Failure Is An Option If You Do Not Try!
by: Alan Peak 4/1/2012
I was in a medically induced high as I left from the recovery room a few short weeks ago. Doctors stood over my bed with a weird smile. They were happy for two reasons. I was cleared of cancer and they had seen a extremely rare tumor, the kind they have never seen, nor would see again.
Thus started my two weeks of rehab.
My second day into recovery, a sick joke appeared on my door step. A Sage 5wt fly rod and Bauer reel. What was I to do? Lay in bed? No, load up on pain killers and go fishing of course.
A few days later, a box of fly tying materials was delivered. One of the few purchases I made right after tax season. Even though I have had no formal training, I figured it was time to give it a go. I had not iced a fish in 20 years and I had a great ice fishing season, why not try fly fishing!
With a few tips from the guys at CMF
, I had turned some really ugly flies into some winners. In fact, most of the fish I have caught have been from my own vise.
I have tried my flies on highly pressured urban ponds, urban streams and a few high mountain waters. What a ride the last few weeks have been!
If you think it is too hard, you are completely wrong. Like anything in life, it just takes a little bit of motivation. Failure is an option, but success cannot be achieved without trying.
Pictures below hopefully will show a progression of what I have learned over the course of the last few weeks. The first fly is ugly!
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Catman1979, CO 4/1/2012 10:46:20 AM
Nice man! Its really fun, I make 'em for my friend every now and again. Its really relaxing, you just kinda zone out and get to work....
jfred17, CO 4/1/2012 5:05:38 PM
Good to hear about the cancer and some nice tying for sure!
JKaboom, CO 4/1/2012 8:39:39 PM
Great writeup Alan inspiring for sure :)
Browns Hunter, CO 4/2/2012 6:51:41 AM
Godspeed, get well fast!
Your first fly is not ugly! That looks like a nymph to me, and one of the instructions you'll read a bit is, "make it look buggy". You've done that. Yes, esthetically, that may not look like a great fly, but functionally, you'll catch fish with it!
ePiC, CO 4/2/2012 7:32:07 AM
Alan, I was glad to see you getting out so fast after I saw you when you were getting discharged. The flies look great and very glad you are catching fish with them!
coloradonative, CO 4/5/2012 1:40:35 PM
That's an awesome looking net! I'm glad to see you cross over. It's the best tug out there!
ckbullrider, CO 4/9/2012 2:38:48 PM
great job buddy tieing flies is a lot of fun they are looking great