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: my first fish!

04-24-2002, 04:48 AM
I caught my first fish with a fly rod yesterday! I worked my way up a small stream all afternoon snagging every tree, bush, and stick in the river. I lost my first fly pretty quickly when it snapped off my tippet while casting, but the second one--a mayfly dun with a green thorax and a white tuft on the back--hung in there with me all afternoon through thick and thin. I moved upstream to free my fly whenever it got stuck in a tree.

At dusk, I made it to a small pond, and I cast over a barrier of logs and sticks into the middle of the pond. As I started my pick up/back cast, a trout came flying out of the water. He must have hit the fly just as I started my back cast, and I guess I'm lucky I didn't snap my 6x tippet. When he splashed down, he dove deep and put up a good fight. I eventually worked him close to the log barrier, then lifted him over and plopped him down next to me. It was about 7 inches long, and I think it was a brown trout: it was light brown and had red spots on its side. It took me awhile to get the fly out with my hemos and I had to touch him, but after a few seconds of rest he swam out of my hand, and was darting in and out of my feet looking for an escape route.

On my next cast, my old friend the dun with the green thorax and white tuft on the back snapped off my tippet, as if to let me know it had been a long afternoon and after helping me catch a trout its tour of duty was over. I tried to thread another fly onto my tippet, but it was too dark, so I waded out of the stream and headed home.

Today, I went to a bigger, wider river and looked for some hatch activity. Since the trout weren't rising, I tried an attractor fly. I had no luck, and since it was so windy I thought I'd try a terrestrial--an ant. Still no luck, but by then fish were splashing periodically around me. Since I couldn't see any fly activity, I figured they must be feeding on emergers, so I put on an emerger with no floatant. I cast up river and let it drift about 40 feet back to me stripping line furiously, and then another 20 feet past me.

After about 30 minutes, the end of my fly line was about five feet upstream from me, so my emerger was probably 15 feet away, and--whamo!--my line started zig zagging in the water. I lifted my rod, and the trout bent it in half. I was afraid my rod--a 9' 6#, or my 6x tippet, or one of my knots was sure to snap. The fish fought furiously trying to shake the fly out, and I could see its scales flash in the sunlight. After about 30 seconds and still no signs of tiring, he ran by me down stream toward some submerged debris and I thought it was all over, but he immediately turned back up stream back to where I hooked him. The bend in the rod still didn't seem to bother him, but after 30 more seconds he thrashed closer to me, and more out of frustration than fatigue he lay in the water on his side watching me.

When I bent down to grab the leader, he started thrashing around, so I stood back up and let him have at it. Finally, he settled down, and this time I was able to release the fish without touching him, and he swam off immediately. I noted how long he was next to my rod handle, and when I got home I measured it. The trout was 13'' long and all muscle. It was the same kind as the day before: a light brown color with some distinctive red spots on its side. What a fight he put up!

Later, I detected some flies in the newly calm air, and since the fish started rising all around me, I switched to a Parachute Adams mayfly dun, and I caught two more smaller trout. Then, even though fish were rising all around me, I didn't get any more strikes, so I switched to a Blue Winged Olive dun, and on my first cast as soon as the fly hit the water, my line started zig zagging as another trout took my fly. This time I raised my rod and gently tried to set the hook by applying a little counter pressure, but my line went slack. I checked the fly and it was still there, so I must have pulled the fly out....darn it! That was the first time I tried to set the hook. With the other fish, I didn't have to do anything: they bent my rod, and I just hung on and stripped line.

I spent another hour trying to get a trout to take my fly, but they steadfastly refused. I was easily able to cast 50 feet up river with the aid of a slight breeze, and then I was getting what I think was a perfect drift all the way back to me over many rising fish. Facing upstream, I was also casting to about 11 o'clock so my fly line wouldn't be over the target zone. I'm sure an experienced person could have caught 20 trout easy!

I kept at it until it was pitch dark before leaving. I spent the whole afternoon in the exact same spot and never moved. When I got out of the water, my legs were cold and stiff and I had trouble getting them to work smoothly. What an afternoon!

04-24-2002, 06:28 AM
WOW! Congratulations, looks like you are off to a great flyfishing "career"!

04-24-2002, 06:52 AM
Awesome Newbie, can't believe we were just debating what rod you should get and now you've already caught a bunch. Took me only, ah, lets say a couple seasons to track down a striper on a fly:rolleyes:.

Great description as should submit that for the forum. Throw a few pics in and it would be a great piece.


04-24-2002, 08:07 AM
Newbie, that's a great story. Congrats on the success and excitement with your experience. Keep us posted! :D

Dble Haul
04-24-2002, 09:39 AM

Of course you realize that there's no turning back now.....:hehe:

04-24-2002, 10:00 AM
Great report and fun to read.

04-24-2002, 11:01 AM
Great story. And an even a better feeling for you. There is only one problem I see. It looks like you're going to end up like the rest of us. Thinking fish, talking fish. Face it. You're hooked!;) There is no turning back now. Next thing you know, you'll be selling off your belongings to buy more rods, reels, lines........Congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of fly fishing. It's a great place to be.:D

John Desjardins
04-24-2002, 11:54 AM
Congratulations, You sure got that first trout a lot faster than I did. :D

04-24-2002, 12:14 PM
Way to go!!!! Great tale and fun to read. Let the obsession begin!

04-24-2002, 12:20 PM
Congratulations and welcome to a lifetime of fun and exploration. Great report!

04-24-2002, 12:21 PM
Way to Go Newbie!

You aren't the only one to catch their first trout lately - she's gonna have to report for herself though.

Looks like you need to change your name now that you've been baptized, so to speak.

keep the reports coming

04-24-2002, 07:01 PM
Ah the problem is that it never get dull, and everyday fly fishing has that same feeling about it. You just can't wait to do it all over again each day! As stated before. Congratulations you are officially hooked yourself. What a wonderful sport.

04-24-2002, 07:22 PM
Welcome to the brotherhood!
A story shared is a million times repeated in each of our minds!