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  • Reply to: A lousy old fly rod   9 hours 56 min ago

    Martin,
    A lovely post. My favourite rod is a cheap fibreglass 8ft 6/7 weight that I bought as part of a combo for £50 a few years ago when starting out. I’ve tried newer and ‘better’ rods but keep returning to my old favourite. It’s very forgiving; I use a 4 wf on it for trout, a 7 wf for saltwater and an 8 for pike on the local canal and it seems to suit all three lines.
    I love it .
    Ben

  • Reply to: YR3D dubbing brush tool   3 days 21 hours ago

    Thank you Martin!!!

  • Reply to: Bead Butt Black Nose Dace   6 days 21 hours ago

    Bob,

    Jim has simply removed the video from YouTube and it's nowhere to be found... I have replaced it with an almost similar video of his, but the original is gone and I can't get it back unless Jim publishes it again.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Bead Butt Black Nose Dace   1 week 1 day ago

    Jim’s Black Nose Dace video is “Not available.” Please restore this excellent video, so it can be viewed. I left a note about it for Jim on his YouTube site in the replies to one of his videos but don’t know if he will see it there or be able to fix it here. -Bob

  • Reply to: The shoulder thing   1 week 7 hours ago

    It's really about the the fish! Anyone fishing partner who couples the "rod balance" with the "fish thrust" (pushing the fish much closer to the camera for size distortion) for the sake of self-enhancement or Instagram gets dunked at my hand :) .

    It's simple; if you're not proud of, and appreciate the beauty of, your catch, don't take a picture.

  • Reply to: Advice about casting a 0.9 gram trout streamer with a 12 gram / 185 grain 6.2 meter scandi shooting head   1 week 5 days ago

    Thanks. I'll try and tie some :)

  • Reply to: Advice about casting a 0.9 gram trout streamer with a 12 gram / 185 grain 6.2 meter scandi shooting head   1 week 6 days ago

    Nemo,

    You can experiment with the fly size and weight, but do give the larger and heavier flies a try. It might not be as bad as you think.

    Regarding the sea trout flies, I know for sure that a lot of them will work for brown trout. Anywhere where you might consider fishing a Wooly Bugger or a streamer, I'm sure a lot of the Baltic sea trout flies will do fine. I have used quite a few of them in a classic wet fly swing down and across on streams, and have had success. Quite a few of them are actually inspired by classic wet flies, various streamers and Woolly Bugger style flies, originally tied for brown trout.

    Martin

  • Reply to: Advice about casting a 0.9 gram trout streamer with a 12 gram / 185 grain 6.2 meter scandi shooting head   1 week 6 days ago

    Thanks Martin. The rod is a Guideline Elevation 9' 5wt (rated for 11 grams to 13 grams heads, so obviously more a 6wt and some)
    I think I'll downsize a little to size 8 to 6 hook with a plastic head and composite material instead of rabbit pelt.
    I've found this very interesting video: https://youtu.be/1ovxdURdcP8
    It should be both light and big enough. If I need to go deeper I'll switch to another sinking head combination...
    The sea trout fly patterns on GlobalFlyFisher are really nice too, but I don't know if they would work for river brown trout...?

  • Reply to: Advice about casting a 0.9 gram trout streamer with a 12 gram / 185 grain 6.2 meter scandi shooting head   2 weeks 1 day ago

    Nemo,

    It's a heavy fly, but doing an underhand cast with a heavy fly shouldn't be a problem. You can't really do any harm to your equipment, and the only problem can be that it's difficult to lift the fly out of the water and propel it out. Heavy flies on a 5/6 weight can be a challenge. But a lot of people cast very heavy flies on fairly light gear - like those using the Skagit style of lines and casting techniques. It's not necessarily elegant, but it works.

    You may find that the fly is too heavy for comfort, and of course a rod in a higher class and a line that follows in weight might then be a solution.

    Martin

  • Reply to: February Red   2 weeks 2 days ago

    Hi Pasi:

    Great looking pattern. I've seen dozens of these coming off my home waters. Thanks for the article and photos. I'll be tying up some of these for February

    Thanks again

    Linc Haverstraw NY USA

  • Reply to: Robbie Hiltz   1 month 1 day ago

    Hi, I am Lainey Rachelle and I am 12 years old now.

  • Reply to: The measure tape   1 month 2 days ago

    Great article.., Is it that most fish are caught 50ft and less because most don't cast that far anyway so it's obvious that this happens! If you cast 75ft the you only have 35ft to catch the fish and 50ft left to catch a fish. So the law of averages comes into play. So the statement can be quite misleading. Never the less most of my fish have been caught within 30ft and I believe they have followed the fly in.
    Thanks everyone for your really interesting comments.
    Regards
    Chris

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