said watering hole.