To understand “Why Trout Unlimited” you need to know what the organization stands for, what it set forward and changed the habits of fisherman around the United States and beyond.
You have to admit we all have a small fly fishing “addiction”. That is why you are reading this blog post. One way or another fly fishing effects our thought process, actions and or rationale in funny ways for better or worse. Here are a few more indicators you might have a fly fishing “addiction”.
I grew up on the East Coast and fished a lot of small streams and deep hidden ponds in the White Mountains during my adolescent years. I did do a fair amount of surf casting, but I never developed the need to incorporate a double haul into my casting. This past summer I met up with the Brighton Anglers group to go to Trout Camp in northeastern Saskatchewan, Canada and learned to double haul while there. Now how do I perfect it?
In this day and age many local shops are out of business or have limited hours closing at 6pm on weekdays making it hard for the traditional 9 am to 5 pm working anglers to reach. Not to mention high priced fly shop materials are hard for the die hard angler with the part time job to purchase while maximizing their water time.
Hobby enthusiasts and mothers have been using the solution to these issues for decades. Fabric, hobby and crafting stores are an angler’s best friend when you are have a tight budget or cant get to a shop before it closes. From purchasing ceramic beads, to foam for hoppers they have some of the basics a fly tier needs to create some great looking flies while not breaking the bank. So next time you are looking for that variety bag of beads or pack of foam it will cost you both time and money for limited material when trying to make it to the fly shop or you can visit your local Michael’s and both of those issues will be solved.
Words by thedyeronsnow
Since there hasn't been much snow this past month its got us thinking about fishing. The Dyer has been reflecting on a recent trip to New York and how it compares to a powder day snowboarding.
- There are no friends on a Powder or River Day
- You fall behind you get left behind
- All human decency and societal norms are thrown to the side
- Cutting the lift line, slowly forcing someone out of a hole and general politeness seems not to be an option
- Claiming how you got their soooo early to get the best hole or first chair is more important than the size of fish you caught or epic powder run. You know the type of person I am talking about.
- Everyone comes out of the woodwork
- Haven’t seen “Bill” since your last day of junior high? Come to that first 30” powder day or the first weekend of the salmon run and chances are you will see him there!
- Every form of equipment is used no matter how old or nonfunctional it is
- Powder hounds and fish bums live on budgets. Some of these budgets ran out in the mid 90’s
- Getting a guide might help with the experience. Finding that secret pow stash or fishing hole is just a short $400 away…. Not including tip.