JDR Productions says: — Anniversary redfish caught this weekend, 3yrs after my first redfish on fly in Texas. — Found myself in Colorado for meetings today, and I can’t stop reminiscing over all my old memories tossing flies to rising trout out here. After moving back to Texas I was worried I would have to give up fly fishing because most everyone I knew was throwing artificials and/or bait on conventional tackle. While it was tons of fun catching redfish sightcasting on conventional, it still left me with a burning desire to return back to the fly rod. More challenge, more satisfaction. Thankfully, I met another avid fly angler and microskiff enthusiast, Jeremy Wittich, at a hotel parking lot in Rockport while I was there visiting and he explained that all he does is throw flies in Port O’Connor and surrounding areas to redfish that will voraciously take subsurface and top water patterns. I was glazing over Jeremy’s kickass Ankona Shadowcast while he was across the parking lot scoping out my new CustomGheenoe LT25. Soon thereafter I caught my first redfish on fly in a very unorthodox way (from poling tower casting over a friend on the bow), and I’ve been ruined since. It’s just not the same any other way. Each time I have the opportunity to put someone on a redfish on fly, it reminds me of the time I first picked up a fly rod in Colorado and hit the Blue River in Silverthorne with revered guide @zeke.hersh. I caught several nice trout that day, dropped one while taking a photo but was able to hand-land it again for another photo op, and it was a euphoric day overall.
Its been a long road with many ups and downs since, so I hereby toast to the sport and the therapy it can provide. Freshwater, saltwater, anything in between. It’s all fun and fishing on fly, especially sight fishing, is undoubtedly one of the most exciting, fulfilling, challenging, and rewarding experiences imaginable for anyone who enjoys the outdoors. While the salt is my new craze, Colorado will forever hold a place in my heart as being that locale where I fell in love with this amazing sport. Cheers to many more memories on the fly for all of us and anyone new entering into this wonderful addiction! ?
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