Posts Tagged ‘Fishing’

It’s all about Accessorising!!!
As the title eludes to, after my first guided trip I was hooked better than a Cut Throat on a Wooly bugger. My next stop was my very first of many trips the my local Orvis Store. Yes I know some of you don’t like or won’t use Orvis for what ever reason, well I like their gear and service, so I won’t bag Sage, TFO or other brands as they are also great products.
Anyway, my very first visit to my Orvis Store was probably the reason I have been back many times and spent many hard earned dollars. Everything from my first Rod and Reel outfit to all of the accessories all of you Fly Fisherpeople know you just have to have.
As with any business, good service costs nothing and the service, info and support I have had from Chris at the Houston Orvis store has been nothing but excellent. So for those of you just discovering fly fishing, once you find a good shop, stick with them.

And once I found my shop, that’s when I just had to have this item, that nick nack, every little thing that may just give me that extra edge over the fish. Also I had to have about a million different flies, plus buying others where ever I went fishing, just to ensure I had what was hot at the time. So it wasn’t long before my wife was telling me never to comment when she buys a new handbag or pair of shoes!!!

I look at it this way. As my Rugby coach once said, “you may not be the best player, but at least go out there looking like one, so pull your socks up”. Fly fishing seems a bit like that. I may not catch many fish, but at least I look the part!!
Tight lines everyone.

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Can you catch anything?

Well firstly I must apologise for not blogging for so long, but our life has been very hectic recently, and as such a big lack of fishing, I really haven’t had anything worth blogging about.

So I thought I would at least try to do a regular blog even if its not about anything I’ve done recently. Over the next few months, I will post a few short blogs just to wet the appetite about how I got interested in Fly Fishing, and some of my past Fishing exploits.

This first trial I have called “What’s Fly Fishing anyway?” This is what I get asked by some people who still haven’t evolved from using 100lb line, a hook and a lump of meat!! I will try and outline in this Blog, how I got into and become hooked on the art.

Sowing the seed

Way back when I first started traveling, I saw beautiful rivers, streams and lakes, nothing like we have in Australia. Although Australia is my home, and the best country in the World (my opinion), we just don’t have water courses in countries that have regular snow on massive mountains, or plenty of rain. Places like Norway, the USA, and Ireland where the first places I traveled and during these trips, not only did I see majestic rivers etc, but these guys skillfully waving a rod backwards and forwards waist deep in water.

Although it doesn’t sound like fun to the uneducated, but to me observing these gents, I saw that as the ultimate in the noble art of fishing. So that’s when I said, I NEED to learn how to do that. Not want, NEED.

Little Steps

It was probably after 5 to 7 years of yearning to learn the art, until I got my chance by way of moving to the USA for work. Unlike my attempt to learn Golf, I wanted to know everything I could before buying any equipment. This was mainly due to the fact that similar to Golf, Fly Fishing equipment can cost a little or a lot. So I wanted to make an educated decision when and if I went to by my first outfit.

After a quick “Google” search for “Texas Fly Fishing” and “Fly Fishing Guide” I had hooked myself up with a guide on the Guadeloupe River, who was more than happy to teach me the finer point of the art. This noble man was in the form of Dan Cone from Castell Guide Services

20130123-183854.jpg My very first lesson.

I met Dan on the River and he proceeded to start from the basics and technical explanation of Fly Fishing (FF) before we even hit the water. Everything from what a leader was, to how the line is made, what is a tippet, as well as explaining how the rod and reel worked etc etc.
My next task was getting into the signature uniform for Fly Fisherpeople around the world, yes the figure hugging waders. Since getting more into FF, I don’t care what anyone says, they look crap on a fat man, but they are comfortable and necessary.

Once I had the fashion statement waders on, we peacefully slipped into the raft, and procedure down river. All along the way, Dan started to give me expert instruction, without yelling once. But one thing any newby to FF, you soon keep getting reminded by your guide to “Mend”, “Mend”, and continue to”Mend”. Those who FF know exactly what I’m talking about.

Fish On

Yes that feeling of hooking my first Trout on a fly will not be forgoten, as from that point on, I have been hooked on this wonderful art. And any good Fly Fisherperson knows, the next step is the endless task of buying your first outfit, and gear. By endless, I mean I now have 6 or 7 rods of different weights, reels and spare spools with several different line types, and numerous other gear and hundreds of flies!!!!
In my next blog I may try to outline why!!
Cheers Grego

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My first trout!!

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