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Thread: The Addiction is Now Cemented!

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    Default The Addiction is Now Cemented!

    Many of you know that I'm just finally learning how to fly fish, after having it on my "Bucket List". I started studying what I needed to learn late last Fall, I bought the necessary rod, reel, and lines, I got involved with this forum and learned even more, I took a tying class with the local Federation Club, I watched You-Tube and DVD videos, and I practiced casting in my back yard.

    Well, this evening, after work, I took it all to a local stream. A stream that I used to ride my bicycle to when I was a youngster, and visited several times over the years, but hadn't fished in 20+ years.

    The water was low, as we've had no rain, and there was very little snow melt, so I headed for a rock-ledge pool that I remembered. Tied one of the BHPT's that I tied in class to my 7' 3/4wt, and then embarassed myself with several pathetic casts into the breeze. Since I was casting directly into the breeze, I decided to move to part way upstream on the pool edge and cast diagonally across, at an angle to the breeze. This improved my cast some (not much), and on the 7th or 8th cast I actually had a FISH ON!!!

    I sucessfully landed my first fly rod trout, caught on my own tied fly! A 9" brown, clearly a recent stocky (I was fishing about a mile downstream from one of the locations where that state fisheries stocked about 3 weeks ago), as the trout wasn't brightly colored and teh spots seemed almost "washed out". But who cares??? I sucessfully landed my first fly rod trout, caught on my own tied fly!

    I had left my cell phone in the Jeep, as I didn't want to drop it in the water, and in my rush to get from work, home to change, and out to the stream, I had forgotten to bring my camera. So you'll have to take my word.... I looked him over for a minute or so, then held him in the current to make sure he would survive, the released him.

    About 10 minutes later, same big pool, but back down closer to the tail of the pool, I snagged bottom. Since the bottom there is almost all angled shale, I figured that if I changed my position, the fly would come loose. So I started to walk upstream, along the bank, and that's when i realized that the "bottom" was moving!

    Almost 20 minutes later, I landed a 18" carp that had taken the same BHPT. I was absolutely amazed to catch a carp in 40 degree clean water! But the fight was amazing on the 3/4wt.

    Continued fishing until dusk in an upstream beaver dam pool, with no further luck, but it was peaceful enough, and I must have been quiet enough, that I actually got to watch two beaverrs swimming and working the same pool that I was fishing.

    In the end, by the time the sun was going down, and I had to make my way back to the Jeep, I was like an excited little kiid! I have to teach after work tomorrow night, so i won't get fishing, but I'm thinking Friday may have me out on another local stream that I used to fish, and that I recently scouted.

    Thank you to ALL on this forum, who have provided information, guidance, answered my questions, or who have offered encouragement! The feeling of the first cath was even better than I expected,and a lot of the credit goes to folks on this forum!
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

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    Default Re: The Addiction is Now Cemented!

    Congratulations! What a banner day to catch those two so different fish on a fly you tied on the same outing! That first one is a feeling hard to describe but all of us addicted to this sport know it well. Believe me after that you will never turn back. Again awesome start to a great addiction!
    "I was born to fish" Lee Wulff
    "There's more B.S. in fly fishing then there is in a Kansas feedlot." Lefty Kreh
    " It ain't over till it's over." Yogi Berra
    "Your not old,you've simply acquired a patina." Swirlchaser

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    Well done indeed. Welcome to the community of fly anglers. I've never cuaght a carp but I've read that they are huge fighters. Congratulations on both fish.
    Regards,

    Silver



    "Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what nobody has thought"..........Szent-Gyorgy

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    Congratulations Indeed! I remember my first trout on the fly...I was too dumb to even know what kind it was but it is a treasured memory nonetheless. It was a little 5" rainbow with that "baby rainbow" patter down its side. 8 years ago and I can still see him in my hands like it was yesterday. Caught on a size 18 grey scud on the White River Arkansas.

    Now to catch you first on your own fly, what a doubly successful day. I called my first fly a chernobyl misquito; all it would catch was a few chub.

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    From the sound of it, you are definitely hooked for life, Rick.
    "You're not old, you've simply aquired a patina." - Swirlchaser

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    great job Rick

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    Congrats. An 18" carp on that little rod had to be an epic battle.
    ...some men go to church and think of fishing while other men go fishing and feel closer to God

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    Fantastic!! Your journey sounds a lot like mine and you are right....catching a fish on a fly you tied is incredible!
    Less likey, more green dots
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    Congrats Rick! Maybe one of these days we can meet up to fish, since I do a lot of driving to fishing spots I don't mind a longer haul.
    - A.J.

    Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...

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    A.J. - I'll be teaching in Erie Co., the week of April 30 to may 4. Likely staying at Holidy Inn, by the airport. Any chance that we can hook-up one late afternoon / evening and wet a line?

    ---------- Post added at 10:44 AM ---------- Previous post was at 10:40 AM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by attila View Post
    Congrats. An 18" carp on that little rod had to be an epic battle.
    Twenty minutes of that little 7' 3/4 Cortland bent in an inverted "U"! I wasn't sure that it could take it! But "playing" a fish was so much more fun than just reeling it in!!! In the end, he came in on his side, and just flopped a little bit as I netted him. He recovered well, and while he sat in sight for a few seconds, he soon swam away...
    - Rick

    "A leader with great passion and few skills always outperforms a leader with great skills and little passion." Chief Rick Lasky

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