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    Default First fish on a fly you tied?

    After reading the last post "First Dry Fly" by redc4man, I'm wondering what was the first fish you all caught on a fly you tied. Any stories?

    My first smokies trout was on a size 16 partridge and green ribbed with pearl flash. Everytime I drive by the spot I get a bit misty.

    Dude

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    Default Re: First fish on a fly you tied?

    I just started tying last weekend, so I've not been fishing yet... but when I do I'll have my camera If the weather cooperates I may try some tailwater next weekend.

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    Default Re: First fish on a fly you tied?

    Just last weekend I caught a Clinch rainbow on a black/silver zebra midge I tied. It was the first time I caught a fish on a fly I tied.

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    My first was a rainbow on the clinch using a # 16 BH pheasant tail. Still to this day, I find myself drifting back to the BHPT when things are slow.


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    My first was about 30 yrs ago, a rainbow in Hurricane Creek (?) off I-40 at Exit 143 in Middle Tennessee, on a caddis larvae pattern made of tan rubber strip from a dental supply. Recently saw a similar pattern using a common rubber band. Anyway, I saw the the fish approach the fly lying on the bottom of a pool, crawled the fly a bit and he took it.

    sb
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    About 6 years ago, below a Dam in January on the 1st fork of Sinnamahoning Creek in N. central Pa. I took a 12" rainbow on a sz 10 wooly worm. I think the fish was just as stunned as me!
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    I was about 12 and a friend of my neighbors dad taught us how to make popping bugs. We must have done 10 or so each that day. We caught bluegills all summer on them.

    I received a fly tying kit shortly thereafter and learned early that about anything with squirrel tail in it caught fish - that was particularly bad news for neighborhood squirrels!

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    the first fish on a lure that I made was was a rock bass on a spinner I made and it was in the Auglaize River in Ohio....the first fish on a fly was a big fat b-gill on an ugly bead head nymph I made with no pattern to go with......boy when you start tying without any instruction or someone to guide you, you really come up with some ugly flys.....

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    A rainbow caught with a sulphur dry that took over an hour to tie (no lessons, no classes, just books and trial and error) on the Smith River tailwater in VA in 1980. Caught the 10" beast on my $25 EXXON fly rod, (no joke, made from graphite/fiberglass) with a Martin reel.

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    The first fish I hooked up with was 13 years ago on the clinch, it was spring and the sun had not even come up, the fly was an orange scud. I could barely make out where my indicator was, due to the lack of light and cool haze that was over the water, but the indicator sunk and I set the hook and the fish took a good run in some fast water and broke off * I remember the feeling of excitement and sadness that I never got to land the fish on the first fly I tied.
    Stretch

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