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Old 03-02-2014, 10:55 AM
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Great to hear you made it out! I'm stuck in snow right now! The part about the hook made me chuckle!
Its always good to learn from your mistakes. Helps with the learning curve later on. I too am new to this and its been getting better and better as time progresses.
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Nice report. It seems to me that when we realize a mistake, it makes us want to go back and try to get past it. Fly fishing can be more addictive than a favorite video game. No matter how experienced you get , you are always trying to get to the next level.
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Nice report. It seems to me that when we realize a mistake, it makes us want to go back and try to get past it. Fly fishing can be more addictive than a favorite video game. No matter how experienced you get , you are always trying to get to the next level.
Boy this is so true. I wanna "do over" so bad. I cant wait to get back out there. If the roads weren't icey I'd make the drive today.

I also am fighting the urge to buy a net, camara, furled leaders, more wool socks, neoprene gloves, more flys esp. Olive midges and scuds, creel, sunflower seeds, and another fly rod......I am going nuts lol.
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Boy this is so true. I wanna "do over" so bad. I cant wait to get back out there. If the roads weren't icey I'd make the drive today.

I also am fighting the urge to buy a net, camara, furled leaders, more wool socks, neoprene gloves, more flys esp. Olive midges and scuds, creel, sunflower seeds, and another fly rod......I am going nuts lol.
and so another addict is born..... to the frenzy! I too went thru the same thing after my first couple outings. ive calmed down a bit.......
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Boy this is so true. I wanna "do over" so bad. I cant wait to get back out there. If the roads weren't icey I'd make the drive today.

I also am fighting the urge to buy a net, camara, furled leaders, more wool socks, neoprene gloves, more flys esp. Olive midges and scuds, creel, sunflower seeds, and another fly rod......I am going nuts lol.
Lurker - great post - laughed out loud at your hook/hooked comments (brought back some memories from many years ago). You caught fish, had a blast and learned a lot - sounds like the definition of a successful trip

My take on your "urge to buy" comments:
net - yes, definitely
camera - when you can afford a good waterproof one, until then it is a luxury
furled leaders - yes
wool socks - YES, recommend Marino wool if possible (try Cabelas deluxe cold weather hunting socks or deluxe cold weather wading socks)
neoprene gloves - yes, but you will use them less than you think (see Simms)
more flys - ALWAYS!! definitely the olive midges!
new rod - with a 3wt & 5wt you can fish most trout waters, it can wait a bit
wind knots - you might want to buy a couple of the Rocky Mountain T-PIKs (cost about $2.75 each, you can get them on ebay or at "t4products") they helped me undo a lot of wind knots until I got better at casting

Final comment - welcome to flyfishing; you will be addicted for the rest of your life!
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I have never read a thread from beginning to end, this one Idid and loved it!!!!!

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We were there Friday, Saturday, and this morning. They did not follow the schedule Saturday that's for sure. We had a great time everybody caught fish. I am now calling this the polar vortex lower illinois river trip after waking up to 15 degrees this morning. We were in shirt sleeves fishing Saturday.
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Congrats. I had to laugh a little too. Ive been exactly where you are. Keep at it and things will get easier.


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I wanna "do over" so bad. I cant wait to get back out there. If the roads weren't icey I'd make the drive today. I also am fighting the urge to buy a net, camara, furled leaders, more wool socks, neoprene gloves, more flys esp. Olive midges and scuds, creel, sunflower seeds, and another fly rod......I am going nuts lol.
Yep. A clear case. Definite addiction.

There's no known cure, but that's ok. We don't want one.
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Great story. My biggest lesson to date is one I have to continue to remind myself >>> It will take less time if you take the time to do it. I have to remind myself this whenever the fish are rising and refusing my offering. I get into a rush to change the fly and invariably lose a fly or two into the water. Or when I am trying to fix a wind knot, or when...... You get the idea.
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