I just realized that as of yesterday I have been fly fishing for an entire year! It was on May 22nd that I decided to take a trip that changed my life. I met Mark out at his place, we drove to cat creek , I held a fly rod in my hand and the rest was history.
I knew from the moment I first held the fly rod in my hand that I was hooked! It was one of those things I feel I was destined to learn. I knew one day I would learn how to fly fish I just didn’t know how I would pick it up or how I would learn. Then Mark came along and it was over.
Today, I enjoy fly fishing more than I do spin fishing. I will never leave spin fishing behind because love all types of fishing and want to try all of them, but fly fishing has a special place in my heart.
As of right now, I have caught bluegill, green sunfish, crappie, rainbow trout, and smallmouth bass on the fly rod. I promise that Largemouth will come soon. And although I love catching fish, to me it’s more about learning the correct processes and flies with which to catch these fish.
Another thing that I love about fly fishing is that it has made me more interested in catching Trout. Prior to fly fishing, I caught trout but I didn’t think they were all that great, especially when comparing them to bass and striper. But when I started fly fishing I realized the fight that they had within them when they are fighting on a fly rod. For the first time, I came to enjoy and appreciate trout.
Josh Rickard says, “One of the best reasons to fish trout are the places they thrive in,” and I completely agree with him. I have been to some beautiful places looking for trout and when I find them, it makes the entire experience even better. You know what’s even better? I have so many more beautiful places that I will discover while searching for these beautiful fish.
In conclusion, I’m just one year into fly fishing and I know the future will bring me many more adventures, fly rod in hand. I will see beautiful places, catch more fish and enjoy every minute of this sport that we love. This post is dedicated to fly fishing and all of my fellow fly fishers!