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Hi all! New member, small stream trout addict.

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Hi all! New member, small stream trout addict.

Postby huntingtheriverking » October 21st, 2017, 8:27 pm

Hi everyone!

Just joined the board at the recommendation of another fly fisherman. I recognize a few names from one of the other SoCal fishing forums.

As a little background, I simply love fishing, be it for just about any species. I started out on conventional gear, mainly fishing for bass and other warmwater species, then started targeting wild trout with ultra-lite (2lb mono, tiny small spinning reels, microjigs) in the local San Gabriel, San Bernardino mountain ranges. Really found my calling in these tiny hidden streams, unlike any other fishing I've done before, absolutely addicting (although I still chase bass, carp, etc).

At the urging of a friend, I started trying out fly fishing on these tiny mountain streams. It took the difficulty level up another notch (and another, and another, etc), but I'm having a blast. Also picked up a fly tying kit and started whipping up some incredibly ugly flies that occasionally catch fish. Still trying to figure out my presentation strategies on these local creeks, starting to get a few half-decent bow-n-arrow and rollcasts in, definitely enormous amounts of room to improve-and I love it!

Here's a little video I shot recently on an unnamed SoCal creek while fly fishing:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbD_lpfq2CQ

Here's a couple of trout from my pre-fly fishing trips, all from local SoCal creeks, all released:
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Anyway, looking forward to learning more about fly fishing, hello everyone! :) :)
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Postby clee » October 21st, 2017, 9:31 pm

Welcome to the board.
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Hi all! New member, small stream trout addict.

Postby Rasputinj » October 21st, 2017, 10:02 pm

Welcome to the forum.


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Postby Papasequoia » October 22nd, 2017, 8:27 am

Welcome!
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Postby WanderingBlues » October 23rd, 2017, 5:49 am

Welcome aboard. I fished the locals for years on 2# test, building my own micro spinners that would suit a particular water or condition. Then one day I politely waited while a couple of fly guys worked a run. Got to speaking with them and a week later I bought my first fly rod. It’s a slippery slope, one that you’ll never regret.
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Postby DrCreek » October 23rd, 2017, 6:19 am

Always sweet to have someone fresh on board that actually posts !! Grateful for that... and welcome to you !
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Postby 1mocast » October 23rd, 2017, 9:46 am

Welcome
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Postby stanbery » October 23rd, 2017, 5:08 pm

Welcome aboard and nice videos as well.

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Postby teejay » October 23rd, 2017, 7:25 pm

Hey, you made it over here. Awesome!
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Postby briansII » October 24th, 2017, 8:29 am

Welcome to the jungle.

Cool video.

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Postby huntingtheriverking » October 24th, 2017, 8:33 am

WanderingBlues wrote:Welcome aboard. I fished the locals for years on 2# test, building my own micro spinners that would suit a particular water or condition. Then one day I politely waited while a couple of fly guys worked a run. Got to speaking with them and a week later I bought my first fly rod. It’s a slippery slope, one that you’ll never regret.




Hmm, a custom micro spinner? Intriguing I've built a few micro hardbaits and I used to pour my own worms, but I never thought of making my own custom spinner. I think I do have the equipment for it, might be an interesting thing to tackle. Thanks for the idea
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Postby WanderingBlues » October 24th, 2017, 7:48 pm

huntingtheriverking wrote:
WanderingBlues wrote:Welcome aboard. I fished the locals for years on 2# test, building my own micro spinners that would suit a particular water or condition. Then one day I politely waited while a couple of fly guys worked a run. Got to speaking with them and a week later I bought my first fly rod. It’s a slippery slope, one that you’ll never regret.




Hmm, a custom micro spinner? Intriguing I've built a few micro hardbaits and I used to pour my own worms, but I never thought of making my own custom spinner. I think I do have the equipment for it, might be an interesting thing to tackle. Thanks for the idea


Noooooooooooooo.... We have to improve your fly tying skills. Seriously, though, I used to build spinners using Colorado or willow blades, depending on current, and I coated the blades in UV film several years before the big manufacturers started doing so. Eventually, on the advice of my father-in-law, I started tying a dropper fly to the rig. I loved it, but once the fly addiction started, there was nothing else.
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