Step One?

Step One 1Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, MT

Fly fishing is a great sport and fantastic recreation. I’ve been lucky enough to have been an active fly fisherman for over 50 years and have enjoyed catching fish of all kinds on flies. Of course where I live now in Bozeman, Montana fly fishing for trout might just be considered the normal method of fishing while more traditional methods of spinning, bait casting and such aren’t as popular. It’s not really the case when one examines the fishing gear available in the sporting goods store. But since the movie “A River Runs Through It’’ came out, southwest Montana remains a mecca for any serious fly fishermen. But in places like Alabama and Minnesota where I fished a lot in the 1990s and until 2008, fly fishing was the exception. But in Mecca and in heathen lands, when non fly fisherman see the sport taking shape on television, in movies or in-person, they become intrigued and get that urge to learn to “fly fish”. When that urge becomes compelling and relentless, what is Step One in taking up the sport of fly fishing?  In my opinion its Learn basic fly casting!

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Your First Fy Rod: Don’t Ask Me

Decisions, Decisions
Decisions, Decisions

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

While on a recent business trip to Denver, one of the individuals I was working with had decided to take up fly fishing. One of his co-workers was an avid fly angler and had taken him fly fishing on local Colorado waters a few times. The guy had finally decided to bite the bullet and buy a fly rod. And of course, along with it, a reel and line. He had gotten all sorts of advice from his co-worker and used some of his co-worker’s gear on the trips they made together. But my reputation as a fly angler was well known by the group I was working with so I got put on the spot–what would I recommend?  After off and on questions and discussion during the business day and more focused discussions over dinner, I came to the realization that I really wasn’t qualified or prepared to make the kind of recommendations this guy was looking for. It wasn’t that I didn’t know what I was talking about, it was despite all my informed questions that I really didn’t know what this guy needed for his first fly rod. The consequences of such lack of insight could result, from whatever my recommendations were, driving him out of fly fishing because his first fly rod sucked (in his opinion).

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