01-20-2014, 09:28 PM
Re: what hooked you?
I grew up doing a lot of trolling from a boat, throwing rooster tails in small streams on spinning rigs. Then at about 11 we moved on to 40 acres and my step grandpa had 200acres next to us with about a 2 acre pond stocked years earlier with Largemouth bass and perch. I use to get up at 5am as a 10/11 year old boy and walk the mile to his pond. Mind you it was on private property and. No on fished it for probably 5 years before I did and I was the only one who fished it for years. I guess I should have texted or tweeted or snapchated where I was at, I guess they either knew or didn't care where I went.
Well as I got in to catching bass my dad used to tell me stories of fly fishing with his dad in Southern Oregon on the Rogue (before lost creek damn) the Umpqua and the ones out by Butte Falls. He would always say wait til you hook a 18" brown on a fly rod, you will never bass fish again. So for my 12th birthday dad gets me a 8'6" Silstar 5/6 wt with a Shakespeare automatic reel (still have them in my garage) . Off dad and I went up above Applegate lake towards Carberry Creek. Throwing big ole Royal Coachmans and Stimulators. I caught a whopper he went at least 6" . I was hooked and fished until I left to college. After that I moved to Las Vegas and found myself in the bottom of a beer bottle. I got sober, married my wife and moved to Colorado April of 2005. Well I was talking to my mom and said I swear to all that's holy if I don't fish these beautiful waters just shoot me. God bless my mom, my birthday rolls around in June and she sends me money for my Birthday in a card that says
"Honey go get a fly pole"
Rest is history
PS still waiting to hook that 18" Brown, but I know where he is sitting and I'm gonna get him this summer.
"The fish you're gonna find up here, you're gonna find; Rainbow,Cuttbow,CuttBrowns,Brownbows,RainBrowns,
CuttyRainbrowns, Pike ,Perch"
"Snap it" Hank Patterson