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AubieALUMdvm
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The Fly Fishing Thread: Questions, pics, discussion all here
Hello OB

I'm pleased to see more and more FF discussion/questions and there has been enough interest in taking up this addicting hobby to have a mega FF thread.

We can discuss tips/tricks for beginners and any/all questions about gear (rods, reels, line, waders, wading boots) recommendations. We can talk all about fly tying too.

And PICS! nothing like showing off that big fat trout you got on a fly.


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***** Are you in the south and maybe looking for a good inshore saltwater or freshwater bass set up?? Check out page 11 -16 and 28-35 read from there on some great info on what you might need, rod weight, reel size, brands, etc.****

Here are some good links for instructional type stuff. Thanks to ccard for these.

orivs has a bunch of good casting videos
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the tom rosenbauer podcasts are good, dig through to find topics that interest you
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A couple of FAQ threads from other boards:
http://texasfishingforum.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/3989286/What_You_Always_Wanted_to_Know#Post3989286

reddit

a great list of links for where to buy stuff online. This was prepared for fly tying, but many of these sites sell other stuff as well.
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Two excellent videos from shark: Beginner fly casting. I will go back and watch these just as a refresher b/c I'm prone to getting sloppy with my casting.
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Here's a thread discussing good ideas for fishing in Montana and Idaho if you're looking to take that dream trip out west

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Enjoy!
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JumpingTheShark
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Looking forward to contributing to this. Leaving work early today so I will reserve this spot to post some stuff.

Edit: I have since added all of my gear to page 45 of this thread.
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In

Catching a redfish in the marsh or a big steelhead up north on the fly is on my short list of things to do so.

All the pictures are welcome


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ccard257
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If we want to get a fly swap going, i've got a pro on standby

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sloopy
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In. Here is a little guy I caught on my new Clearwater set up.


bluemoons
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Cool . I can contribute some photos.





Both of those were caught with that Allen Omega, with a 9ft TFO BVK 8wt.
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JumpingTheShark
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Nice. I am digging the Allen stuff. I use the Allen Volant (9 ft 5 wt) and the Allen Kraken II. In fact, all of the stuff I have is Allen because it came highly recommended and they are located right in Southlake, TX so the products arrive quickly. Also they e-mail you personally for any questions or concerns about the products.





Dallas has a decent fly shop called Tailwaters Fly Fishing. Random place for a fly shop, but its a good one and the staff is great.


JumpingTheShark
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What fly were you casting when you caught that Bluegill?


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Still learning the ins and outs with saltwater but it is one hell of a rush, especially in a kayak! The guys at Orvis here in Baton Rouge are also a huge help, I can't even begin to tell you how much time I have spent there picking their brains.

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bbvdd
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Tied this one a few weeks ago. Still need to put a little cement on it but it was the 1st deer hair that I had done in quite a while:



Caught this one last Aug on the White River (rod is a St Croix 8.5 ft 4wt that I built several years ago):





ccard257
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How do you like that vollant? My boss is considering one in 5 wt. I've got it in a 10' 4wt and I enjoy it, but that's an odd duck size to make recommendations based on.


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I might not be the best person to conclude on it since it's my first Rod, but with that being said, it works great in the hands of a beginner so I imagine someone with some skill could work it really well. A personal preference but I would maybe consider going 8 1/2 ft if I did it again.


sloopy
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quote:

What fly were you casting when you caught that Bluegill?




Just a little yellow popper given to me by an Orvis associate.


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ccard257
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he's a beginner too so that's not a bad data point. I wanted to put him in a winston passport but they quit making them.


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Winston


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bluemoons
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Sheepy! Nice dude!


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AubieALUMdvm
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rod is a St Croix 8.5 ft 4wt that I built several years ago):



How much did you invest in that? Was it worth the money and time to you?

I'm guessing you just bought the blank and put it all together with reel seat, handle, guides like I've read about. Difficult?


bbvdd
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How much did you invest in that? Was it worth the money and time to you?

I'm guessing you just bought the blank and put it all together with reel seat, handle, guides like I've read about. Difficult?


These are the Legend Elite blanks or whatever they were at the time and I was able to get the blanks at whole sale price which was about $150. I don't like snake guides too much and put ceramic all the way down. It adds only minimal weight.

And yes, bought the blank, guides, reel seat, etc.
Total I had a little over $200 in the rod. To buy one then, they were around $600, again I was buying at wholesale prices. I also firmly believe that my rods were far superior to a factory rod. I spent the time to find the spine, and then test the rod and adjust guide positions before I would tie them on.

I never thought it was difficult. It was a little time consuming but really not bad at all. I enjoyed it, but I enjoy making things.


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hogfly
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This was my fishing partner's big bass last weekend.



Funny thing: I'd actually gone to the shop and gotten a bunch of big meat flies, because we were at the lake all weekend and I decided to target big bass with big flies.

My son, meanwhile is throwing a tiny bream killer suspended below a popper. I'm standing in the bow and watch as a 4+ lb. largemouth inhales his bream killer. Unfortunately, it got off just as I leadered it, but it was unbelievable that our largest bass of the weekend was hooked on the smallest fly.


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LSUtiger17
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My first trout on a dry fly caught on the Lower Madison last week. I've caught plenty nymphing in the southeast but dry fly fishing up there is something special


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