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Old 12-20-2012, 09:05 PM
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Can't really remember but I think it was either a ......
Me to except it was either an Adams or Royal Coachman. My Dad was not a guy who carried a ton of flies and I'm leaning towards Coachman. I was maybe 10 or so which means all of those brain cells are covered in cob webs and dust.
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Yup, my first fly was a Royal Coachman, too; tied up at about the same age as Dan. I remember my father bought me one of those get-started-with-fly-tying kits; I think either from Montgomery Ward's or LLBean's, that included a little aluminum vise, some pics of patterns, some rudimentary instructions and enough materials for you to blunder through your first few flies. Fortunately for all of you, and in the interest of protecting your eyes from ugly things, it no longer exists.

After a 50 year hiatus from fly fishing / fly tying, it was a Woolly Bugger; which I think does still exist. I'll see if I can find a pic and if I can, then I'll post it to give you all a good chuckle................

Found 'em. I tied these three "beauties" at the first sitting; bottom to top; sort of abominable to awful................

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They were so bad that I never fished them, out of respect for the fish; just put them aside in a small plastic box entitled: First Flies. They are helpful when I'm having a really bad day at the vise.........

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Mercury Black Beauty

Went to the Denver Sportsmans show two years ago, met Pat Dorsey bought his latest book and tied the first fly in the book. What an expensive book that turned out to be. Great way to pass the time when the river is just out of reach.
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Orange Palmer Tie was all we ever called it and about all we ever fished it was deadly on deadly on the fish in the Smokies in the 70's and 80's.My first one was not good but it floated and caught fish, i was 14 then. I just reliezed that has been 29yrs ago I still carry some Orange palmers but very seldom fish them i don't see them floating as well anymore.
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Its been over 15 years since I crossed that bridge and honestly I have NO idea. I want to say it was some kind of nymph thing that I used yarn on since I didnt have any dubbing or a mickey fin.
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Woolly bugger with a brown body and black tail. September of this year, for kicks I sat in on a free fly tying lesson at Cabelas and tied this one. Enjoyed it and ended up buying a vise and lots more. Great fun!
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Wooly Bugger and Mickey Finn for me.
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Mine was an olive woolly bugger, much like every one else! My wife surprised me with a tying kit & instructional video for Christmas three years ago or so.

They actually landed me my first sizeable trout too!

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It's funny how I've never caught a big fish on a fly that I haven't tied myself!
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