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Darryl Rigets

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What a great story Joe, sounds like you been having a blast[smile]
Ricardo Gomes

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Born in Europe in '68, the son of Portuguese parents. Raised in a suburb of Toronto from the age of two. Discovered fishing through outings with my father, fishing for bass, pickeral and pike in Ontario; and striped bass, blue fish and sea trout on our annual summer trip to Maryland. Can't ever remember not being by his side holding a fishing pole. In my twenties, I traveled west to visit family that lived on the Bow river in Alberta. Was introduced to single hand flyfishing and never looked back. I picked up my first double hander 5 or 6 years ago and have really enjoyed the learning curb.

These days I fish when ever I can, which is never enough when you are married to a wonderful woman, helping raise two little girls and working full time. When I do get out, I enjoy fishing the upper Credit river(I live 10 mins away) with a cane rod based on a Dickerson 8013 or a fiberglass Ijuin 3wt for brown trout, Brookies and rainbows. I fish a the lower stretches of Great lakes tribs for salmon and steelhead exclusively with double handers. I try to get out to St.Mary's rapids every other year or so targeting Atlantics. In my quiver these days, I fish 15' 9wt T&T, 11'6" 7wt T&T and 11'7" 3wt ACR. I prefer scandi's and mid bellies. I love working on my casting, tying flies and catching the occasional fish(probably in that order). I am very excited about receiving a 12' Bob Clay 7/8 wt this spring.
Jeff Ferguson

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I grew up on a farm in NW Iowa. At age 10 we moved to Spirit Lake, Iowa, an area with 5 lakes and lots of wetlands. I drowned worms for bullheads every summer day for 2 or 3 years, the busy teenage years took over and I left fishing behind.

Around '85 we moved to Bozeman, Mt. In the late '80's I received a Sage trout rod as a gift and whipped the crap out of the water trying to figure it all out. I read every book and saw every DVD on fly fishing, went to every TU meeting and clinic, every fly shop, and eventually got better. Began catching a few and was travelling to Oklahoma on business around that time and an associate was an avid spin fisherman and knew every farm pond and padlock combination in 3 counties so we loaded cattle in the mornings then grabbed the float tubes and headed for a bass pond, fishing and drinking cold beer. Great experiences. 

Getting more serious, I bought a drift boat and we floated the Yellowstone a lot. Fly tying became an interest along the way and now the years of material gathering equals having my own fly shop upstairs. It's sick how much stuff we accumulate. Started traveling with my first trip to the Bahamas. The list now includes, Alaska, Cuba, Bolivia, Xmas Island, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Ascension Bay, Baja, & Key West many times. I ran down the "man" in Baja getting a 27# Rooster on the beach, I fished the Del Brown(catching my 1st permit) and March Merkin Permit Tournaments out of Key West about 7 yrs ago. I just fished in the March Merkin again last week and placed as 2nd runner up....very satisfying. So now Permit challenge me and fly fishing has become a vehicle that takes me to places that I would otherwise not go to.

I went to the Dechutes years ago, with a borrowed spey rod, and spent time with Shakey Owens. He sat on a rock for 3 days explaining how to do it. Very gracious to waste time on a newbie, I touched one on that first trip. He is a good friend. I came back thru Lewiston on that trip and met Poppy. Started attending his spey claves, trying to learn the game and chasing steelhead on the CW. Then I started going to the OP 8 or 9 years ago fishing with a guide, Bob Triggs. He is a good dude, too. Tracy Allen guided me on the CW as well as Doug Easter, all good men. Kept learning and casting along the way. I'm headed to SW Alaska this May for steelhead aboard the Adventurous, so another experience.
 The bottom line, I think, is we all move along thru life and the people we meet along the way help shape the anglers we become as we go along. It's a cool trip!!!
Tomas Juodis

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Hi there!
My name is Tomas, live in Vilnius, Lithuania, I'm 38 ATM [smile], Fishing since I was 7, fishing with fly for 20+ years, and I'm in salmon fishing since 2000. 
I'm fishing mostly at home, once or twice per year do some fishing trips to Scandinavia. Also I was lucky to visit BC and to fish for King Salmon around Terrace, BC.
I'm very happy to be part of Poppy's forum, I hope to find some friends here, to share my knowledge and to find some answers [smile]
Tight lines,
rick humphrey

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My name is Rick, and I’m also a fishaholic. I was raised on Vancouver Island and had fishing imprinted  on my DNA by the age of eight. I took a brief intermission from the sport to chase girls, go to school, raise a family  and pursue a career as I transferred around to various locals around the island. It wasn’t until I retired that I found the time to rediscover fishing, and to immerse myself in the world of flyfishing.  I am fortunate enough to be able to fish year-round here, as well as an annual trip to the Skeena, interior lakes and the odd tropical destination. I enjoy tying flies, and building DH rods, in my mind; all part of a fortunate journey.  I see a lot of new fishers on our local rivers and take particular enjoyment from helping someone out with a few flies or some friendly advice (sometimes about not low-holing me). I attended a fisheries presentation last night and the presenter said that, in BC, each year,  the average age of licensees increases by one year, the obvious reason being that young fishers are not being recruited at a sustainable rate. That seems a sad commentary that young people are not finding the time, or opportunity, to discover one of the greatest of all, lifelong  pastimes. That being said, I think it is important to take the time to introduce, help and encourage young people to become fishers.
Flyfishing can easily become an obsession, so I take great care to balance spending quality time with also spending time with the wife. And that’s all I’ve got tuh say ‘bout that.

Malcolm Davidson

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Hi all, my name is Malcolm and I too share this obsession/addiction/passion. I lived in downtown Toronto until we moved to Mississauga when I started school. My parents are from Scotland, Mum grew up in the same area as Davie Mcphail, Dad's from Glasgow. I never really fished as a wee lad, Dad was busy trying to put bread on the table for us, mum was home full time, and he never fished growing up, he was an orphan and had nothing. We moved near Streetsville,  Ontario, which was a smaller old town until swallowed up by the growing suburb Mississauga, just outside of Toronto. I remember in middle school we took a trip to the Credit to see the salmon run, I was amazed watching them jumping the ladder. I never really fished much until I was in my early twenties, my buddies and I would spin fish for salmon, we did an annual summer week long trip renting boats and fishing for bass, pickerel, pike or musky in any of the many lakes within 2-3 hours of home, it was more of an excuse to party for some, good times. When I was 25 I married my wife,(who I'm still with almost 24 years later) the fishing dropped off a bit as we started our lives together, we have three great kids who took up a lot of spare time over the years, between martial arts, hockey, rugby and archery. All the kids learned to fish up at Granny and Grampy's house up north at the lake, starting on the dock, let me tell you, 3 kids fishing in a boat is only for the brave. I haven't persuaded them to come fly fishing yet, I've tried many times, they say I'm addicted. Grampy is my mother in-law's husband(my father in-law passed away at 55, she re-married) and he took me steelheading for the first time at the Nottawasaga. One of those guys who never gets skunked. He used a centre pin, I had a spin rod, and a cheap one handed 8wt I had dabbled with over the years. I never caught anything until the second year, that's when the addiction took hold, after that very first nickel bright fish. Graduated to a centre pin and had some success when I tried drifting flies, which piqued my curiosity. I was hitting the river every chance I could, if it wasn't steelhead it was resident trout further upstream or another trib. I volunteered at the fish ladder and tree planting with the local club, spend a lot of time tying, watching tying, reading Gierach, Shewey, forums, it's full blown, I can't drive over a river without checking it. I can walk to the Credit in 5 minutes. I've trespassed, lost sunglasses, put on frozen waders, hooked myself, fallen in, bashed elbows and knees while saving the rod, slipped and fallen on rotten salmon, been stung by nettles, barbed wire, wiped my arse with who knows what all in the throes of this addiction. The moments of beauty are priceless. The kids mostly do their own thing now anyways, one is already in university, another is about to enter his last year of high school, my youngest will sometimes tie at the vice, there's hope for her. I started talking to spey guys I would meet and pick their brains, went to a clave where I was mesmerized watching guru Al Buhr and thought, I have to try this. I bought an Echo from a spey guy on this forum who was good enough to take me out and teach me a few things. I took a group casting session with a top notch instructor which I highly recommend. So the centre pin sits idle as I evolve, casting has become second nature and once I'm in that zen state hours fly by.
Bevin Baker

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I was born in Smithton in the NW of Tasmania, Australia,, a long way from almost everybody on the forum.
I have lived in Wynyard Tasmania for the last 40 years, been fishing in the salt and fresh since age five and my interest in fly fishing was pricked by one of my dairy farmer uncles at that young age, split cane those days.
My first encounter with two handed rods occured in New Zealand after i purchased an Airflo 8114 Switch Kit on a trip to the Tongariro about eight years ago, and as others have said, the "disease is terminal".
I still fish with one hand as well here for browns and use my two handed rods for Browns,Rainbows and released farm reared Atlantic Salmon as well as Australian Salmon in the Salt.
I have had the good fortune to travel a bit and have fished in Canada , Slovenia, Croatia,Italy, New Zealand and will be on the East and West Coast of the US in late April 2016 and i am looking forward to fishing a couple of your rivers when there.
There are very few two hand casters here compared to single hand, but it is growing, i notice a few more each year on the Tongariro.
My favorite river here is the Derwent with a good head of browns averaging around 2lb , great on the "Trout Speys" i now have , but the odd fish over 20lb is caught every year. the rivers around home are mostly small and the trout speys and small switches are all that is needed.
My rod selection consists of 12' A.R.E. Trout Speys to a 16' Mckenzie DTX and eight others in between, Sage,Echo,CND,Temple Fork,Diawa...... you know the story ...just did a count and i have 20 single hand rods ....Does that qualify as an "Obsession".

Bevin Baker.

Just another, real Tasmanian Devil.
Carl J. Borromeo

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New to this board and relatively new to 2-handers. I am from the East coast (MA), but.wish I lived closer to bigger rivers with bigger fish. Started fly fishing 15 years ago because my wife said I needed a hobby. Was pretty obsessed, accumulated a bit of gear. I fished NewEngland rivers and saltwater whenever I could and traveled to fish a little bit. About 3 years ago, just as I was getting this hobby under control, decided on a whim to travel to Maine for a one-day spey casting class, because it was a nice day and I had nothing better to do. It is now just like when I first started fly fishing, except I only want to cast and catch fish with a 2-handed rod. Probably not what my wife envisioned when she signed me up for that first fly fishing class, but she has been a good sport about it.

Thought I would introduce myself to be polite as I already jumped right in to one of the threads.

Bill Lenheim

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Bill Lenheim from California, N. part of state. Redding to be correct. Born and raised in SF Bay area, spend most of my time anywhere there are steelhead. BC, WA, OR, Idaho, etc. Seems all I do now is spey cast either hand by the way. I'm no spring chicken but try my best to keep up with the young guys.
Poppy rocks.
Don Powell

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Born and raised in West Virginia- caught my first fish on a South Bend Spin Cast rod with Jitterbugs and Hula Poppers in Wheeling Creek- SMB and LMB; graduated to fly fishing with a hand-me-down LL Bean 7' 6" 6wt fishing for native brookies in Seneca Creek and other mountain streams; moved to California in 1985 and re-discovered fly fishing in 1993 and met Patty Reilly, Bill McMillan and Dec Hogan on a trip to the Grand Ronde mid-90s; first spey rod was the Sage brownie 9140 paired with a WC 7/8/9 and first lesson was with Dec on the Skagit; finally hooked up with my first steelhead on the spey on the Ronde with Scott O' Donnell in November, 1998!  I have met so many superb anglers through my interest in spey fishing, I could not begin to list them due to a lack of space here but appreciate the insights each and every one graciously shared... over the past 21 years I have been lucky enough to land steelhead from 29 rivers in B.C., CA, OR, WA and recently ID; I retired 5 months ago and look forward to meeting many more dedicated anglers, visiting more rivers and hopefully hooking a few more of the species I most love...

John Scott

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I live in Driggs, Idaho. Moved to Wyoming from Vermont in 1988 and never left. I enjoy hunting pheasant with the dogs, steelhead fishing (new to two handed), and salt water fishing. Was a seasonal Charter Captain in the Florida Keys from 1999 until 2005, fishing for all the normal guys.

I love the ocean just as much as I love the mountains.
Steve Wasylik

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Bit late to the dance on this one. A BC boy born and raised. Started fishing and hunting as a kid with my Dad in all four seasons. After high school bumbled around the national parks and logging world and eventually ended up as a Conservation Officer and retired in 2014 after 29 years. Work in many areas of the Province and got to see some incredible areas and fish some water that few people ever get too.

Got into fly fishing about 1994 and the two-handed game around 2005 - thought it was a passing fad! First guy I saw with a spey rod was Bruce Kruk on the Columbia river downstream of Trail BC. Pulled him over because I though he'd forgotten his rods on the roof of his van. Didn't realize then they were in a rack and how long the rod s were!

Last year I worked I got to spend a fair bit of time checking the Thompson river anglers.  It was interesting to hear all the different opinions on the fisheries and it's managements between fly/gear/bait anglers.  One of the last highlights of my career was spending a two week shift working the Smithers area rivers checking anglers. It was great to see the global interest in our BC waters and how much people value not only the fishery, but the entire angling experience around coming to BC to fish for steelhead.  Post retirement still doing some human/wildlife conflict work with bears in the northern Alberta oilsands and looking forward to my wife's retirement so that we can travel and explore other waters.
Geoff garland

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I'm Geoff and I live in Lac La Hache BC.
Caught my first fish on the river bank of the Bow River where my grandparents lived. I was 5 years old in 1966 and wish I could say it was a large rainbow or Brown, but it was a 7" whitefish that fired up my passion for the angle, it has never subsided. We moved to the Cariboo region of BC in 1969 and I fished creeks and lake shores from my bicycle until I was old enough to drive.
May father, while not an obsessed angler, is a wonderful man and supported my interest enthusiastically. My grandfather on the other hand, was a passionate angler and relocated to Vancouver Island where we would visit regularly. This is where I got my introduction the the salt and the anadromous.
I later move to the Island for post secondary studies and tossed flies for steelhead as much as I studied. Upon completion, I was worked at a fish hatchery which shut down less than a year after I was hired. Needing a job, I returned to the Cariboo and was hired by the Ministry of Environment in the Fisheries Branch. My areas of responsibility were the Quesnel, Chilko and Dean watersheds. Needless to say this was a dream posting for a young fly fisher. It was on the Dean in the mid 80's where I was introduced to the 2 hander and it has become an obsession ever since.
Returning from the Dean and driving up the hill from Bella Coola, my supervisor and mentor who was soon to retire cautioned me that the future in store for me would bring less and less field work and more and more clerical and administrative work. With that, I moved on to join the family business.
I have however, continued to volunteer in different sampling programs and am a member of the Dean River Advisory Committee.
I return to the Dean every year and get 10-20 days every fall on my favourite Skeena tribes. From there I make day trips to the Thompson when openings permit.
My other passion is to ski the steep and deep. Between resort and back country touring, I try to get 30 ski days a year.
I have two adult children I'm extremely proud of, though neither of them share the level of passion I have for flyfishing. My son throws a natural tight loop and is a competent stick, but mountain biking and climbing are his passions. My daughter has delighted me by asking to join me on a float trip down one of my favourite trout rivers this summer. I think she may have the gene...hoping but not forcing.
I've done some flats fishing and enjoy that as a winter getaway but tying steelhead flies and throwing them at the fish I love is heaven in my world.
I really like the tone and feel of this forum and "hats off" to Poppy for insisting that we use our real names. I look forward to meeting good people and sharing thoughts.
Bruce and Walker USA

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Reply with quote  #89 
Very nice history Geoff, well done and welcome.
Kevin Yadon

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I received my first fly rod for my 7th birthday and have been hooked ever since. I grew up fishing every river and high mountain lake in southwestern Montana. I was fortunate to have a father who was a registered outfitter. He showed me some of the most beautiful country and fishing in the world.
I introduced my 3 daughters to fishing as soon as they could walk. All three are avid fly fishers and the two youngest have traveled to British Columbia and Idaho in search of steelhead. They are accomplished two handers and steel headers.
When I moved to Nevada in 1991, I was introduced to steelhead and am hopelessly addicted. I began building rods that I liked to fish with and eventually made custom fly rods for family and friends. My job allows me access to fly fishing destinations in the lower 48 and I willingly drag my fly gear with me. I have fished the Clearwater for 25+ years and have been fortunate to enjoy the comraderie of fly fishermen from around the country. The Red Shed and Poppy is an annual stop and a highlight of any trip.
Thanks for a great forum.
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