Re: Pink fly

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Posted by Carl Blackledge on 2009-07-22 18:08:53 in reply to Re: Pink fly posted by Grant Hartman on 2009-07-22 15:18:18

Hi Grant,

You write very well about the aspects of fly fishing that are near and dear to your heart and I understand the “zeal factor.” We're all just sitting’ around the campfire having a discussion.

I am that fanatic fly fisherman you are talking about, and I do make most of my own hybrid fly lines (clear tips). As far as flies go, I do have a wife telling me I am going to turn into a fly. I've tied thousands of flies in my life and have also invented a few patterns. I learned to tie knots from the best of the best, Bill Nash, and I was proud to call him my friend. I've spent countless hours practicing what he taught me. I was a Tarpon fanatic for almost 20 years, landing a dozen in a day more than once, and yes, I used the IBGA system of leaders. I even caught the legal grand slam on my first try and, yes, it’s recorded in the IBGA record book thanks to my boat captain. I've paid my dues with the best of them.

That being said, I might also be the guy that says “screw it,” today with the ocean being upside down and the wind howling I think we would be better off to troll today. I might also have a guy in the boat who can't cast from a rolling panga, or in the high wind, and only wants to troll. I'm OK with that too.

If I lived in a perfect world and I could control the elements and my fishing friend’s skill, I would only cast flies to all fish. I simply live for watching a Tarpon roll over and eat my fly 20 feet from the boat, or watching a bull Dorado crash through the surface with half his head out of the water and grab my fly, or maybe watching a Sailfish nose my fly before he grabs it. I guess maybe I allow myself to have more wiggle room than you do; I am not a purist by any stretch of the imagination.

When I am in Loreto and there are lots of Sargasso, we never troll, unless there’s a crown at every patch, then we troll and find our own fish, and cast flies at them till we are blue in the face.

Finally, I don't think your post was negative at all, I just have a different outlook on having fun. I would like to fish with you someday, and I think you will find I can follow your rules with the best of them, I can cast as good as anybody and tie a fly a lot better than most. I understand if I fish with you we won't troll, and I'm OK with that, However if I am in Loreto and I decide I want to troll for whatever reason, I am OK with that, too.

Carl Blackledge

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  • Re: Pink fly - Ben L. - 2009-07-22 18:15:48 (1 replies) (1115 views)
    • Re: Pink fly - Carl Blackledge - 2009-07-22 18:25:00 (0 replies) (1057 views)

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