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Old 07-03-2014, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Adventures in "trad" fishing.

For the sake of finding a home, fly fishing = "trad" fishing. So this thread is going in the trad section.

A funny thing happend a little over a week or so ago, Chunky and I decided to take up fly fishing. We both researched what rod we should get. We both checked out a few places. We both ended up going to Bass Pro in Katy to pick up a rod/reel. We both had no reel clue of what exactly we were doing. We just knew that we wanted to fish with stick and string. That is, just one stick and one string.

After purchasing our setups, we went home and practiced casting in our yards and then went fishing in the closest pond we had nearby and we both ended up catching our first fish. Mine on a wooly bugger and his on a popper.

Now you might ask "what's so funny about that?" Well, while it seems like we planned to do this together, we had absolutely no clue the other was going through the same paces at the exact same time. So imagine our surprise when I post up a question for the Green Screen and find out the other is doing the exact same thing... learning to fly fish.

So last night, Chunky and I decide to meet up at a small pond up in the Woodlands to do some fishing. The Woodlands has a lot of community ponds and most of them, unlike the ones near my house are very well managed. I chose Alden Woods Park. It was closer to Chunky and from google maps, I could tell it would be a good little body of water to do some practice.

Chunky had his first bass under his belt, and I had a grand total of 3 fish caught out of probably 7 or 8 trips to small lakes/ponds under my belt. I'm telling you, we were the reel deal. I'm pretty sure the outdoor channel would have offered us a contract for fly fishing show right there on the spot. Too bad folks like that don't live in the Woodlands... ore maybe they do.

We hit that little pond pretty hard. Unfortunately, the pond hit back. There were quite a few turtles that would prove to be somewhat annoying. Since I was trying out strike indicators for the first time; I had to deal with these curious buggers coming up to the indicator and pushing it around. My setup was a 5wt with a bead head nymph suspended by a sticky foam indicator about 1.5 ft off the top. I was targeting blue gills and other smaller fish. Chunky was fishing an 8wt with a popper, targeting the bass.

I did end up catching 2 fish. A small Largemouth (my first LM on a fly) that was pure luck and a sizeable gill that was all skill I hooked that gill on the slightest twitch of the indicator. It was no more than a small ripple. The bass however was one of those experiences that everybody has had if you fish long enough. You know, the one where you have a bad cast and then you start messing with your rod or reel trying to straight everything out. You then tug on your line to start the processe over and somehow, while you looked like Bill Dance fumbling around in an blooper reel, you managed to set the hook on a fish and didn't even know it.

Chunky had a great strike on his popper towards the end of the evening. But it was one of those other moments we all experience. The one where you are talking to a buddy or some passer by and the fish strikes hard and you missed it because you weren't paying attention. Kinda like when you are sitting in a blind texting your buddy over on the other side of the lease asking if he is seeing any deer because there aint squat moving over on your side. Then you look up and there is a buck looking at you like "whatcha doing? checking pintrest?"
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:11 AM   #2
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The two from Alden Woods

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Old 07-03-2014, 09:21 AM   #3
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Nice! I look forward to hearing more stories!
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:25 AM   #4
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Here is a fly rod for ya! Not sure of the wt, but it is the biggest in the world.

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Rooting for Chunky this weekend to land something big. He should have some good opprotunity to land some fat fish using "fat" line.

I'll probably hit a few ponds this weekend myself. The whole family likes to fish and there are some more ponds I'd like to check out.
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Old 07-03-2014, 11:30 AM   #6
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Here is a fly rod for ya! Not sure of the wt, but it is the biggest in the world.

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I had heard Big Tex fly fished back in the day Where is that sucker located?
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Port Isabel

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First, let me say I have a lot of fun fishing yesterday, even though I totally screwed up when I missed that fish.

I like the analogy that fly fishing is "trad" fishing, and here is why....

It is more about the method, equipment, and style than getting the game.
It is very hard to do, and requires a lot of practice and patience...no short cut.
Like traditional bowhunting, every fish regardless of size, becomes a trophy again.

My total is up to 2 small bass, both from my private pond "read high fence fishing" LOL.

It is very exciting when ol' bass takes that top water popper.
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Aint that the truth. I have taken more pictures of tiny fish in the past week than I have since we took our kiddos fishing for the first time.
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YMCA pond was active tonight. Caught a couple while son was at Tae kwon do.

Probably the smallest bass I have caught.

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Great pics and story!
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Pretty cool!
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That's a wee little one there, Scott!

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That's a wee little one there, Scott!

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Yeah... he put me at 6 1/4 total fish caught with a fly
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I'm gonna have to break out my flyrods, it's been to long since I've flyfished.
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Just like trad bows , just a stick and string!!!
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Just like trad bows , just a stick and string!!!
Yep... the reel just holds line.
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Yep... the reel just holds line.
Not when you get into big fish.
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My birthday is coming up and my wife surprised me with some fly tying stuff. She knows me so well.

My first fly is a wolly with a bead head.

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I had some foam for the strike indicators so I made a little popper using that and some push pins.

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Those look good! I like the popper!

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My birthday is coming up and my wife surprised me with some fly tying stuff. She knows me so well.

My first fly is a wolly with a bead head.

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I had some foam for the strike indicators so I made a little popper using that and some push pins.

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I added a sun fish tonight, before we headed out bowfishing
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Nice! Family and I are headed to a pond with catfish....
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I am spending and equal amount of time in the water in front and the trees behind
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my casting is getting better... but I am not catching fish any better because of it.

Did catch my first fish on my first homemade nymph. Lots of other bumps but no hard takes.
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Was reluctant to post another small fish.... but... caught him on a nymph I tied. I tied it with hare hair.

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Old 07-05-2014, 01:44 PM   #28
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Those are good times. I broke my last fly rod and every now and then the itch comes back. I made a short trip to Breckenridge CO one year to fish for a couple days and all I caught was a trout about the size of your baby bass. My casting technique always left a lot to be desired though. It wasn't pretty. Keep it up.
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I fly fished for the first time in about 5 years at the creek earlier this summer, me and the little brother took turns with the one rod we could find. It was a blast, and now thanks to you guys I need a fix again :P

There's nothing as rewarding as catching a fish on a fly you tied. I make some pretty great steamer's, I just wish I could make something else!
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Loving this thread! I might have to give this a try.
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I love to flyfish and i tie
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The fun thing about warm water fish is that apparently you don't have make realistic looking insects.
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I say that because I don't think my nymph looks like something real... then again, I have never visited Jupiter.
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Looking good men. Lots of good long rod water here. Those flies look good Scott. One of my fly fishing buddy's nephews calls it "arts and crafts" when we get out the tying stuff.
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You can use a woolly bugger will catch anything from rainbows, bass and reddrum
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First fish I caught was on a bugger. But nada since.

Here is one I tied and fished tonight. Had some action... just couldn't get a hook set.

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First fish I caught was on a bugger. But nada since.

Here is one I tied and fished tonight. Had some action... just couldn't get a hook set.

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Nice! I've been fly tying for probably 10 years, since I was about 8, and I can't make anything that looks that good!! Like I said earlier, I tie killer streamer's, but anything else is just beyond my ability! I reckon you'll catch a fish or two on that one in the near future
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Yep, you look like a natural at the vise Scott.
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Use some closed cell craft foam (black) and some white rubber legs and make water spiders you catch alot of perch.
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I also like to attack deer hair and make different bad bugs
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Use some closed cell craft foam (black) and some white rubber legs and make water spiders you catch alot of perch.
Something like this?

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Hmmmmmm. That sounds more like a cane pole to me.
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Scott, did you make that spider?

Make me a couple.
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Scott, did you make that spider?

Make me a couple.
Yep, I made that spider last night. I'll whip you up a few spiders and a couple other flies for you to try out too.
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Awesome looking spider!
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Also, my 9 yr old son is really wanting to get into it as well. He wanted to tie some flies so we did some together. He wanted his own box to put them in and wants me to buy him a fly rod. He now has his own little box of flies he made himself (2) and I told him I'd wait on the rod until after we determined he'd take to instruction first.

Just found out the date for the next Fly fishing 101 clinic by Orvis and I'll take him out there so that we can get formal instruction together (the Orvis online videos are actually pretty good in getting you started on your own and that is how I got started.)

Stay tuned... in a couple of weeks, maybe, just maybe, I'll be able to post pictures of his first fly fish. Of course, the biggest hurdle is seeing if he is patient enough to learn and go without catching alot of fish at first. Serioulsy, after being able to catch just about anything with a live worm, it can be challenging to learn how to trick them with the fake stuff.
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Just getting started myself. I found this book at half price books. I've tied a few from here and they look pretty good.

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You would recognize that popper I made from this book: http://www.amazon.com/Tying-Common-H...53M7X41X3PCXB1 that my wife also bought for me. There was some good ideas in that book. I am on the lookout for a good reference for traditional fly patterns too; just in case I get to make a trip to a place with cold water.
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TPWD stocks a lot of local lakes with rainbows in the winter.

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TPWD stocks a lot of local lakes with rainbows in the winter.

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Yep. I have fished for those with trout bait before. I don't know how well they take to flies since they are probably fed pellets at the hatcheries.
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