I’ve been thinking about getting into fly fishing. Aaahhhh, those are special words to hear to a fly shop owner. On the one hand, you know you’re in for a “groundhog day” type of conversation which can last anywhere from one to three hours, depending on if a fly casting lesson is part of the overall explanation of the art. On the other hand, you become the messenger for one of the most beautiful and rewarding sports you could ever take up…..you have the honor of changing someone’s life.
In the larger scope of someone’s life, taking up fly fishing probably won’t be the most important thing they’ve ever done, but I have witnessed behavioral changes and changes in attitude worth noting. “I sold all my huntin gear” said one young convert not long after he had crossed over some have divorced over the sport. I think what the essence of fly fishing amounts to is a progressive disease. It starts out with “It’s just fun to cast”. It really IS fun to cast and you can do it over and over and it’s still fun to cast no matter how long you do it. Even to this day, 30 years later, it’s still fun to cast!
Next….. you actually catch your first fish on a fly rod. Then you begin to understand what the fuss is all about!
The next momentous occasion is leaving all, I mean ALL of your spin gear at home, departing from the boat ramp with only a boat full of determination and your fly rod, never to look back. Braid and Gulp become words of your past.
Life goes on after this as you catch more and more fish. You check off the species of fish one by one that you’ve caught on your new rod. You develop new friends, join the local fly club for God’s sake and maybe even convert some of your old bait fishing buddies into devotees of the “long rod”. Worst of all you really don’t care anymore how many fish you catch. You just can’t wait to get out on the water again and take up the challenge of “the hunt, the cast and fooling the fish into eating your fly”. It just never gets old.
But the very best part of becoming a fly fisherman is thinking about all of the new rods, reels and tackle you’re going to need and how you’re going to hide them from your wife.