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awesome thank you all for the responses  :D
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Fishing Reports / Re: The Last Days of blufloyd
« Last post by Les Jackson on December 16, 2014, 02:27:08 PM »
blu,
I think all of us feel the same way when I say you will be missed...

Les
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I'm a little late to this topic, but congratulations are in order- those are two good sticks. I often present these as good affordable options for those wanting to venture in ULFF.

Les
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Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by Les Jackson on December 16, 2014, 01:28:36 PM »
As others have stated already the light rod for catching and landing the fish isn't so much the problem, matching the light line to a big MEAL is. I'm am UL guy and have caught many large fish on UL, but when I'm targeting LMB -especially larger ones, I move up in line weight in order to toss bigger flies more efficiently.

Les
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Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by Tom Jindra on December 16, 2014, 12:45:22 PM »
Bass seemed to survive as I was on the pond for an hour or two after catching them.

If you can see to the pond's bottom, there's a good chance you're correct. If you can't see to the bottom, you have no way of knowing what happened to those fish, because dead fish don't immediately float to the surface. They almost always sink; in my experience, they always sink. A fish doesn't float to the surface until it begins to decompose. Decomposition generates carbon dioxide, which makes the fish buoyant.

If you intend to kill a fish, i.e. it is headed for the frying pan, then fighting it to exhaustion is not an issue. It's another matter with fish you intend to release. Those fish should be played quickly, maximizing the chances for survival.

It might be that you're among those experts who know how to subdue large fish quickly with even the lightest tackle. We average folk should match the gear to our targets, just as you would when hunting.

The Federation of Fly Fishers was a pioneer in catch-and-release fishing. You might want to check out the information posted here: http://fedflyfishers.org/Conservation/Policies/CatchRelease.aspx
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Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by qualey99 on December 16, 2014, 10:01:51 AM »
Bob,

As I understand your original statement, you want a 1 wt or 2 wt rod.  When you get this rod, you will probably be targeting smaller species, but if you get lucky and get hit by a large fish, you should not worry about breaking the rod.  Modern rods are really difficult to break on a fish, as long as you don't grab the rod above the cork.  Your tippet should certainly give way before that happens.  Go for it.  Get the rod and enjoy.
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Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by Rick Zieger on December 16, 2014, 09:20:24 AM »
I have caught several bass in the 5 lb range on a 1 wt.
Mainly while in a canoe. Takes some time  to land.
You can't skip them across the surface.
Bass seemed to survive as I was on the pond for an hour or two after catching them.

Rick
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Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by qualey99 on December 16, 2014, 05:50:31 AM »
I fish regularly in my pond with a 2 wt.  the limitation is on the size fly you can cast.  As stated above, it takes longer to land a fish, but 1/2 to 1 lbs bass do not fight as hard as a 1 lb bluegill.  If you hook a big fish (3 to 5 lbs), you are going to have to be careful not to break him off.  The stress on the fish is something you will have to decide how you handle.

The largest fish I have landed on that 2 wt is a 5 lb catfish, which was an epic battle, and I released the fish apparently in good health.  I think the fish stressed me more than the other way around.  I put very little pressure on it, since it was a 6 lb tippet, and it took me around the 1/2 acre pond 3 times before I was able to slide her up un the grass.
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Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by Linecaster on December 15, 2014, 07:10:21 PM »
I have caught 21/2 lb bass on the 2 weight and the fight did not take but a few minutes. Bass was released  in good order.
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I'd say you're fine - it's true that it'll take longer to to land but warmwater fish are resilient and I don't think it matters as long as the fight isn't careless and excessive.
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