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Old 01-25-2014, 08:59 AM
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Great thread! I need to set aside some time and read it all!
I will add a trick that my hardcore steelhead buddy taught me. When you get a big hot fish that's hard to control, stick your rod under water... Like way under water. That fish will start swimming upstream every single time. I can't say for sure why it works but my theory is your line bellies below the fish in the current and the fish is trying to swim away from the danger. It works so well, I do it every single time now unless there's something in the river I want to avoid.
The problem can be that fish come to leader so quickly, they are very green and may explode off requiring a repeat.
But I have had many steelhead to hand in less than 2 minutes this way. The added benefit is the fish is very fresh and usually needs no reviving.
It also is great when you cannot chase a fish or are anchored in a drift boat.
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Couple of random tips:

-When starting out, getting hooked on random objects, etc., can be frustrating. Always take the time to manually unwrap or untangle the line. Those few loose wraps around that branch will suddenly become an impenetrable birds nest of a knot if you try to just pull it out. If just your tippet knots up, know when to just cut it off and replace it. Retying a tippet on your line takes thirty seconds. Untangling a mess can take... well, an eternity (or so it feels like!)

-Check your tippet and leader for knots often. I check mine every dozen or so casts, and every time I am holding my fly looking for a fish. If you find a wind knot, replace it immediately. Losing a fish to a wind knot is the pits.

-Heat damages nylon monofilament (leaders/tippet). When straightening a leader, don't hold it too tightly or you will lower it's breaking strength dramatically. Stretching it is better than using one of those leather "straighteners" (aka leader destroyers). Always lubricate your knots as well. I didn't know this starting out, and it was one of those "duh" moments. If you are tying leaders using bloodknots, keep a glass of water to dunk the knot into and swirl before cinching it down.
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When getting reels ready for the next outing, I fold a very small piece of Scotch tape over the end of the tippet. Makes it very easy to find the end when rigging up.
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When getting reels ready for the next outing, I fold a very small piece of Scotch tape over the end of the tippet. Makes it very easy to find the end when rigging up.
Just put a small circle (about dime size or smaller) of adhesive backed velcro on the back of your reel. Then when you unstring your rod, wrap the end of the tippet around / between the mating pieces of velcro. The velcro stays in place on your reel permanently and is ready to hold your tippet whenever you unstring your rod. I actually add a small dab of cement in the center between the mating velcro pieces -- leave the edges free -- which helps prevent loosing the top piece of velcro.
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Dont know if its been mentioned or not yet, but if your rod tends to stick together badly when it comes time to take it apart, rub the male end in your hair a little before you assemble it. The natural oil in your hair will make it easier to take apart.
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Will this make it easier for the rod to come apart while casting?
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Dont know if its been mentioned or not yet, but if your rod tends to stick together badly when it comes time to take it apart, rub the male end in your hair a little before you assemble it. The natural oil in your hair will make it easier to take apart.
I would be careful, the oils may damage the rod finish.

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Will this make it easier for the rod to come apart while casting?
Never has for me. I guess it depends how long it's been since your last shower. haha

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I would be careful, the oils may damage the rod finish.

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Never has caused an issue for me that I know of, but I fish with my rods. They get dragged through trees and across rocks. They lay in rivers, on rocks and docks. They dont keep that nice finish forever.

If anything ruins the finish in that area, it's the constant breaking them down and putting them together.
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I've lost more than one fly by dropping it in the grass (my biggest challenge is threading the eye of a small fly).

I stopped at Radio Shack and bought 3 magnets......about the size of a domino and attached them together After dropping a fly, just wave the magnet over the area and if you get within 6 inches of that fly, it's yours!!!

They cost me about $10 and has saved me many a $2 fly.

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I recently bought a new box for my prescription meds at a " big box " store's pharmacy, and grabbed an extra. Nice, strong, nylon box. They are about 2 1/2" x 5"' and about 3/4" deep, have 14 compartments, and sell for under a buck. Each little compartment has it's own lid, and is perfect for carrying dry flies. Fits easily in a small pocket, vest or chest pack, and keeps the flies from getting crushed.
They can also be used at the tying bench for sorting and holding hooks, beads, etc.
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