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#598050 06/11/2021 3:10 PM
by FallCreekFan
Sitting at my tying bench yesterday and found myself wondering, “What is it about fly rods and double guns?”

There sure seems to be an affinity between them and the sports they are tools of.

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#598145 Jun 13th a 10:40 AM
by GLS
While she doesn't shoot, she loves to fish with her old dad. Daughter with the Brook Trout Tattoo. Gil
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#598051 Jun 11th a 03:14 PM
by Dan S. W.
Dan S. W.
A penchant for making things more difficult and expensive???
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#598065 Jun 11th a 07:32 PM
by Der Ami
Der Ami
When I could still walk with out a stick, I dearly loved wading farm ponds with a flyrod and small popping bugs ( mostly yellow) or Shuman's crickets after Blue Gills and Shellcrackers or sometimes small bass. That is also fly fishing, but I submit it is not elitist. It is pretty hard to fly fish with a walking stick in one hand.
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#598062 Jun 11th a 06:28 PM
by Tom Findrick
Tom Findrick
You can add pipe-smoking to that.
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#598073 Jun 11th a 09:12 PM
by SamW
Add a drilling and backpack fly/spin outfit for an all-in-one package...

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#598056 Jun 11th a 05:36 PM
by Researcher
Never got to me. While I have loved upland hunting with a vintage double over an English Setter or two for sixty years, fishing to me is my five foot Shakespeare Ugly Stick, an ultra light spinning reel and a small pixie. While I wander around Kodiak Island that is all I use. Mostly looking for pan size Dolly Vardens, but Lots of Pink and Silver Salmon and a few Rainbows. Haven't fished in the lower 48 for nearly two decades.

The fact that fly fishermen require waters restricted to fly only fishing has always seemed very elitist to me!!
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#598066 Jun 11th a 07:50 PM
by rocky mtn bill
rocky mtn bill
The connection may be that they're both beatifully made and beautiful to see in use. Both have a long and gloriful literature. The United States is the one country in the world where both are available to anyone who wants to learn their disciplines. They are passtimes that allow the participant to be a part of ancient traditions.
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#598072 Jun 11th a 08:42 PM
by Dan S. W.
Dan S. W.
Can't catch (most) Appalachian brookies on conventional tackle.

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#598063 Jun 11th a 07:23 PM
by LGF
And Islay whisky.
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#598140 Jun 13th a 02:08 AM
by Argo44
I don't fish....don't hunt much more. But the stories and the prose on this line, some of it in staccato simple declarative sentence fashion, is striking, empathetic, poignant....almost Hemingway-ish. You guys can flat tell a story and write! And what's not said is as evocative as what is. It is Americana. (I remember Stanton's description of a lonely mallard looking for a mate and the swoosh of the wings). It all reminds you of Anglo-Saxon/Scottish back-country poetry.
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#598151 Jun 13th a 02:43 PM
A good friend and I were planning a two week trip to Alaska last week of June and first week of July for salmon and trout fishing. We spent a few months prior tying flies for the trip and just before we were to depart he said he'd be bringing a couple of spinning rods as backups. I told him he would never become proficient at flyfishing if he continued to fall back on spinning gear. He finally relented to my insistence and left his spinning gear home.

He is a very proficient flyfisher today.
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#598139 Jun 13th a 02:07 AM
by Tom Findrick
Tom Findrick
Originally Posted by oskar
One of my favorite pictures of dad.
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Your Dad knew how to wear a fedora.
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#598184 Jun 14th a 01:28 PM
by Dan S. W.
Dan S. W.
GLS, if my toddler daughter wants a brook trout tattoo when she reaches a suitable age, I may offer to pay for it and get a matching one!
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#598252 Jun 15th a 02:13 PM
by Lloyd3
DAM16SXS: I vaguely remember that story too, but it's been so-long since I read it I can't remember where (Sex, Death & Flyfishing?). Suffice it to say that amongst other things, he's likely a practitioner of the fine art of shotgunning as well.
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#598256 Jun 15th a 03:46 PM
by FallCreekFan
Based on Cahill’s visit to his study/gun room/man cave I’d say there’s no doubt.
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#598237 Jun 15th a 09:57 AM
by GLS
Originally Posted by Dan S. W.
GLS, if my toddler daughter wants a brook trout tattoo when she reaches a suitable age, I may offer to pay for it and get a matching one!

Dan, after a trip Julia wrote this poem:

I cast and drop the line
In fast black flow,
the brook and rainbow yield to sun
and show,
My father gives the sign

And draws the slender curve
to land his fly
where a gold lip of water pools nearby,
and tugs the river’s wild nerve.

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#598182 Jun 14th a 01:09 PM
by Lloyd3
If you appreciate wry, dry humor and a sense of irony, this is your guy. I suspect that John owns a doublegun or two (from past stories he's written) but his focus is clearly on fishing. His affinity for bamboo rods and his articles on the subject (& one whole book, "Fishing Bamboo") got me started down that road long ago now. He's cost me alot of money and time over the years (all well-spent IMHO)

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His latest and arguably, his best so-far. His list of books is quite long, so... read at your own risk.
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