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GunnisonNovember 24th, 2018, 4:55 pm
Ohio City, Colorado

Posts: 6
Brand new to and looking forward to helping folks learn about Colorado's marquee fly fishing destination...the Gunnison Valley.
Doug Dillingham
Author of " Fly Fishing the Gunnison Country "
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Jmd123November 27th, 2018, 12:42 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2415
Welcome Gunnison!

No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...
Troutbum32January 17th, 2019, 10:51 am
New Zealand

Posts: 5
Looong way from home here in New Zealand! I just wanted to say hi to you guys and should any of you want any tips for New Zealand please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Here's a couple of shots from our last trip!

20 Years Fly Fishing in New Zealand and abroad.
TaxonJanuary 17th, 2019, 8:04 pm
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1301
Hi Ben-

Beautiful water and fish. Welcome to this site.
Roger Rohrbeck
IasgairJanuary 28th, 2019, 7:06 am

Posts: 148
Nice photo's Ben. Welcome
Red_green_hJanuary 18th, 2020, 4:07 pm
New Mexico

Posts: 39
Google help me find this forum. I was looking for some advice/help with fly fishing after picking it up a few years ago and my futility on the water was evident as I was routinely getting skunked. I've posted some and just recently saw this so I thought I might type a little about myself.

My name is Ryan. I grew up in North central Iowa and lived there for 28 years until I moved to New Mexico in 2005. I received a Zebco 202 for my 6th birthday and I remember going down to the local creek with a can of corn to catch chubs, minnows, and carp. Some of my fondest memories as a child were spent along that creek bottom. I grew up across the street from this guy named Bob Jenson who had his own fishing show called "Fishing the Midwest." His wife was my barber. He and my father were regular happy hour attendees at the local watering holes. He got me hooked on largemouth bass fishing in the many old gravel pits and quarries throughout the area. My favorite set up was a Texas Jig with an 8" black plastic worm. I also enjoyed fishing for northern with live bait in the West Fork of Cedar River and cat fishing all night along those same banks. Fishing has always been a passion.

My username on this site is somewhat of a mistake. On other forums I've been I've use red/green hawk. I use this because when I moved to New Mexico I was amazed that every time I went out to eat here the waiter or waitress always asked if I wanted red or green, red or green chile that is. And hawk because I'm from the Hawkeye state and still a rabid Hawkeye fan. So hence red_green_h. 1) I couldn't use "/" on the username part when signing up and there was a character limit hence just h...oops.

Anyway, after moving to New Mexico I started fishing for trout in the local ponds and lakes with spinning rods and using a water bobber, swivel, and Pistol Pete's. I loved going to fishing derbies at the local reservations various fishing ponds. I picked up a fly rod after my last daughter was born. I vowed to quit smoking and a friend who fly fished encouraged me it was a good way to deal with cravings. I purchased a Redington Path combo, an 8" 4wt. I watched some YouTube videos and practiced in a nearby park. I didn't go fishing with it until several years later when I was at this church family camp and the facility had this pond on their grounds that was fed with a diversion from a mountain stream. They had it stocked with Rainbows and there were some native browns in there. I got up one morning at 05:00 and went down to the pond and I could see fish rising over the entire surface. I randomly chose a Royal Wulff and tied it on and threw it out. Within seconds I had a strike but had too much slack on the line, so he got away. I threw it out again, tightened the line and this time landed a 18" rainbow. I've been hooked ever since.

What I appreciate about this forum is that it is encouraging me to learn more. I've been skunked so often that I want to learn as much as I can because unlike Iowa I gotta drive at least an hour and a half to reach decent fishing waters that have wild fish. I need to maximize my time out there if I want to catch anything. Hence, I will ask as many questions as I can to the experts and longtime fly fishers here on this forum. The aquatic insect encyclopedia is priceless!!! I bought my son a book a couple years ago about the wildlife of New Mexico cause he's really into wildlife. It shows every animal found in this state, their taxonomy, and their range. To my surprise the other day it dawned on me that it also lists every insect that have been found in this state, guessed it aquatic ones such as Mayflies. I started getting very excited when I started to cross match with some of the insects that are listed on the webpages of this forum. I'm excited to match the flies I use to the areas of the state I go fishing to as opposed to just guessing what I think the fish might think is delicious.

I love fishing the small mountain streams here in NM basically for the solitude. But this year I plan on venturing out into some larger rivers to target some larger fish. Here's to everyone going out enjoying nature and soaking in every moment. And whether I catch fish or not, a bad day of fishing is better any day not fishing at all.
TaxonJanuary 19th, 2020, 4:59 am
Site Editor
Plano, TX

Posts: 1301
Hi Ryan-

Very interesting post; thanks for sharing.
Roger Rohrbeck
WbranchJanuary 19th, 2020, 4:58 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2581
Welcome Ryan! I know you will enjoy this forum because you will soon see there are no attitudes here and no silly bickering like most other fly fishing sites I have posted on. There may not be dozens of posters but everyone who does post can well handle themselves with a fly rod, fly tying, and fly fishing knowledge.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WbranchJanuary 19th, 2020, 4:59 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2581
Hello Doug,

Welcome to Troutnut!
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
WbranchJanuary 19th, 2020, 5:03 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2581
Hello Ben,

Nice looking stream down under. If NZ wasn't so darn far away I would love to fish some of the waters on both the north and south islands. I've been on planes to Turkey and Israel and those were 11 - 13 hour flights. NZ is like 24 hours. I couldn't handle it.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
MartinlfFebruary 1st, 2020, 7:34 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2968
Welcome, Ben. Thanks for posting. We love to fish vicariously.

Ryan, I enjoyed your post too. Tight lines!
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell

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