First fly you caught a fish on???

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
#46
On a fly that came with a $30 combo kit (that's rod, reel, line, leader and flies included). That was late 80s, but that was still pretty cheap even then.

The fly was so cheap and ugly that I'd be surprised if it even had a name, but it looked a little like a bee, with ugly plastic wings. I caught maybe 3 small fish with it and it was completely destroyed. I can't remember what I had for lunch yesterday, but I still remember that ugly little piece of shit fly I fed to those 8 inch Dollies 25 years ago.

Funny the things that stick with you.
It seems most of us still remember are first fly.lol
 

Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
#48
I just want to thank everyone who could remember.lol Seems you can forget or some of us can. I just remember my hole trip of it. I was 11-12 and went to stay in idaho, my uncle helped supply steel for the dams they where building on the snake and we went camping buy one of them. I was fishing with a worm and didn't catch nothing I seen this other guy pulling them in every few min so my grand pa did what any fisher man did back then sent me down to find out what he was using,lol I came back and told my grand pa and he looked at me kind of funny.lol But the guy had offered to show me how so I went he wasn't fly fishing but using a fly behind a clear bubble. Well I went home thinking I had learned to fly fish. So I told the guy across my from my grandpa and he looked at me and kind of chuckled and said let me teach you the right way to fly fish, and it started. He showed me the 10-2 stuff and then I went and got a rod combo kit the cheap kind, he tied his own flies and gave more then enough. which now that I am older I know what it means to give up your flies, I tried a couple times with no luck then one day on some little river in idaho, I landed that one. I was so happy. I keep with fly fishing for the next3-4 years then chasing girls and playing sports took over for a while but I'm back and I will never leaver her again for more than a couple months and I don't know if I can stay away that long to tell you the truth!!!!
 
#51
A 12" purple/green mackerel pattern tied on a 10/0 hook. I was very young, but strong for my age. Getting the invite to fish with John Wayne on the Pilar on the East Cape of Baja was a real boost to the ego of a 4 year old. Lee Wulff coached me through it....he had tied the monstrous fly. Wayne only wanted to troll, but Lee Marvin punched him in the mouth. "Let the lad have a shot with the fly rod, Duke. Don't be a jerk!" he barked. I loved Lee like the father I never knew. With 20 seconds of instruction under my belt, I perfected a tight double haul with the 14 wt rod he threw at me. Wulff had taken all the hooks off Rooster Cogburn's trolling lures. Unbeknownst to the Duke, he was teasing in a striped marlin on hookless lures. Everything fell into place. Marvin was slugging down gin like ice water as the behemoth crashed the teasers. "Cast! Mingo! Cast NOW!" screamed Wulff. With all the might my 4-year-old deltoids could muster, I somehow double-H'd the giant fly into the drink. As if on cue, the blue-eyed marlin sucked the entire fly into its gaping maw and took off for the Galapagos Islands.

As John Wayne and Lee Marvin pummeled each other mercilessly, I took the battle to the fish. First, I told Wulff to calm down and take a chill pill. Next, I
For those of us who have read Mingo's posts on tropical saltwater fly fishing, this is huge insight ... I think it might take a coupla shrinks to fully understand all of it ... nevertheless, huge insight ...
 
#52
A size 12 wooly worm , which also happened to be the very first fly I ever tied . It was a rainbow of about 12 inches that was caught from a forgotten a creek in Ontario a lifetime ago . The fish was carefully released , which was also a first for me .
 
#56
The first fly I caught a fish (trout) on was a White Miller.
We fished worms (is it ok to use the "W" word here?) with spinning gear in streams. We used a size 14 White Miller fly on a dropper as a depth/strike indicator and very often would catch a fish on the fly. Even doubled once in a while.
Jack
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Eric Denny

Summer is over but I'm still fishing!!
#57
The first fly I caught a fish (trout) on was a White Miller.
We fished worms (is it ok to use the "W" word here?) with spinning gear in streams. We used a size 14 White Miller fly on a dropper as a depth/strike indicator and very often would catch a fish on the fly. Even doubled once in a while.
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I guess that counts jack I was more meaning fly fishing but you did such a good job with the drawing.;)
 

teedub

Active Member
#59
I have often said, "if you can remember the sixties, you probably were not with me." I do remember first fish/fly. It was on the Ausable in Michigan. Fly was a light Cahill - size 16. I cast up current and let it drift by a log jam on the far bank - nothing. As it kept going and was nearing where it would drag, I saw a white circle shape appear behind it, and (wait for it) it disappeared. Good thing the 14" brown hooked himself because I was thinking far too much to react!
 
#60
First trout- 22" rainbow on what, in retrospect, was a red zebra midge that was probably size 20. San Juan River, NM. A guide named Deward Yocum took pity on me and showed me the ropes right away. I owe that man, I hope I can meet him again.

First Steelhead- Moldy stanky 24" runback I caugt on a #12 tungsten headed copper john on the Trinity River.