I got back into fly fishing when my wife and I first visited LMFR in 2017. I got "hooked" all over again and started accumulating rods, reels, flies, etc., with anticipation of fishing Beavers bend for years to come. That was until I had a heart attack in August. So, it will be a long time before (if ever) I can fish again. Is it OK to ask here for suggestions as to a good buy/sell website for fly fishing equipment?
Thanks TD. Glad to hear you’re doing OK. I turned 69 the week before it happened. No family history of heart problems. I wasn’t feeling well and went to the ER. It happened while I was there. Had 5 stints put in. I’m keeping my 4 wt for pond fishing for bluegill but giving up my 5 wt Classic Trout and my new Moonshine Epiphany 10’-6” 3wt Euro rod. I read everything I could find (and watched the videos) about the Euro nymphing method. I was looking forward to trying it this year. But with everything being shut down earlier and now the heart issues, I don’t see any sense in keeping them.
Okay, first I've gotta ask. Are you the same Papabear that used to be on TKF?
Second, The stints fixed you physically now you just have to work through the mental part, I know, I went through the same thing.
I'm not familiar with TKF. I became Papabear when my twin grandchildren were born .
I appreciate the encouraging words. Physically, I'm doing cardio rehab and they say I'm improving. I had 100% blockage in my left LAD and 95% in one of the branches off the LAD (the doctor called it a "widowmaker"). I had my first echocardiogram since surgery yesterday and am waiting to see if my ejection fraction has improved. Mentally, I'm doing OK. I grew up fishing with my dad. We fished strictly for crappie. But I've always been interested in fly fishing.
I bought my first fly rod (a cheap Bass Pro combo) when my wife and I were newlyweds living in Flagstaff. We fished Oak Creek between Flag and Sedona. I didn't know what I was doing and was frustrated. And to top it off, my wife (6 months pregnant) caught two nice browns on a Panther Martin . 25 years later, I picked up the sport again after our trip to Beavers Bend. Eddie got me fixed up with the right leader and some flies. We fished for three days and didn't catch anything (I even asked the park ranger if they took the fish out after Labor Day).
But like I said earlier, I was determined to master this great sport. I started reading everything I could find and picked up a proper rod, reel and matching line. Then (like so many others) I watched the Modern Nymphing DVD and went crazy. I bought the 3wt rod and boxes of Rainbow Warriors, Frenchies, Iron Lotus, etc., etc., etc. They're all organized all look nice in the boxes, but they have never been "wet".
This heart attack helped me realize that I'm not going to be able to trout fish as much as I dreamed about. LMFR is over 4 hours away and I just don't see myself making that trip any time soon. I'm content with spending quality time with my bride pond fishing for bluegill with my 7'-6" 4wt. In fact, my wife and I went to our favorite pond last Tuesday. She caught 10 largemouth on a spinner bait and I caught 8 bluegill. I took up fly tying shortly before my surgery and caught the bluegill on flies I tied. That was exciting.
Anyway, this old guy has been rambling way too long. Keep posting and I'll keep reading.
Don't sell off your stuff, man! You never know. Best wishes to you and hope you regain your strength. Okay, maybe your euro-stick. Tight-lining like that you have to move constantly. You can probably get a fair price as it's become so popular.