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The Thrill???!!

07-29-2004, 05:53 AM
I am curious...what excites you the most while fishing!!

When "salmo" takes the fly?
The fight he gave you?
The jumps?
The size he was??
Seeing him take a dry fly??
Or the feeling when you let him go ??
Photo: York River (June 2004)

Fishing is not over yet!!! 2 more months!!!

Ann :smokin:

07-29-2004, 06:17 AM
For me, the greatest moment is when I drop the loop, let him eat it, and feeling him come onto the reel. Now the sport begins....the runs, the jumps, one-on-one, just a line between us !
However, might I say that my first love outside the options provided, is the company, the craic, and the whole experience. A fish, is just more cream on the cake !

07-29-2004, 07:54 AM
I'm with Peter for the most part. A few good jumps never hurt either.


Jere Eshelman
07-29-2004, 07:57 AM
Ann, Having fished for atlantics for the first time this year, and finding a taker early in the week, I found that the anticipation of the next take was the driving force. Knowing that the next one may be bigger and more exciting than the last.
I'll be back!

07-29-2004, 09:53 AM
Hmmmmmm??? :mad:

We use fly rods down here in Gaspé :tsk_tsk:

Nice Catch!!


Willie Gunn
07-29-2004, 04:18 PM
The take......the moment you know you have fooled/annoyed /whatever the fish. The fight is an anticlimax if they fall off so be it they were going back anyway.

07-29-2004, 05:03 PM
I remember reading somewhere about how the wealthy salmon anglers of old having successfully hooked a salmon would then pass the rod to their ghillie to deal with the 'bothersome task' of landing the fish.

There's nothing quite like the moment when Salmo Salar says "yes" :smokin:

R.B. Craddock
07-30-2004, 04:55 PM
to be casting to a "made" fish from an elevated vantage, it's quite a thrill when a well-swung double is chased down and chomped like a Krispy plain sight.

08-03-2004, 10:15 AM
The tug...IS the drug.

08-04-2004, 08:58 AM
Its all good!!

08-06-2004, 05:58 AM
A great thrill for me is moving a fish, or seeing another angler hook a fish on a fly tied by me. However, releasing a large fish, and feeling the strength come back into their body is very powerful to the point of being almost overwhelming. There is as much or more whooping and hollering when a fish is released healthy as when it is first hooked. Always cause for a toast to the "River Gods". We never net, we always tail whether we are retaining or releasing the fish. This is something that we believe promotes viability of the fish when released. Minimal handling is the key. Play them hard, release them quickly.

08-10-2004, 01:07 PM
The take and fight is all, the size of the fish, yes, the bigger the better, you always is hunting a bigger fish, BUTT - all fish counts, and im happy for a small salmon to! Werry happy!

03-21-2005, 05:58 PM
Hi guys,
Having cabin fever again today, I decided to go fish online for comfort. :confused:

My reply on this one is.....

Where I get really nervous is when I feel the fish in going to come out "sky high"
I feel him preparing for the jump....and out he comes!!!
Goodness!!!! He's still on!!!! :chuckle:

Ah!! I feel better already!!! And fishing is coming soon!!!

Happy Spring!!


03-21-2005, 08:58 PM
My favourite moment is being above the fish on the bank.You have on a big fluffy Royal Wulff you can see the fish in the clear water and you just know that he is going to smash that fly for all he is worth.You see him start to fidget he comes up from the bottom like a rocket mouth open then he just crushes that fly when he has it you wait until it's time to pull.You don't want to pull too soon (trout fisherman) when you finally pull and feel that first big tug that drives me wild.Especially a really good raise where the water flies the more vicious the raise the better. :devil: :devil:

03-22-2005, 07:07 AM
The take is the reason I do this ... the fight is fun, I love to see them jump, to hold them, release them ... and of course bigger is better ... but the take is what gets my heart pumping. To see the flash ... then the splash ... the line strighten ... Life is good ... very good!

Gary W
03-22-2005, 07:25 AM
I love the take, but even better is a take after a long drought. I fish on a limited budget, so rarely get to fish the right water(beats) at the right time. When you fish for a long time without even a pull and then a fish comes and rips line from the reel... nothing beats it, all of a sudden you feel like you are fishing again.

03-22-2005, 07:45 AM
The take, without doubt, that evocative sound as your reel speaks, (if you fish off the reel as I do) often after many hours of silence. But everything is very good, just being there, priceless!!

03-22-2005, 10:04 AM
Different things set my pulse racing every time I go fishing. It may be using a new rod, fishing new water or seeing a big fish but i suppose the feeling you get when a fish takes the fly is the best a bit like an orgasam short lived but you spend most of your life looking for the next fix.

Salmon Chaser
03-22-2005, 06:34 PM
Have any of you taken the time to make eye contact with an Atlantic Salmon as you revive/release it. Feeling the pulse deep in their belly as they gain strength and staring deep into the salmons eye, almost human. Do any of you know what i mean by this connection? All aspects have been mentioned and they are all a big part of it , but the connection with each fish seems to be where it's at for me now.
Salmon Chaser
aka Dwayne

03-23-2005, 08:35 PM
For me, and when I have the opportunity to fish for them which is usually about once every other year. But with the family and young children I haven't been in the last 4 years.

I always liked the take that you feel right down the rod to your arm. Nothing like a good hard pull on the end to get the excitement pumping again.

Then a quick photo and a release to wonder where the fish is off to.

Love the pictures of the Gaspe and will one day get there to view the real deal.

Cheers - Hansen

04-14-2005, 09:02 PM
i have always been a sucker for that top water strike and last year while being introduced to fly fishing with dry flies i was having a blast catching 10" brookies on the fly rod.

I also love the sound that is made by the fly rod and line as it whips through the air. :rolleyes:

04-15-2005, 07:02 AM
Hi New2fly,

Welcome to the salmon world!!

Keep us posted on your fishing!!


04-15-2005, 11:33 AM
Someone wrote "The tug is the drug." My sentiments exactly. There's nothing like a HARD take from an aggressive bright new fish.

Jumps, tail walking and crazy battle are pretty good too.

Ann - Love your photos!!!! This steelheader has had the desire to fish Atlantics for some time now. Your beautiful pictures are not helping it to be forgotten or to wane at all!

04-15-2005, 11:06 PM
Good evening "This Steelheader"

I have friends on this for "Steelhead", not showing thier secret pools....... And, I am upset!!!!! :(

I always thought it was " high waters, fast currents ( me probably tied to a tree!!) and rough waters......

Roch'n Roll" fishing!!!!!

I have a few photos...... and I cannot believe they are hiding this..!!
me with "cabin fever" and you guys are fishing!!!!!!! :devil:

You don't know what you have in your hands!!!!!
I wouldn't mind throwing a few flies in this NY River...

hey... you "digital" anglers I know!!!....... show us your waters....

It's out in the open now!!!!! :devil:

Will you still come and see me, guys???? :rolleyes: