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post #61 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-09-2020, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by ptmstrbbq View Post
Thanks for the recommendation on the single hand rod. I'll put in the work and make it happen........understanding it may be a long journey
The best advice I can give is that you won’t know if you don’t try. Are there going to be days that you don’t catch anything? Absolutely. But, once you separate yourself from the “need” to catch fish you can really broaden your horizons and think outside the box.

I had plenty of people tell me it wasn’t possible, but those are the people that need to catch a fish to feel successful. You can be sure those that criticize haven’t actually devoted any significant time to fishing a dry fly and are making statements that really carry no weight. Are there conditions that are more favorable than others? Yes. But I needed to fish my dries in all conditions to learn how to fish it. I chalked up the first few weeks as practice to find the right water etc.

I think one of the hardest aspects with this is the lack of feedback, the same could be said for swinging in general. You aren’t given a lot to determine what, if anything, you are doing right. One thing that helped me was making a pass with a dry and then coming back with a wet. When hooking a fish on the wet I then had some information to work with. Sooner or later you will start to get some clues and learn. You’ll see a flash here or there.

I think the most enjoyable part of this process for me was the learning and adjusting. I’d get clues and try something different and adapt my plan. Eat all those skunks for breakfast, there will be a lot but make sure you’ve learned something new each day. Even if what you have learned is “today wasn’t very good for dry fly fishing” then you are making progress and moving forward. Best of luck, I’m looking forward to reading and following your journey and comparing notes.
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I bet your kid will be the only Muddler in school. congrats on the successful outing. And don't get it in your head that you won't be able to fish as a parent. Even when they're very little you just get more tactical and efficient about getting time in. Good luck.
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post #63 of 63 (permalink) Old 05-10-2020, 09:33 AM
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So cool, Steve! So dang cool!

Congrats on the soon-to-be daughter.

Both my girls (Bailey, 24, and Blair, 21) fish with me. Blair has especially become “hooked.”

Adrian will tell you the same story about fishing with a daughter.

So go ahead and buy your daughter a rod and reel now. I’m betting you two will spend some incredible time on the water together.
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