Welcome to my humble little spot on the web. Let me clear up a few tidbits before we get started. I am not a professional fly fisherman. I am not a professional guide. I do not work for a fly shop or a fly fishing gear company. Nope, sorry… no such luck. To be honest, there is a good chance that you are a much better fly fisherman than I am!
So now that we have cleared up what I am not, lets clarify what I am. I am your typical middle aged rust belt guy who happens to have a hopeless addiction to fly fishing. To be truly honest, it did not start out that way. I was… yes, dare I say…. I bass fisherman! My father and I grew up fishing the many lakes throughout Western Pennsylvania chasing bass. A decade ago or so, my friend Eric arm twisted me into a day of fly fishing on a local pond. To say I was “hooked” would be so cliche, but it was true. I still have all of my traditional gear and it has been sitting in my basement collecting dust ever since.
So the normal question one would ask (and I get it quite often) is this…why would a fly fisherman who is smack dab in the middle of so many prolific trout streams spend his time “slumming it”? Well for me it is a fairly simple logic:
- I love fishing…. not driving… and when I have an hour or two to fish after work, I want to be on the water not in my car
- I hate fishing in a crowd… nothing is more disturbing to my fishing karma than being elbow to elbow with 10 or more fisherman trying to fish the same stretch of river
- Having spent the majority of my formative fly fishing years fishing in salt water, I LOVE catching big fish and lots of them on the fly… no offense to trout guys, but an 8″ Brookie just doesn’t get my motor running
So I fish as often as I can and have had some really great experiences, met some really interesting people, and yes… even caught a few fish along the way. If you have come this far, then you probably enjoy some of the same things I do. Hope you find my ramblings of some interest, please feel free to comment if the mood strikes you!
Good Luck, Tight Lines, beware of the Finless Brown Trout!