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Best fishing moments

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Post by Paul Arden » Fri May 31, 2019 1:16 pm

Fly fishing for me is mostly made up of moments. Some of them are so powerful that they define us.

Obviously my first trout on a fly rod at the age of 10 is a big one, caught on a Whisky Fly, fishing with my grandfather. My first trout on a buzzer, six pounds, I still see the take now. One of my first trout in NZ, just a magic moment hiding behind a big rock, throwing upstream, seeing the fly drift down towards the fish (in my mind), striking and fish on. I remember that one a lot - particularly when in the dentist chair - it always takes me back to the river. There were many moments in New Zealand.

My biggest trout was 11.5lbs, from Varzina in Russia. 4 o'clock in the morning - and I fished for that fish; never had a 10lb brown and it just had to happen, and it did of course. Otherwise I wouldn't be talking about it :p My second Giant Gourami was an amazing moment. Not the first one; I caught that one in less than a week. But the second took another year! For a whole month afterwards I was on Cloud 9.

Sometimes I think it's not fish that we are fishing for, but moments that we can remember. When I think of these and other moments, I can feel and smell the air, remember even the smallest details, can visualise the moment of the eat precisely and in slow motion. When I recall these moments I'm transported back in time to relive them and they are as fresh in my mind as if they happened yesterday.

What are your moments?

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Post by Bernd Ziesche » Tue Jun 25, 2019 11:55 pm

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Post by Graeme H » Wed Jun 26, 2019 12:55 am

I've got two from the same day in the same place last year in Exmouth, Western Australia.

The first came when we were on "spot lock" in a place were a few golden trevally were popping up, chasing the occasional baitfish. I was on the front of the boat and my two mates were at the back. I was mainly blind casting to my left but observing all around as I stripped line in. One of the guys is a casting student of mine so he was just learning the ropes of SW fly fishing.

As I stripped line, I heard a longtail tuna break the surface about 20 metres to the right of the boat, and my student saw it hit the bait there. With 12 or 15 metres of line out, I lifted, made one false cast and delivered a backhand cast onto the widening "dinner plate" circle of surface disturbance. It was a perfect cast delivered very quickly, and within a second, I was connected with a decent longy.

After a couple of searing runs, I got it close to the boat but the Taxman was lurking nearby. I dropped the drag off completely and let the fish have its head: tuna are way faster than sharks, and he easily outpaced it even after the fight had gone this far.

Next time I got it close to the boat, we were able to net it and take home some lovely sashimi. That cast, delivered to perfection in a heartbeat - with one of my students watching on in awe - will live with me for a very long time. :D

About 30 minutes later, in the same location, I was once again blind casting and tis time watched my fly get casually monstered on the surface by the biggest Giant Trevally I've ever seen in the flesh. This thing was HUGE! It took off to the north and I told the guys they need to get their lines in and start the motor to follow this fish. NOW!!!!!

For the next 10 minutes, I was in no position to control what this beast did. We were all just passengers on its journey. Eventually, it led us into shallow water, where the other two guys got to witness the impressive dimensions of the behemoth we were tied to. I got it alongside the boat, it made a dive, I got it back and it made another dive.

On the third approach, the bugger headed around the back of the boat, where a bit of rod gymnastics saw it clear the outboard. Once again it headed down, but this time, it found a reef to rub on and the 20lb tippet parted.

It didn't matter to me that the fish got off - I was going to let it off anyway. But the experience of seeing such a magnificent animal up close has made that the most memorable fish for me.

Can't wait to get back to Exmouth in October! :)

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Post by flickingfeathers » Tue Feb 04, 2020 12:55 am

I can't remember my first fly caught trout, but my first fish on a toby when i was about 8 still sticks out. My first mahi mahi-one of my favourite fish- is definitely up there for me, along with my first first mahi from shore.

The first carp I caught on fly is another of my best moments, I had been trying to figure them out for ages and had blanked for 11 weeks in a row before catching that one. I can still see it turning its head and sucking in the fly!

For me some of the best moments aren't caught fish, the snakehead follow I had last year with Paul-I'm sure he'll remember my reaction to it- was just amazing. Seeing 100lb tuna shooting clean out of the water as they crash through an anchovy ball is probably my favourite thing to see in fishing, and as it's becoming much rarer it's something I really appreciate when I see it.

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Post by Boisker » Tue Feb 04, 2020 5:51 pm

My first ever fish, 5 yrs old, was a tiny little Roach on a typical small Lancashire dew pond... they used to be all over the place for cattle.
Early teens an amazing day walking the river Ribble free-lining various bait for Chub... caught an unbelievable amount, more than the previous 5 trips combined.
First trout on a fly... cheap rod, never fly fished before, headed up to Dartmoor and fished the Cherry Brook, a famous little trib of the West Dart... looking back an absolutely ludicrously challenging place to head out on your first attemp... I spent more time with my leader (and line at times :D ) in gorse bushes... but I caught 2 perfectly finned little Dartmoor trout :yeahhh: :yeahhh:
I knew immediately my gap of 20 yrs from all forms of fishing had just permanently terminated, and have been slightly p!ssed off ever since why I left it sooo long :whistle:
First fish in NZ... I’d been imagining it since I started fly fishing.
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Post by Paul Arden » Thu Feb 06, 2020 4:58 am

First time I can remember falling in would be another good one - we were hunting sticklebacks with hand nets. I was one side of a bridge waiting for a stickleback to appear while my friend was crawling through the bridge enticing it to come my way so that I could net it. Unfortunately the fish came through like a rocket and before I knew it it was out of range, but caught up in the moment I decided to leap after it. Nothing changes!

I’m quite convinced that my love of fly fishing all started with trying to put fish in jam jars.
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Post by John Waters » Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:41 am

When my 10 year old son had a hook up with a small trout. It was memorable then and priceless now.

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