Why I Fly Fish
As for my own interest in fly fishing, the seed was planted when I was about seven or eight, with my father teaching me how to tie a variety of flies even before I learned how to cast a fly rod. But my enthusiasm didn’t grow until years later (almost thirty years later!) when I finally began to enjoy the slower pace of fly fishing (as opposed to a myriad of other sports I enjoyed such as rock climbing, kayaking and mountain biking).
I moved to Colorado for the summer and spent every moment possible outside simply looking at the mountains. Fly fishing became my preferred way to pass the time. My initial efforts were filled with trial and error as I learned how to tie on flies, leaders and tippets. I spent whole afternoons doing nothing but “wet wading” up small mountain streams learning where the fish were.
Actually catching a fish was a thrill, but not the highlight of my days in the mountains.
After my third summer in the Rockies, I now consider myself somewhat knowledgable about fly fishing. The actual skill involved has always felt fairly natural to me, having learned how to cast a fly rod in my back yard as a kid. But actually catching fish is an ongoing learning process. Studying stream flows, weather patterns, cloud covers, insects, hatches, fly patterns, fly rods, fly reels, fly lines and general fly fishing techniques are topics that can consume you for a lifetime.
I hope this website helps you find the information and gear that you need to continue your fly fishing adventures and enjoyment of the outdoors!
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