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Old 05-14-2012, 10:01 AM
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Hey guys and gals, first post here. I live in central Iowa and love to fly fish for trout. My wife and I like to fish quite a bit, and although I like to fish for bass and crappie, I would much rather be fly fishing for trout. So I figured I might as well learn how to fly fish for bass! Any recommendations for a newbie? Thanks

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I should mention that it takes us roughly 4 hours to get to the nearest trout stream, or else I would b slipping my waders on rather than my beater shoes!
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Old 05-14-2012, 10:55 AM
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Fly fishing for Bass is a total hoot. Majority of the bass in my area aren't that big so I use a 3wt for 'regular flies' and a 5wt (lined with a 6 WF) for surface poppers. With the light gear even a 3# fish is quite a tussle.

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Old 05-14-2012, 11:01 AM
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Welcome to the forum, I hope you'll stick around with us and post often Hawkeye.

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Old 05-14-2012, 11:33 AM
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to the forum....I'm not a bass specialist but there are some here...search the forum you should find lots of good advice
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Old 05-14-2012, 12:30 PM
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Thanks for the welcome guys, I would much rather specialize in trout fishing, but with my current location it looks like bass is going to take center stage for a while. I have been fly fishing since I was probably 13 or so, making a few trips a year to the trout streams. I had a decent vise for tying flies, but unfortunately that somehow got lost. I am going to have to replace that here soon as I purchased the fly tying bible and am itching to try out some dry flies!
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Depending on your budget for the replacement vise, I can suggest both the Danvise and the Renzetti traveller. Granted, in the first week I bought it the Danvise took a bit of a dive, breaking off the cam handle. I screwed the shank from a Muzzy broadhead into a hole I drilled in the same spot as the now broken handle and it works just fine. However, after a few hundred flies of a variety of sizes, the jaws are feeling the pressure and are no longer the best for holding on to the smaller flies (I really have to crank down to tie 18's and smaller now). However, for a discount rotary vise, its not bad. However, I have upgraded to the Renzetti Traveler and it is incredibly. Easy to adjust, solid hold, great rotary action. I use the pedestral stand vs. the C-Clamp and I have yet to have any problems. I may pick up the C-Clamp as well so that I can clamp it the steering wheel if need be, but I guess right now I could always lay down in the back of the truck and tie if I just need to match that unexpected hatch

Otherwise, welcome to the forum! No problem with targeting the most available species, but I understand the desire to target the trout! They sure are fun
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Old 05-14-2012, 04:54 PM
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So I figured I might as well learn how to fly fish for bass! Any recommendations for a newbie? Thanks
Welcome to the fourm hawkeyeflyfisher.
What kind of waters are you fishing, rivers or lakes? Slightly different tatics depending on types of water, types of cover, size of fish.

Bass are a blast on the fly rod, and bass fishing you never know what else you might catch.
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Old 05-14-2012, 07:16 PM
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Welcome to the Forum Hawkeye!! I'm not a bass man but we have a lot of warm water fishermen here who can help you out!! Look forward to reading about your adventures.
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Hawkeye: Welecome to the forum! Looking forward to reading about your fishing adventures!
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welcome to the forum hawkeye!
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