Hi, my name is Ben and I just learned about The Itinerant Angler from The Drake Cast. I’m still catching up with the episodes.
I’m an avid angler who grew up in Central Texas. I had a 5wt from BPS in the late 90’s that I used a little but mostly focused on bass fishing. I spent 11 years of my life in a University setting after high school getting both a Masters and Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics. I lived in Colorado for 2.5 years while getting my Masters and caught trout ice fishing in the mountains. I wanted to do some fly fishing but got caught up in other things and didn’t have anyone to go with. My wife and I lived in West Texas for a little over 4 years after I finished school and in 2016 I finally got an 8′ 4wt and caught some small brown trout while camping in the Santa Fe National Forest. Needless to say the internet was a big help in getting back in to fly fishing.
My wife and I moved back to Central Texas in late 2016 and I’ve used my fly rods a few times since then primarily fishing for small bass and sunfish in rivers and city lakes. I have a kayak and I still rod and reel fish but I’m interested in doing more fly fishing. Right now it’s primarily for sunfish and bass in city lakes and rivers still but the kayak will allow me to get to some areas of rivers where bigger bass may roam. There’s also the saltwater but I’m going to stick to rod and reel for now as I learn how things work. I attempted to fish some mangrove lined drains this weekend on an out going tide and learned that I need a Powerpole or stakeout pole to aide in control while navigating some areas.
I recently decided to take up fly tying as well and recently received the Loon Fly Tying tool set and I bought a Renzetti Traveler 2200 vise. I just received the materials to tie some Bluegill Belly Beans and I look forward to learning and maybe even getting some insight from the forums here.