I have been fishing for as long as I can remember but only fly fishing for the past couple of years. I picked up my first fly setup in the summer of 2011 and that revolutionized my fishing. Growing up, fishing had always been about catching the fish, that is the point of fishing right? But to me fly fishing is so much more than just catching the fish. It is about enjoying the nature I am in, the presentation of the fly, and of course hooking into that big one. There is something that unites me to the water and the fish when I am standing waste deep in a river.
Not long after I started fly fishing I purchased a fly tying kit and began tying my own flies. There is a unique sense of pride in catching a fish on a hand tied fly. You have not only succeeded in deceiving the fish into taking an artificial fly, you have created that fly. Tying also allows me to pass the time on those winter days where it is too cold to fish.
For me fly fishing is much more than a sport, it is an art form and a way of life. Although I don't always catch fish on my outings there is something special about being out on a river or pond casting a line.
So far in my fishing journey I have mainly fished in New England except for a brief trip down to the US Virgin Islands. Although New England has great fisheries I would love to get out and experience the mountain streams of Colorado or Montana. I hope that fly fishing will take me to unique places and connect me with awesome people who share my passion.
Keep it reel.
I have been fly fishing for about four years now. Before I started fly fishing, I had been really getting into spin fishing. As I delved deeper into the sport of spin fishing I started to wonder about fly fishing. I expressed enough interest that I was lucky enough to get an entry level fly rod combo for Christmas. I can remember that winter break while I was home from college. I watched youtube videos on casting instruction in the morning and spent the afternoon standing in over a foot of snow false casting in my backyard. I returned to school and continued to practice in the front lawn of my Fraternity House. I got some strange looks.
As time went on I found my self always gravitating towards my growing collection of fly rods over my conventional or spinning gear. These days I do not think I have touched a spinning rod in over two year s and I haven't missed it one bit. Spin fishing was a good hobby, but I have found fly fishing to be a passion. A passion that has helped me cope with some stressful times in my life. A trout stream has a unique way of calming one's soul.
I don't come close to catching fish every time I go out, but I have found that just being stream side in the cool air of fall or watching the sun rise and pierce the mist over a bass pond is enough.
I now have quite a collection of fly rods. I have to continually remind my wife that they all serve a different purpose, at least that's what I have convinced myself of! She is incredibly supportive and I couldn't do this without her.
New England is a great place to fish and this location really held my interest as I fished more and more. There is great trout fishing in all the states as well as superb striper fishing along the coasts. And this is all within a three hour drive or less from just about anywhere in southern New England.
I look forward to writing and sharing with you all about my fishing adventures, near home or far way!