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Old 02-05-2005, 01:51 PM
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Default FLY OR NOT.

Thats, right Gordan, all that fancy casting in the air means nought to the fish, other than your means to achieve the right initial presentation to fish the fly.

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Old 02-11-2005, 02:21 PM
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I would say that to be called a fly, there needs to be thread on the hook. Doesn't matter if its mono, kevlar, silk, gsp, nylon, or whatever.

To be called "fly-fishing" I would say that the line needs to be the weight being cast, and not something tied onto the leader. some of my nymphing methods do not fall into that category, and so be it.

The next method I have thought of but not tried will use an Airflo 9' extra super fast sink leader on shooting line to be fished deep with streamers. I don't know whether that counts as fly fishing or not, but want to try it nonetheless. I plan on trying it on my four weight. I'll let you guys know how it works.

Anybody out there tried anything like this?

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Old 08-10-2005, 01:31 PM
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In regard to this critically important subject, I am delighted to provide you the straight skinny as handed down to me by the Ancient Fish Gods at Stonehenge those many, many year ago when I was but a young lad...


The "Fly," in fly fishing, is not really a fly at all. In fact, the word "fly" is not necessarily the right word to describe much of anything to do with fly fishing. Perhaps in the beginning - back in the days of tree limbs, string and dead bugs - a "fly" was really a fly. But with the passage of time and growth in technology, the "fly" at the end of the leader all too frequently became something else. Try to think of it this way: the term "fly" generically describes the artificial or imitation bait tied to the end of the fly fisher’s leader. Down South, you may hear the term "bug" if the fly fisher is after black bass; in the northwest, you may hear "streamer," if the target is steelhead; still other fishers may refer to their imitation using the term "diver" or "eelwørm." All are technically correct. So in dealing with the term, "fly," just remember this simple axiom: "fly fishing deals with flies, fly rods, fly lines, and fly reels even though the flies, fly rods, fly lines and fly reels are used by Bugger Fishers, Streamer Fishers, Diver Fishers and Eelworm Fishers."

(From the book, "Fly Fishing for the Rest of Us,"copyright: Doug Macnair.)

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