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  1. lasttango

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    I didn't want to hijack the thread on favorite pipe artisan, so I'll ask here: who flyfishes? Where do you fish?

    I'll start. My pop inducted me into fly fishing in my early teens. We are from upstate NY, so I primarily fish streams around the Finger Lakes. I also Flyfish on the west branch of the Delaware river in NY and all over the Adirondacks.

    Haven't been yet this year... sad to say.

    My pop builds his life around fly fishing. He goes to Montana, Colorado, Maine etc...

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  2. jefff

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    I flyfish. Mostly in the Kankakee river and ......well..... a few places that run into it.

    Smallmouth bass mostly.

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  3. lasttango

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    On the subject of Bamboo rods... My great grandfather was a friend and hunting+fishing buddy of L.L. Bean. He got to test many of the early products before LL Bean sold them. We have a handful of original Bamboo Fly rods and even a Winchester 22 that was gifted from LL Bean.

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  4. jefff

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    The only cane rod I have is an old Heddon Salmon Special 8wt. It was gifted to me. I use it for Largemouth and Pike on small lakes and ponds, from a belly boat.

    It will throw a 9wt with a heavy bite tip perfectly.

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  5. ashdigger

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    I flyfish as well, although lately, it's more Tankara. I fish in UT and NV.

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  6. hiplainsdrifter

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    It is interesting that fly fishing has become so versatile that you could pursue most species with a fly rod. I would like to get into chasing pike, muskie, and carp more, but for now I am hooked on high altitude golden trout and salmonfly hatches.

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  7. jefff

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    I have caught a few carp on a 6wt. The first was by accident. The phrase "fresh water Bonefish" is quite accurate. I was into the backing before I knew it had happened.

    It seems we all want what we don't have. I'd love to be fishing for trout but I fish for what is near me.

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  8. bassbug

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    I've been a flyfisher for many years. Although most of my fishing is done with graphite rods, I do have two bamboo rods that I built myself. A 7'9" 5 wt and 6'6" 3 wt. I was lucky enough to be mentored through the building of the rods by a fine rod maker.

    We are a little more limited up here in southern Ontario, Canada for trout water, but we have loads of bass water. This spring was an absolute disaster for flooding up here and not a single trout stream within 3 hours of me what been fishable, but I did manage to get to a friend's cottage for some smallmouth fishing last weekend.

    @lasttango...The west branch of the AuSauble by Lake Placid as well and the Delaware and Beverkill in around Roscoe NY in the Catskills are two of my favourite places in the world

    I don't care who you are, you're not walking on the water while I'm fishing
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  9. dmcmtk

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    My brother would spend every day of the Summer and Fall saltwater flyfishing around and off Montauk if he could. When I lived out there, I would also go along when I could, but using spinning rods. Striped Bass, Mahi Mahi, False Albacore, and every now and then Bluefin tuna. Rods are graphite 8wt to 10wt, Bluefin 12wt. These Mahi are from about 15 miles off Montauk last Summer.



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  10. warren

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    Mostly 1 and 2 wgt. on the Copper River system for Grayling. Nothing better when less than thirty minutes from water to pan. Steelhead now and then in SE Alaska. "Bonefish are on my bucket list." He added wistfully.

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  11. pipesmokingtom

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    For those interested in fly fishing, a friend of mine owns the Reno Fly Shop and hosts a fantastic podcast. Should check it out.

    Should just be able to search Reno Fly Shop Podcast to find it.

    "We have an unspoken, mutual understanding to ignore the things we hate about each other so we can continue to enjoy the things we love about each other."
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  12. bassbug

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    Bonefish are on my bucket list

    If you're a flyfisher, before you die, you must go bone fishing

    I'll remember my first bonefish till the day I die. He took me down to more than half the backing on an 8wt, doubled it over in the last part of the fight and then almost caused me to faint when I found out it was a small 4 pounder.

    Warren...sell your Dunhill if you need to, but go bone fishing

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  13. philobeddoe

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    I am a fly fisherman as well. I mostly fish lakes and ponds for smallmouth and bluegill. There is only one source for trout that is within driving distance of my home, there is a tailwater to a dam about an hour from me. The state stocks the Brookville tailwater with rainbows early in the spring and browns in mid-May.

    "So it goes." - K.V.
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  14. hobie1dog

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    Waiting for fishnbanjo to post the picture of his 20 bamboo rods all lined up.

    I use to fly fish mainly for Bluegill, but haven't been since getting sick. I did take the 4wt. Powell 7' 6" rod out recently to try casting with my limited arm/ hand strength.

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  15. drennan

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    I live in Normandy and do alot of fly fishing on the local chalk streams the Risle, Iton and Arve. It tends to be very classical fly fishing so think upstream dries as opposed to 2 inch zoo cougars. Very enjoyable fishing but challenging.

    I'm also a keen coarse angler too, infact at 5am this morning I was float fishing for Tench with worms, maggots and corn. It was classic stuff, mist being burnt off my the sun, pin head bubbles by the float and big fat hard fighting tench - lovely.

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  16. lasttango

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    @bassbug... The west branch of the AuSauble by Lake Placid is one of my favs too... After a week in the St. Regis area camping and fly fishing, we'd stay at the Hungry Trout and fish that Trophy stretch of the AuSauble for a couple days...

    I used to go to the west branch angler in Deposit, NY. My cousin actually got married there. It was a site! All were encouraged to wear their fishing gear... Bride and groom in neoprene waders... The pastor... groomsmen etc...

    Growing up in Ithaca, my favorite place was a stream called Salmon Creek. It had a ton of wild trout and fed into Cayuga Lake.

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    I've had more than a couple of beers at the Hungry Trout Always go in to the fly shop, spend a few bucks and get a bit of info on how the river is fishing.

    I didn't make it this year, but a bunch of friends and I do an annual fishing trip and stay at the Wilmington Notch campground. Always the weekend after Memorial day. My favourite spot on the Au Sable is just upstream of the Monument Falls.

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    Mostly 1 and 2 wgt. on the Copper River system for Grayling

    Hey Warren, how big do the Grayling get up there? Here in Colorado my best is a 16" fish. Just assumed they get bigger up there, just like the moose and bear.

    "Each of you be a light unto yourself; betake yourself to no external refuge. Hold fast to the Truth. Look not for refuge to anyone beside yourself." -The Buddha
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    I've been ffishing for longer than I've been piping, which is to say nearly 60 years. My handle makes reference to the type of fish I go for.

    hp and tl
    les

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  20. warren

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    The State record is nearly two feet. Your sixteen incher is nice and would be a great catch up here. The norm, for me, is ten/twelve inches.

    I love it when the ice is just out and the fish are hitting dry flies before they hit the water. Pick a fish and try to lay fly right in front of its nose.

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  21. davet

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    My fly fishing is mostly for Brook Trout (Speckled) and Atlantic Salmon on the Nashwaak River and the Main Southwest Miramichi River. We used to go to the Northwest Miramichi ( lottery draw )every couple of years but the fishing has dropped off up there. Had a Salmon fishing trip up to the Restigouche years ago, heaven on earth
    All of our Salmon rivers are designated fly fishing only

    American Pool, Northwest Miramichi 1997

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    Just found another pic, I believe this is on the Main Southwest Miramichi app. 2001

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    I recently bought a 5wt rod with a click and pawl reel to practice casting with. I spend a few hours a week in the back yard with a yarn fly. Casting a fly rod certainly isn't the simplest thing I've tried to teach myself. I haven't even taken my rod to the water yet. My cast is getting better though. Slowly.

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  24. bassbug

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    fluffie,

    Remember these three things and your casting will be way beyond sufficient.

    1. The wrist does not bend. It's the forearm that acts as a single unit.
    2. Forward cast goes only to the 1 o'clock position, back cast to the 11 o'clock position.
    3. It's a SUDDEN and COMPLETE STOP (can't emphasize this enough) between the forward and back casting strokes

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  25. fitzy

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    Fly fishing mostly the Beaverkill, Willowemoc, Neversink and Esopus in the Catskills.

    Closer to home the croton, cross and 10 mile rivers. Also stripers and bluefish on Cape Cod.

    Although I haven't been in a few years. I just started teaching my son this year.

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  26. warren

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    I have a favorite place where I have to deliver the fly from the side more often than not. Side casting is another facet of fly fishing that requires a bit of practice. Same basic deliver, only horizontal.

    Spey fishing has my interest right now. Any suggestions for a two handed rod? I might give it a try on Steelhead.

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  27. jefff

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    I one little creek I fish in the banks are more like a tiny canyon. The Roll cast has saved my ass many times.

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    Thanks bassbug. Tips are always appreciated. I bought a few books by Dave Whitlock and when I go out for a casting session, I check out a few youtube vids so I can see the motion. I have all the gear. I'm just getting a little more comfortable before I head out to the water.
    Great thread BTW. Fish on!

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  29. bassbug

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    fluffie,

    Get out on the water...the fish will not criticize your casting skills..really

    If you're trout fishing, anything past 20-25 feet and your chances of actually setting the hook are greatly lowered. If you're bass fishing, a sloppy cast that hits the water hard will actually "call" the fish up

    It's a win win situation, so just get out there and fish.

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  30. solanus

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    My dad took me flyfishing for the first time when I was 9 or 10. It took me a few trips, but once I hooked my first brown trout I was hooked (pun intended) and I've been doing it ever since. We've gone out to Montana twice and are looking to head out to central Pennsylvania. Normally we nymph fish a couple small streams in Weatern PA. Haven't been able to get out much this year since our trip to Montana. It's been too hot so the streams are either too low and hot for the fish or it's blown out from all the rain.

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    My Mother fly-fished as a child, and encouraged me to take up the rod. A year of employment with The Orvis Company subsequently cemented my interest.

    My favorite streams are in North Carolina, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York state. Additionally I fish the flats off of Fisher Island, Florida, and can attest that bonefish on a fly are great fun!

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    Bugslinger here as well. I have been fishing all of my life and started fly fishing about five years ago. I mostly go for trout. I am dying for an opportunity to fly some blue water but haven't had an opportunity since the new baby came. I did however get to catch some salmon last year in Juneau and I cannot wait to go back.

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    Mayfly on the Au Sable in Michigan, June 2009.

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    (Rusty) Gates Lodge outside of Grayling is a yearly destination..

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    I have been fly fishing and tying flies since a teenager. I live in British Columbia, Canada and the opportunities to cast for trout, steelhead and salmon are numerable. Many lakes and streams are fly-only here; as well, many are catch-and-release or have very strict limits. I have a few trout rods, a double-hander for steelhead and even a sweet little 7ft bamboo rod I use for fishing small rainbows on the Skagit R.

    After some time he felt for his pipe. It was not broken, and that was something. Then he felt for his pouch, and there was some tobacco in it, and that was something more. Then he felt for matches and he could not find any at all, and that shattered his hopes completely.

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  36. hobie1dog

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    My favorite rods:

    Winston 7wt. Custom Guide model

    Powell 4wt. 7',6" with a J Ryall Jr. reel

    Thomas & Thomas 8wt. Cobalt blue blank

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    Steelhead from Walnut Creek off Lake Erie

    I fly fish mostly Maryland and Virginia trout streams, float fish the Potomac for smallies, kayak fish for stripers on the Chesapeake Bay, and large mouth anywhere.

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    (Sorry for the upside down image. Thought I knew how to fix the rotation problem with the PM image utility but couldn't fix it no matter how many degrees I rotated it to compensate. I hope this feature gets fixed)

    Pax

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    @brass those are some nice fish.

    @dochudson, we stayed at Fuller's North Branch which I think is just upstream of Gates lodge.

    Here is a pic of the Au Sable.

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