I have been a visitor for quite some time now, but just got around to signing up.
I cut my teeth trout fishing with a cane pole and a bandaid box full of grasshoppers over 45 years ago - fishing with my grandfather - it was a deadly rig! The cane pole soon gave way to the fly rod, and now I tie all of my own flies.
I am also an avid grouse hunter. I've got a Llewellin Setter well past his prime, and we will both probably be retiring soon. I think grouse hunters and fly fishermen have a lot in common.
I don't know how much I can contribute here, but I'll chime in when I can.