Fly fishing camp

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  1. uriah1

    uriah1 Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Well we did it. Signed up for fly fishing camp. Never thought I would try to get into
    it. I always thought fly fishing was for Cigar smoking millenieals driving
    to the river in their Beemers.

    My wife is going to try this also.

    Should be fun. I can always use technique for bluegills too when there is no river around.
     
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    bftfender Friend of Leo's

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    Very cool ! I remember as a kid,,always wanting to tie my own flies & learn to fly fish..enjoy..sounds like a great thing to do .
     
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    I never tried it but I watched my neighbor do it. Seems like fun. I’m so busy with work now, that it’s hard to find time to get a haircut.

    Enjoy!
     
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    8barlouie Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Is it the Orvis camp in VT?
     
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    dkmw Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    I hope you enjoy! It is challenging at first, just learning to cast requires a little work (but once you get it it’s like riding a bike; you never forget).

    For me, tying flies was half the fun. Catching fish on your own creations adds a level of satisfaction.

    99% of my fly fishing was saltwater so I don’t know much about the rivers. But I do know that freshwater panfish will rise to little “bream bugs”, and they’re very easy to tie. Topwater takes are sooo fun!
     
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    Have fun...
     
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    Beware! It can be very, very addictive. ;)
     
  8. imwjl

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    Great. I hope it works out well.

    Funny because the stereotype was a WASPy elite thing in a different way when I got into it decades ago. My pals and I were total leaders with modern musky fly fishing and places we got our drift boats. I changed my tune on guiding when a client didn't like how much work and skill was part of it and I didn't want the world to know the places where musky and trout meet.

    Earlier my kids dropped interest when the amount of knowledge and work became evident. I plan to revisit that this summer.

    It's definitely worth knowing it's a cold, warm and salt water fishing sport. Fly fishing for musky on rivers is sort of the ultimate. You can do a lot of work for nothing or have a day when 5 - 15 musky are caught. It's really cool to watch a musky gulp a bird or rodent like a trout takes a bug.
     
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    I truly enjoyed fly fishing as a kid and continued until my mid 20s. Very relaxing and satisfying. I never was good at tying flies but still enjoyed it

    Have fun at your summer camp. One of these days I want to go to Pork U in Ga. My BIL, one nephew, and several family friends have gone and enjoyed it
     
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    The high lakes here in the Wind Rivers can make you feel like the world's greatest fly fisherman. When the switch flips it's a fish a minute. Doesn't matter what you throw or how it lands, it's bang like right now.
     
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    Enjoy! Don't get overwhelmed with technique. It's just another way to present an artificial lure to a fish and some casts are better than others....and when you get your first strike and a 9' rod, you'll understand! Like aerhed said, go up high where the fish might be smaller, but they're hungrier!

    You can get all the spendy gear you want, but for mountain streams/lakes you just need rod/reel, flies, net, pliers, swimming trunks and sandals.

    Where I'm from it's scoffed at as snobby/elitist, but I turn the tables on the walleye fishermen here that have a $60,000 boat, new pickup to pull it with and small fortune in radar and gear to go catch a 5 fish limit! That makes them think. :)
     
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    If you haven't seen the film A River Runs Through It, please do so ASAP.....if you HAVE seen it ....watch it again! :)
     
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    I bet it takes really small hooks to catch flies.

    ;)
     
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    One of the main reasons I moved here.

    My grandfather took me under his wings back in the 60s. Took a flytying class and can nail the hatches on my favorite local secret stream. I go fishing during the workweek and rarely see another person.

    Enjoy, but be aware of bats at dusk taking your fly.:eek:
     
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    Everyone emphasizes trout as the main fly fishing species. While it is true you can slay some trout on a fly, don’t sleep on bass and other panfish! Throwing big poppers and giant streamers for bass is a lot of fun! Saltwater fly fishing is something I haven’t been able to pursue, but a friend was straight ripping bonefish in the Bahamas a year ago on vacation.

    For the record I drive a ****ty 80s f150 to the river wearing a pig destroyer t shirt and still manage to fly fish just fine.
     
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    +1...you think Telecasters and guitars are addictive!?...Oh my...just wait. Seriously, keep an open mind, stick with it and be patient with yourself until you "get your cast" down. It's a wonderful way to spend time and great way to spend time with friends. And ya...it's not just Millenials in Beemers...it's aging music freaks and hippies in rusty 'old Hondas too!
     
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    Thats what we did many years ago, fly fishing camp
    Then fly tying lessons.
    Its a lot of fun especially trout on the dry flies.
    Even if fish dont bite at least working on your technique is still fun, like playing guitar.
    Enjoy
     
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    Hey Obsessed, would love to see a picture of your local stream. Fishing in Montana has been on my bucket list for a while.:)
     
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    Enjoy it! I love fly fishing.

    I started drifting worms for trout in N MI in 1975. I still clearly remember watching my first legal brookie take an unweighted worm I drifted over him. I bought land on the upper Manistee (near the Deward area) in 1981 and eventually built a cabin there. That’s where I learned to fly fish. I took it up because I got tired of bouncing worms into trout cover, getting hung up, keeping worms alive etc. I quickly discovered that fly fishing isn’t some exotic pastime but the simplest way to go. Grab your vest and fly rod and fish! I used small dries in the daylight (down to size 24!) but my favorite thing was night fishing with a No 6 unweighted elk hair Muddler I tied. That was great fun and my best was a 26.75” brown.

    I sold that parcel when I decided the family would use a lake cottage more than a fishing camp, but kept fly fishing throughout N MI until my best trout bum friend died 10 years ago. I did go out a few times with other friends but they had taken to drift boats which don’t resonate with me like wading. I missed fly fishing for trout immensely and luckily my grandson’s feet quit growing this year, so I just outfitted him with waders, vest and a fly box and am prospecting smaller streams. I was just out a week ago.

    Keep it simple, don’t go hog wild on gear and have fun. You really only need a decent rod, reel, floating line and some basic fly patterns to enjoy fly fishing most river trout (or smallmouth). I’m still using my HMG rod from the mid-1980s and like it. 41FB2699-F7EB-47F3-9289-6E9EB53A2517.jpeg
     
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    Tks...Be by the Boardman
     
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