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: New member saying hi and introducing myself

11-11-2001, 03:02 AM
Been led to this board recently and liked what I saw. Figured I'd let you know who I am.

I'm 31 and live in Washington state. I'm a die hard salmon/steelhead fisherman. Been fishing since I was 3, started salmon/steelhead fishing when I was 7. I can (and do) fiish in a variety of styles (from baitcasters to speyrods) and all methods/tackle in between. I truly don't view one style "more purist" over another. I ca feel just as in peace or in "sanctuary" throwing a spinner as I'm swinging a fly. I'm not a fly fisherman, a baitfiisherman, or a hardware chucker. Ii'm just a fisherman!!!!

I do build my own gear. Tie my own fliies, my own jigs, build my own rags, and build my own spinners. I build the occasional rod too. I love fishing. I'm not a hobbyist or an enthusiast. I truly love fishing and view it as a way of life.

Ii'm also a cataraft enthusiast. Sparkey will testify to that. To hiis dismay I shouuld add (just kidding Ryan). Actualy Ii've been running cats WELL before the craze hit ussing "'pontoon boats". I bouught my cat well over a decade ago exclusively as a whitewater boat. Converted it a few years back for a multipurpose boat. Brian has seen my machine. Iit can easily fiish 4 from it (only 3 flyfisherman though). Nice thing about it you can float alot of rivers during summer flows that were inaccessiile to driftboats.

Hmmmm, not sure what else to say. Look forward to talking with some of you and possibly doiing a fly trade with soome of you (I'd really love to trade some NW steelhead patterns for some true English Atlantic patterns)

Thanks for such a great site. Tight lines.....

11-11-2001, 07:25 AM
Welcome and glad to have you on board!

I started running rivers on a pontoon boat on the first production model of the bucks bag 9 years ago, purchased from Morning Hatch in Tacoma. Although there were other models around at the time the bucks bag was the only personal river runner (radical rocker, real rowing frame, etc). I had no problem running the upper Skagit, Skykomish, Stilly, Green, Wynoochee, Cowlitz, to name a few. It opened up the river world for me but no one else had one to buddy up with for spot rigs and I often made long hikes with it on my back. I got a ride up to Sultan in Dec Hogan's rig one day, a pleasant surprise to say the least.

Looking forward to the swaps as well, the flies in the archive from last year were amazing. I hope to get out in the spring for some natives... we'll see.

11-11-2001, 11:21 AM
Welcome.... I am mostly on the saltwater board, but looking forward to swinging a fly for steelheads. Would love to do a swap for salmon steelhead flys.