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Polar Pop
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re: The Fly Fishing Thread: Questions, pics, discussion all here
bm what are you running on your 4wt, assuming it is for smaller freshwater species


bluemoons
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Indeed. I use it for bass and perch, and have Scientific Anglers MPX on it because I couldn't find BTT when I was shopping for new line . I do really like the MPX though, and it casts really well. It doesn't get abused nearly as hard as my 7, 8, or 11 though so I can't really speak to long term durability.
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sloopy
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Nice pics and looks like a hell of a trip. What kind of lens are you using?


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Elusiveporpi
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Saskwatch


thanks, I went with the Orivs Redfish. I'm probably not good enough with the casting to tell the difference, but that is one less excuse i can have on why i missed a fish.


LEASTBAY
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Im sure its in here somewhere, how do i start with fishing for reds/bass/trout. I fish in Delacroix once a week or so and have many spots that are usually stacked with redfish and bass. Which gear should I start with for fly fishing?


Saskwatch
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one less excuse i can have on why i missed a fish.


Its a good line and the short weight forward head should help with learning how to cast and loading the rod


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PapaPogey
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Porpi, I don’t have a ton of experience with different lines, but I’ve caught around 23 reds in the last 2 weekends on Cortland Liquid Crystal Guide taper 8wt and I’m really liking it so far


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Saskwatch
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Which gear should I start with for fly fishing?


Ranges from $300-$1000+ for rod/reel/backing/fly line.

Id suggest looking at Ebay for some gently used gear. The resale market for Fly gear is very healthy.

8wt Rod and Reel. 8 Weight Forward Floating Line.


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GEAUXLPOST
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BM - amazing shots man, those finning pics are sweet. What caught hold of that bonefish?


Leastbay - you may want to try some rods before you buy, but if that's not an option do more research. I waited and found someone selling a used TFO BVK rod on ebay for what I thought was a good price ($190). Get a rod with a lifetime warranty, if you break it on a redfish (or even out of frustration), simply send it in and for $25 you get a brand new rod. Got a new Reddington Behemoth reel ($85) and put Wulff BTT 8wtFF line ($80) on it. Once I got the backing, some flies, and made some tapered leaders with monofilament, I was in about $475 for what I think is a very good beginner set up.

Like saskwatch said, you can easily get a beginner set up for less, and you can easily spend a lot more. I always tend to buy quality equipment. Doesn't have to be the best, but something that will last.

The only thing I don't like about fly fishing is that I'm always looking for more flies and different gear. I've only been at it for about 9 months and I've bought a 4wt set up and I'm looking at buying another 8wt or a 7wt for a back-up/extra rod.


LEASTBAY
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That's the exact reel ive seen recommend. Not to find a rod


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bluemoons
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What caught hold of that bonefish?


A lemon shark got him about 10ft away from me. I've always heard of it happening to other people, but it's never happened to me. Absolutely insane to see. He was a toad too. Probably a 6lb fish.
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Bunsbert Montcroff
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does anyone have suggestions for spots to shore fish on the northshore and/or mississippi gulf coast? i'm visiting my parents on the northshore for christmas and plan to grab an 8wt rod that i can fish in ponds, bayous, flats, the lake, and the surf along the gulf coast.

i am used to fly fishing for trout in small streams here in arizona (some of our "rivers" would be considered a puddle in la) and our local lakes for bass and panfish. salt/brackish water will be a new experience. as will having to deal with alligators in creeks, bayous, and ponds.

would appreciate any spots on the northshore that you know of that are accessible by foot and i don't mind a hike to get to them. not targeting a specific species, just looking to get into some fish in a new environment. definitely not asking for honey holes, just some general tips. i would hire a guide but it looks like all the charters/fly fishing tours are booked up during the time i'm there.

thanks in advance! really enjoying seeing the saltwater fishing pics - it's a different kind of fishing than what i'm used to in the southwest and mountain west.


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AubieALUMdvm
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You always deliver! Is this the same place and set up as before? We discussed some of this a year or two ago. I’m slowly but surely upping my saltwater game and getting better at reds

I will be posting more here soon. Have had some major work commitments keeping me off the river but should be back at her soon


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bluemoons



Sick dude.


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bluemoons
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You always deliver! Is this the same place and set up as before?


Thanks! . Are you asking if it's the same place I went to last time? If so, no. This was a different island, but still one of the out islands of the Bahamas. If you ever want to go, feel free to post your email and I'll shoot you some info. I just don't like advertising the area on the internet permanently .

Same kind of setup though in that it was a DIY trip. We were lucky this trip that the house came with kayaks. Kayaks really open up your options on a DIY trip. Sometimes, you'll have a badass flat that's 40 yards across a 10ft deep channel. Without a kayak, you're not fishing it.


GEAUXLPOST
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Anyone have a suggestion on a back up/extra saltwater redfish rod? My primary is a 8wt BVK, Looking to stay around $200. I like the BVK, but would like something a little different. No point in having two of the exact same thing. What should I go with? 7wt? 8wt? Something stiffer?
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PapaPogey
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I’ve posted these pics on here but not specifically this thread, so I’ll post them again.

Two weekends ago I went a little further south to find cleaner water and it paid off. Caught 16 or 17 reds on 1 crab pattern fly on the 8wt. Crystal clear water on an oyster bottom was the ticket especially with the bright sun out that day.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/QPgUOeV.jpg

Image: https://i.imgur.com/T4xyNG9.jpg


Last weekend the fog was a bitch and didn’t lift until after lunch. I stick around and it finally peaked out around 3pm on Sunday and I got in on some good action and caught another 6 or so fish. Fly of choice was the purple mullet.
Image: https://i.imgur.com/90l0Z7X.jpg

Image: https://i.imgur.com/lJw6xZx.jpg

Image: https://i.imgur.com/WZ8M2LI.jpg

Image: https://i.imgur.com/KrWHrIf.jpg



All I can say, is I’m hooked! Finally getting the hang of what to do and what to look for and it’s becoming much more natural. Had a few get off because I didn’t really get a good strip set, but no worries. Now it’s time to get on some bigger fish. Tight lines guys, this shit’s awesome.

ETA: BM, sick trip as always, and great pics. I fished solo both weekends so these pics are all selfies.
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Polar Pop
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Killin the game

I am dying to get down south and try the reds on the fly, I just cant get into duck hunting this year with the suckage.


PapaPogey
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The 2 week early forecast looks real shitty for all fishing.


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