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Fishing Reports / Re: Legal forever
« Last post by Rick Nelson on March 27, 2015, 03:21:10 PM »
What are the requirements to get a lifetime license?

I too have the Eagle Claw 4/5 weight and a Cabelas Three Forks 4 weight but for panfish my go to is the TFO Proffessional 2 weight or my Cabelas Three Forks 3 weight.
The 4wt I own I bought as sort of a "beater" setup to have for buddies to use, kids, or just a rod to toss in the back of the truck and go hit a creek for smaller bass.  It's a glass Eagle Claw Featherlight 4/5wt.  I lined it with a simple WF4WT floating line.  Considering it's a dirt cheap $25 rod, it actually casts and handles pretty well.  It's a shorter rod, so it fills the niche for me as a small water rod for tight spaces, also.  I have caught just about everything on that yellow stick.  Bass of the three primary species, panfish of all kinds, brookies and rainbows in WV mountain streams, even a carp.  I think my "need" for that rod was more curiosity at that price point, and I have grown to really enjoy it and fish it a lot.
Yes, I've used 4-weights for trout, but that's not exclusively. My favorite rod weight for bream is probably a 4.

You say that you use only 2- and 3-weights for panfish. You're entitled to set whatever boundaries you wish. It's just fishing, after all. But the heavier rod gives me more control and precision, especially if the wind comes up. I also have more reach, because I can cast the 4-weight farther than either a 2 or 3. And the 4-weight is more effective if I decide to use a weighted fly.

Another benefit of the 4-weight over the 2 and 3 is that the heavier rod helps land my fish more quickly. That's important, because I routinely release my fish.
Cane Country Fly Casters / Fishing the Cane this Saturday
« Last post by Catch Cormier on March 26, 2015, 06:11:32 PM »
This Saturday, March 28, Kisatchie Fly Fishers and Cane Country Fly Casters are going to fish the Cane River.  Fish anywhere you want, bank downtown or at Champlain Lake.  Or kayak fish any of the three launches.  The bass and bream are biting!  Time to put those flies to good use and test them out!

We'll gather at 12:30 at the south end of the Riverfront downtown.  CCFC will have a table and banner up.  Bring a lawn or folding chair.  We'll talk some fishing then head to Mamas.

If interested in joining us, RSVP Sunny at sunnyla(at)reagan(dot)com or Catch at catch(at)laflyfish(dot)com. 
Fly Tying / Re: First attempts at deer hair
« Last post by Wee Hooker on March 26, 2015, 03:15:59 PM »
That looks very decent for your skill stated level. ( Mine were worse when I started)  In particular the density of the body is uniform without gaping holes. With a little practice, your bodies will only get denser and more refined.
FWIW, try using those old style double edge rasor blades for your trimming. They really simplify the process.

p.s. Jimmy nix has  a video out on making bass bugs in which he covers allot of tips/tricks on spinning and stacking deer hair.  Well worth your time if you can get you hands on a copy.
Ok Gents, nobody knows better than me that "need " is a mischosen word. My apologies for absentmindedly injecting logic into a topic mostly ruled by passion.  ;) Still, I'm thinking that even a chronic rod hoarder such as myself can't find  legitimate love for  4wts,  I have to wonder if they are only of great value for the trout fishing crowd.

P.s For the record, I do own five four weight rods from 5'9" to  9'. They just rarely see daylight end even then only with a 5 wt line for the most part.
All good conversation for a cold winters day!
As Stippled suggests, "need" has nothing to do with it, and whether a 4-weight has a place in your rod closet is pretty much a matter of personal preference. I.e., I've heard the same criticism of 6-, 7- and 9-weights, but there isn't any science to support such an argument. It's all very subjective, very much dependent on individual taste.

With that said, I have an old 4-weight that I've used for bream in Louisiana, grayling in Germany, rainbows in Holland and browns in Montana. Could I have done the same work with a different rod? Sure, but I happen to love that 4-weight.
Since when does "NEED" have anything to do with it?

Do you "NEED" a 4wt rod?  If you delve into that question, then you will be
asking yourself which length 4wt rods do I need . . . and it only becomes
deeper from there.
Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Do I really need a 4 wt?
« Last post by Wee Hooker on March 23, 2015, 04:25:53 PM »
So, let me start by saying that I have no shortage of most weights of fly rods from 2 through 10.
 My uses are generally outlined as follows:
8-10 being reserved for throwing hamster sized bugs to warm-water brutes in thick places. I also use them for most of my saltwater fishing for large stripers and blues.
5-7 being used for the majority of my general large and smallmouth fishing (which is also the majority of my fishing). Again, these rods may double for use in saltwater estuaries for targeting shad and Juvenile "schooly" stripers.
Finally, my 2-3 wt sticks are generally reserved for targeting of pan fish (only).  Any panfish under any conditions really.
     So it would seem there is a hole here with the 4wt smack in the middle of it.
Yes I do own a few  4 wts, I've even brought them out for testing on a few occasions.  I want to like them but I personally just don't see how the fit into the line up for the warm /salt water fishing I do.  IMHO, the 4 wt is a bit heavy for panfish and a bit light for throwing bigger flies to bigger fish. 
So am I missing out on something? Should I get the 4wt another chance? What are your thoughts and experience on this topic?
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