I admit it. I'm not a fly fishing purest. It's true I made my first rod. It's true I have a ton of fly tying materials. It's also true that I have other things to do than build fly rods and tie flys.
Res Jr. has been bugging me all year to go fishing. Thinking back to when I was his age, I remember being just as much as pest to my progenitors about fishing. I swear I've heard "rainbow trout" used so often that I'm ready to start tossing dynamite into rivers ever time he mentions the species to me. The boy's fascination with the rainbow is because until this year, that's the only fish he's caught.
We managed to get out twice so far this year. There is a spring creek about an hour from my house that is open year round. We managed a couple of small browns. Then two weeks ago we got out again.
I pretty proud of myself. We managed to hook a couple of bullhead, some sunfish and trout, including a couple of rainbow. That made several firsts for my son and daughter as well as a new one for me. I landed a 15 inch splake. I had never caught one of those before.
My kids got to see another first, me losing a large fish. I hooked and played a large rainbow. It was an epic battle of big fish on a very fine tippet. I knew I had more fish than tackle to land it. So I played her. She put on a great show leaping and thrashing around near the bank where the kids got a good view of the battle.
Not having a net, because I didn't think I'd need one fishing in the town park, I exhausted the fish before bringing her to the bank. Then as I was drawing her up, the tippet broke off leaving the fly firmly hooked in the fish's mouth.
After seeing the big fish my son wanted to use the same fly. Cabalas only included one elk hair cadis in the kit. Dad, not thinking he'd actually get to fish with two kids to watch, didn't bring his own fly box. I promised to buy him some more flys to make up for the one I lost.
When I went online to fly shop last week, I was shocked. Flys have gone up a lot in price since I first started fishing. I remember when quality flies could be had for about 25 cents. That's not the case anymore. Apparently the kids in China's sweat shops have gotten a raise.
Eventually I discovered Big Y Fly. If you are going to order flys by the half dozen or dozen, they have reasonable prices. I ordered a little over 100 flys and a bottle of fly dressing and it cost me just over $60 shipping included. If you're into fly fishing and don't want to spend a mint on flys give them a try. My order showed up today and they are good quality.
I even splurged on a half dozen of the "purple haze", which my female child thinks are the best ones in the bunch. They're pretty. Her biggest concern was that I didn't get any pink ones for the girl fish. If they work, I'll be stuck buying Barbie style fishing gear. I guess that's OK so long as I don't have to buy a Hello Kitty Glock.