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Fly Fishing Events / Re: 6th Annual NOFF Rio Rodeo
« Last post by Catch Cormier on September 08, 2014, 01:55:39 PM »
Kudos to the New Orleans Fly Fishers for another fun event!  And some great burgers!

The fishing was tough.  At least for the rios.  Manage to hook and break off a "brainiac" early in the contest.  Then after that I moved to the lagoons where it was a few small bass and some decent bream.  The foam spider size 8 in black/chartreuse worked best for those species, but didn't bring any rios up.  In fact, only spotted 3 in the lagoons. When I moved over to Bayou St. John, whole different story.  The "rio armada" was there to greet me... and frustrate me.  Tried several different flies with no results until finally put the BHHE-RS on and then it was two in a row!  Unfortunately it was also time to get back for the weigh-in. 

Hoping I can make one more trip there before it gets chilly and the rios go into hibernation.  There's a bunch of brainiacs swimming in the bayou right now.
Fly Patterns / Re: Panfish Wet Fly : Ambush Bug
« Last post by Bayoutalker on September 08, 2014, 09:59:51 AM »
How well do the pipe cleaners hold up after they are wet? I would think the wire would rust out rather quickly.
Warmwater Fly Fishing / Nice Weather - New Rod And Reel
« Last post by Possumpoint on September 08, 2014, 09:13:29 AM »
Haven't been out for a couple of weeks. Remembered that the new 5wt and reel I got for Christmas has never been fished. Have been so focused on the new 3wt's I forgot about it. Went to the local fishing pond, just didn't feel like driving any further. At first, wasn't impressed with the casting on the 5wt. Some were good, many weren't. Happened to notice that I missed threading one of the snake guides on the upper third of the rod. Casting improved after that. Rod is a Redington Classic Trout with a medium action. After correcting my mistake I am happy with it. Reel on the other hand, was an inexpensive one I should have passed by.

Did catch 3 rather small blue gill. Didn't see anyone else on the pond catch anything. The blue gill weren't a test for the rod. Note to self, need to find pond with bigger fish.
Fly Fishing Events / Re: 6th Annual NOFF Rio Rodeo
« Last post by Lakeview Yakker on September 08, 2014, 07:23:23 AM »
Another fun and successful Rio Rodeo is in the books, though the Rios weren't the most cooperative, many landed a fair amount of bluegill and bass. We had 25 participants this year, with only 3 landed that elusive Rio.

Congrats to Catch with a 7 3/4 in Rio taking first place. Peter Hopkins in second with a 7 in Rio and John Engert with a 6 in Rio.

Special thanks to Larry with the Green Trout Fly Shop for the prizes.

Thanks to all who attended and NOFF for hosting the event.
Fly Tying / Re: toy dragon
« Last post by mike herbster on September 07, 2014, 06:02:43 PM »
Thanks for the links Cliff. I ordered six colors today.
Urban Angling / Re: Any creek fisherman ??
« Last post by Jerry C on September 06, 2014, 07:31:14 PM »
Most of my local fishing is in creeks.  My"home" creek runs 7 miles through the northwest part of the city.  They stock it with trout in the spring and fall and that's when it sees the most pressure.  But from the middle of May through the early fall, it doesn't see a whole lot of folks fishing.  It ranges from stretches that run knee to thigh deep to places that are well over my head.  Flat water behind the old dams and fast water below them.   It has good populations of smallmouth and largemouth bass, bluegills, pumpkinseed and green sunfish along with some rock bass and crappie and a whole lot of carp.  A lot of fun with my 5 wgt
General Discussion / Re: Casting Performance of $100+ Flyrods
« Last post by Larry Offner on September 06, 2014, 06:04:01 PM »

No personal attacks, please.  This topic is locked.
General Discussion / Re: Casting Performance of $100+ Flyrods
« Last post by Thad on September 06, 2014, 06:07:01 AM »
I have noticed that some of the expensive "store brands" only have a short warranty period, unless you purchase an extension, and it is not all that long either.  Sometimes it is just for workmanship, and not breakage.  The expensive and not so expensive name brands are offering to replace their rods for free, or very little if you break them.  I think that they are making up for the cost of this service by charging for it up front, and hope you don't keep breaking them.  That just might be why a you don't see a lot of difference in the better store brand rod and the better name brand rod.  Both can be good quality, made well, cast well, but  one is willing to keep replacing the rod whenever you break it.  Without that warranty, the expensive name brand would probably be less expensive, but probably not as low as the store brand.

Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: What interested you in warmwater flyfishing?
« Last post by Scott Irwin on September 06, 2014, 05:13:40 AM »
I fish warm water because it's five minutes from my house. Every fishing trip I seem to learn something new. When I do travel to cold water streams in Arkansas I think fish better because of so much time on warm water with the flyrod. Warm water fishing is fun, but when you don't catch fish it's still good practice for the more involved trips to distant cold water streams.
Urban Angling / Re: Any creek fisherman ??
« Last post by bluegillbob on September 05, 2014, 09:59:38 PM »
I feel in love with creek fishing! Creeks can be quiet, non-pressured, and intimate. For several years I would ignore this one creek...I would drive over it and never thought about exploring it. This creek is special because I caught a new species for me...a fallfish. I've walked behind muskrats, picked up trash, and made new friends here. In most places the water is knee deep, but there are holes.  The water has plenty of rocks and big boulders. The water is surprisingly clear too!  This place is called Contentnea's more like a narrow river.

Another place that has stolen my heart is the Eno River. I've seen deer in the water. The cleanest place I've ever fished down here. Plenty of places to wade, and plenty of long ear sunfish to catch. I've had small sunfish swim right up to me...a first. Although there are plenty of places where the water is only knee deep, I'd like to explore more of it. My little 5'8" 4wt is a wonderful little stick for this place. Cast an elk hair caddis in the slower waters, and you will find the fish. I've caught plenty of fallfish in this water...and they are tuff little scrappers! When you walk on the trail, you can look down in the clear water and see fish...I've seen fallfish resting on top of submerged rocks!

There's just something about 4wts, elk hair caddis flies, and beautiful little creeks!


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