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Fly fishing
« on: May 01, 2019, 12:46:13 PM »
My son bought me an inexpensive fly fishing rig for my birthday a few weeks ago. Gonna try it out on our upcoming trip up north.
I've never fly fished before but we've sat on the dock and watched some really big fish snatching up dragonflies and such of the surface of the lake.
Should be interesting.
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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2019, 01:35:49 PM »
Fly fishing is almost an art form. Stay away from trees, bushes and tall grass but it is an awesome feeling and a pretty good battle to catch a 1 lb bluegill with a three pound leader. Especially if you tied the fly yourself. I used to make a black and yellow bumblebee that worked very well on bluegill.
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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #2 on: May 02, 2019, 07:24:35 AM »
I have never tried Fly Fishing before.

I'll have try this some time.

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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #3 on: May 02, 2019, 09:57:28 AM »
We do a lot of fishing up north, but always spincast, baitcast or trolling. Never tried fly fishing and want to give it a whirl.
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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #4 on: May 02, 2019, 04:31:24 PM »
Fly fishing is almost an art form.


James Jesus Angleton (The “Fisherman“), chief of CIA counterintelligence for over twenty years, was a hyper-avid fly fisherman.  He won awards for his lure designs and said fly fishing and its associated technique was the perfect and most accurate metaphor for what he did at his day job.  (He was also an internationally recognized breeder of orchids, lost his mind on the job and nearly recked the agency). 
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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #5 on: May 02, 2019, 04:35:40 PM »
I used to fly fish a lot when my sales territory included Idaho and Western Montana. It just takes a little practice with a new rod to get the feel. Timing is everything, but it gets easy. Back cast and when you feel the line start to pull back, start the forward cast.....keeping the rod top between 10 and 2 on the clock. After a while you'll even figure out how to get around trees and bushes.

There is no "fishing rush" as great as catching one on a dry fly you tied. I never went for the expensive designer type equipment.....and I always caught just as many fish if not more. You even get to learn a little about the bugs and how to best make a fly that resembles them. All around wonderful hobby.
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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2019, 11:22:24 AM »
There is no "fishing rush" as great as catching one on a dry fly you tied.

Truer words have never been spoken.

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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2019, 03:26:25 PM »
An old friend gave me a fly rod several years ago, and I also bought one. My wife has her dad's fly rod. We have yet to try this new-to-us sport. Need to do it soon!

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Re: Fly fishing
« Reply #8 on: May 26, 2019, 01:38:42 PM »
Here in Montana we do a lot of fly fishing. We fly fishermen seem to make it seem kind of mystical to those who have not got bitten by the bug.

A couple of suggestions. Take a F/F casting class. Additionally keep in mind that insects spend nearly their entire life living "IN" the water, not on top of it. i.e. start using nymphs not dry flies.

Reels are not really all that important as they primarily just hold line. Yes they have a drag but for average fish not that big of a deal.


Get as good a fly rod as you can afford. Here it is best to at least go to a specialty fly fishing shop for information. Once you understand about them, you can buy elsewhere once you have an idea of what to look for and what to stay away from.

Last of all, do not give up. Once you get the basics of it, you will be "hooked" :)
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