I still consider myself somewhat new to the sport, though I've been fly fishing for 8 or so years now. I say this because no matter how much I learn, there always seems to be something else I don't know.
I come from a past of bass fishing with crank baits, spinners and plastics. I really only got serious about fly fishing 4 years ago (2011). There's something about being in the great outdoors, standing in the middle of some small body of water, usually all alone with few or no one else in sight that just makes the sport so rewarding, even on those days when the fishing doesn't go my way. I also find this sport to be a bit of a thinking man's sport. There are so many different aspects to consider in this "you against the fish" contest that makes fly fishing so challenging and rewarding. While I still do some spinner fishing, I just don't feel the same challenge as with fly fishing.
I currently own more fly rods than I will tell my wife about. One is my first rod which has been retired. At least two of these rods were purchased in hopes of my son using them. He's 11 and has begun fishing with me.
I've been told I'm following the normal progression including now tying some of my own flies. We both love the outdoors, camping, etc. and follow safe catch & release practices. Lee Wulff said it best, "A fish is too valuable to be caught only once". I was the Den Leader of his Cub Scouts Den. As Cub Scouts, we also practiced "leave no trace" when we are in the outdoors. I thought that training was part of a great lead-in to fly fishing. He's now a Boy Scout and I train other Scouts in his Troop on the Fly Fishing Merit Badge.
My primary fishing holes are located around Hagerstown (Beaver Creek, Owens Creek, Big Hunting Creek) and in Garrett County (North Branch of the Potomac, Savage River, Casselman River), Maryland. Initially interested in trout, I am beginning to expand the areas and types of fish I pursue. I have fished for smallmouth with my son in Canada (He caught the biggest fish!) and steelhead in New York (where he again caught more fish than I). I was one proud dad!
Fly rods in my current quiver include Hardy Zeniths, St Croixs(Legend Elite & Imperial), Redington CTs, a BVK and an Orvis Clearwater 2. This doesn't include the gear that is dedicated for Boy Scout use.
MD Suburbs of DC
Fly Fishing, Fly Tying
REALTOR, family man, Boy Scouts and forever in pursuit of enough free time to fly fish or tie flies!