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Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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I was first exposed to the outdoors and fishing by my family.

We camped out for vacations in the 70’s, which I suspect was the cheapest way to entertain 4 boys and a wife who was willing to put up with it for a whole week. I recall getting stung by a bee camping near Kinzua, or getting a log dropped on my head by my two oldest brothers at Shawnee, ahh the memories.

Anyways, I was canoeing, hiking and camping with a little fishing long before I got into fly fishing.

I get more out of a morning walk in the woods than an hour at church- which for me devolves into checking out girls or watching to see how parents handle their rowdy child. I would not describe myself as spiritual but if that feeling exists I get really close to it in the woods- especially alone.

Fly fishing has made me more aware and also care more about environmental issues. I have done clean-ups, written letters, donated money to different causes, stocked some fish- of which I am certain that would have happened without fly fishing.

Fly fishing has been profound for me- it’s like this “It’s just fishing.” Well, it is. And it isn’t.

I don’t know if it changed my perspective of the outdoors as much as solidify its importance for me.

Posted on: 12/17 15:05
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Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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I have thought on this often and having spent a large part of my life carrying and using a fly rod, can tell you a few ways it has affected my course.

When I was young I wanted to catch fish and was handicapped by that desire, I was a user of things. As I aged, being around streams and rivers educated me greatly. I became an amateur ornithologist - botanist - entomologist - geologist - fisheries biologist, and a Philosopher.

In short my hobby became my passion, it became my teacher, my laboratory, and a way of life. I literally spent a very large part of my life walking beside, floating on, and fishing the waterways of this continent.

It made me a thinker.

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My preference for small brookie streams is more about where it takes you than the fishing itself. Its a way to get into the woods, away from roads and cars, and learn the land itself. On bigger streams, you've got houses, roads, etc. That's fine once in a while but just doesn't strike the same chord.


The above quotes sum up my thoughts very well, there is no need for me to write more.

I will say the archery hunting opened my eyes to the biotic community as much as fly fishing.

Posted on: 12/17 16:51


Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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I learned everything i know from BrookieChaser.

Posted on: 12/18 7:44
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Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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For as long as I can remember, I've always been enamored with flowing water. Maybe it's something to do with my birth date falling under the zodiac sign of aquarius, the water bearer.

Anyway - like most people - I started out fishing with spinning gear at a very young age. And even then, really liked wandering along and exploring streams.
Then when I started fly fishing - at 25 years of age - my love of flowing water just really took off. Just so many things to look for then - does the stream have trout, and are they wild or stocked? Does it have hatches and what kind? And of course, tying the flies to match what I find. Just so much to keep things interesting.
And has led to me fishing in just about every area of our state - and also many famous trout streams around the country.

And now - after FFing for over 30 years - i'm starting to mellow a bit. And during my travels, instead of it all being just about the fishing - I'm starting to notice other things the great outdoors has to offer. Like troutbert, I always take time to check out an overlook or scenic view.
I also like to look at historical sites, unique natural areas, and covered bridges
Kinda - as they say - take time to smell the roses I guess

Posted on: 12/18 10:22


Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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I learned everything i know from BrookieChaser.


Hahaha!

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Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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Ard, My family calls me the ' ologist'.

Posted on: 12/18 19:20
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Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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My perspective of the outdoors has changed for the better over the past 2 years and much of that is due to many of the gents on this board .. very thankful.

Posted on: 12/20 8:04
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Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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I grew up in NE ohio, fly fishing has lead me to really like hemlock ravines and wildlife. I like to hike and enjoy remote steep streams. I'd rather fish a beautiful tiny stream with small brookies than near houses or towns. Lots of places in NE PA once the ice and snow is out of here..

Posted on: 12/20 8:33


Re: How fly fishing has changed my perspective of "the outdoors"

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I need that bumper sticker: brakes at bridges. My wife is not always amused by that.

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