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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 09:27 PM Thread Starter
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My appreciation for this forum

This was my first full winter of steelhead fishing. Having taken up fly fishing, and really fishing at all, over the last couple years, I quickly gained a huge appreciation for the entire process of trying to catch a wild steelhead. This forum has inspired me and taught me many things about tying flies and fishing for steelhead, and I have really appreciated what this forum has to offer.

I will be returning to school in the fall for 4 years in a very involved program, and unfortunately I will most definitely have to put fishing a little lower on the priority list, although I hope to still tie flies here and there as it has become a huge hobby of mine. I am yet to shake hands with a steelhead, but hopefully I have a little bit of time left this year to catch one before things are all said and done.

Here are a few flies I tied recently, the top one being a take on a lady caroline, and the bottom seeming more like a big summer run fly to me. The middle fly was me trying to tie another married wing fly with a few more colours in the wing. Thanks to everyone on here for the feedback and wonderful content.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-17-2019, 09:31 PM
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I’d fish any of them! Well done.👍
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Very nicely done.

Good luck in school and remember spring breaks are for fresh winter fishing.
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 06:05 AM
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Yes, very nicely done !!
As a long time member of this forum, I will echo your comments and I am very thankful for being apart of this community and all that it's members have taught me

Tying flies is a great way to fuel your passion anywhere you are. Keep tying through your studies and when you have a break, go fish them !!
All the best to you with your studies !!


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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 06:31 AM
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npavey ,
go to school . pay attention . don't waste your money ! fish when you can . graduate . get a good job that pays well and is near good fishing . then spend all your money on fishing gear and trips !
i second your thoughts about the great community here .
bueno suerte amigo !
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Great looking flies. I like all three, especially the Lady Caroline and the bottom fly.

Best of luck with your education. Many of us have been down that path and know how important it is to graduate. Fly tying and fishing will always be available after you finish school.

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Sometimes its nice to have an outlet after those long sessions in the library. But I agree with DAnderson, flytying and fishing will always be there after you graduate....Good luck in your studies!
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-18-2019, 01:09 PM
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Awesome stuff! Having gone through school several times over, I'd advise to always create a little time for fishing. Your mental health is important to your academic performance and everyone needs a little downtime. Find yourself a little spot close to home and spend an hour or two there when you can. Doesn't need to be a rad steelhead river and you don't always have to go epic. My favorite spots are those that I can escape to in the busyness of everyday life, not just the destinations. Best of luck with your studies.
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Beautiful ties !!
Hope to meet you on the rivers/beaches here one day...from a fellow V. Islander.
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 12:28 PM
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If those flies are the results after only a “couple years” of tying, I can’t wait to see what you’re tying when you’re one of us silverbacks! Very nice work!

And I second the suggestion that you need some mental health downtime. I probably spent more time chasing brookies, landlocked salmon, woodcock and partridge than I should have and still maintained a solid two point something GPA. I’ve done okay in spite of it over the ensuing 30 years.

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Higher education can be very demanding, indeed. I did it full time for six years, and I've been at it part time after that for more than I'd care to admit. When I was an undergrad, and later a graduate student, I solved all of my academic and most of my life problems by simply working harder. There was neither rest nor play until the work was done. That was non-negotiable - a hazard of New England Puritan roots, I'm afraid. What I didn't realize until just a few years ago was that having some non-work related element of joy and solitude in my life on a consistent basis made me far more effective at school and work. The trade off of a few hours spent tying flies or swinging them on the water was greatly enhanced productivity the rest of the time. Yes, devote the necessary hours to the books. Unless you are freakishly gifted (and even if you are), success is still largely proportional to the time you spend with nose to the grindstone. But don't put the fly tying vise, rod, and reel into deep storage. You may find that in small doses, they actually help contribute to your academic success.

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