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Old April 23rd, 2006, 09:10 AM
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i would be interested. i have just started fly fishing recently. although i have had a fly rod since i was a boy, i never used it. but i have always wanted to take it up so i have been going a bit. went yesterday and caught two browns, very small. and i went this morning before working on the truck. i got frustrated and came home at 8:30am i am having a difficult time learning to cast properly. any advise? i have a book, have read it and reread it but it is tough getting my fly where i want it to go.


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Try JBurt's advice this should help you get started, if there are any clubs in the area sometimes they can be a big help. If you're near a Cabella's sometimes they have casting clinics. Once you get off on the right foot some of the tapes/DVD's can help.

I was hard for me to unlearn some of the bad habits I had picked up being self taught. I'm no golfer but learning the cast seem a lot like learning a good golf swing (my wife is a golfer). Good luck and don't give up it just takes some time on the water.
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 11:09 AM
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I do some fly fishing. My dad also make some really cool billet aluminium reels. No drag on them but we fish mostly small streams in the Sierra's so drag is not a big issue. If interested in the reels I can post some pics.
Not to rain on Kevin's parade, but I'm going to say this since some posting here are admitted novices. If you use a reel with no drag you will regret it. If you hook anything larger than 12 in. the fish will likely strip your whole line and backing and break it off. Then you'll be out a bunch of money for the fly, tippet, leader, line, backing, and you'll be pissed because you had a big fish and lost it. I'm speaking from experience. When I first started fishing for steelhead I had a cheap reel with a a poor drag. I hooked a 14-16 lb steelhead in a hole 3' in front of me and it took off like a shot downstream. I was palming the reel like crazy trying to get it stopped to no avail. He stripped me down to the backing and it was just dumb luck that I lost him before he got to the end and I saved my line. I bought a new reel the next day.

And Steve - Spend the money and take about 3 casting lessons from a guide. It's money well spent.
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 01:44 PM
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Not to rain on Kevin's parade, but I'm going to say this since some posting here are admitted novices. If you use a reel with no drag you will regret it. If you hook anything larger than 12 in. the fish will likely strip your whole line and backing and break it off. Then you'll be out a bunch of money for the fly, tippet, leader, line, backing, and you'll be pissed because you had a big fish and lost it. I'm speaking from experience. When I first started fishing for steelhead I had a cheap reel with a a poor drag. I hooked a 14-16 lb steelhead in a hole 3' in front of me and it took off like a shot downstream. I was palming the reel like crazy trying to get it stopped to no avail. He stripped me down to the backing and it was just dumb luck that I lost him before he got to the end and I saved my line. I bought a new reel the next day.
Not raining on my parade at all, that is why mentioned that they have no drag although he is working on a differant drag systems right now. I also mentioned that my only experience with them is small streams and lakes. They are not the best but they are well made and durable. If you are looking for somethng unique and handmade then they might be just what you are looking for.
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Old April 23rd, 2006, 05:50 PM
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Old April 24th, 2006, 09:45 AM
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What is the snow pack like in the North Park area?
It's pretty normal in the Northern and Central mountains. The South (Wets) and Southwest (San Juans) are whats hurting badly (and of course, the front range). Here's a couple of websites that are good for stream flow reports:

http://www.ncwcd.org/datareports/snowpack.asp
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Have you ever fished the Mothers Day caddis hatch on the Arkansas?
Yep, a whole day of dry fly fishing! I was on my way to Telluride last weekend and while driving along Hwy 50, the bugs were hitting the windshield, so I pulled over and got an hour or so in. Unfortunately, didn't get anything. Had to get on down the road.
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Old April 24th, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Thanks for the info Chance.

All this fishing talk and flyfishing porn is getting me stoked to head out west.
Throw in the external roll cage pictures and now I'm gonna be worthless the rest of the day.
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Old April 24th, 2006, 12:21 PM
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Basically I'm looking for a mid to large arbor (it's the thing in the middle the line rests on, the larger the arbor the less memory [twist] the line gains from being on the spool) that will hold 6 weight line (It's the size line used for 6 weight rods). And the whole clicking thing is just my OCD kicking in.

I'm guessing if your dad machines them he can make it to spec, and I'm not all that picky, I just happen to be looking for a reel right now, and I almost picked one up the other day but thought against it. Perfect timing you know? I really like the idea of having a hand made reel, better story attached to it, and when you fish like I do it's all about the story.
I will try and get some pictures today of the reels my dad has and discuss the arbor size for a new reel.
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Thanks for the info Chance.
All this fishing talk and flyfishing porn is getting me stoked to head out west.
No problem. Yep, I've definitely got to get some more time on the water this summer!
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Old May 1st, 2006, 10:51 PM
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At one time in my life, fishing defined me. It lead to guiding and owning more rods than I will ever use. I live in the heart of the driftless area, (some of the best small stream fishing in the world) plus I am only a few hours from Great Lake tributaries for Salmon and Steelhead and ten minutes from the Mississippi.

I love to fish.....and now I have begun to teach the kids.

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Old May 2nd, 2006, 09:49 AM
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WOW JOHNNY u r from wisconsin!!

me too! where do you live? i go fishing up to the miss with my dad sometimes near la crosse.
not too many d's in wisconsin.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 10:53 AM
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I just recently picked up Fly Fishing again after about a 2 year absense.I absolutly love to get out on the river and throw the fly rod.
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Old May 2nd, 2006, 03:38 PM
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Hey SteveD90,

I am just north of La Crosse, and currently roverless. We stuck all of our cash into the company in my sig.

If you get up this way let me a few days before hand and I can point you in the right direction, or maybe tag along....

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Steve, my property in Highland, near Dodgeville, has 2 trout streams on the very edge of the property, Flint Creek and Otter Creek (intersection of Hwy II and Hwy Q) Both excellent for fly fishing. Once we get the cabin finished we will be going up to make some trails and catch some trout. We will let you know when it happens.
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Old May 8th, 2006, 11:08 PM
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hey vaun good to here from you. i ot my parts! the lego kit is complete. thats good to hear about the cabin. been spending a lot of time up there? i still have about a month or so before she is done and on the road. when i get down by the farm with it i will swing by. hope you are well, and i will talk to ya soon. by the way you fly fish? if so you will have to give me some pointers!

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I have some friends that are big into the fly fishing, my brothers too, but I have too many kids to spend that kind of time right now. I do have and old Orvis reel somewhere and as soon as the cabin is ready I will try to spend some time getting the feel back for fly fishing.

Good advice PT94D90 to get some lessons, it really helps.

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Has anyone fished or wheeled the Sweetwater River area in Wyoming? Sounds like it might be a good spot to explore.
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Has anyone fished or wheeled the Sweetwater River area in Wyoming? Sounds like it might be a good spot to explore.
I am gonna check into that place. Im trying to plan a 10 day or so fly fishing trip to yellowstone and other parts of wyoming.
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I am gonna check into that place. Im trying to plan a 10 day or so fly fishing trip to yellowstone and other parts of wyoming.

Great let me know what you find out. I am planning to go back there in August/Sept.

There is supposed to be a fly shop in Casper that is familiar with that area. I think it is called "Ugly Bug"
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Wow.
I just saw this thread here now...
I catch everything on the fly.
Anyone in Northern NJ ever want to fish let me know.
Sandy Hook and Island State Beach Park (where they let you drive your rig on the beach) I go for stripers, blues... down in florida (Sanibel) redfish/snook/tarpon.
In NJ fresh the trout fishing is combat style (it sucks) too many people too little water, I resorted to warm water (Bass) fishing and Carp (don't knock it-- they are hardcore).
But I would love to fish with anyone ever. Hell I need an excuse to drive across the country at 12mpg and finish off my worn BFG Muds. Anyone wanna take me out on the Susq. in PA???
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Great let me know what you find out. I am planning to go back there in August/Sept.

There is supposed to be a fly shop in Casper that is familiar with that area. I think it is called "Ugly Bug"
Yep, Ugly Bug Fly Shop...... http://www.crazyrainbow.net/

Im gonna try to do a lot of research in the next few months and try to start planning a trip out west to fish...Im thinking of doing waht a buddy of mine did-He drove out west to wyoming, camped and fished. He said it was an amazing trip. I have been out west a couple times but have never fished there before.
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