New to CLF and to fly fishing!
I'm relatively new-ish to Illinois and the Western Suburb area, new to fly fishing, and of course, to CLF.
I grew up in the UP of Michigan through the 80s, 90s, then kicked down to Grand Rapids for college. Living on the water and outdoor life in general are by no means a new venture, but I'll tell you what... Dad wasn't much for fishin'. We're talking 4-5 times over the course of a decade. Pretty much everything I've picked up along the way has come by way of trips with friends, family, or just winging it. We're now located in La Grange, and I've joined up here, looking to find my way beyond my baitcaster.
Enter fly fishing and adult life... I've got a busy wife, a rambunctious kid, and a big goofy dog, so anything remotely... remote... is right up my ally. This type of fishing seems like a lot of moving parts for 'fake it til ya make it', so took a casting workshop in Western Springs for a couple hours one saturday morning last fall, and I was hooked! I mean, we were throwing strands of yarn at tennis balls on what I'm 95% sure was a park district soccer field, and I probably could have done it all day, I was having so much fun. Beyond that, I couldn't tell you the first thing about tactical selection or even tell you the name of the fly I'm looking at, but I'm certain I'll have a blast learning.
My 70+ year old mom, bless her heart, heard I was curious about this stuff, so she sent me a 5/6 starter kit from Dick's for my birthday last year. Thomas & Thomas it is not... but it'll at least hold line and fling it in a general "over there" direction for me, to get things started. Some smartass included a green butt monkey streamer in the package as well... and a nymph pimp (these were the people who were responsible for my formative years, yet they wonder where it comes from?). Thankfully my wife got me going on a monthly fly gear subscription that sends me a dozen hand tied flies once per month (I have no idea what I'm looking at, but I sure get geeked when they arrive), and I've upgraded the line & the reel. Other gear wise, I enjoy fishing from a kayak, and want to find some waters where I can walk or combine the two.
Anyway, that's my story. I'm a complete novice. Hopefully I'll learn some valuable stuff around here, and have some fun meeting folks who have been doing it for years.