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MikeCh
April 28, 2014, 11:56 PM
Anyone here a fly fisherman? Myself, I've been fly fishing for 35 or so years....tying my own flies for almost the same time frame. It's a great challenge to find fish in a river and a beautiful way to spend the day outdoors.

I'm getting jazzed up to hit the rivers here myself, hopefully sooner than later. The early runoff is starting now and the rivers are high and clear. Within the next few weeks they will be high and off-colored (first tea then chocolate milk in color) and then they will blow out and become un-fishable until mid June or even into July depending on snow pack in the high country. After the melt, the rivers will remain high and clear and become easier to fish. The water will slowly subside over the summer (freestone rivers, not damned ones which can fluctuate due to many factors), getting to their lowest levels typically in September. Trout always eat no matter the water conditions or temperature, so it's great fun to chase them around as they make their new holds in the river during it's changes.

I love it.

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the professor
April 29, 2014, 12:18 AM
I've always wanted to go but I've yet to go.

I'm jealous :)

Bobvin
April 29, 2014, 11:06 AM
Having moved to Portland, my long desire to learn to cast a fly is on my list to finally complete. Trade in my truck for jeep and head into the mountains around here. Lots & lots of rivers. I creek-fished in Montana as a boy, longing to get back into the woods.

MikeCh
April 29, 2014, 04:32 PM
Hi Jock and Bob,

If you've wanted to try it out, you certainly should!.....though it's another potential money pit to get into initially if you find its something that's appealing to you. :) And like golf or biking, you gotta work at it to get better.

Bobvin
April 29, 2014, 05:52 PM
I understand fish are as difficult to predict as women!

NorthStar
April 29, 2014, 06:12 PM
If you're using a fly yes. ...A live one.

MikeCh
April 29, 2014, 09:26 PM
It helps to have the right flies!

the professor
April 29, 2014, 10:50 PM
Having moved to Portland, my long desire to learn to cast a fly is on my list to finally complete. Trade in my truck for jeep and head into the mountains around here. Lots & lots of rivers. I creek-fished in Montana as a boy, longing to get back into the woods.

I got the jeep. Maybe we can learn together.

MikeCh
April 30, 2014, 01:32 AM
I got the jeep. Maybe we can learn together.


Jock and Bob,

Do it and you can witness scenes like these:


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Bobvin
April 30, 2014, 02:32 AM
Indeed, the fishing is just an excuse, to find scenes like those ( then brag about the big one you pulled out!)

NorthStar
April 30, 2014, 04:31 PM
Jock and Bob,

Do it and you can witness scenes like these:


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Now you're talkin'!

And at sunset start a fire for the day's catches.

Bobvin
April 30, 2014, 06:24 PM
Nice, in the advertising panel to the left of the entries I see a new advertisement from "RodWrap" custom fishing grips.

I was driving through a little spot near Dillon Montana last year; saw a bunch of folks out learning to cast. Next to a rod shop making custom carbon fly rods. Custom carbon, I know all to well from bicycling, will probably turn a $200 rod into a $2000 rod real quick!

the professor
April 30, 2014, 08:23 PM
So true

But compared to hi end audio - even the carbon fiber rod seems cheap

NorthStar
April 30, 2014, 08:56 PM
Fishing gear cost is nowhere near audio gear cost; unless you add a boat with it, and fuel. ...But then it ain't fly fishing no more.

MikeCh
April 30, 2014, 09:15 PM
Fishing gear cost is nowhere near audio gear cost; unless you add a boat with it, and fuel. ...But then it ain't fly fishing no more.


Not quite Bob, there are plenty of water craft that one can cast from while drifting down a river:

http://audioshark.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=6153&d=1398903276


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Compared to say a pair of Alexia's, yes fly fishing is much less expensive. All in all, it ain't cheap though.

iosiP
April 30, 2014, 09:17 PM
Funny countries you're living in!
Around here we don't fish flies, we just swat them with a folded newspaper.

MikeCh
April 30, 2014, 09:21 PM
Funny countries you're living in!
Around here we don't fish flies, we just swat them with a folded newspaper.

HA!

NorthStar
May 1, 2014, 02:29 AM
Funny countries you're living in!
Around here we don't fish flies, we just swat them with a folded newspaper.

Yeah, you guys are pros at what you're doing unorthodoxly. ;) ...And in which country do you live?

NorthStar
May 1, 2014, 02:31 AM
Not quite Bob, there are plenty of water craft that one can cast from while drifting down a river:

http://audioshark.org/attachment.php?attachmentid=6153&d=1398903276


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Compared to say a pair of Alexia's, yes fly fishing is much less expensive. All in all, it ain't cheap though.

High-end fly fishing? ...With salad bar, cable TV, and a stripping pole. ;)

CPP
May 15, 2014, 09:09 PM
I saw this thread, how cool other fly fishermen. I fly fish, saltwater & freshwater, kayak fishing also.

Nothing like a bonefish making it's first awesome run

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BruceLet
May 15, 2014, 10:06 PM
It's salt water fishing for me. I love the surf and stripers. We have a summer home on the East End of Long Island.

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CPP
May 15, 2014, 11:52 PM
It's salt water fishing for me. I love the surf and stripers. We have a summer home on the East End of Long Island.

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Tried fly fishing in the surf down here with little success except for a redfish or two.

MikeCh
May 16, 2014, 01:32 AM
The closest to an ocean fly fishing experience I've had was when two buddies and I spent the summer of 1989 (June 5th thru Sept 20th) on the Togiak River in Alaska guiding week long visitors at a fly in fishing camp. We saw five runs of Pacific Salmon come thru that year, a few Pinks, Chum, King, Sockeye and Silvers. Experienced them from chrome bright thru their rotting stages.

I've never fished Bonefish and would love to at some point in my life, but I can tell you that a fresh 10-12lb silver or sockeye salmon will also explode line from the reel over and over.

Good fun all of it!

NorthStar
May 16, 2014, 01:42 AM
It's salt water fishing for me. I love the surf and stripers. We have a summer home on the East End of Long Island.

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And sharks? ...Strippers?

CPP
May 16, 2014, 08:56 AM
The closest to an ocean fly fishing experience I've had was when two buddies and I spent the summer of 1989 (June 5th thru Sept 20th) on the Togiak River in Alaska guiding week long visitors at a fly in fishing camp. We saw five runs of Pacific Salmon come thru that year, a few Pinks, Chum, King, Sockeye and Silvers. Experienced them from chrome bright thru their rotting stages.

I've never fished Bonefish and would love to at some point in my life, but I can tell you that a fresh 10-12lb silver or sockeye salmon will also explode line from the reel over and over.

Good fun all of it!

Alaska, one stop on my bucket list. I've caught so many Tarpon, Bonefish, Sails, Dolphin, and a few Permit, reds, trout on fly but I have always wanted to fish Alaska, not to mention enjoy my second hobby and that is landscape photography. The place is just beautiful.

NorthStar
May 16, 2014, 05:11 PM
Alaska is nice in the summer time; nice place to enjoy the wildlife and the vistas (mountains, rivers, ocean, ...). And the scenery deserved to be photographed and shared (not including oil spills).

Anyone here who has been there in the last, say four years or so, and with pics?

MikeCh
May 17, 2014, 12:48 AM
Hoping to get out on the Eagle River this weekend sometime. I stopped along a favorite stretch today while out running other errands and the water has receded a bit due to the cooler weather and the runs were clear. Perfect.

NorthStar
May 17, 2014, 02:03 AM
Mike, where's Eagle River? ...Colorado yeah, central Colorado? ...Must be beautiful.

MikeCh
May 17, 2014, 09:40 AM
Mike, where's Eagle River? ...Colorado yeah, central Colorado? ...Must be beautiful.

Bob, yes in central Colorado. There are other, more scenic options for sure, but the Eagle has it's own beauty and a real convenience factor for me. With the river running down the main valley here, the freeway (and homes, businesses, and private land) takes away from the "getting away from it all" experience. But, it's still fishing and it's still a challenge.

NorthStar
May 17, 2014, 03:32 PM
Colorado is a beautiful state. ...Looking around while googling some gorgeous spots. ...And I love fishing! :heart:

MikeCh
June 20, 2014, 09:31 PM
I'm a bachelor this weekend so music into the night and fishing during the day are on the agenda. Looking forward to the little break!

Petro85
June 20, 2014, 09:51 PM
nice mike, i love to fish, but dont have much of a chance to fly fish. its all surf casting or off boats around here. i used to get enough crabs off the dock in my yard to feed me twice a week.
but have not replaced my crab traps after hurricane sandy claimed them.
have a good time !!!

MikeCh
June 21, 2014, 12:09 AM
Thanks Steve! Looking forward to waking the bank of the river and throwing streamers (flies 1-3 inches long that imitate small fish or big insects, frogs, birds, whatever LOL) down and across and working them back up along the edges. This type of fishing is best in high water times where the fish stack up against the bank in under cut areas or heavy bushes that overhang for protection from above and also the current. The hits can be explosive.

sharkmouth
June 21, 2014, 04:27 AM
Mike, used to tie my own flys & dry fly in the South Island nz after brown trout. Caught a few too

CPP
June 21, 2014, 11:00 AM
Something about flyfishing in saltwater that just draws you in, at the moment I can't put my finger on it ... 6645

MikeCh
June 21, 2014, 11:58 PM
Mike, used to tie my own flys & dry fly in the South Island nz after brown trout. Caught a few too

It's always a nice thing to tie flies and catch fish with your own creations Kev. I would love to fish for the browns in NZ one day....

MikeCh
June 22, 2014, 12:01 AM
Only fished for an hour and half today but had a blast. I landed two Brown trout (one 9 incher and one 14 incher) and rolled/hooked about a dozen more. One that I lost was a Rainbow Trout about 18 inches.

I'm rusty (given all the ones I lost after hookup) but still at least know where they live! :D

The rest of my day was spent tying flies to refill my primary fly box. I tied 4 dozen flies this afternoon / evening and still have a bunch to go to replenish it.

This is what the box looked like a few years back when I filled it originally (before this afternoon I was down to about three dozen flies in this box):

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NorthStar
June 22, 2014, 12:05 AM
Summer is here, it's getting warmer; they won't be at that same spot forever, better bring a net tomorrow, that way you won't lose so many, and that nice Rainbow... :)

NorthStar
June 22, 2014, 12:10 AM
Chris, this ain't no fish.

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MikeCh
June 22, 2014, 12:12 AM
Somewhat true Bob. The fish do indeed jockey around the river looking for different holding and feeding positions depending on water clarity, flow, water temperature and oxygen levels but many times they can be found in the same general vicinity or section of river. It all just depends. Some years are different than others and the fish vanish from their normal holds. That's what makes the puzzle so fun.

Oh, and I always carry my net but it doesn't do much good when the fish come off further than my reach. :)

NorthStar
June 22, 2014, 12:19 AM
Fishing is a great outdoors sport. ...Fly fishing. ...You're in touch with your natural environment, and the wildlife.
...And you get to know the fishes ><))))> :)

* Mike, some net have extended poles (20 feet long). ;)

MikeCh
July 4, 2014, 07:51 PM
Hit the river again today for an hour in one spot and caught two smaller Rainbow's. Hit another stretch for another hour and tagged into about 20 more, but only landed half of them. Largest landed was a 15" Rainbow and largest lost was about a 19" Brown. Dang, I gotta get my mojo back for landing these bigger fish!

dlb2
July 4, 2014, 08:20 PM
Sounds like a great afternoon Mike!



Sent from my mobile.

MikeCh
July 5, 2014, 10:32 AM
Sounds like a great afternoon Mike!


Thanks Doug, it was a good day! Looking to get out again today too and maybe have similar luck.