What was the first fish you caught on a fly rod?
What was the last fish you caught on a fly rod?
My first fish was caught when I was around 8 or 9 years old. I used to spend a lot of time out at Gibbs lake, just outside of Port Townsend. My godparents are the caretakers of the lake and live in the only house out there. My uncle had given me my first fly rod and I'd flogged a little bit of water down in california when he gave me the rod, now I was alone and trying to catch a fish. I had some ugly green popper that my mom bought me at Sprouse Ritz, I flopped my line out into some lilly pads, no joke, first cast, WHAMMO, about a 1/2 pound largemouth bass hit my fly as soon as it hit the water. Talk about exciting for a first fish. I couldn't believe how cool it was to see a fish break the surface of the water to eat!
My last fish I caught was earlier this week. I was nymphing eggs for steelhead in a large tailout that was maybe 1-2 feet deep, the river was covered in scrub on both sides so you basically had to walk up the middle of the river. You could see the ocasional fish hugging the bank, as I was scanning for fish I saw a steelhead sitting about 15 feet in front of me, it was pretty easy to spot since it had some fungus on the top of it's head. I chucked my eggs up above him, the fishe saw my gear and sidestepped it, then started to swim off, I figgured I spooked it, so I let my setup keep drifting downstream while I scanned for more fish. My drift ended, I was looking upstream and I went to flip my line back upriver to fish a little edge pocket. As I try to flip it, without looking, I get some resistance, then a throb. Turns out the same fungus headed steelie pulled a u-turn while I wasn't looking and decided to chase down my fly and gobble it up. I felt a little stupid about it, but I'll take it!
Anyway, that's the first fish I ever caught on a fly rod, and the last fish I caught on a fly rod. Can you remember yours?
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