Welcome to Fly Fishing Appalachia! This is my personal blog about my interest and subsequent entry into the sport of fly fishing. Herein, I describe what I’ve been learning since I began fly fishing in 2010. Throughout my site I hope to debunk the commonly held belief (at least it was for me) that fly fishing is only to be enjoyed by the rich and sophisticated folk, much like golfing. If fly fishing sounds interesting to you, keep reading below or skip straight to my story and a few other helpful spots on the site.
- How I got into fly fishing
- From one novice to another on fly fishing gear
- Fly fishing information by state
If you’re like me you probably quit fishing sometime around the time you took an interest in sports and/or girls and have found it challenging to return to the sport through high school and college. I can remember as a child my dad taking me fishing at the local dam for stocked trout, and the occasional family trip to my grandfather’s farm to fish for sunfish with my cousins. Fishing was always fun but as a kid few activities held my attention for longer than a few hours.
I think the same can be said of me still today. I approach my job and hobbies from the standpoint that if I’m not learning something new then it’s time to move onto something else. Among my many interests that I bounce between are cooking, photography, Colonial America reenacting, programming languages, leatherworking, reading, hunting, homebrewing, gardening, self-sufficiency projects, and of course, fishing.
My first introductions to fly fishing were when I saw a couple of guys on the Madison River in Yellowstone National Park when I was 10 years old and watching “A River Runs Through It”, but otherwise it was a complete mystery to me. The fact that there was more to it than just “cast and reel” appealed to me. Now before the spinning rod community comes down on me, let me clarify that I enjoy a good bass boat trip on occasion, but standing in the middle of a stream, casting a fly rod and watching a trout rise to your fly is a sense of achievement that doesn’t easily subside.
I’m now starting into my second season of fly fishing and have learned a lot about the sport, but still have more that I don’t know than that that I do. Throughout my site I hope to keep your attention by:
- Providing stories about how I got started in fly fishing
- Attempting to provide a relevant-but-not-technical summary of what I’ve learned in my fly fishing adventures
- Compiling useful fly fishing information including regulations and licenses for states in the Appalachian region
- Provide maps of fly shops and links to maps of stocked trout streams
I will also add that my articles often have links to products that I either own, or products that have been highly recommended to me by others. I get a small percentage if you choose to buy something through one of those links, but my primary focus is the writing and content. Take a look around and let me know how I can improve my site. Tight Lines!