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Forum: Fly Lines 08-08-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 432
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Hand tied leaders: materials question

A.J. McClane's leader formulas, found in "The Practical Fly Fishermen" have always my favorites. Like you, I use Maxima Chameleon for all butt the tippet and Orvis Super Strong for the tippet.

An...
Forum: Flies 07-04-2014, 05:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,319
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Ultra Violet Flies?

I agree about confidence. I don't know why, but it makes so much difference.

I have put up a short essay about the matter of mature trout having vision in the ultraviolet. See Ultraviolet Vision...
Forum: Flies 05-25-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 316
Posted By overmywaders
Re: HG Tapply's Nearenuf Fly

The Sportsman's Notebook and Tap's Tips by H.G. Tapply has the recipe. I practically memorized that book when I was a kid. I noticed that one can get a used copy for as little as 88 cents through...
Forum: Flies 05-24-2014, 09:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,319
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Ultra Violet Flies?

All of our flies are tied with UV reflecting materials, some reflect more than others. For example, iridescent feathers absorb most of the ambient UV, thus peacock herl is dark in the UV. OTOH,...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-07-2013, 06:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,967
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Fly rod line rating, power, and action - an explanation.

F.E. Thomas was among the greatest designers/makers of cane rods. He made styles for every type of fishing and (almost) every pocketbook. His rods are still undervalued, IMO.
Forum: Fly Rods 09-07-2013, 12:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,967
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Fly rod line rating, power, and action - an explanation.

Jim,

I think that we place too much emphasis on casting "power" without tying it to practical applications. For example, if you have a very stiff progressive taper rod and wish to fish streamers,...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-06-2013, 03:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,285
Posted By overmywaders
Re: New gear vs old

It is also true that many of the cane fly rods being made today in the US are as good or better than any of the best of the rods made during the "Golden Age" of cane. The majority of the cane...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-31-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,285
Posted By overmywaders
Re: New gear vs old

Buying used fly rods requires a pretty steep learning curve. You need to know about the history of the rod fads before buying, IMO. For example, there was a trend in the mid-to-late 1960's to create...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-30-2013, 11:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,969
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Rod weights and Common Cents

In terms of a rod's action, the cane rod community has an advantage - the rod taper and stress curves. Looking at the rod's taper taken at 5" intervals you can determine stress curves and once you...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-30-2013, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 270
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Loose bamboo tip

You can still buy Bohning Ferr-L-Tite which is a natural resin-based cement. It is sold among the fletchers' supplies now. See Bohning Ferr-L-Tite...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-30-2013, 08:56 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,969
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Rod weights and Common Cents

And brick-and-mortar fly shops are not as common as they once were.

However, there are several other factors that testing like Common Cents can't address - line diameter, suppleness, lubricants,...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-29-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,969
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Rod weights and Common Cents

It seems a little late to concern ourselves with the "line weight" of a rod, since apparently the line makers no longer conform to the AFTMA line weight standards anymore. :mad:

Also, we had...
Forum: Fly Lines 01-29-2013, 06:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,385
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Recommended Fly Line for a Slow/Moderate Slow Rod

I have found that each rod has a line that suits it according to the way you like to cast. So, you may try a Rio WF4 and exclaim with joy over the ease of casting; yet when your friend tries the same...
Forum: Fly Lines 01-27-2013, 08:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 981
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Maintaining a Silk Fly Line/ Bamboo wont seat

Regarding the silk line, first determine that it is silk, lots of oiled Nylon lines were sold. Hold a burning match to the end, if it is silk, there will only be ash, if it is Nylon, it will form a...
Forum: Flies 01-27-2013, 09:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 519
Posted By overmywaders
Re: 'Ol McGinty

I took my first fly-caught trout on a McGinty, dry. I was twelve and so excited that to bring the fish to hand I simply walked backwards in the cow pasture, ignoring the steps into fresh cow patties...
Forum: General Discussion 01-25-2013, 02:52 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,219
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Tippet knots

The ligature knot looks interesting, but way more knot than I want on a trout leader. I can't remember the last time I lost a fish due to breakage at the knot. I have had tippets break after the fish...
Forum: Flies 01-21-2013, 10:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,463
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Coyote fur.

Any cat loose in the wild is, IMO, feral. It may curl up in your lap at night, but when outdoors, it is killing songbirds with dispatch.

Regarding coyotes: as they migrated from west to east they...
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2013, 11:02 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,219
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Tippet knots

I use a surgeon's knot for the whole leader. So far, no problems.
A surgeon's knot has two turns and a double-surgeon's has four, I can't imagine a triple surgeon's knot, that would be six turns in...
Forum: Fly Lines 01-15-2013, 11:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,920
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Camo fly line?

I wish I could still get the SA Aircel Supreme in Ivory. Those lines were thinner than the modern lines, cast beautifully, and were easy to follow.

I photographed ten floating flylines in...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-06-2013, 09:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,331
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Rod Action and Sensitivity on Small Rivers

I would want a 9' - 9.5' medium action cane rod. F.E. Thomas made some that I like, as did Leonard. Thomas would provide the same model in six different "speeds", my favorite for the stated streams...
Forum: General Discussion 12-29-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,510
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Practicing Proper Catch and Release

Excellent presentation.
I would like to add a few words. Just because an angler releases his fish doesn't mean that hooking injuries causing infection won't kill that trout forty-eight hours later....
Forum: General Discussion 12-27-2012, 11:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 522
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Collecting as a result of fly fishing?

I have a severe case of GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome) which manifests itself in books on fly fishing, old fly reels - from the skeleton "60 yd" reels, through the Johnson Magnetics, old silk lines...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-24-2012, 07:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 908
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Fly tying question.....

No matter what pattern you start with, you will probably use more materials than necessary. For example, a hair wing on a bucktail - cut the amount of hair you think you need... then use only half of...
Forum: General Discussion 12-24-2012, 02:47 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,450
Posted By overmywaders
Re: Ethics question

I don't understand the issue. You didn't say it was catch and release only, so why not try for the biggest brute you can find and play him until you can get him in the net - or on shore. Kill the...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-20-2012, 07:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 945
Posted By overmywaders
Re: 9'6" rod too long?

It really depends on where you are fishing. For our open small rivers, I prefer a 9' to 10' rod. If I was struggling through brush between small pools on a tiny mountain stream, I might use just the...
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