The Appalachian Fly Fisher

The Appalachian Fly Fisher
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Here is the scoop. We will also be going on some shorter side trips this summer as well. They will be posted here. If you live in Montana, Idaho or Washington state, you may want to contact for details. You'll meet some really great fellow fishers!
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Monday, May 20, 2019


“To its devotees, fly fishing is a philosophical pursuit. In his great book on the subject, A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean begins with a simple declaration: “In our family there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.”

“….. happiness depends on the cultivation of virtue, though (these) virtues are somewhat more individualistic than the essentially social virtues of the Confucians.” …..  “Aristotle was convinced that a genuinely happy life required the fulfillment of a broad range of conditions, including physical as well as mental well-being, …..”

It is true, I personally believe fly fishing is a psychological pursuit. As we go through the seasons of life, all should remember that once you have achieved all of your successes (friends, kids, job success, a really good spouse with whom you can live, grandkids and the like), your body ages. We can't physically do the things of our youth. And unless a person is really good at golf, one must proceed with Canasta, Bridge, TV or FLY FISHING. For me it is the later.

Fly fishing requires you to think, use what is left of your physique to wade or row and some technical ability. Also, if you learn fly tying or rod building, you have to use dexterity. One of my greatest joys is being able to dress out a beautiful fly rod or tie on a fly which I personally tied and having a beautiful trout rise to and take it. Come on out and tie a few or build a new rod. If you need some help, I will teach you.

One of our last great joys is being able to enjoy one of the world's most popular physical hobbies (7.8%) with family, friends (Upcoming IDFFA Trips) and most importantly yourself. My wife loves to horseback ride, but for me it is fly fishing. I love catching a beautiful rainbow, cutthroat, brown, bull or brook trout, taking a photo and then releasing it. This, of course, is done with a rod I have built, on a fly I have tied and a leader which I made.

So go fly fishing and experience yourself the absolute joy it brings.

Hard takes, tight lines, screaming reels and huge trout to all.

Tags:  A bad day of fishing is still better.....


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    1. Thanks for the comment. Moving back east so will be vacationing in the Caribbean again soon. Will look you up at Fishing Charters St. John and book a trip. Love to marlin fish! Been down Sir Francis Drake Channel many times in decades past. Used to own a place in Cape Hatteras so went marlin fishing often. YSF

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