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post #31 of 49

Don't agree that 5 wt is good for trout and bass.   My opinion, 55yrs of fly fishing and tying is that a 6 wt rod is more versatile, 6 1/2 foot.  When you start casting wind resistant flies for bass a 5 wt just isn't strong enough.  






Western slope cutthroat St. Joe River Idaho Nymph.   Decent largemouth caught on a special bass type wooley bugger I tie, Benewah Lake off Couer d Alene Lake


Fly fishing is sort of a process where you grow in knowledge with the passing years and experienc e.   Bye all means go and make your own mistakes that is part of the fun and the learning experience.   I see so called "fly fishermen"  that won't fish without a guide  and I think that sucks and defeats the heart of being a fly fisherman.  Have fun.

post #32 of 49

OK, here's one to run by my friends while waiting for the snow to come.....
What was this trout eating???And what would be a match? They look like some aquatic cockroach.  Look closely and you'll see fine transparent wings  It has stumped quite a few.

-Oct 29, Deschutes near downtown Bend , they (small rainbows) were taking a #18 pheasant tail, and the fish I kept was full of BWO pupae, a good match to a plain black pheasant tail.. Water was boiling, but nothing hitting surface.

-This fish was caught same spot, same time, same weather on Nov.1 on a BWO dry fly, which was put on mostly as an indicator.. Nothing was hitting the surface and no bugs could be seen on the surface. However, they ignored the pheasant tail and split BWO emerger droppers, but I did get a couple on the dry. (how dare those fish ignore my plans for them)

With the river way low they were all packed into a few pools, but seemed to be eating well. In a short time they completely changed their diet though. What are those buggers?


Here's some speculation from people in the know>>>>


post #33 of 49
post #34 of 49

They look a lot like Caddis to me Doug.

post #35 of 49

Yeah, I thought they might be at first, but the flat squat bodies and wide flat wings are not quite right, and the experts all seem to learn towards some terrestrial beetle things.   I could imagine some conifer seed bugs blowing out of all the Ponderosas where I caught it.


I've been back twice, once getting more blue wing olive pupa stuffed trout on the nymph, and once getting skunked in spite of a lot of active fish.  I had one on, and I think it took the nymph too.  I'm pretty good at losing fish off the nymph......they have to eat darn thing for me to actually realize they took it.

post #36 of 49
Another datum in the "retire to Bend" chart.
post #37 of 49
Originally Posted by qcanoe View Post

Another datum in the "retire to Bend" chart.

Yeah, I went to Colby but didn't end up in Maine.  Bend is booming again.


I'll gloat....I shot this from my deck

Edited by newfydog - 11/17/13 at 8:15am
post #38 of 49
We seem to have a ton of Colby guys in town. At least one is a fly fishing guide.
post #39 of 49

Ah yes!  Another well spoken fly fishing guide with a $230,400 education.


(Colby was great, but having done my grad school at  NAU Flagstaff, I think I might take NAU and the money if I had to do it at today's prices.  The extra $155,000 could buy a lot of education, culture, and enrichment, not to mention better beer.)


Thread drift will stop when the lifts open.

post #40 of 49

Newfy, nice picture, great timing.

post #41 of 49

Don't be too impressed....it is one of about 600 shots.  With the price of "digital film", there is no reason not to just hold the button down. I didn't post the losers!

post #42 of 49

Good discussion of Tenkara as a way to start kids in today's www.stalkingtheseam.com interview with George Daniels.

post #43 of 49


Edited by HaveSkisWillClimb - 6/6/16 at 5:37pm
post #44 of 49



So how's the housing market out there newfydog?




The low end housing is in really short supply and has about double from the low.  (We lead the nation in drop, with the median going from 400,000 to 170,000).  Westside charmers have climbed from 125 to 240.


The high end housing has not rebounded to the boom day prices.

post #45 of 49

You've got that right Pete No Idaho,

A #6 line gives one a LOT of potential momentum, in the loop, to play with.....

Edited by HaveSkisWillClimb - 7/9/14 at 7:02pm
post #46 of 49

Fun topic and one dear to my heart.  Really glad to see others who have a passion about the same two sports - skiing and fly fishing. For those who wonder why fly?  The sport is an immersion into the environment of the fish, rather than casting for something to put on a stringer.  I used to spin fish with salmon eggs and floating cheese.  No more simply because I enjoy fly fishing so much more.  (Still will fish conventional gear in the ocean of So. Calif. when I can't get deep enough with a baitfish fly.)  Fly fishing teaches many things.  Where do the fish live, when do they eat, what do they eat (I am thinking trout here - mostly insects, but sometimes too other fish, crustaceons, eggs, worms, even dead salmon flesh).  One of the most beautiful things you will ever witness is a hatch of bugs, birds dipping for them and trout rising to them.  Then the challenge is to figure out what fly you have than can most closely match what they are eating. But you learn more. You go to amazingly beautiful places to fly fish, you learn the water where fish may be lying, you see the life around you, you may see deer, bear, antelope, you hear bird calls you haven't heard before, and especially after it rains, you smell the forest or the sagebrush. The more you immerse yourself the more your senses come alive and the better it gets.  You gain such an appreciation for the location you are fishing that you feel a part of it and a fortunate visitor.  And when you have success, keeping wild fish is not something you want to do anymore. You are at great peace.  Fly fishing is a journey and is great fun. There is always something more to learn too. Visit a local fly club and ask for instruction - most are very willing to help.

post #47 of 49

I just closed out the season on the tributaries today up at Soda Lake.  We caught about 20 fish each on streamers.  Nothing under 15" and only one over 20", mostly 18 1/2" cookie cutter fish.  Nothing but The Snake until April now.

post #48 of 49

Started the day up high (including some interesting slabs that were running fairly continuously through trees) and then visited a little creek and found...redeye bass (sort of a little version of smallmouth).  A true stroke of genius by the bucket brigades, but I would like to know how they got them there.  Small black buggers worked well. 

post #49 of 49





Small fish relative to the size of the fly, but never get tired of these guys.

Edited by CTKook - 12/6/14 at 5:56am
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