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post #1 of 12 Old 11-18-2016, 07:49 PM Thread Starter
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woodworking and fly fishing

The hijack of a current thread got me to wondering how many folks on the forum have the double addiction of woodworking and fly fishing? I have to confess I am one. The root cause may be a predilection to collecting stuff. In addition to having all the woodworking tools I can possibly justify, I also have a collection of 12 fly rods, 14 reels, and an unbelievable amount of fly tying supplies and equipment. Not much woodworking gets done in summer months. The following cartoons are relevant.
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I am a fly angler ... but that is only one style of fishing, and I do them all.
I tie flies to support my fishing, so I don't have a mass of materials. I tie flies with material from Dollar Tree, Michael's, Goodwill stores and http://www.flytyersdungeon.com/.
I own 8 fly rods, 6 of which go on the boat with me. Why 6? Each one has a different presentation. Rather than retie each time I want to change, I can just pick up a different rod. The other two are for traveling and spare.
I have the same method with conventional gear, if I am not fly fishing.

I do wood work as a pass-time. It's not a job, nor a driving "need". I am acquiring the permits, etc. to get a shop built, and wood work will get a little more time.

My problem is that I like to do everything. I have a problem spending money, so most of my interests are accomplished on shoe string budgets. No fancy cars or high dollar hobbies for me.

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As I stated in the impressive thread hijacking of 2016 I have owned dozens of fly rods. What started as a single 5 weight to fish for stocker trout turned into about 18 or so single hand fly rods and approximately 2 dozen two handed rods with reels and multiple lines for most.

The two handed world was just getting started in the Pacific Northwest with the Skagit River steelheaders at the forefront of the development of 2 handed rods, lines and casting styles for steelhead fishing. Since I lived on and fished the Skagit I was caught up in this new style. I made all my own lines for my two handed rods, even splicing custom sink tips for each rod. Developed and tied my own flies for steelhead. I own 2 rafts for floating the river and a river sled capable of running in less than 6 inches of water all for the sole purpose of fly fishing for steelhead.

I also, for a time, began collecting prewar click pawl reels although this never really reached obsession stage. I only have a couple dozen old reels. I have cut back on the number of rods I own by selling off about half of them.

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Kerrys, why would you sell a fly rod?
I like fly fishing and fish a couple of local rivers and streams. My favorite place is the Great Smoky Mountains NP. Wild trout with no stocking since the mid 1970s. Hit a Grand Slam the first time I fished it- 5 rainbows, 4 browns, 2 brookies. Caught them on the middle prong of Little River; locals call it Tremont after an educationl center there. Need to try again. However, at that time, gas was 85 cents a gallon and I fished during the week. Retired so I can fish anytime!!!!!
Goal this coming year is to catch a carp on the skinny stick. Told of a good place but this summer was beastly hot and didn't go.
Tight lines and screaming drags!

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Kerrys, why would you sell a fly rod?
To buy woodworking tools, sheesh!
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Funny you should bring this up. I was telling a friend yesterday that I'd like to learn how to fly fish. He's back to n the states but said he'd teach me when he gets back
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Keep the fly rods and just buy WW tools. I tried to talk SWMBO into getting a second job so I could buy more tools. She never really said anything so I take that as a resounding "NO!"

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Started doing both as a teen-ager.
This is a Hickory veneered Desk/Fly-tying station I made about 20 years ago.
The Corian writing surface insert interchanges with my vise.
All the drawers on left are devoted to fly-tying materials.
Hooked on Bonefish down here, 3 times the fight of the Trout that addicted me to the sport.
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Very nice desk, but it doesn't look like a fly tying desk -- much too neat. See the real thing below. I built my desk too and it started life as a computer desk, but after some modification it now serves as my fly tying station.
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Very nice desk, but it doesn't look like a fly tying desk -- much too neat. See the real thing below. I built my desk too and it started life as a computer desk, but after some modification it now serves as my fly tying station.
Hah! Trust me, I took that picture when it was brand new, that was the last time it was "neat".
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From a few years ago, the man corner, it is usually much neater to help maintain world peace.

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Kerrys, you are truly a committed fly tier!

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