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Newfie
08-12-2010, 03:52 AM
I just took up fly fishing a few weeks ago, after fishing with spinning gear since I was old enough to hold a rod.

I fish primarily in a small pond close to my home that (as you can see below) has a good selection and variety of pan size and bigger.

My first rod is a Streamside Elite 5 wt 8', and have a pair of Okuma reels.

I use mostly dry flies in size 12. With my fat fingers and relatively poor eyes, I have issues trying to thread a 5X tippet through the eye of a #16 hook.

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i108/Newfie_Winger/Fishing/July22nd001.jpg

http://i70.photobucket.com/albums/i108/Newfie_Winger/Fishing/August05th002.jpg

KnoxPhil
08-12-2010, 05:17 AM
I love everything about flyfishing, and prefer the small streams found in my "home" territory of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park; the wild trout, most of them relatively small, are great fun to catch, and quite beautiful. Light gear, short casts, and bushy dries with droppers are the order of the day.

Unfortunately, the demands of owning my own business often get in the way of going flyfishing. Thanks for your pics, Newfie...I am fishing vicariously through you!

Hawkeye5
08-12-2010, 06:59 AM
I agree KPhil. Boulder hopping small mountain streams is fantastic! Fish are small but always hungry. I like the West Prong of the Little Pigeon and Roaring Fork for quick mountain stream fixes when I'm in the area.

I also enjoy Smallmouth on a fly rod.

_JP_
08-12-2010, 07:37 AM
For several years I used to teach fly rod casting and fly tying.

The Knize
08-12-2010, 07:39 AM
nice pond!

I like to fly fish, too, not that I am any good at it or seem to be able to find a reasonable place nearby to do it!

SpyvSpy
08-12-2010, 07:41 AM
I used to fly fish alot when my grand parents had a house in hawks cay in FLA (forget which key island) and have fly fished every trip I could with my father all over. Best first catch on a 4 weight fly rod was a nice size barracuda (what a good day that was)

KnoxPhil
08-12-2010, 07:54 AM
I like the West Prong of the Little Pigeon and Roaring Fork for quick mountain stream fixes when I'm in the area.

For those who have not had the pleasure of a first-hand visit, I would like to state for the record that Roaring Fork is completely covered in rattlesnakes and mosquitos and isn't worth the trip. Really. You should probably try to fish somewhere else. Copperheads, too.

Ghostwriter
08-12-2010, 08:50 AM
I fly fish a little too, but haven't done much this year. Small mountain lakes and streams are pretty fun most of the time.

tpoof
08-12-2010, 11:04 AM
I love flyfishing as well! tie my own flies..
not many steams around here but further north I know of a couple with wild Brookies in them.:thumbup1:

fish alot of stocked lakes with pretty good success..
I find a rabbit hair leech pattern to be my fav for still water fishing.. took a 9lb rainbow on one.. what a brute! released!

most of all though, its the small streams that I enjoy the most.
the trees and the sound of the stream and the fish that look like gems..
truely a gift!
love it!
even a pic with a nice Brookie caught with a small spoon (the wife's)
small spinners and spoons work well also
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kinda carried away with the pics...:blushing:

:001_smile

The Knize
08-12-2010, 11:30 AM
great pics

the beauty and peace is something I love about fly fishing

addictive stuff!

Dude123
08-12-2010, 08:14 PM
Yes sir. Tie my own flies as well. I've been doing it for 2 seasons now, but haven't managed to land many trout, but I've only fished one apparently difficult river here and only a few times each season. Had a little more luck with bass and other warmwater species.

Been crazy busy this year and haven't really made it out much sadly, but hopefully I can make up for it during the last of this month and into september.

ginantonix
08-12-2010, 09:02 PM
I just started about a year ago. I am only about 45 minutes away from the Cowichan River for Rainbows and Browns, and a couple of weeks ago I went up for the Pink salmon at Campbell River. Going up to Campbell River again next weekend for some beach fly fishing.

I also picked up a Spey rod this summer, and while I haven't fished with it yet I am enjoying learning the spey casts.

(Sorry, no photos, I'm on the road at present. Thanks to everyone else for the pics!:tongue_sm)

dbl-haul
08-13-2010, 05:14 PM
I have fly fished since about 1981. I received a fly rod and reel in a bubble pack and I never looked back! I have fished all over and I love it. work has gotten in the way the last few years and I am going to fix that.

"Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise. Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world's great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of those rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters".
Norman Maclean

azmark
08-13-2010, 10:35 PM
Fly fishing is the only fishing. I have a few custom Loomis and Dan Craft fly rods and a factory Sage. Fly fishing is a good comparison to wetshaving or straight edge shaving; it is passed down through tradition and you enjoy the process more than the affair. Oh and both can get really expensive.

We use to do brook trout fishing up and Labrador. That is some of the best fishing I've ever seen.

azmark
08-13-2010, 10:38 PM
Fly fishing trout with anything over a 4wt isn't what it use to be. 00-3wt is my ideal now for trout and going to 8wt for salmon/stealhead.

azmark
08-13-2010, 10:40 PM
I love flyfishing as well! tie my own flies..
not many steams around here but further north I know of a couple with wild Brookies in them.:thumbup1:

fish alot of stocked lakes with pretty good success..
I find a rabbit hair leech pattern to be my fav for still water fishing.. took a 9lb rainbow on one.. what a brute! released!

most of all though, its the small streams that I enjoy the most.
the trees and the sound of the stream and the fish that look like gems..
truely a gift!
love it!
even a pic with a nice Brookie caught with a small spoon (the wife's)
small spinners and spoons work well also
117807

117808

117809

117810

kinda carried away with the pics...:blushing:

:001_smile

That's heaven....

The Knize
08-13-2010, 10:50 PM
Fly fishing trout with anything over a 4wt isn't what it use to be. 00-3wt is my ideal now for trout and going to 8wt for salmon/stealhead.

I am not worthy!

k200817
08-13-2010, 11:14 PM
Those fish look good enough to eat. :thumbup:

I went to Yellowstone last year with my sons and tried fly fishing. I was hooked (Not by the fly hook :w00t: )

Long story short, I am now the proud owner of several nice rods and reels including box full of flies. The problem is, there are not to many good rivers/streams in SO Cal.

azmark
08-14-2010, 02:23 PM
This is a good thread for the Clubhouse.

azmark
08-14-2010, 02:29 PM
Long story short, I am now the proud owner of several nice rods and reels including box full of flies. The problem is, there are not to many good rivers/streams in SO Cal.

No problem there. Im from Riverside and we use to go float tube Green Valley Lake and Big Bear Lake. That is a lot of fun with tubes. But also some of the best was up in the eastern sierras in Bishop up in the mountains west of their is great fishing and back packing streams. Mammoth Lakes was another favorite with tons of back country lakes with wile rainbows and Alpers. June Loop always was a good area and good camping. Virginia Lakes and Convict Lakes are good too but get some bad winds there. Man I miss fishing up there.

Oh and who could forget Yosemite!!!

SeattleSparky
03-19-2011, 08:44 AM
Been meaning to get out, my wife bought me a real nice fly rod and reel several years ago, and of course we had kids, so I haven't gotten out near as much as I would like. My boys are 11 and 7 so I think it might be time!!!:tongue_sm

goby
03-19-2011, 09:24 AM
I've been fly fishing and fly tying for about 15 years. Some years I average 100 days a year on the river, some years as few as 25. One of the perks of living in a rural area is having world classes rivers and lakes within 15-20 minutes away. I'm a vegetarian, so I haven't eaten a fish for about 10+ years.

Lately I have been focusing on midges and emergers. I tie all my own flies, and have 2, 3, 4, 5, and 7 weight rods. The season in our fly fishing only area starts April 1. I'll be there at 5 am casting to 5-10 pound steelhead, rainbows and browns that haven't seen a fisherman in 6 months. :thumbup1:

Greyfox
03-19-2011, 11:38 AM
Flyfishing for trout is truly one of the greatest gifts given to man.

beau5278
03-19-2011, 12:18 PM
I've wanted to fly fish since I was a kid,I'm 54 now and have picked up some gear and I've been practicing casting for a while now.Hopefully this year I get a chance to actually try it on the water.We have some great trout streams in PA but I really want to get up to Ny in the fall when the Salmon and Steelheads are running.

Blue Raccoon
03-19-2011, 12:33 PM
yep, several bamboo roads and a couple of Winstons and Orvis Superfines. I make my yearly trek to Montana in Aug.. hit GSNP spring and fall, Graying MI everytime I can get away.. and try to get one trip over to PA. to keep in practice I love fly fishing for Bluegill in several of the ponds around here. A plate size Bluegill on a lite 3 wt is a handful!

Norling 8'/5wt and 7'/3wt

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/_ZAXMPIBEatI/SiPCHNur9oI/AAAAAAAABJc/ZND7iF-FD5E/twins.JPG

Tricky
03-19-2011, 10:23 PM
Mk VI Bougles?!? Beautiful! I love fishing, but more importantly for me I love fishing vintage glass fly rods. I was actually out with my sister today for her first time out. We fished a Phillipson epoxite paired with a Young Pridex reel. She caught her first fish, in particular a beautiful 16 inch largemouth bass from a creek. There is no better way to past time then on a creek catching bass/bream.

If any of y'all have any old glass rods sitting around, I would be more than happy to take them off your hands. I could help you finance a new graphite rod :thumbup1:

Mink
03-20-2011, 01:36 PM
I've fly fished for almost 40 years. I tie my own flies, roll my own rods (most anyway), and never seem to get out enough. Most of my fishing is catch and release now. The biggest change is how so many wonderful stretches of rivers are private now.

JeffM
03-20-2011, 03:44 PM
After cold water fly fishing for several years,mostly in Arkansas, I decided to give salt water a try since South Louisiana is home. So I bought a kayak. That was 10 years ago, I am now on my third kayak and have spent most every Friday since chasing reds and specks. The best I can figure I am over 1000 reds sighted and caught mostly on Charlies from a kayak ( we call it a Cajun sleigh ride) and who knows how many thousand specks caught on clousers. Fishing is the best it has ever been here-it has been even better since the oil spill and was awfully good before. Though I still tie some dries and nymphs, salt water flies are a breeze since you can actually see what you are doing!

DavyRay
03-20-2011, 03:51 PM
I too love to wield the long rod on many wild, high-elevation streams in western North Carolina. My favorite is fishing for little wild brookies with my 2wt, but I love browns and rainbows too. Week after next is Spring Break (I'm a teacher!); you might not see me on here for a few days!:thumbup1:

You know you are in pristine waters if you are catching brookies. They are sensitive little things.

diverdoug
03-22-2011, 02:21 PM
I love to fly fish for Coho in Alaska, and I tie my own flies.

Pkrankow
03-22-2011, 02:33 PM
Been a couple years since I last flyfished. I used to drive past a number of wonderful spots on my way to work when I worked in Cleveland. I would get up an hour or two early and go for it. Didn't catch much (and released what I did) being on the stream for less than an hour, but it was a blast. Steelhead would be a big deal up by Cleveland, but I never got any. I got some trout, bass, and a couple carp though, and a catfish that was a heck of a memorable battle.

Phil

Doc4
03-22-2011, 06:52 PM
I'm a flyfisherman, in theory.

In practice, it's been almost a decade since I got out on a regular basis, and I think the last time I actually got a line wet was back in 2006. Work &c have kept me from fishing. Far too many &cs. One of these days I'm going to get back into it.

In theory.


For those who have not had the pleasure of a first-hand visit, I would like to state for the record that Roaring Fork is completely covered in rattlesnakes and mosquitos and isn't worth the trip. Really. You should probably try to fish somewhere else. Copperheads, too.

Which, of course, is fisherman-talk for "damn, the fishing is good here!!" :001_rolle

BigFoot
03-22-2011, 09:50 PM
Fly fishing trout with anything over a 4wt isn't what it use to be. 00-3wt is my ideal now for trout and going to 8wt for salmon/stealhead.

Since I moved to KC I do not fly fish near a much. When I lived in Iowa there was a sweet little stream that they would stock with fingerlings. It was artificial lures only. So those little fingerlings would grow up in that stream so they were wild fish. There was also a few Browns starting to reproduce, and the Brookies are native to NE Iowa.

I used an Orvis 2 weight rod. Most of the flys were #22 to #26. If there was a good Mayfly hatch going then you could use a bit bigger fly. I have big fingers so those little midges were a pain to tie on your tippet. Those were the days now I have a 3-4 hr drive to find trout.:thumbdown

ImaRobot
03-23-2011, 08:10 PM
There seems to be a number of avid fly fishers here. I fish for pleasure with you typical cast and reel rod but have been interested in trying fly fishing. Can you all recommend or suggest a starter rod/reel brands? Keeping things on the cheap of course.

diverdoug
03-23-2011, 08:36 PM
There seems to be a number of avid fly fishers here. I fish for pleasure with you typical cast and reel rod but have been interested in trying fly fishing. Can you all recommend or suggest a starter rod/reel brands? Keeping things on the cheap of course.

Look at some of the starter sets on the Cabela's website. They are reasonably priced, and not crap. If you get bit by the bug though, fly fishing can become very expensive! DANGER DANGER WILL ROBINSON!!!

odbonsv
03-23-2011, 08:39 PM
Loomis gl3 8wt Bauer m4 and fresh flies from my dyna-king striped bass in the north east lots of fun :thumbup:

diverdoug
03-23-2011, 08:42 PM
Loomis gl3 8wt Bauer m4 and fresh flies from my dyna-king striped bass in the north east lots of fun :thumbup:

Are you suggesting a GL3 Loomis as a starter for Iamarobot? Or are you just telling us about your very nice rod? I think that might be a bit pricey for a starter rod for someone looking to go on the cheap. Stripers are a load of fun on fly, that's for sure!

ImaRobot
03-23-2011, 08:44 PM
I'm assuming he's just responding to the OP.

odbonsv
03-23-2011, 08:51 PM
yes just responding to op but diverdoug is rite about cabelas nice kits that wont set you back a bundle and work great :thumbup1:

kzoo1
03-24-2011, 10:51 AM
There seems to be a number of avid fly fishers here. I fish for pleasure with you typical cast and reel rod but have been interested in trying fly fishing. Can you all recommend or suggest a starter rod/reel brands? Keeping things on the cheap of course.

There's a joke around our fish camp -
When you walk into the Fly shop, they will ask how much money you have. If you have $500, your setup will cost $500. If you have $1000, your setup will cost $1000! :lol:

Seriously - ask around if you know anyone else that fly fishes, you may be able to borrow some equipment (waders, vest, etc.).

From what I have heard, you can do very well with a Cabela's starter kit for $50 - $100.

Good luck! It's a great pastime.

ImaRobot
03-24-2011, 01:23 PM
Thanks for the advice guys, I'll be checking out Cabela's website. Hopefully I'll be trying some fly fishing by the end of the summer.

diverdoug
03-24-2011, 02:35 PM
Thanks for the advice guys, I'll be checking out Cabela's website. Hopefully I'll be trying some fly fishing by the end of the summer.

It will really help if you can get some instruction as you start to learn to cast!

brucered
03-24-2011, 05:03 PM
not yet, but i'm about to start.

picked up some ALLEN (http://allenflyfishing.com/)gear recently, but haven't use it yet.

ALPHA 5/6 Reel (http://allenflyfishing.myshopify.com/products/alpha-reel)
matching rod and line
misc flies from cabellas

http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0061/9182/products/alphaproductpage1_medium.jpg?37

Pkrankow
03-24-2011, 05:07 PM
Get an Ugly Stick in an appropriate weight for your intent (or get something in a 5 or 6 weight for general use) and the dirt cheap Hobbs Creek large arbor reel, Bass Pro has them for about $40. Add to that backing, apropriate weight forward line (make sure you put it on the right way, I didn't the first time) and some leader material and tapered leaders (unless using an untapered rig, or tying your own tapers) and you are fishing for somewhere around $150-$200.

This combination is not "excellent" it is "solid" and "value" you are getting a more durable rod at the loss of sensitivity, and people will joke "you can always wade out and club them" with your kit.

If you find you enjoy fishing this way and do it regularly, upgrade the rod and switch the reel and line over. You can get more expensive reels as well and restore your starter kit as a backup or for a friend. If you find you perfer other fishing methods, you are not out a large chunk of cash.

Phil

BigFoot
03-24-2011, 08:15 PM
There seems to be a number of avid fly fishers here. I fish for pleasure with you typical cast and reel rod but have been interested in trying fly fishing. Can you all recommend or suggest a starter rod/reel brands? Keeping things on the cheap of course.

I have a decent Cabellas Rod and Reel in 6 wt. The rod is in a cloth with an aluminum case. It never sees any use. If you are interested in it let me know. I will let you have it for basically the shipping. I have no idea what that would be but it should not be to outrageous. Send me a PM if interested. I may be out of pocket until Monday night. But I will get back with you.

goby
03-28-2011, 07:40 PM
There seems to be a number of avid fly fishers here. I fish for pleasure with you typical cast and reel rod but have been interested in trying fly fishing. Can you all recommend or suggest a starter rod/reel brands? Keeping things on the cheap of course.

You want a 5 weight. That is a good all-around rod. And get a rod with a warranty. Trust me... you will break your rod eventually.

Cabela's is a nice place. I'm an Orvis person, so I'd check them out too. If you can cast a few that would help, even if you've never cast before.

rupertbear
03-29-2011, 09:23 PM
I've been waving a fly rod around for the past few decades, but I don't really consider it fly fishing. It is camouflage, else people would wonder what that weirdo was doing standing around in the river:blushing: Doggone, it is a good way to greet the passing of winter.