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Old 02-22-2015, 03:07 PM   #201
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Started fly fishing in Drayton Valley, Alberta between the Saskatchawan and Pembina Rivers in 1958. Have fly fished in Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, South Dakota, Idaho, Utah, Washington, Arkansas, Louisiana, Florida, Turkey and Italy.

Braunig and Calaveras fly boxes. Tying Briminators today after I separate Racoon underfur (dubbing) from the hair. Caught him under the porch. LOL
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In the next few days I'll post my 9 wt custom fly rod build in the DIY section.

Blank is a 9 foot, 2 Piece, MHX High Modulus graphite blank. The blank weighs in at 2.3 grams, 4.5 tip with a .378" butt. Opted to go 2 piece for strength, feel and smooth blank recovery.

Guides will be American Tackle Titanium single foot guides (dual foot at stripper and first guide up from reel seat). Tip will a Fuji SIC Titanium. Single foot ring guides will allow the blank to flex smoothly without the additional stiffening factor found, when wrapping the forward guide foot down using traditional snake guides. These TI guides are super light and extremely strong - saltwater proof as well as braid proof (backing).

The reel seat is an American Tackle, thread up Aluminum Braided window reel seat, with a burled rose wood insert.

Grip is a Portuguese cork Half Wells

This rod will be built to fish my Galvan Rush Lite fly reel - backed with 250 yards of 20lb braid on various 9 wt floating and sinking lines. I have 3 spools for the Glavan and my thought is, this rod will cover coastal winds, jetty and PINS surf opportunities a bit better than my 8 wt TFO BVK.

The 8 wt TFO BVK is fishing with a Ross 8 wt reel and I'll have my son on this fly stick, as we chase our coastal addictions.




As it is with all custom rod builds, the color selection is the toughest decision to make. So I'll theme it much like this casting blank's colors.

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Old 03-02-2015, 11:42 AM   #203
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Cool! Can't wait to see your project, Rob. I use single foot guides too. They keep the line off the blank a little better, which I think helps shoot line a little further. And it makes for half the work in wrapping thread too.
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Old 03-02-2015, 12:17 PM   #204
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I was bit by the fly fishing bug about 15 years ago. I fly fish Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas when I get a chance and I cast a fly to the sand bass in Rowlett creek when they are running. The picture below is me in the Big Thompson River in Colorado.
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DIY Fly rod build up as build phase Uno!
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Looking forward to that. Let me know when your ready to start taking orders!
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Old 03-05-2015, 07:39 PM   #207
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Old 03-05-2015, 08:02 PM   #208
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great thread. Surprised I never noticed it until now. Count me as a TBH fly fisherman.
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I was bit by the fly fishing bug about 15 years ago. I fly fish Colorado, Oklahoma and Arkansas when I get a chance and I cast a fly to the sand bass in Rowlett creek when they are running. The picture below is me in the Big Thompson River in Colorado.
This is why I love throwing flies. The unique experiences that accompany getting into secluded waters are one in a million
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:48 AM   #210
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My buddy Rob Anderson has been on a role the past few weeks on Pyramid Lake. They have been catching alot of 10-15lb cutthroats. Pyramid Lake is probably your best bet at catching a 10+ lb trout, the average fish will typically break most people personal best trout. . Pyramid is just a short drive from Reno, NV. Rob is one of the leading guides up there and will put you on some big fish.

I caught this opne with Rob a few years ago, just shy of 12lbs
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Old 03-07-2015, 10:49 AM   #211
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Awesome fish
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Old 03-07-2015, 11:03 AM   #212
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My buddy Rob Anderson has been on a role the past few weeks on Pyramid Lake. They have been catching alot of 10-15lb cutthroats. Pyramid Lake is probably your best bet at catching a 10+ lb trout, the average fish will typically break most people personal best trout. . Pyramid is just a short drive from Reno, NV. Rob is one of the leading guides up there and will put you on some big fish.

I caught this opne with Rob a few years ago, just shy of 12lbs
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Awesome. Isn't Pyramid the lake were they still have the pure strain of Lahontan cutthroats? Beautiful fish.
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Old 03-07-2015, 02:14 PM   #213
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It sure is. I never fished there but had to watch them. Only place I've seen fishing ladders lol.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:21 PM   #214
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a couple flies i tied up last weekend



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Old 03-18-2015, 08:43 PM   #215
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Man I fly fish every chance I get. If u want a crazy fun trip call capt Gregg Moon in hopedale la. I was in New Orleans on a job and booked a trip with him in January. 20 and 30 founders on fly. I missed a couple at 40lbs. U want regret it and u will go every year.
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Old 03-18-2015, 08:45 PM   #216
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All redfish. I would post pics but I'm new to site and can't do anything.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:39 PM   #217
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Capt Greg moon is the Man! Her is a 2 day trip i did with Capt Moon the first day and Capt Dini the next. Both days were epic.

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Old 03-18-2015, 09:44 PM   #218
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I enjoy fishing more than hunting, mainly bass fishing but I love to chase crappie and occasionally stripers and catfish. One of these days I would like to go big game fishing.
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Old 03-18-2015, 09:48 PM   #219
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Capt Greg moon is the Man! Her is a 2 day trip i did with Capt Moon the first day and Capt Dini the next. Both days were epic.

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Glad too see someone has been with Gregg also. I am going back this summer again. Prob in June or july
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This one didn't make it.
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Just booked a few days late May in New Mexico! Getting excited!
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Old 03-18-2015, 10:27 PM   #223
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Where you headed, Randy?
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Coho, Alaska, 2009.
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Where you headed, Randy?
Shane, I have a long time friend who recently bought a vacation home in Angel Fire. We went out with them in late January to check out the area. I gave him a 4wt Echo rod, reel, line, net and some wading boots! Told him he needs to get back into fly fishing (he grew up in Colorado Springs and fly fished as a teenager, but hasn't since then). It worked! He called and wants us to go out in late May and fish for 2-3 days while the wives chill.

I PMed NMStickFlinger3, and he recommended Nick and Taylor Streit, who own Taos Fly Shop. Not sure exactly where we will fish, but for sure the Cimarron and maybe the Rio Grande if we old coots can traverse down to it. Generally, it will be in the Angel Fire, Taos area. Eventually, I would like to get out on Eagle's Nest Lake and hook into some Pike!

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WooWee! Would love to get one of those on my line someday.
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Old 03-19-2015, 01:12 PM   #227
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Shane, I have a long time friend who recently bought a vacation home in Angel Fire. We went out with them in late January to check out the area. I gave him a 4wt Echo rod, reel, line, net and some wading boots! Told him he needs to get back into fly fishing (he grew up in Colorado Springs and fly fished as a teenager, but hasn't since then). It worked! He called and wants us to go out in late May and fish for 2-3 days while the wives chill.

I PMed NMStickFlinger3, and he recommended Nick and Taylor Streit, who own Taos Fly Shop. Not sure exactly where we will fish, but for sure the Cimarron and maybe the Rio Grande if we old coots can traverse down to it. Generally, it will be in the Angel Fire, Taos area. Eventually, I would like to get out on Eagle's Nest Lake and hook into some Pike!

http://www.streitflyfishing.com/
Taylor Streit has been guiding there forever. I've heard good things about him, but I've never fished with him. I have a buddy that also lives in Taos and guides, so I fish with him whenever I want a guide in that area. Cimarron is fun. So is the Rio. We usually go behind the mountain at Questa to the Wild Rivers area and go down there. You can get to the Red from there as well, including the confluence of the Red and the Rio. Going down to the river is easy. Coming back up the canyon is the hard part.
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Not an expert but a 30 year student of flyfishing. I can assure you a fly will outfish any other legal forms. It does not take a professional fly rodder to accomplish this either.

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Taylor Streit has been guiding there forever. I've heard good things about him, but I've never fished with him. I have a buddy that also lives in Taos and guides, so I fish with him whenever I want a guide in that area. Cimarron is fun. So is the Rio. We usually go behind the mountain at Questa to the Wild Rivers area and go down there. You can get to the Red from there as well, including the confluence of the Red and the Rio. Going down to the river is easy. Coming back up the canyon is the hard part.

Who is the guide you know from Taos? Spencer Seim by chance?
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Who is the guide you know from Taos? Spencer Seim by chance?
No, it's Mark Cowan. He's a real estate appraiser for his main job, but he guides all over the world. He guides occasionally with Van Beacham at the Solitary Angler in Taos as well.

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Tour of Texas; Baffin Bay Speckled Trout
The Baffin complex, which includes Alazan Bay, Cayo del Grullo and Laguna Salada is the most remote bay system on the Texas Gulf Coast. It reaches west of the Laguna Madre, about midway between Corpus Christi and Port Mansfield, isolated from the open Gulf by Padre Island. This large bay complex is unique in many ways. Due to its lack of any major freshwater drains and any open passes leading to the Gulf of Mexico, Baffin Bay has a higher salinity level then any other bay in the area. Its is believed that the high salinity levels help the trout grow larger because the fish are not stressed by constantly having to adjust to varying salinity levels. It is also believed that since the bay is protected from the Gulf of Mexico that sharks, dolphin and other large predatory fish typically do not move into the bay to prey on the trout. Serpulid reefs are found no where else on the Texas coast and are unique to Baffin. Living and growing serpulid reefs occur in only a few other areas of the world. These reefs are dated from 300 to 3,000 years old. Serpulid worms (after the family of tube-building worms, Serpulidae) and much like coral reef-building animals, making their tube homes out of calcium carbonate. Over time, these tubes build up into very large rock-like reef structures. While there are some living worms still found on these reefs, there are no reports the reefs are building or enlarging at this time.

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I trout fished a bit when I was stationed at Carlisle Barracks, PA, but now it is just bass, crappie, and panfish in Tx tanks and the Guadalupe River. Here's one I caught several years back--

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Whats normally called a pond is called a tank in Texas. Your average cow will drink roughly 25 gallons of water a day during our scorching summers. To provide water for their livestock ranchers started building tanks by bull dozing a dirt dam across a gully to collect runoff. Today many of these tanks are supplemented by wells that pump cool fresh ground water keeping these tanks full of water. They started getting stocked by sportsman and ranchers with bass and other game fish and frankly some just got fish in them from unknown sources. These tanks can be located in some of the most water barren parts of the state, but somehow they hold fish and other amphibians like bullfrogs and red ear sliders. They are a great fishing opportunity that shouldn't be over looked. The fishing is normally pretty easy due to the lack of fishing pressure and the small size of these water impediments. No matter what the conditions are like, (high pressure, cold front or clear windless days) you can almost always find a few fish that are willing to add a smile to your day.

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:01 AM   #235
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anyone here have any experience fishing the clearwater for stealheads?
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Old 04-29-2015, 10:26 AM   #236
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Left: MHX Custom self build - Galvan reel - Rio Outbound short 1.5 sec sink on the upper 10ft

Middle: TFO BVK - Ross reel - Scientific Anglers Mastery redfish float

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The sunfish family is probably the single most species of fish responsible for getting new anglers started in fishing. Sunfish, bream or panfish is a common collective name to refer to the many species that make up the sunfish family. Sunfish refers to a whole group of small fish that are pretty, plentiful and pugnacious. They aren’t the biggest fish but as they say it’s not the size of the fish in the fight that counts; it’s the size of the fight in the fish. Fishing for these guys is a ball on a slow fly rod like a TFO 3wt Finesse or your favorite glass rod. Sunfish are deep-bodied, which gives them a lot of surface area to leverage against the water during a fight and with their flat, slender bodies and fins they can accelerate and change direction quickly. The best thing about fishing for sunfish is you only need the most basic equipment. A 2, 3 or 4 weight fly rod is ideal, a click pawl reel and a standard weight forward floating line. Fly rods can be 6-9 foot because rarely will you be casting pass a few rod lengths. A medium to slow rod will be the most sporting and will allow these feisty fish to put a good bend into the cork of the rod. A very basic eight foot leader in 4x tipped with the most popular fly in the world a wooly bugger. Olive, black or brown wooly buggers in size 10-14 will catch gills all day long. Very rarely are these fish picky on flies and when you find a few dozen of them on their classic honey comb beds; it’s a rear occasion to not get a hit after two or three strips. Sunfish are found everywhere, from small creeks, neighborhood ponds, lakes, rivers and don’t pass up some of the small landscaping ponds found around shopping malls, banks and other suburban areas. Spawning from late spring to early fall these fish will populate any body of water they live in rather quickly. The best time to find the biggest females is the days leading up to the full moon. This is when they move up to spawn and can be target quiet easily on a fly rod. Typically these bigger fish will only be up in the shallows at night and at grey light. You’ll catch fish all day long on the beds but if you are looking for Bullgills, it is best to come back during the night to target these fish. Bullgills are the biggest of the bluegills and will break 10” and weigh over a pond. The current Texas state record bluegill is just over 2lbs and was caught in the Lampasas River in 1999. There are many private bass ponds where these fish are fed high protein pellets several times a day and for the private water record in Texas the current record is over 3lbs. I’m sure many have been caught even bigger but the bluegill in these ponds are meant to grow big bass and probably don’t get much consideration for anything else.

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Old 05-10-2015, 01:05 AM   #238
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Where do you guys order your flies online??? Wondering what else is out there other than cabelas
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:00 AM   #239
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95% of all my fishing now is with a fly. I will be fly fishing the Devil's River next Thur-Monday. Can't wait for some of those smallmouths on the fly.
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95% of all my fishing now is with a fly. I will be fly fishing the Devil's River next Thur-Monday. Can't wait for some of those smallmouths on the fly.
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Old 05-10-2015, 06:03 AM   #241
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Try flyfishfood fly shop

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Old 05-12-2015, 06:52 PM   #242
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Matt Bennett in Round Rock ties custom flies. He worked at Living Waters flyshop in Round Rock for a few years and now has started tying commercially full time. you can contact him for any flies and he'll tie them up for you.

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In the next few days I'll post my 9 wt custom fly rod build in the DIY section.



As it is with all custom rod builds, the color selection is the toughest decision to make. So I'll theme it much like this casting blank's colors.
I have a rod with those same color wraps
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:04 PM   #244
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anyone here ever fish the gunnison gorge? I;m in the middle of planning a trip for mid to late august. Would like to hear about your trip if you've been. thanks
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Any suggestions where I can practice my fly fishing skills in Arlington? Any neighborhood ponds?
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:39 PM   #246
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Dry casting with a piece of yarn tied into your tippet eureka best
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Old 06-03-2015, 02:59 PM   #247
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Any suggestions where I can practice my fly fishing skills in Arlington? Any neighborhood ponds?
I don't live in Arlington, but all I ever really do is fly fish neighborhood ponds. In fact, I like to hit up different neighborhood fishing, not just the one in my neighborhood (my neighborhood pond is more of a tank.)

Oh and google earth is your friend. Just look around where you live and see if any of the water you see is a fishing pond. I found several I didn't even know about.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:17 PM   #248
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I used to when I had the time> I am planning to start up again now that I am semi-retired. I just took my 4 wt rig to my house up in Arkansas. Went for a drive to the Little Red River last weekend but didn't fish.
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Hopefully going this evening. Back to the ol honey hole with my trusty 4 wt. TFO. Gotta love that topwater blowup.
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Old 06-03-2015, 03:35 PM   #250
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I've been trying to catch perch in my tank but all I get is bass. It is a good deal of fun to catch a 1-3# bass on my 4wt but they're not my target
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