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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-12-2018, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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I like most new posters on here were long time lurker/learners on here prior to writing his first post. I think the thing i enjoy the most about this forum is the way it truly allows the community that is the fly fisherman to flourish.

I grew up fishing as a child in Toronto, Canada. My mother introduced me to the sport as a way to keep me occupied - and boy did it ever. From cottage lakes to exploring Toronto's urban waters, I fished for everything. I consumed everything I could find, having read a pocked sized ocean fish identification book from to back at least 1,000 times. I still remember everything about that book and its a goal of mine to find another version for the nostalgia of it. I think I can actually credit the sport for helping me read.

Like all things in life as we get older, fishing somehow disappeared from my life as a teenager. Of course I would wet a line at a friends cottage, but the all encompassing lifestyle of it faded as girls and the desire to fit into friend's passions took over. That said, it was only natural that the passion would eventually come back, albeit by accident. Trying to fill a New Years resolution while in Vietnam on a year long backpacking trip as a 24 year old, I chose the simple concept "do 1 thing you used to love". Seemed as generic as any resolution I've ever made, but the simple answer of "fishing" has really changed my life for the good (this might be the best lifestyle ever) and bad (poor wallet).

10 years later and the rest is history! I initially jumped right back into the lake fishing of my childhood, but i soon started exploring Ontario's rivers for hard fighting chrome, aggressive browns, beautiful brookies and massive salmon. I'll never forget my first chrome on the fly - all the work put in finally paying off in the freezing winter.

I have explored and continue to explore much of Ontario's wild with a great friend of mine. He has taught me a lot about the art of fly fishing and continues to push me to learn more.

The last few years have seen a new passion start to brew inside me - Chrome and Atlantics via the spey. It started watching my friend fish for them and hearing the scream of a fresh fish, but it culminated with me catching my first Atlantic in the St Marys rapids on the second day of my first spey fishing trip (what an introduction to the spey!).

Looking forward to learning more about this specific art and joining this awesome community.

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-12-2018, 03:30 PM
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Welcome to the Speypages !!
Thank you for your introduction, very well composed and very defining ... welcome to our community


Have you Swung a Spey Fly today ??
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