Join Date: Jul 2018
Location: Missouri (LOZ Region)
Absolute newbie to Spey
Hello. I'm Tim. I fell in love with fly fishing in 1972, when I was 8 years old, on a trip to the East Fork of the Penobscot, in Maine. I watched people doing it, and had to try! My grandfather was an old school bait fisherman, and said it was just too hard, but if I still had interest when I was 12, he'd buy me a fly rod. Well, that didn't sit well with me...I was a little impatient. I mowed lawns the next summer, for $2.00 each until I had enough to buy a REALLY cheap fly rod and reel. I found an 8.5' fly rod on a clearance rack at a store called Clarkins. The rod cost me $10.00, the reel (no drag, just junk that holds line) cost another $4.00, and the line (Cortland level line), was probably another $5.00??? I taught myself how to cast fairly quickly. I caught a ton of bluegill and largemouth bass (I'm from NE Ohio). I used that fly rod and reel until I entered the US Army in 1983. Today, I live in Missouri, near Lake of the Ozarks. My favorite rod is my Sage XP #5, over a Lamson reel. I've never found anything that drives into the wind like that rod. Over the years I have caught large Northern Pike, Flathead catfish, and HUGE Grass Carp on the fly. I've done my share of Rainbow and Brown fishing as well, when I have time to head to a trout stream, but I'll fish a fly rod almost any time, on any body of water.
OK, so, I've never spey casted at all. Heck, I've never had a single bit on instruction on any casting, but I do alright. I just figured it out as I went along. I want to learn, and will start with single hand Skagit. Anyway, that's it!