Hello All. Well, found what looks like a great fly fishing forum you all have built. Not very experienced with the fly rod but got bit by the bug for the second time last month and feel it is about time to this dive head first into the sport for good.
Little back ground, if you will. About 1984 I went on a family fishing adventure/vacation to the Madison River Valley with my folks and some other families. For the first week we stayed at the little cabins at the Slide Inn on the Madison. Floated and Waded the Madison, fished Hebgan and some in YNP. The second week we stayed at, what I remember to be a cabin/resort kind of place on the outskirts of West Yellowstone. Had lots of trout ponds, etc. Really a neat place for the 13 year old that I was. On the trip I really enjoyed fly fishing and took to the fly rod quite easily. Caught lots of trout and had a blast.
Fast forward to July 2013
We went on a family vacation with my wife, 10 year old son and another family to an area outside of Belt, MT. Didn't have much plans to fly fish until the wife of the couple we went on vacation with, her uncle (may be a board member here or many of you may know him well) came up from Wyoming with his wife and stayed for a few nights. He brought several sets of his FF gear so we headed to Sluice Box SP and fished for about and hour or two. John, the Uncle, refreshed my memory on technique and also taught my 10 year old the basics. We had a great time. Not to mention my son caught his first rainbow at about 8" long. He was thrilled and hooked, so to speak.
After four days in MT we had a free condo in Sun Valley, ID for three days so we headed out on the 9 hour drive. Decided to take the scenic route which lead us directly South eventually taking us through the Madison River Valley area. Driving through that area really brought back great memories of my time spent there nearly 30 years earlier. Not to mention I want my son to enjoy this type of adventure I did when was his age. The FF bug has bit me hard and now I have lots to learn. Currently we have scheduled a family vacation back to Ennis, MT area for 2014
Sorry for the long intro. Won't have a lot to contribute as I'm a nOOb here but lots of reading to do. Thanks for having me.
Nothing quite beats a good introduction and you did a bang up job on yours The only thing you left out was a first name, heck after all that reading, I feel like I know quite a bit about you but can't hardly call you krap with a strait face My name's Ard.
Don't feel that you can't contribute because you're new, questions are contributions, and important ones too. Our members love helping others and answering questions is a favorite pastime here.
Ard. Good point. Forgot my name didn't I? My name is Hoby.
Planettrout. I am familiar with Bishop but not what is outside of town. Heard there was good fishing in the area but have always been doing the Skiing thing. Bishop is a great little town though. Gonna have to check out the FF opportunities. Beautiful pics you have there.
Like wise. Btw, I visited AK for the first time in June. Spent 4 days in Seward. Cool little town and did a bit of salmon fishing. Didn't do so well though. One salmon, some ling cod and rock fish. What a beautiful state you live in. The Seward HWY was unbelievable! We are talking about a trip back to AK in 2015. Hope it happens.