Your favorite fly fishing forums

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Thomas Williams, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. David Loy

    David Loy Senior Moment

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    Aha! There's one I haven't seen. Sparse Grey Matter looks like a decent site.
    Thanks. Will check Flymph out too.
     
  2. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    "Sparse Grey Matter"? That resonates on so many levels!

    K
     
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  3. i am now in love with skagit master because of your post
     
  4. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

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    Yeah solid, knowledgeable, and helpful people over there and the "I'm too good for anything but a greased line" guys are run out the door very quickly so productive learning can actually take place.
     
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  5. Thomas Williams

    Thomas Williams Habitual Line Stepper

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    I'm glad a few of us myself included were able to add a couple website to our inventory from this post. I'll be checking out sparse grey matter and skagitmaster much more
     
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  6. GAT

    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I was one of the first members on Westfly and most likely, to this day I still have the highest number of posts. The "old guard" was very active and interacted with each other more as a club than a website. I met many who ended up becoming face to face friends.

    We'd get together for regional lunches, some would organize stream clean ups and there was always a "rondi" (get together) on tap. These were fishing trips where we'd meet for a weekend to fish a specific fishery.

    There were many fishing reports with photos or large fish.

    As the site grew, the club atmosphere wore off. Some of the new folks didn't like the mentioning of fisheries in reports. Some didn't like the fish out of water photos.

    This started conflicts and hostile threads. The fishing reports and fish photos came to a slow halt. Then trolls started showing up. The lunches disappeared. The stream clean up projects disappeared. The rondis reduced to nil. The "club" was gone.

    The "low number" guys moved on. Most went to Face Book. Others, like myself, moved to different sites.

    What started out as a club became a website and slowly changed into what it is today. I still lurk there because many of my Westfly friends still make posts. I believe many of the original members also lurk at the site.

    I now prefer this site because of the high tech abilities (such as posting photos and movie clips) and the large membership with a ton of knowledgeable folks. It may not be a "club" but it is one hell of a website.

    This place reminds me of the Virtual Flyshop that was the site that started it all.

    Bottomline... Westfly changed. The "old guard" moved on. It's still a fine site but just isn't the same as it once was. Scott Richmond has done a good job with the site and I wish him all the best. The new folks get along fine. So, all in all, it grew and changed as it grew. Some of the original folks stayed, some moved elsewhere. And that's okay. It happens.
     
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  7. triploidjunkie

    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    Hahahahahaha! That hotspotting website suuuuuuucks. Easily one the crappiest around. Nice troll, though.
     
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    The site has great info that is easily accessible. The forums are a little elementary, geared towards novice anglers. IMO.
     
  9. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    The same could be said here also. There are many people that have gone to the way side. Some got jumped on because of the way they handled fish and others just left because they got bored.

    I've been here for almost the same length of time this has been a site. I have seen many people come and go. Some I have missed because they were fun to fish with and some I didn't give a rats ass about.
     
  10. underachiever

    underachiever !

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    Now that you're here I can only see the info level of this forum going through the roof!
    http://www.tubechop.com/watch/1505050
     
  11. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    You are mean!
     
  12. Tim Cottage

    Tim Cottage Formerly tbc1415

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    Sparse Grey Matter is a takeoff from Sparse Grey Hackle, the pen name of Alfred Waterbury Miller, 1892 - 1983. Sparse wrote a number of great stories including some of my all time favorites found in 'Fishless Days, Angling Nights'. It is a collection of his writing published in 1971 by the New York Anglers Club. Also available is another book of his collected writings 'An honest Angler' edited by his daughter Patricia. Both are well worth any fisherman's time and attention.

    TC
     
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  13. wichaka

    wichaka Active Member

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    This forum and ultrlight fly fishing...since I mostly fish with 3wts and lighter.
    But the ocassional 4 and 5wt does come out once in awhile.
     
  14. Chris Bellows

    Chris Bellows Your Preferred WFF Poster

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    if the sponsors did not find value they would stop being sponsors. if i ran a fly fishing business (and i have), i wouldn't even look at washingtonlakes.com with the numerous other sites besides this one that are fly fishing specific... even though washingtonlakes.com is full of "serious" fishermen that make sure it isn't too "social". :rolleyes:
     
  15. scottr

    scottr Active Member

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    There are some people here who guide for a living yet are willing to share their knowledge. Information their clients pay top dollar to tap into yet is freely given here without expectation of compensation.

    There are people here who own their own shops or work in shops. They talk fly fishing 9-5 and then come here to talk some fly fishing some more because they love it.

    There are people here who fly fish more days than you could ever imagine, have traveled around the globe to fly fish, and know local fisheries like the back of their hand. While they might not share their secret spots in a forum post they'll gladly offer to take you out on the river or give you a seat in their boat.

    There are people here who are known and respected for their knowledge and skill. These are people who have pioneered elements of the sport and literally written the book on fly fishing techniques.

    There are people here who donate their free time to helping others. People who, through fly fishing, are helping veterans who have gone through the hell of war and made more sacrifices than we could ever imagine.

    For everyone of these people there are hundreds of us who respect and appreciate the diversity and awesomeness of this community. You're new here so maybe you don't know many of these characters yet but I assure you this is one of the best fly fishing communities out there.