A rookies log.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Danielocean, May 10, 2013.

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  1. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    Oh i see you guys are picking on me. Har har har he he he
  2. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    Did you buy a switch rod yet?
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  3. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    No harm meant, just flipping you some shit.
  4. We were all newbies at one point, including Jesse. And, you might find comfort in knowing that many on this forum are gear whores just like you. They just don't want you to make the same mistakes that others did, in spending all kinds of dough on shit you don't need. The best way to figure that out is by being on the water and troubleshooting the problems you're faced with and solving for them. However, buying a bunch of shit will not necessarily put you in the game anymore than you would be with one rod and learning to present the fly correctly with that rod. That's how I learned and continue to learn.

    I continue to discover situations where I may not be set up just how I want, so I tweak my set up or research what I need to purchase in order to give me what I may need. It would really suck to discover a year from now that you blew a couple thousand dollars on crap you just don't need, use or feel is right for solving the situations you will inevitably be faced with. Take it easy, seek out where you want to fish, learn how to present your fly properly in that water and it will happen.
  5. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    In fact, the more shit you buy (rods, lines, flies, sink tips) the less liklihood you'll have of actually productively learning. You need to remove as many variables that you can from the equation.

    In reality - one rod, one sink tip, two flies... that's all you need.

    You should stick to fishing water that you know is productive too. There's no reason to be jumping up and down the river exploring like a mad man. Fish the same couple of runs and learn how the flows and timing affect your chances of success at hooking up with a fish.

    Once you have some initial success and the confidence that comes with it, you can join the rest of us in whoring out on rods and random gear and fruitlessly chasing steelhead hundreds of miles away from home.

    A guide is good, but finding a kind friend who knows their shit is much much much better.
  6. golfman44

    golfman44 Coho Queen

    Daniel you got off easy. Jesse tore me a new one when I first started posting here. I felt like I was one of those girls on the Maury show whos ex boyfriend is dancing around infront of her because he is not the father of her baby.


    At the end of it tho, he did give me tips about the sno forks and it helped contribute to a few successful trout fishing trips so it was worth it.
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  7. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    You're thinking of another guy - I never helped a damn person on this forum!!! Don't be accusing me of that type of shit. I've got a reputation on here to protect! ;)
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  8. Jason Rolfe

    Jason Rolfe Wanderer

    I think Jesse's post above is one of the most helpful you'll find on here.

    It's so easy to over-complicate things in fly-fishing.
  9. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    No sir, I have not done so yet.
  10. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    Talked to Joe Ewing at Pacific Fly fishers and I think next week I am going to book a guided trip with him.
  11. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    You ought to PM some guys on here who have been helpful and say look - I'll buy the beer, bring the lunch, and split the gas - lets go fishing.

    Makes some honest friends and take that $400 and make 10 trips out of it. Guides are great... I've blown a lot of cash and have learned a lot. But, good friends are way better.
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  12. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    Yeah I have been highly considering doing that but I can not help that I have already been a bother enough.
  13. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    Where do you find these good friends you speak of? :D

    Daniel, keep your eye out for open seats being posted and jump on the first chance you can. You'll probably learn more in that one trip that 2 weeks of reading these forums.
  14. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    Oh dude I am sure. I have been out quite a bit this season, and every time I go out my desire for a pontoon boat increases.
  15. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    Oh come on. Sack up and send a PM to someone. Salmo has practically been inviting you over for Christmas for 12 pages now.
  16. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    Most of the guys I hang out with are creepers from the east side. That way there's no chance I'll run into them in real life and have my cover of a steelhead huffer blown.
  17. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    LMAO dude you are like Cupid but with a fly rod.
  18. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    All this talk about fishing has me wanting to head out tomorrow.
  19. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    "Salmo has practically been inviting you over for Christmas for 12 pages now."

    Thanks a bunch Jesse. Are you still pissed at me cuz I didn't want to tote my WM up the river trail with you? Indeed you do have a reputation to protect, so why would we believe you have any fishing friends? Well, friends of any sort, actually. Oh, and my place is full up at Christmas. Good job adding two more pages to Daniel's endless thread.

    If I give Daniel more suggestions than the average newb, it's only because he asks 10 times as many questions. Which is actually a pretty smart thing to do, up to the point of wearing out his welcome.

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  20. Danielocean

    Danielocean Steelhead Virgin

    Yep i have surely wore out my welcome. I am going to go and take a picture of a steelhead in my hand tomorrow.
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