What’s your story?

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Dave Hartman, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

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    There's a difference between powder and alot of snow. For example powder is easy to move in, Cement, is not. :D
     
  2. EMPyre

    EMPyre Erich with an H -Top Water Soldier-

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    Kinda feel compelled to chime in on this one. Not sure why, my story seems pretty much on par here. I just love to fish. Always have. I've been on this Earth 29 years, and can honestly say I've been fishing since I was 3 or 4.

    It didn't hurt growing up with George McLeod as a grand-dad, and having family property along the banks of the NF Stilly. I'm not trying to brag or name drop, these are the facts and I feel a strong connection to these people and that place, and they are the reasons I do what I do.

    Grandpa got me into this lifestyle by taking me trout fishing as a kid. I have been places riding piggyback on his back, wearing old hip boots 6 sizes to big, and carrying an old Lamiglass that cast like rebar that many people don't know exist. Many still hold fish, and have had significant reductions in access over the years due to gating. The NF Stilly valley and drainage is a wondrous place to spend your summers growing up. Trout is definitely my preferred species and I'm sure its because of those early years, but I've recently began experimenting with a new drug, steelhead. Its a powerful high.

    I grew up here, and for the most part have stayed here. I have been a bit of a late bloomer and just recently received a BSME from Central Wa. Before that I turned wrenches professionally. Hell I've probably worked on more than a couple of cars owned by board members. VW, Audi, Subaru, Volvo anyone? I just married last June and so far its awesome. She's learning to fish and even spent a weekend on a deer hunt with me this past fall, she knows it comes with the territory, period. I loved living in E-Burg during school and spent many days on the Yak (even some when I should've been in class). I've enjoyed exploring a few other locales within our state, but my heart is most certainly tied to the Stilly.

    My new degree has allowed a new career, which is really only funding my habit. I have recently taken the step into rod building, and in an effort to spend a bit more time with my younger brother, I am building him his first real rod for Christmas this year. 5wt. so we can go find some trout on an S. river soon. I work a 4x10 schedule that allows me to pursue this addiction a little bit more than most working stiffs, and that's nice. I could use a few more fishing partners (who couldn't) as I prefer to be out with others than alone. So that should sum it up I guess.
    ~Erich
     
  3. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    it was easy to move in. dammit! it was powder! trust me. it was powder. it looks liked powder, it tasted like powder. it was fluffy. it felt like you could make a pillow out of it. there was just too much it! they closed down half the beginner run because it was on a side slope which collected too much snow. that much "powdery" snow is like quick sand for anyone who is learning how to snowboard. if this wasn't powder then i don't know how snow could get more powdery. could it not have been powder? this was the lightest wet snow i've ever seen.

    dave, what's up with you and ass balls today?
     
  4. Dave Hartman

    Dave Hartman Strip'n Flywear

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    It's Wadin' Boot's fault.:clown:
     
  5. Wayne Jordan

    Wayne Jordan Active Member

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    Dave, did you ever happen to eat Pizza by Alex while in Biddeford?
    Oh man, I'm getting homesick...
     
  6. Evan Burck

    Evan Burck Fudge Dragon

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    on the topic of food on the east coast: i miss the sandwich shops.
     
  7. rick matney

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    I ate at this burger joint in west hartford CT last week called Plan B, that actually had a few micros on tap that was hella expensive but very good. Only burger that compares to the melrose bar in melrose MT. :):beer1:

    OBTW: the salmon river is over exaggerated for fish size. Good fishing I guess though. I think that those guy's cut the first 4 inches off their tapes.
     
  8. Dick Warnke

    Dick Warnke was Pram-Man

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    Boot....you freekin kill me....:rofl: :rofl: :rofl:
     
  9. Wayne Jordan

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    Been there, done that in Melrose! Good stuff! I'm friends with Eric and Ryan who now own the Sunrise Fly Shop...
     
  10. Dave Hartman

    Dave Hartman Strip'n Flywear

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    Wayne, yeah, that place was amazing. Funny, too, because between the ages of 14 all the way through college, I worked delivering pizza. I guess I kinda left my career in the pizza industry outta my story. Still my favorite food.

    Rick, that's an entirely different thread, but no offense, you have no idea what you are talking about if you only fished the Salmon the one time. No big fish? Twenty plus pound steelhead are caught there every single year. 20 pound browns, 25 pound coho, 40 pound kings. It may be a very artificial fishery, but one thing you can not say about it is that the fish are small!
     
  11. rick matney

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    Your avatar makes me jealous!:)
     
  12. rick matney

    rick matney Active Member

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    I'll buy that. I see the potential and believe that there are big fish there, I will go back. Every fish I caught was just called 4 inches bigger by all the guys around me than it actually was. that's all I was saying :)
     
  13. BlueCrop

    BlueCrop eat more fruit

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    Only waders I've ever owned that leaked EVERY time I wore them. Repaired 4 or 5 times. Leaked first time out every time. Sent new waders 3 different times and they leaked out of the box every time. Other than that they were sweet!

    Sorry, I couldn't resist.

    iagree:thumb:

    That is so funny! My wife used to take the calls from guys like you. In fact, she used to giggle about some of the calls. She would get calls from old-timers who would say in a drawl "gotta' leaky crouch in my waders, need to send them back to you to fix my leaky crouch"
     
  14. Jon Brengan

    Jon Brengan flyfishing addict

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    after reading all these posts I guess I'll put my 2 cents in the kitty too. I don't really remember the first time I went fishing, but story goes that my Mom didn't want to go hiking and voted w/ us kids to go fishing 'cuz it was more relaxing. I must've been about 4, next thing of quality was catching my first fish, in a fishing family that's a landmark experience.. I was 6, in the 4th grade I learned about flytying from the 6th grade teacher and my dad loved it cuz now he didn't have to buy flies, only he didn't realize that all those materials cost money too. I have been tying ever since. As a kid the rule was if the lawn didn't get mowed before dad got up on saturday morning we were'nt going fishing - that was all the motivation I needed - the grass usually was done friday night:) We went fishing almost every weekend in the spring, summer and fall - we never went in the winter because mom didn't like freezing. I hooked my first steelhead one summer on vacation and I remember the shocked look on my brother and parents face when I presented them with that "big fish" for supper. After HS I would sucker my friends into driving me somewhere to go fishing, I can't walk by a peice of water without checking to see if there's anything hitting the surface - a curse according to a former GF who just wanted a romantic evening at the lake, and instead got a lesson in fishing...oops!! I later met a guy who was looking for an unexperienced fishing guide to take to alaska - I signed the dotted line, I'd never fished for salmon in a river, the rest is history - I'm at the river each fall till those fish start floating back down. I'll always be fishing in someway or another and now have been able to share this passion with alot of other friends too. I work at a hospital in DT seattle to pay for my fishing and home life.
    That's my story....
     
  15. Mark Bové

    Mark Bové Chasin tail

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    "You all know me you know what I do for a living..." Quint... Jaws 1 favortite movie and quote.

    I am 19. Have flyfished since the age of three. Caught my first 20 wild pound rainbow at the age of 7. Landed my first steelhead at the age of 13 on a spawning purple greased line on the Deschutes, first Tarpon at the age of 15. I have landed steelhead in 27 different rivers and creeks, and one in a pond...

    I guide for a local shop and a outfitter. I also work at a tool and die company and have been a tool maker part time since the age of 12. I have 120 college credits and will have my degree in business management this spring if all goes well. God bless running start. I am going to the U of M next fall and plan to go to law school in the next few years. Oh yeh I cant spell with out microsoft word.

    I fish 100 or so days a year, or much more if you feel like calling evenings a day of fishing. Steelhead are sexually frustrated stupid trout that are suprizingly easy to catch, but they are my passion second to tarpon. My thoughts on life are below...

    1. Wild steelhead are the most amazing thing that will ever live.
    2. Woman are easy. You just have to make it classy.
    3. Tarpon are beyond classification. Just catch one, and try to forget what happened. Other wise you will never want to catch a silly steelhead again.
    4. The biggest life changin event in my life was being hit as a pedestrian by a drunk driver when I was six. I still have scars.
    5. Skiing is fun until you crash on a practice race on the Birds of Prey down hill course in Beaver Creek. Then skiing is gay... when you regain concousness.
    6. We all should just fish. Its all fishing. Fish how you can catch fish that particular day, dont worry how the guy next to you is fishing.
    7. Rick and Andy are probably my long lost brothers.
    8. Bow hunting is third, but i am torching a big orn sheep next year!!!

    Thats me.