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Old 05-22-2013, 02:14 PM
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Originally I am from Europe and used to fish when I was a little kid and catch fish in the Adriatic sea. I moved to N.A. when I was 13 and tried fishing several times and made a point to get out there no matter what. I have not caught a fish since I was 13, I am turning 29 on the 26th of May so you can imagine how long that has been.

One day I was out on a local river fishing with my spin reel setup and there we quite a few of us and nobody caught a fish, a guy showed up with his fly fishing gear and within the first 3 casts he had a fish on. I packed up my stuff and watched him fish for an hour and got inspired. Every 3-4 cast this guy had a fish (maybe it was more like 10 casts but at the time it was too cool to keep count). Ever since that day I swore I would get into fly fishing. Started dating this nice girl and we were both into fishing so she mentioned lets go fishing one day and I agreed and looked into fly fishing. As I got more interested so did she, and we were fortunate enough to have money to buy us some nice equipment and classes. It has now been a year and I have been out there about 20 times by now and have not caught a single fish. Each time I went I learned something new and this kept me going.

So this past Saturday we headed out to the mountains and started fishing within a couple of hours I caught my first fish! Within minutes she caught hers and it was such a great feeling. She caught about 5 more after that but I stopped thinking about catching fish and focusing on what they were eating and what was hatching and changing my flies and what not. Within the next two hours I caught 22 fish and it was the greatest feeling in the world. It gave me a sense of connection to nature and it was a truly great feeling. I can not wait to hit the water again.
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Congratulations! That's a wonderful story. The fly rod provides a connection between you and the fish, nature, and those you share the passion with; that's hard to duplicate with any other kind of fishing. I wish you a lifetime of stories and wonderful experiences.





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Glad to hear that you finally got into fish. It's a joy that can't be had in any other style except maybe Tenkara. Hope the luck holds out for you and your friend. Best of luck!

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I hope you can keep the run going! There is so much to know & understand surrounding success. Just take your time and think about how best to make things go your way.

Congratulations on breaking the dry spell,

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Congratulations on your recent success! Your story of transitioning from spin gear to fly rod is very similar to mine. I too was inspired to get into fly fishing when I watched a gentleman land fish after fish with a fly rod. I sat there for a couple of hours and he was kind enough to show me a little bit.

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I am not yet into tying my own flies and dont think it interests me as of yet. I have planed a trip this summer back home and will be in Slovenia and possibly try and bring my gear to fish the Soca river. Here are a few photos of this river, most people here say it would be their dream to fish this, but growing up near there isnt far fetched for me

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Are those photos edited in any way? If not (and even if they are) my lord. Thats the river of dreams there.
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Are those photos edited in any way? If not (and even if they are) my lord. Thats the river of dreams there.
I presume they would be edited except the very first one. Google "Soca river Slovenia" for more wicked photos. I know RA Beattie filmed a movie there and it was awesome the species in that river is as follows Hucho Taimen , Marble Trout, Grayling, Brown Trout, and Rainbow Trout. I am still trying to figure out if I should take all my gear over there for a 3-4 day fishing trip.

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Great story and an inspiration for any would be fisherman
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Congrats on finally breaking that dry spell and landing your first fish! The Soca river sure looks beautiful, good luck with your trip.
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