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Old 09-08-2011, 11:16 AM
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Who continues to use conventional gear? I do. When I fish with the girlfriend and her son, I'll dunk crickets with UL spin gear. I like to see the catfish rods bend deeply while sitting in their rod holders.

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I also carry an ultra-light along with my fly gear inside my truck box. There is a very little brook I like to stop at that is just about impossible to fish with fly. I caught a nice 16" brown in there two weeks ago, he still lives there, I't was a lot of fun on that rod in the little brook.
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I don't regularly fish with conventional gear, but I have a seven foot spin rod that I take with me striper fishing or saltwater fishing.

When the river is high and the fish are beyond fly casting distance, I like to fish a tandem rig on my spin rod. I will fish a plug or popper and a fly together. The treble hooks are removed from the lure. The belly treble is replaced with a single hook that I pinch the barb down. The back treble is replaced with a three foot tippet that is connected to a fly (usually a Clouser Minnow).

My spin rod goes with me on some of my saltwater trips. I figure if I fly thousands of miles to a destination, I want to hook up with fish. Sometimes the fish won't look at a fly, so it is good to use the spin rod as insurance.

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Fly rod only since I was 10
To me that *IS* conventional gear.
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95% fly for me.
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I definitely still use a spinning set-up, but more than likely that's because my fly set-up hasn't arrived yet. When I have a choice, I choose fly, even when it seems the spin casters are catching more, and even though I'm a total novice. However, I'll probably keep going with a spinning reel for a tarpon until I square away a tarpon set-up.
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I'm about 75/25 fly, conventional. I still get the urge to liveline a fat bunker, or chase Fluke from the kayak. Largemouth lakes that aren't wader friendly will also see my baitcaster make an appearance.
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I use what ever gear is called for the day whether it is fly, conventional tackle, archery, shotgun, rifle or Muzzy. Got to adapt. That being said I plan more fly fishing trips than most others.
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Who really cares?
This is a fly fishing forum.
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About the time i got into fly fishing i had just upgraded all my fishing gear. New tackle boxes and tackle. I also have a standard spinning rod, ultra light rod and a baitcaster. Plus, i still have my old steelhead baitcasting rod from my time tossing eggs and sand shrimp.

Then i got into fly fishing obsessively and that stuff mainly sits in its cases. I try to fly fish in all circumstances if able.
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