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Re: Significant other fly fishing?

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I have always been willing to show a girlfriend how to fish, and never really had a problem bringing her if she wants to go.

I realized a while ago that I'm not interested in trying to get a girlfriend interested in it. When I need a break from life, I go fishing. I prefer to be alone out there in that situation.

Posted on: 2012/2/25 14:14


Re: Significant other fly fishing?

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My wife is not the least interested. My sister is often my fishing partner. she gets it and is very passionate about fishing for catfish and big carp. We spend many weekends in the summer chasing big cats from the local Hydroelectric dam walkway. I am trying to encourage her to try flyfishing also. I mentioned Tenkara to her and she sounded interested. This is her helping clean a mess of flatheads.

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Posted on: 2012/2/26 7:50


Re: Significant other fly fishing?
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My wife could not have cared less about my flyfishing. Back when I was in law school, she used to go out with me on my semi-jon boat on the backwater areas of the numerous lakes surrounding Knoxville, TN to fish for bass. But by the time I started flyfishing, we had kids and whatnot and she thought FFing to be an enormous waste of my time.

In any case, I always envied and laughed at Albatross because when I called home at dusk saying I was headed home, my wife asked first why I stayed out so long and when Alby called home, his wife asked first whether he had fun and caught fish.

Posted on: 2012/2/27 16:06
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Re: Significant other fly fishing?

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My wife isn't in to fly fishing (or any freshwater fishing for that matter), though I've taken her deep sea fishing before and she did ok, after she got sea-sick.

Posted on: 2012/3/13 13:38


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tomitrout wrote:
interesting thread. Something I'm curious about, all those who state that they need their time on stream to themselves and see their wife/gf as an intrusion on that, how often do you get out on the water? Is each outing that important that it is a burden to bring along a newbie?

Reason I ask is that something I've learned recently while teaching my girlfrined to ski is that yes, like fishing, it would be cool to have a playmate who can 'keep up', but I've found that I get just as much satisfaction from sharing and teaching a passion as I get from the actual doing. I've chased my share of dragons on skis and bikes and she knows that there are times that I need to go out and play at my level with my peers (she's a strong road cyclist, but beginner on the mtn bike and understands what the 'Sunday ride' with my buddies is all about, she doesn't expect nor desire to tag along on those). But I don't see teaching her something new in that realm as a burden. I've skied plenty of epic powder days in my time, I've fished plenty of epic hatches, etc, and so I don't mind giving one up now and then to spend a day out with her sharing those pursuits.

I'm extremely lucky in that her dad also flyfishes and we've been invited to tag along on a trip to Montana later this summer. So, yes, I will be teaching her to flyfish over the next few months and I fully expect to not fish much myself while doing so. It's a sacrifice I'm willing to make, and she also realizes that when I need to hit the Letort or escape to the mtns for a day of harassing brookies, that that's something I need to do on my own. Maybe someday she'll advance to that level where we can share those experiences, but I no longer feel the need for every fishing outting to be all that. Sharing with her the passion for being on the water will be enough for me that I won't feel as though I'm giving something up by having to 'deal with' her while she's learning.

Who knows, maybe she'll pick it up quick and I'll have a new fishin' buddy. If not, she'll at the least have a better understanding about what draws me to those quiet moments of solitude out on the water.


I apologize as this is a big quote.

....BUT..It's make a good point.

I have been on both sides of this. While I won't bore you with details..I did somehow manage to learn how to ski, while looking at my husbands back end. Ski patrol Really? I thought it was ridiculous to put weight forward.. Really on the balls of your feet to thrust you down hill off a mountain!!! The person who could have taught me to fly fish didn't... the buggies bothered.....HIM!! You really need to just figure out what you like and who you want to share the time with at the moment. If you just want to fish..don't take the kids..if you want to spend some time..just spending time..invite who you want.

I would ski with my husband any day and everyday, fish with him never! I will fish with my Son when he invites me, my Brother anytime. Myself I must not be a diehard, it's fun meeting for breakfast etc. and having company, while I don't need to see them it's fun sharing stories after.

Posted on: 2012/3/27 21:33


Re: Significant other fly fishing?

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My wife and we have been together for a while by now, doesn't care to fly fish, she loves the outdoors and spending time in our boat just sitting there relaxing. She has always loved to camp that may have got us our first child. The fly fishing thing doesn't interest her like flowerbeds don't interest me.

See she is glad I have something I really enjoy and like to do and she doesn't have to get it. I am the same way with her gardening, I think if you can't eat it, why plant it. But I am glad she enjoys it.

If she would have wanted to go fly fishing I would have jumped on it, who knows it may have led to our sixth child.


Posted on: 2012/3/28 7:12
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