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OP: August 31, 2017, 07:55:32 PM
Well since this is all in it's infancy I'll just by introducing myself as it pertains to fly fishing. I live in Columbus Georgia on the lower end of the Chattahoochee river. We don't get trout this far down, so I'm a warm water fly fisher. Bass, white bass, shad, bluegill, you name it. Except catfish. I hate catfish. My son ties most my flies, but foam hoppers are my go-to. I'll use a white bead head wooly bugger if times get hard though. My favorite set up is mt Orvis Battenkill III loaded with Rio Smallmouth set on an Orvis Clearwater 9' 6 wt. I find it to be a versatile rig. My back up is an Orvis Access 8 wt, but I honestly dont like full wlls grips so I dont use it much. My oldest son (12) is an accomplished fly fisher as well. Well, thats me in a nut shell. Tight loops everyone!
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#1: August 31, 2017, 08:59:59 PM
Great poster thanks for the introduction much appreciated yeah we're brand new thanks for contributing!!!
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#2: August 31, 2017, 09:49:56 PM
Hello, I am Tom from SunCity, Az. My fishing experience is limited compared to others. I got into fly fishing back in 2007 when I took a class on making bamboo flyrods at the local JC. I have made 15 or so rods of different weights and lengths. Just finishing up a small stream rod, 6'3", 3wt. for fishing our small streams like Oak Creek.
 Hope to hear and share fly fishing experiences here.
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#3: August 31, 2017, 10:33:23 PM
I'm Ray from SouthEast Michigan. I'm a complete rookie at flyfishing.

I currently have a TFO 5wt rod and reel and am looking to get my feet wet!

Ray
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#4: September 01, 2017, 07:24:16 AM
Hello, I am Tom from SunCity, Az. My fishing experience is limited compared to others. I got into fly fishing back in 2007 when I took a class on making bamboo flyrods at the local JC. I have made 15 or so rods of different weights and lengths. Just finishing up a small stream rod, 6'3", 3wt. for fishing our small streams like Oak Creek.
 Hope to hear and share fly fishing experiences here.

I have fished the Blackfoot in Arizona for one day I think I caught 23 and three hammers.  We had a couple of hammers for dinner it that fed the camp.... was unbelievable.  I caught the trout on flies that I tied back here in Georgia from wool from New Zealand.... if you ever get a chance to fish the Blackfoot it's wonderful.
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#5: September 01, 2017, 01:08:38 PM
I'm Ray from SouthEast Michigan. I'm a complete rookie at flyfishing.

I currently have a TFO 5wt rod and reel and am looking to get my feet wet!

Ray


Ray ....and get your feet wet, you will!   Get your butt over to the west side of the state!  And then work your way North...   Brookies, Browns, and Steelies..
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#6: September 01, 2017, 01:21:03 PM
I am Joe from North Carolina. I love to fly fish. I have been fly fishing for trout in NC, OH, WI, IA, GA, TN, WY, MT, and CO. I also love to fly fish for panfish.

All of my favorite rods are Orvis rods. I really like their Superfine rods and Orvis' other full-flex rods, though I do have a fast 5-weight that I use from time to time.

This forum is going to be great. We can find like-minded fly aficionados (would that make us "flyfishanados") -- and we can find new places to wet a line and have some fun.
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#7: September 01, 2017, 08:30:57 PM
Dave here in North East TN...moved here in 2014 after folks passed and I dumped some drivel thinking I'd relish the foothills and spends lots of my retired years afield...

Been a bit disappointed in that access to fish or hunt is limited due to landowner access restrictions here... lots of new rules to learn.

Waaay too many hobbies for this late in life...nobody to pass stuff onto... :)  Time to start selling off some drivel I guess, but I find fly fishing to be one of those endeavors that you can piddle around on the surface of it and do well with a level line, some mono and a streamer or wooly buggar or get into it whole hog and go nuts.

Was lucky to spend 6 yrs in MT back in the hey day and guided on the Madison and Gallitin rivers...What a memory...fished the mighty MO near Helena, year round...

Wet feet?  Wet feet, frozen feet, wet everything at times... man that ain't got dunked is like the guy who says he never got bucked off a horse--- in that case he ain't rid much... if not dunked, you ain't waded much!  ;D
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#8: September 01, 2017, 08:34:53 PM
I grew up in Southern California and spent every weekend from Memorial day thru Labor day fly fishing the Sierra Nevadas from Bishop to to Bridgeport.  and didn't discover big game hunting until 1986, which replaced fly fishing as my number one passion. Like my four older, and both younger brothers, I received my first fly rod at the age of 8 and was expected to forgo using bait from then on.    You might say flyfishing is in my blood.  My dad was a purist, I never saw him use anything but a dry fly.  Fact is, I never used a nymph until a few years bank.  Yes, fishing a nymph can be more productive, but like using a compound contraption, it's not the same as fishing a dryfly.  In 1991 I moved from Idaho to Montana to fish the famous Madison, Yellowstone, Big Hole, and Missouri rivers in the summer and hunt in the spring and fall.  That went good for a few years then the combination of my introduction to the Longbow and release of Roberts Refords movie, the River Runs Through It (which ruined the local fishing), there was a twenty year period where I hunted and seldom fished.  I only hit the water when relatives came visiting.  The past few years I have gravitated back to the fly and struggle to balance the time spent chasing the Wilie Wapati, whitetails, and the browns running the rivers.

A few years back I started assembling my own rods, buying the blanks and assembling the pieces, much like building your own arrows.

My favorite river to fish are the Owyhee, Gallatin (out of the canyon and in the flats), Big Horn, and Big Hole, in that order.

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#9: September 01, 2017, 09:36:30 PM
    Tom from Barrie Ontario Canada .Love the fly fishing and now have more fly rods then I thought I would ever need when I started. It's been a great sport that I learn new things almost daily.
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#10: September 01, 2017, 09:53:47 PM


My favorite river to fish are the Owyhee, Gallatin (out of the canyon and in the flats), Big Horn, and Big Hole, in that order.

I built a couple Orvis rodsfrom blanks and enjoyed it...more out of cost savings then anything else...built a 9'3" for 7Wt all arounder and a spring creek 9'3/5wt... love those two.  prior to that, I built some Fenwick glass rods... Abused them fierce and they never squawked! :)

I fished the Gallitin from snowflake springs up top thru Big sky (where we guided from back then), down the canyone thru the flats and ribbon areas (I called it ribbon cause the river ribboned out into many smaller sloughs.  We did well everywhere in the early 80's.  Went back in early 90's and there were cars in all our honey holes... Ended up at Cliff and Wade lakes on the Madison... heard they got the Whirling disease bad there in Madison since...

Likely never go back... things change too much with time...As the saying goes, "You can never go "home" again"
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#11: September 02, 2017, 08:19:09 AM
Hey guys & gals! I'm Todd from NH and most of my fishing is on small mountain streams here for brookies with a 6' 2wt. True 'spot and stalk' style. Retired now so hope to expand to much more.
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#12: September 03, 2017, 08:24:00 AM
Well I guess I should answer this....just been busy trying to set this place up with Rob and a couple of guys...

I'm from North GA...fly fished about all my life.  I would go with my dad when I was too young, but he would take a 3 to 4 foot stick and tie a 6 inch stick to it with about 5 feet of line....and I would 'float my boat' in the ripples behind him and the small Mt Creeks I would later grow up to fish.
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#13: September 03, 2017, 02:09:29 PM
I'm Jim Wright and I'm from and still live in Baton Rouge, LA. but work has taken me to 18 other states and I have spent app. 12 years "on the road" and fished most of the places where I worked. I have fly fished exclusively for the last 7 years and go up to the Lower Mountain Fork in southeast OK. for trout on a regular basis. I have also fished the Cimarron and the Rio Costilla in N.M. and Little River in the Tennessee side of GSMNP. Most years I go up to northwest MT. and have fished the Thompson, Jocko, Clearwater, Swan, Flathead and an absolute gem of a cutthroat stream, the north fork of the Blackfoot River there as well as a number of small creeks that flow into the Flathead and the Swan River. The opportunity to return to work with no affect on my pension has the wanderlust rising and when I return from vacation at the end of the month I am going to work in the Sparks, NV. area where there is excellent access to the Truckee River and Pyramid Lake, I am looking forward to it.
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#14: September 04, 2017, 04:49:59 PM
Hello, Gang!!! Pleased to meet ya!!!
My 1st fishing pole was a old bamboo fly rod & who knows what kind of reel, lol! No fly line, just backing, (hey, I was only about 4?) tie on a snelled hook & a bobber, pull out a bunch of string & give it a fling!!! Getting bigger, as kids do, I progressed. But I always had a "thing" for fly rods... I've had so many fly rods & reels over the years, I've lost track of just what, and how many? Lol! Lately it's been Orvis rods & old Madison reels for my Trout fishing. Also, my new "early retirement" present, a 7' 3wt Orvis Superfine Glass outfit, for chasing native Brookies, in the Catskill & Adirondack streams. I also enjoy "Buggin" for Bass & Bluegills!!! That's just so much fun, it should be illegal, LMAO!!!!! My "Dream Trip" is to fish the upper Fly Fishing section of the Salmon River in Pulaski NY, for Salmon & Steelhead!!!
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