where did you start fly fishing?

#76
Truesdell Creek, south of Mt Evans in Colorado. Summer '94. 10" Rainbow on a peacock EHC. Slammed it on my third primitive attempt at an actual flycast on water. It was sort of like if you hit the flagstick on your third ever golf shot.
 
#77
I started in the Mammoth Lakes area in the late 70's with an Eagle Claw Combo pole and a Pflueger reel. Still have them both. I used to fish the rivers and creeks as well as backpack to the high lakes. Most of the time the high lake fishing was for dinner or else it was freeze dried food meals. Bright Dot Lake was a favorite of mine up in the Convict Lake highlands.
 
#78
It was in 1932 on the Snoqualmie with a steel telescoping rod, braided casting line and a Black Gnat. I'd fished bait a lot but decided to try the fly. How I happened to have it was forgotten long ago. Did it hook Me?? Since then I've fly fished all over the U.S and some of Canada. The lakes around Chicago for whatever, Wisconsin for white bass and trout. The Esopus and the Beaverkill (and tribs) in the Catskills of New York, the Battenkill in Vermont, the Potomac (for Bass, small & largemouth), the mouth of the Susquahanna (sp) for shad, Raritan Bay (New Jersey) for "baby" bluefish (the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the distance). The James in Virginia for terrific smallmouth fishing, the Atlantic surf in N.C. for Blues (Big lures do better than big flies though) Florida both fresh water and salt, Hot Creek, the Owens, Deep Creek, (runs into the Mojave Desert) and the salt for bonito and yellow tail in Calif. The Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho,The Rogue and Umpqua, the McKenzie and ,,Then to my main River The Deschutes The Gem of them All, from the headwaters
to the Columbia. I taught three kids and a wife to love fly fishing and they all do
 

Snake

tryin' not to get too comfortable
#79
Chet L said:
It was in 1932 on the Snoqualmie with a steel telescoping rod, braided casting line and a Black Gnat. I'd fished bait a lot but decided to try the fly. How I happened to have it was forgotten long ago. Did it hook Me?? Since then I've fly fished all over the U.S and some of Canada. The lakes around Chicago for whatever, Wisconsin for white bass and trout. The Esopus and the Beaverkill (and tribs) in the Catskills of New York, the Battenkill in Vermont, the Potomac (for Bass, small & largemouth), the mouth of the Susquahanna (sp) for shad, Raritan Bay (New Jersey) for "baby" bluefish (the skyscrapers of Manhattan in the distance). The James in Virginia for terrific smallmouth fishing, the Atlantic surf in N.C. for Blues (Big lures do better than big flies though) Florida both fresh water and salt, Hot Creek, the Owens, Deep Creek, (runs into the Mojave Desert) and the salt for bonito and yellow tail in Calif. The Salmon and the Middle Fork of the Salmon in Idaho,The Rogue and Umpqua, the McKenzie and ,,Then to my main River The Deschutes The Gem of them All, from the headwaters
to the Columbia. I taught three kids and a wife to love fly fishing and they all do

NICE 1st post! You've thrown loops in some SWEET places! :thumb: :beer2:

Don't be shy, now. Kick in some of that hard-earned knowledge, from time to time....

1932 on the Snoq???? :eek: :eek: :beer2: :thumb::thumb: :thumb:

You gotta have knowledge like a big river: Deep and Wide.

Glad you jumped on board!
 
#80
My first day out with a fly rod was on the Lower Yuba River in Northern Cali in 1999. My brother took me out while I was on a break from college. We were fishing for shad and I had no clue what to do when I hooked one. I still don't.

The first fish I caught was a westslope cutthroat trout in Camas Creek in West Glacier. There is nothing like a two inch fish on an Elk Hair Caddis with a five weight. Again I was fishing with my brother. I miss those fishing trips.

Things did not get bad until I caught my first steelhead on the Lower Deschutes in the Fall of 2001. Things just haven't been right since.
 
#81
My first time flyfishing was in the late 70's on the upper Trinity River using a Royal Coachman. A couple summers before I had fished the Kalamath with a clear bobber and a Silver Hilton, but all the adults were using fly rods and I knew I wanted to learn.
 

Kip Kidwell

Born to Fish, Bound to Work
#82
Grew up on Cape Cod (Massachusetts for the west coasters). Started fishing for stripers
from the beach in the 60's. Used large streamers and had great luck. I have fished the same
beaches recently with the same and some newer flies with GOOD results. It was great fun then
and great fun now. New rods sure make casting for distance so much easier!
 
#83
Greg

Small world. My first was also hot creek back in 93. We also fished a few others in the area, can't remember the names. It was funny, my friend got me started on a loaner rod. I caught about 6 fish on that first trip. So, I run out and buy new everything. DIDN"T CATCH A THING FOR ALMOST A YEAR!


Jim
 
#84
Like KEH98926, my first serious flyfishing was on Moccasin Lake and Big Twin near Winthrop back in the late 60's early 70's before the North Cascade Hwy opened that area up. You had to walk into Moccasin and we used to pack an old war surplus 2 man raft in to fish out of. If I remember right that was one of the very few flyfishing only lakes around at the time. Lots of nice Brookies an Bows. Those were some of those "Good Old Days". :thumb: Hey KEH remember that big nasty ass bull that would occationally run your ass out of there, depending on the mood he was in!!!
 
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Chris Burley

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#85
I started fly fishing in Gifford Pinchot NF on a little stream called Orr Creek. It was late June and the water was like ice. I was tossing what I now know to be a mayfly spinner into the the slow water and ended up hooking into some 6 inch cutthroat my first time out. I was in love - small fish, hypothermia setting into my feet and pulling my line out of the trees every 2 casts - it's a perfect way to spend all your (free) time.
 
#86
I started in the Mid 70s with my Father in Alberta. We went out almost every weekend to the hywood river and this was the best time in my life. After we moved to BC my father took up saltwater fishing and so did I. By the Mid 90s I took up Flyfishing again and have never looked back. Now i am a flyfishing instructor and Guide, Go figure eehh.
 
#88
I grew up dunking worms in Lake Chatauqua in western NY. After moving to Seattle to go to school, I started gear fishing for salmon off local beaches with some buddies I met at the office.
I went on my first fly fishing trip - a two day steelhead class on the OP (Hoh River) in January of 2001 . Typical that I would start fly fishing for the most difficult fishes to catch in the WHOLE FREAKING WORLD. I still have yet to see one... First fish I caught on a fly were chum on the Skagit - a memorable, cork creaking day.
Started tying flies about three years ago. Catching fish on my own flies is the most gratifying thing in the world for me. Men are simple creatures. :hmmm:

barbless
 
#89
chubby @ tubby fly gear in a plastic package, tolt river , red humpy, 6 smolts, i was hooked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:) ill never forget it.
bhudda
 
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frankrutledge

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#90
The Soqualmie river, by the Tolt. I must have caught 10 smolts and a few Rainbows, I too fell hard.