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Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 09-30-2014, 03:50 PM
Replies: 9
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Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Can I use a 9'6wt for saltwater flyfishing?

If you get careless with any size fly rod while hooked up to a large fish, you can break the rod. In most cases the tippet should break before the rod. Just be sure to use appropriate strength...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 09-30-2014, 03:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 213
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Can I use a 9'6wt for saltwater flyfishing?

Sure, it may not be the best rod combination for saltwater, but you can catch plenty of saltwater fish with a 6 wt.

There's been a thread going about casting bigger flies with lighter weight...
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2014, 03:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 558
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: The Catch & Release Report on Hairwing530...

Jerry, sorry to hear of your health issues, but glad it's turning out good!

Sometimes we need those around us who care to take charge & boot us in the right direction! :rolleyes:

Take care of...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-30-2014, 02:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 375
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Move on or change up?

Ray, it's quite easy actually. Just convince yourself that you're smarter than the fish! ;)

We usually make it harder than it is & we are the ones who lack confidence as a result. The fish don't...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-30-2014, 01:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 375
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Move on or change up?

I don't do much trout fishing & I don't like crowds so I'll answer in general terms since the same question can be applied to other species.

First, there has to be fish present that can be...
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2014, 12:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 222
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: One Fly Challenge

I will assume you want as level a playing field as possible, not providing advantage or disadvantage to anyone.

IMO, these types of competitions are about the skill of the angler when restricted...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 373
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: 10wt for bass fishing?

I've mentioned it several times on here previously, that I do use a 10 wt for some of the bass fishing I do. I also use lighter weight rods too. Nothing wrong with using a 10 wt, and I don't feel...
Forum: Fly Reels 09-28-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 155
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Anyone have any info?

Looks a bit like my very first fly reel, which was also a Cortland. That reel was a basic click & pawl, and was held together with screws, produced before they came out with the 444 series lines. It...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2014, 09:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 273
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Observations and questions

Ray, we all go thru times that we get complacent and things get out of wack. Practice certainly helps. I fished one day week before last, had not been fishing in awhile, and my casting wasn't sharp...
Forum: Fly Reels 09-27-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 879
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Best Low Cost Reel Options???

Todd, the Medalist was/is a basic, solid & easy to maintain, click & pawl, line holder. That's the attraction of those reels. There have been some other similar cheap reels made, but the Medalist is...
Forum: Fly Tying Articles 09-27-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 148
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: newbie with questions regarding flie tying.

Russ, :welcomean I've been tying for a long time, getting close to 50 years. If you're intention is saving money with tying your own, you probably won't. Just buying decent tools, and the bare...
Forum: Fly Reels 09-27-2014, 06:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 286
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Jesse James Reels

I used to watch some of those shows he was on where he was building bikes, or building whatever. IMO, he's got skills when it comes to building things out of metal. He's certainly made a name for...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-27-2014, 04:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 229
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Flyline age?

I also have several lines that are at least 10 years old & a few older. I know I have one or two that were purchased in 1989, and they're still fine. A fly line should last many years with normal...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-27-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 281
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Pictures, please: what flies are you carrying lately?

Nice looking selections. A fly angler can never have too many flies. You can certainly carry to many, but never have too many! ;)

We did one of these threads last year. However, it wasn't confined...
Forum: The Lodge Den 09-26-2014, 06:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 121
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Happy Birthday Big Jim 5589

Thank you all! I'm just catching up with this thread, but very much appreciate it!

No fishing unfortunately, I had to work. However, where I work our birthdays are paid as holidays, so I made some...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 726
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Integrity?

From the perspective of a seasoned fly angler, I think I would be upset over this if it was me. However, it could depend on how far in advance you made the arrangements. Even in warmwater there can...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Use of Articulated Flies

Fred, fortunately we don't have that issue here. I guess there can be times when the questions asked open the proverbial "can of worms"! :rolleyes:

Still, I think it's best to ask the questions...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 09-26-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 266
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Not trout. But better than not fly fishing....

Good job! :thumbsupu

Sometimes you have to take opportunity as it comes!

We don't have White Bass here in MD, but do have A smaller cousin, the White Perch. I chase them with flies every...
Forum: Share Patterns 09-26-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 170
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Crayfish Patterns?

I agree with Rip too. I've watched bass chasing crayfish & they're cautious about those claws. Sometimes to the point of giving up rather than get pinched. A big LM bass can certainly eat a big...
Forum: Flies 09-26-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 267
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: What flies to buy for beginner

Welcome to the forums & this wonderful sport! :clap:

For trout fishing most anywhere, there are fly patterns that will cover much of your fishing. Then there are patterns that may be more specific...
Forum: General Discussion 09-26-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Use of Articulated Flies

Based on the above posted definition, the issue may not be articulated flies, but perhaps those with multiple hooks, since some are constructed with more than one hook. It's possible that a single...
Forum: Flies 09-24-2014, 05:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 391
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Hey - This fly isn't very durable.

Looks like it might have been some type of small leech pattern. There are several that are similar including one made with mohair yarn.
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 260
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Use of Articulated Flies

I cannot answer your question as I'm not familiar with the regs in MO. However, IMO, rather than take the advice of another angler, if I was you I would first research the regs for the appropriate...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 607
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: trying to conquer what seems near impossible

I tried scented flies way back, but gave that up in short order. Too messy! Not so much as using them with the scent, but that stuff gets all over everything, including other flies that I didn't want...
Forum: The Fly Cast 09-24-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 871
Posted By bigjim5589
Re: Beginner trying to cast larger flies.

Turbineblade, you're a trouble maker! Just drink the Koolaid & conform dang it! :rolleyes:

:D

All kidding aside, you make a good point about fly sizes. You have to use what works & if that's...
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