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#6393020 - 08/03/16 09:59 AM First lesson in Flyfishing
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My brother and I went to New Mexico a few weeks ago. We had a great time as usual. Lots of fish and good food and times. He took his daughter who is 14 and she had a tough time but managed to land a few.
When I showed my son the pictures he was wishing he could've went. I told him he needs to learn to flyfish first. So he's asked me every day to go and teach him. Yesterday I got home from work early and off we went to the Blanco river near my house.




While I strung up the fly rod he skipped rocks. Man the Blanco is so clear I usually would never do this cause the fish are so wary. I just let him have fun. Wasn't there to fish as much as teach him.


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#6393034 - 08/03/16 10:11 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Finally I had the fly rod ready. I figured I'd keep it simple and teach him to strip a fly in. I tied a wolly bugger on and showed him the action.



So I explain how to keep the tip low and keep the line tight so you can feel the fish bite and how to strip set if you feel a fish. I back away to take a picture and he's strip setting. As I'm trying to explain not to do that unless you have a fish I see the rod bend.


I couldn't beleive it.. These fish are so wary usually and I had been wading down there to show him what a fish feels like. He was fighting the fish and just beaming from ear to ear. Man it was so awesome.

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#6393035 - 08/03/16 10:12 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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up Good stuff!
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#6393046 - 08/03/16 10:17 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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#6393052 - 08/03/16 10:21 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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So he's fighting and the fish is jumping and he forgets I'm ever there and he's talking to God and the fish..




And away he went. I quite on that note. He wanted more but I didn't want to over do it.
Now he's really hungry.


Next lesson will be actually casting...I hope it goes this well.

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#6393169 - 08/03/16 11:57 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Loos like fun, glad he is learning to fly fish.

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#6393178 - 08/03/16 12:03 PM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Old Rabbit]
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Loos like fun, glad he is learning to fly fish.

Many good times ahead.......
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#6393179 - 08/03/16 12:03 PM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Looks like a fun time, leading to many more. up

Fly fishing is lots of fun and those small bass and pan fish can give lots of practice.
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#6393829 - 08/03/16 07:36 PM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Way to go young man.
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#6394009 - 08/03/16 09:32 PM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Congrats to you both!!!
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#6394042 - 08/03/16 09:49 PM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Great pics. Congrats on the memory. up
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#6394174 - 08/04/16 12:44 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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Got him hooked!

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#6394191 - 08/04/16 05:23 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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I've been know to take the fly rod out to the ranch and play with the bass and goggle eye's. Catch a 3 lb bass on a fly and your having some fun, two years ago caught a 7 lb channel cat that came up to hit a deer hair I'd tied to look like a dragon fly. The next day I tied 20 more just like it and use nothing else. Fly fishing for bass is a hoot.
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#6394228 - 08/04/16 07:02 AM Re: First lesson in Flyfishing [Re: Wacm]
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My grandfather taught me to fly fish. His teaching technique was interesting to say the least. He put a whole night crawler on #10 long shank cricket hook and told me to cast it. I couldn't tell you how many I threw off. Each lesson would end with me digging up more night crawlers. Once I could cast with out breaking them off he put on a big frog popper. Then the fun really began.
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