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    Default Best Buddy learning to fly fish and I.

    Best friend of 30 plus years, finally caved and got a fly rod set up. He settled on the TFO Lefty Krey, and a little Okuma reel. He snapped a few pics of me and I got one of the newbie. Happy to report his cast is coming along nicely.
    We're fishing in a small river stream down in front of my place about a 20 minute walk downstream.
    I'm just wading in wind pants; he's in the waders.







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    Nice little stream, too. What isn't? How'd you do?

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    Teaching a non-fly fishing buddy to fish can be a blast. You will now have fishing partner for life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flyfisher for men View Post
    Nice little stream, too. What isn't? How'd you do?
    He got his first trout. Only a finger ling. But not skunked. I caught a few around the 10 inch mark . Released all. The sea run is a little unstable with the Arthur storm. I think a storm like that takes them out to the estuary for a bit while the waters calm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CutThroat Leaders View Post
    Teaching a non-fly fishing buddy to fish can be a blast. You will now have fishing partner for life.
    I think he's buying a kevlar Wenohna canoe. So hopefully I'll be teaching him to cast from a boat.
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    That looks like a pretty quiet creek. I'm assuming not all too well traveled? I love to fish the little veins of water around this area. Not too many of them that aren't 2-3 hours out, but they are well worth the drive! The fish are so much more aggressive and they seem to bite on flies that may not be the perfect match. I think they're just hungry.

    I'll bet anything your friend is hooked after that fingerling. That's all it takes! Nice job.
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguebum View Post
    That looks like a pretty quiet creek. I'm assuming not all too well traveled? I love to fish the little veins of water around this area. Not too many of them that aren't 2-3 hours out, but they are well worth the drive! The fish are so much more aggressive and they seem to bite on flies that may not be the perfect match. I think they're just hungry.

    I'll bet anything your friend is hooked after that fingerling. That's all it takes! Nice job.
    It is a quiet creek but fairy well known for a hole or two. Mostly fished by bait fishermen. There is a guy on the team Canada fly fishing team who likes to fish this water course as well. He's tapped into the same vein of appreciation as me. However not many have the discipline and determination to walk the extra mile (literally) to get to the best fly fishing spots which are subsequently mucky, hazardous cast wise and subject to tidal influence with the rise and falls in water levels. Some of the quietness in the water may be due to a high tide influence on the stream.

    In my mind these waters represent entirely what I strive for in a fly fishing experience. That being, solitude, stillness, quiet, nature, and the quarry of course. There are much more popular, big fish producing waters about 25 min drive away, but I am more happy with what is a 25 min walk from my door.
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    Quote Originally Posted by noreaster View Post
    In my mind these waters represent entirely what I strive for in a fly fishing experience. That being, solitude, stillness, quiet, nature, and the quarry of course.
    AMEN to that!! I didn't get into this sport to hang out with the masses. "Stillness" describes it well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguebum View Post
    AMEN to that!! I didn't get into this sport to hang out with the masses. "Stillness" describes it well!
    I feel for the folks around the forum who find it hard to find a quiet stretch to call their own.
    I guess I am spoiled t be from the Canadian east coast where things are fairly quiet; at least on all the lttle fishing holes anyways.

    I see you are from Oregon.. Few years back the same buddy in the OP and I went to The Caddis Fly shop in Eugene. The guy and other guides we spoke to, didn't seem to say much about the trout fishing in the area. Are there not any native trout in your waters to fish from spring to fall?
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    "Native" is a funny word isn't it? There are few fish in this area that are truly native. Some have been in the waterways longer than other and some are more desirable to target than others. Depending on the system you're fishing, you could hit rainbows, cuts, sea run cuts, browns, brookies, bulls, redbands and even some "cut-bows" if you get lucky.

    The bummer is that our state fish and wildlife seem a little too focused on the anglers who need to take fish home with them, usually bait/gear folks. We have a large hatchery program for the sake of the over-fished anadromous population, that many argue is destroying not only the trout, but also those it's trying to protect. We also have, what some would consider to be, a brook trout infestation in some of our waterways. I don't mind them too much because I think brookies are one of the more beautiful trout out there, but the debate is pretty hot right now in some places. Some waterways have actually removed all of one species of trout, poisoned the water to kill off the brookies, restored the water then put the removed species back in the water! Amazing to me

    I think that a lot of fly fisherman in these parts are so focused on salmon & steelhead that they just kind of forget about targeting trout (at least during certain times of the year). From Spring to Fall we have a really active half-pounder season, a crazy springer salmon run and an even crazier Summer steelhead run. Anadromous fish everywhere! The rivers get pretty busy, sometimes to the point of combat fishing.

    That's when I go off to my quiet little fisheries and target the trout a lot of others have forgotten. Don't get me wrong, steelhead are my first love/passion, but sometimes it's time to get away
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    Quote Originally Posted by roguebum View Post
    "Native" is a funny word isn't it? There are few fish in this area that are truly native. Some have been in the waterways longer than other and some are more desirable to target than others. Depending on the system you're fishing, you could hit rainbows, cuts, sea run cuts, browns, brookies, bulls, redbands and even some "cut-bows" if you get lucky.

    The bummer is that our state fish and wildlife seem a little too focused on the anglers who need to take fish home with them, usually bait/gear folks. We have a large hatchery program for the sake of the over-fished anadromous population, that many argue is destroying not only the trout, but also those it's trying to protect. We also have, what some would consider to be, a brook trout infestation in some of our waterways. I don't mind them too much because I think brookies are one of the more beautiful trout out there, but the debate is pretty hot right now in some places. Some waterways have actually removed all of one species of trout, poisoned the water to kill off the brookies, restored the water then put the removed species back in the water! Amazing to me

    I think that a lot of fly fisherman in these parts are so focused on salmon & steelhead that they just kind of forget about targeting trout (at least during certain times of the year). From Spring to Fall we have a really active half-pounder season, a crazy springer salmon run and an even crazier Summer steelhead run. Anadromous fish everywhere! The rivers get pretty busy, sometimes to the point of combat fishing.

    That's when I go off to my quiet little fisheries and target the trout a lot of others have forgotten. Don't get me wrong, steelhead are my first love/passion, but sometimes it's time to get away
    Wow can't imagine poisoning brookies. Here the rainbows are the more invasive and aggressive fish. They eat and dominate the brookies for spawning grounds. Your fishery sounds quite complicated with many/multiple resource management issues.
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