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Bruce Kruk

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It would be very cool if some of the newer members would share in this post [cool]
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I have lived in BC all my life and now call Logan Lake home. Although I am about 35-40 minutes from the Thompson River, I call the Morice river my home river. It is my favorite place to fish and I have come to know it well even though I have only been fishing it for 5 years. In fact, that is where I will be for the latter part of this month. I started two hand casting after seeing a lady doing it on the Kitimat River while we were salmon fishing in 2007. I wish I could fish more these days but family duties and 4 kids still at home pretty much allows me one big trip up north a year. I am still in the infant stage of Spey casting and only cast skagit heads but will be trying scandi later this month.
I don't know why, but for some reason I have more faith in skagit and sink tips than with other lines. I want to try mid bellies but am afraid that I may miss out on something?? Sounds crazy I know.

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I was born and raised in the midwest, Omaha Nebraska, and was introduced to fishing there (lake fishing for panfish, walleye and pike) and hunting for pheasants each fall weekend with my parents. Moved temporarily to Utah and then lived 20 years in the panhandle of Alaska where I learned to fish steelhead. I began my steelhead experience using roe and casting gear fishing the small coastal streams and creeks. I then migrated to a single handed fly rod and eventually to two handed rods after viewing someone using a spey rod on the Skeena. My summers were spent guiding at a fly fishing lodge in the Lake Iliamna region. Each fall I made a fall trip to the Skeena where I have gone annually for the past 25 years. 
Eighteen years ago I moved to northern Idaho where my wife and I built a small log cabin on the Moyie River where we currently live. I fish the Clearwater and Grande Ronde as well as continuing my annual trip north to the Skeena system. My original experience fishing gear for steelhead has been valuable in learning how and where to fish with my spey gear. I build two handed rods and currently use my custom made two handers from a 11'7" trout rod to a 12'6" 7 weight and a 15' 8/9 weight for steelhead fishing. And a recent addition to my fishing gear is a Springer Spaniel named Bailey. 
If you are ever in the far northern part of Idaho (eight miles from the Canadian border) stop by to say hello. 
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Geez Gary....your even closer than I thought!
You really do need to make it to Trail[cool]

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An interesting thread for sure. I'm from Ireland and have probably spoken with a lot of you over the years on another forum. I'm from County Cork and live very close to the River Blackwater. I also fish rivers in Kerry and the big lakes up west. I fish primarily for Atlantic salmon, but also Sea Trout and Brown Trout, that is until our season closes. For the winter months I fish for pike and do some sea fishing. Apart from fishing, I enjoy photography and I am passionate (some would say obsessed) about Atlantic salmon conservation and the impact that open net cage salmon farming has on our wild stocks. I have fished in Canada a number of years back on the Credit River and Bronte Creek, but my dream would be to fish rivers in BC. Hopefully I will get the opportunity next year, I am hoping to travel to the NASCO general assembly and will take some time following the conference to fish.
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Let me in if you don't mind.

Call me June. I am Korean and I was born and still living in Seoul. I did not know fishing not to mention fly fishing until I became 40. My father who was a long time Korean conventional fisher converted to fly fishing about 7 years ago. I got a phone call one night from him that he needed me to take some photos of him while he fished. I went to see him and was quite surprised by the beautiful surroundings where he fished. Father looked happy fishing for lenok. I became interested in fly fishing after that day. I did not know that I would be a fisherman in my life but I am now a fisherman and nothin else ^_^!. I am also preparing for CI and THCI exams for the second time this year. If I succeed my first student will be my father.

In Korea, two hand fishing means scandi rig fishing. We usually use a light swich rod with floating scandi head. This is a new trend since a few years. Previously fly fishers normally used 7-8wt 13-14ft rods with scandi setup all the time. Only few tried mid or long belly spey. We use two hand including switch rod when we fish for skygagers, other carp species and for several weeks in fall, chums. Nowadays bigger rods like 14,15fter are hard to see on the rivers. Skagit is getting popular since early last year. In Feb. 2013 I went to Vancouver Isalnd for steelhead alone. I caught two wild for three days. My guide was a veteran and I was lucky to meet him. I envy fly fishers living there. We do not have enough Salmon species but still more than 2 thousand avid fly fishers are fishing here too. Tight lines to all!

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June,

Very Cool!!!
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I am a long time member of a different forum and just discovered Poppy's forum.  It's nice over here!

I grew up in eastern Pennsylvania with a great set of parents and one brother.  My family did very little outdoor activities beyond gardening and yard work.  Both my brother and I played a ton of sports and at a relatively young age (maybe third grade) we were introduced to skiing, something that would soon consume my being.  We would occasionally go fishing with friends, but it was all gear, I always liked it when we went but never really was hooked.  My primary focus was to spend as much time on the snow as possible.  We had a local ski hill called Mt. Heidelburg, it was a raging 240 vertical feet and had one T-bar lift, but it was 20 minutes from the house.  But the place was like home and we pretty much grew up there.  After taking our first family trip to ski in the west, I knew that was where I had to live.

I almost didn't make it through college, but I knew that if I did not finish, I would not go back.  So I put the head down and got through.  I worked three jobs for about six months, saved a bunch of cash, packed up my belongings and moved to Jackson, WY in 1991.  And skied......a lot.  I also started working for an non-profit agency working with kids in the juvenile justice system.  I still work for this agency today, in a bit of a different role.  Obviously, there is a ton of great trout water in these parts.  I initially went out with a friend and he kind of showed me the ropes.  I started trout fishing a bunch, pretty much self taught.  My schedule at the time was great, I worked 80 hours in five days, then had nine days off.  So I was afforded the ability to really explore the region.  Summers were filled with biking and fishing.  You know what they say about Jackson, you move here for the winters, but you stay for the summers.

In 1997, my wife and I got married and we moved a little south of San Francisco so my wife could go to law school.  Since we were in an area with tons of educational options, I too went to grad school the following year and earned a Masters of Social Work.  Hanging out in one of the fly shops, the topic of Steelhead came up and my interest was piqued.  I started driving north to chase these mysterious fish.  It took a few years, but I finally caught my first fish on a single handed rod.  This was great.

We were lucky enough to get job offers back in Jackson, so as soon as graduation was over we were gone from the bay area.  Remember this was '97, the peak of the .com boom, so it was nuts there.  Upon return, I discovered that a crew of my buddies had been going to the Clearwater.  I started going as well, this is where I was first introduced to the two hander, and I had to have one.  My friends and I all bought the big rods.  Once a week we would meet at the Snake River and flog some water.  Eventually we taught ourselves how to cast and at some point became halfway proficient.  Totally addicted.  I don't fish for trout that much anymore, too focused in the Steelfish, it's just not the same.  That, and I have to pick and choose my activities a little more because having two kids takes time (girls 10 & 8).  

It's been a good year for chasing fish for me.  I had go to Portland last fall for work, so I scheduled a little extra time to fish the Deschutes up by Maupin.  Also was able to carve out some weekends on the Salmon.  And was also able to go on a winter trip to the OP.  We are heading to the Clearwater in a week for 10 glorious days, can't wait to get on the water......
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I am originally from Malaysia, grew up in England in a British Boarding school run by Benedictine Monks, and have lived in the US since 83'. I recently moved from Detroit to Portland this summer, taking the fly fishing job at Welches, OR (yes that same ad on the other spey forum site). I was an ex Automotive Engineer turned Fly fisherman full time both as a profession and passion. Which I never thought would be my path when I started spey around 2006/7 (can't remember).

I love Spey casting while wading, and the Deschutes and upcoming season on the Sandy is a great welcome from the spey fishing from a boat when I was in MI. I absolutely have no confidence in waking flies/ dry line wet fly fishing coming from the Midwest. But I still love casting that Titanic fly just to see a finned ally drown it for once.

I miss casting 14-16' rods when I was fishing the larger rivers, as the diminutive 12'6" 6 weights and short ledges don't call for long lines. So, I would like to explore the Clearwater some time soon. 

I see Spey fishing and Casting as an opportunity to experience ourselves deeper and in a nuanced way. My casting students eventually feel the tug within often as a parallel quest for the tug on the line.

I have my cot semi permanently in my car- and that's how I roll. I welcome this site as a transparent place where acute forms of douche baggery comments are stuck to a real person's name.


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Errrr..... Just to be clear, we do not sanction any form of douche baggery. Hopefully, you recognise that and that's why you are here.
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North central Wa, pretty close to the Wenatchee river.
I mostly fish the Clearwater now but have spent a lot of time on the OP and western Wa rivers and BC.
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....and is obsessed with tinned kippers.
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Yes Jonathan....I read the sticky note about forum rules...and I am happy to second everyone of them.

And that is why I joined.


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Born and raised in Southern California and have spent my life fishing, hunting birds, and surfing. Was lucky to have Randy Stetzer and John Hazel introduce me to steelhead fishing in the early 80's and fished with Randy on the Deschutes for a number of years.  Spent most of my time since then fly fishing for trout with a few steelhead trips a year to the Trinity River where I  fished by myself or with Herb Burton.  About three or four years ago I started casting and fishing two hand rods. Since then I have mainly fished the Trinity River and the N. Umpqua as my steelhead destinations and haven't been fishing trout as much. Hope to fish some new rivers in the near future.

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Hello everyone, I'm from the other side of the pond, & live in South Wales, UK.
A lifelong fisherman, I have been using double handed rods for Atlantic Salmon for about 25 years & so have seen a lot of development of tackle & techniques (to say nothing of the numerous "fashion trends") over this period.
I still have some of my first 15 footers, 11/12 wt Bruce & Walker Hexagraphs, & even dig 'em out & use 'em now and again for old times sake, quite a change from say my 14 ft NRX & Scandi heads!
Most of my fishing is night time sea trout (sea run browns) on my home rivers & I use a 10 ft single handed rod for this, but I do get to swing the big rods in day light when we get rain; however most of my Speycasting is done in Scotland where I manage about 5 or 6 weeks holiday each year & fish the Dee, Spey & Tweed plus the water of Luce ( a small south west Scottish spate river).
Actually I' m gettin a bit twitchy now as I'm off to the Luce next week & the Tweed 2 weeks after that so I'm frantically topping up my tube fly boxes & my kitchen is littered with off cut materials - being single I may even get around to tidying it up, eventually....
I'm Tyke on the other forum (can we say that?) & looking forward to exchanging ideas & learning new skills from the members here.

Tight lines, Jon.
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