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Troutchaser

Member Since 19 Aug 2004
Offline Last Active Jul 31 2013 05:12 PM
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About Me

I grew up with a flyrod in my hand. When I was 8 my Dad put an old cane rod (I wish I still had it) in my hand and turned me loose. I grew up in the Kootenays fishing pure westslope cutthroat and rainbow trout waters. On the odd occasion I would target Dollies (bull trout). During the summers as a kid, I would get up in the early AM and walk over with my gear to the weigh scales at the sawmill and hitch a ride on the logging trucks. Over time I got to know all the drivers and I would ask what drainage they were headed for that day. I would pick a driver and destination and then fish those waters for the day. I had a system where they would blow their air horn at a certain mile sign on their last trip in and I would meet them on the road to be picked up on the run out. God I miss those days!

When I reached my teens I had saved my money and traded the cane for a new Fenwick glass rod. Over time glass turned to graphite which then turned to whatever the flavor of the day was. You know the drill. Every time I changed rods or technologies I felt something was missing. It wasn't until later in life (1998) that I fished with a fellow who had an Orvis cane rod. He let me cast it that day fishing BWOs to rising trout on the Crowsnest and the light went on. That's what I was missing. That feeling of being connected to the rod. Feeling the line through every movement of the cast. It was then that I knew I wanted a bamboo rod again. Being a do it yourself type of guy and having found George Barne's book in a used book store I took on the task of building my own rod. Thus the journey began.

In 2003 I put a cane rod in my son's hand at the age of 8. It was the start of a new cycle.

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