Introduction: What is Fly Life?
Fly Life is about a life with fly fishing...well, sort of. Fly fishing to me is not a hobby or a sport. Fly fishing is something that defines who I am. It is about the places it takes me, the camaraderie with others, the people I meet along the way and the fish that give me a brief glimpse into their existence.
I have casted a fly in many places throughout Michigan's Upper and Lower Penninsula. Some waters are new to me and others are waters with special place in my heart. Waters I have known for years with a rich tradition. The fish from these waters are special. Some bring new memories with others remind me a fish past. Two such rivers are the Ontonagon River and Au Sable River.
Both are rivers I have a long standing tradition with. Many hours can be spent retelling stories of fish past. Some caught, some lost. Each one frozen in time like it happened the day before. I see some of those fish when I close my eyes at night. There are trout that haunt me such as the Carp Brown. The Carp Brown received his name because I thought it was a large carp when it first appeared behind my streamer from a dark pocket. That is until I saw the bright scarlet dots on her flank. She grabbed, things turned violent, and then as quickly as it started...my line went limp. Time seemed to stand still. It left me wondering what could have been. While she will haunt me as long the memory exist, I know experiences like this will keep me coming back.
There also vivid memories that bring a smile to my face. One such fish made her mark on a cold, snowy day on the Pere Marquette River. On a whim, my younger brother and I decided to "forget to go to work". You will see this as a reocurring theme on Fly Life. I will touch on this story another day and tell it in full detail. For now, I pause as my mind wanders back to that day.
Fly Life in a sense will be an ongoing journal filled with stories as they happen as well as stories from the past. They maybe the occasional fly pattern and technique from time to time. If this is something that interest you, feel free to follow along. If not, I wish you well on your way.