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Fly Patterns / Panfish Wet Fly : 5-Acre Pond Bluegill Cree Wet Fly
« Last post by KYratchethead on January 24, 2015, 06:12:29 PM »
General Discussion / Re: Rod Carrier Build
« Last post by Breamchaser on January 24, 2015, 08:45:37 AM »
Stana Claus, thanks for posting this one, great idea! Maybe we should have a ''do it yourself'' section with idea just like this. Thanks again, John. :)
Fly Patterns / Panfish Foam Fly : Backwoods Baby Frog
« Last post by KYratchethead on January 23, 2015, 12:42:47 PM »
Tenkara / Soft Hackle Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: Warm water tenkara
« Last post by Tom Jindra on January 23, 2015, 12:21:20 PM »
I now think that tenkara will work well in places it was designed for...freestone creeks and other types of cold water pocket water but for typical warm waters a normal fly rod will win hands down.

I would disagree. The fact that you've caught pike would seem to prove you wrong. The fact that you've not been incredibly successful seems to suggest little more than a learning curve.

Yes, it is true that tenkara comes with a number of limitations, and most folks will restrict themselves to small waters. And that is fine, if you choose. But the key limitations are the distance you need to cast and the ability to follow your fish.

If you routinely need to cast 70 feet, tenkara is probably not for you. But few people actually fish at such distance. The closer you can get to a fish, the more viable tenkara becomes.

Do your fish require a reel with a good drag? That seems to rule out tenkara, but not so much if you can run with your fish.

What are the limits? Beats me, but I've seen photos of some rather large tenkara fish.
Ultralight Fly Fishing - For weights 000 through 4! / Re: lightest weight for bass
« Last post by Tom Jindra on January 23, 2015, 11:54:23 AM »
You are correct that tippet strength is an important factor in playing a fish, but the rod also plays a role. First, it is a shock absorber; second, it is a steering device.

As the term implies, a shock absorber minimizes stress on the line by cushioning. And you maximize that cushioning by using a light rod and by elevating the rod tip. But the cushioning doesn't protect only the line; it minimizes the impact on the fish as well.

What if you want to minimize the cushioning? Lower the rod tip. If you drop the tip until it is pointed at the fish, you eliminate the rod as a shock absorber entirely. You can also reduce the cushioning by using a stiffer, or heavier, rod.

Why not always use a light rod, then just drop the tip when a large fish is encountered? Because you lose the ability to steer the fish. And steering is important for two reasons.

A) An important tactic when fighting big fish is to shift the direction of the pull. I.e., when the fish goes left, you pull to your right; when the fish goes right, you pull to your left. And a stiff rod is superior here to a soft rod.

B) You must steer the fish when bringing it to hand. A soft, or light, rod makes this more difficult because it bends more easily than a stiff rod.

So yes, using the correct tippet is important. But so is the correct rod.
Fly Tying / Re: Work in progress...
« Last post by StippledPopper on January 22, 2015, 07:31:17 PM »
Great!  We won't have to wait long.
Sorry I'll not be able to attend the CENLA event.
Fly Tying / Re: Work in progress...
« Last post by Stephen M. Robert on January 22, 2015, 06:20:55 PM »
Ron I intend on either finishing it before or during the Cenla event Saturday
Fly Tying / Re: Work in progress...
« Last post by StippledPopper on January 22, 2015, 04:58:29 PM »
Half done.  Now to figure out the tail. 
Half done, well done!
I'll look forward to seeing it finished.
Fly Tying / Re: Work in progress...
« Last post by Bayoutalker on January 22, 2015, 10:54:33 AM »
Looks good to me. That should catch some fish. Post a pic or 2 when it is complete.
Fly Tying / Work in progress...
« Last post by Stephen M. Robert on January 22, 2015, 09:33:25 AM »
Working on my own Fire Tiger Pattern.  So far so good.

Stephen M. Robert
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