Friday, June 8, 2012

woolly bugger

Fly tutorial
In the last few years we've been attempting to get back to the land, to harken back to an older way of doing things. 
Ben has made a huge effort, in the last two years, to learn all he can about fly fishing… So I had him write a short tutorial about it.
Step one: buy a good flyrod. If you want to fish for trout and bass as I do, something around 9 feet will work and make sure it's a 4, 5, or six weight. Just talk to the old-timer at your local fly shop ( probably someone with a bushy white beard) and he'll explain what the differences are.
Step two: get the old-timer to put on your fly line. It will be long, heavy, and brightly colored, and just so you know, it's purpose is to carry the tiny fly through the air to the fish's mouth.
Step three: find a stream that has trout  in it, and do your best to mimic Brad Pitt from a river runs through it, casting  upstream and letting your fly drift across a hole.
Step four: get more gear. Molly chooses to wear keens and a gardening hat, I like the old man felt hat and chacos… Whatever you choose make sure it's comfortable, because for a while it will take you all day to get a bite (at least that's how it happened for us).
Step five: read "big two-hearted River" by Ernest Hemingway, stock up on woolly buggers and San Juan worms, and keep your lines tight!
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4 comments:

lynnesy said...

teaching me to flyfish was one of roberts first surprise dates he took me on :) 4 years later... and i'm still no good. ha. maybe i need to hook some pbr on my line??-lynnesy

k. west said...

Oh goodness--buckle up! My dad got way into fly fishing when I was young and would make my brother and me practice the cast (10:00-2:00, 10:00-2:00...) in the backyard ALL THE TIME. Start working on tying those flies too! Fly Fishing is definitely a cool subculture and I can definitely see you two in it!

k. west said...

Oh goodness--buckle up! My dad got way into fly fishing when I was young and would make my brother and me practice the cast (10:00-2:00, 10:00-2:00...) in the backyard ALL THE TIME. Start working on tying those flies too! Fly Fishing is definitely a cool subculture and I can definitely see you two in it!

Today's Letters said...

of course @benrobers0n's fly fishing instructions would include a book recommendation. love that dude! ben, well written post #azinger