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Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 01-25-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 98
Posted By ontheflymn
Great Day for a Walk

Fishing wise, it was a day with mixed results. Streams in southeast Mn are very low and very clear, which is not a surprise for this time of the year. I tried a variety of nymph patterns as the lead...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-25-2015, 08:45 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 840
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Rods You Just Can't Part With

I've purchased and sold plenty of fly rods in the past fifteen years. I only own one bamboo rod, and that was a gift from a fly fishing mentor, so that is one I can't part with. The rest of the boo,...
Forum: Flies 01-25-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 349
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Organizing Your Flies

I carry boxes dependent upon the season I am fishing. I carry one basic nymph box that has just about everything (including streamers) just about every time I go out. I carry a dry box accordingly....
Forum: Great Lakes Region 01-24-2015, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 217
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Wisconsin Opener 2015 Planning

"I am purchasing a boat in 2015 and leaving trout angling."

So, what kind of boat did you buy? Lots of great boat dealers around the La Crosse area.
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2015, 01:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 268
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Just good to get out

Unlike Iowa, southeast MN is not managed as put and take; however, we do shut down most of our season for a brief respite starting October 16-December 31 to protect the spawners and the gravel. Our...
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 268
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Just good to get out

If this weather keeps up, you'll have no shelf ice in a week, no snow on the ground in February, and olives coming off in March. :cool:
Forum: Other Gear 01-11-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 450
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: New Waders

Admittedly, I'm a seasonal wader wearing guy, so my take is what it is.

I've been a Redington guy for a few years, always the waist high waders and not chest waders. They are decent enough for...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-10-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,285
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: A good 4wt 9ft?

Sage One. Very fast, but a blast to fish.
Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 654
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: The "Non-Expert" Inquiry...

This will be a short response as I have to get back to work :icon_sad:. The synthetic tying materials has changed everything in fly tying. It's almost impossible to keep a firm grasp on all of the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2015, 02:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 530
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 2wt Reel Advice

I just posted the same response to a rockriver question on a one weight. I have a Ross Flyrise on a two weight rod: $105, 4.4 oz. Very average reel at best, but reasonably priced. The Ross Evo is...
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2015, 02:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 374
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 1 wt. reel advice

I have a Ross Flyrise on a 2wt. It's OK - I'm indifferent to it, really. It's probably a little heavy at 4.4 oz for a one weight, but it's also reasonably priced at $105.

I used to have a Sage...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 01-03-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 182
Posted By ontheflymn
January in Southeast Minnesota

With Arctic air allegedly headed our way, my window to get out and fish was today. With the "new" winter season rules in effect, all designated streams in the southeast corner are open for catch and...
Forum: General Discussion 12-31-2014, 05:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,665
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 2015 Fly Fishing Goals

Continue to fish and hike far away from the roads and access points to get into trout that most other guys aren't willing to go after.

Continue to fish with my son. He is a competent spin caster,...
Forum: Other Gear 12-31-2014, 05:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 391
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Tippet Brands

I'll answer this coming from a guy who fishes freshwater, spring creeks. I have been a Rio guy for many years. Easily the best strength, durable, reliable, IMO. Since I can't answer the fluoro side,...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-26-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 773
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: how long have you been Tying

This year marks the twentieth year that I have been tying. I started out of necessity as buying flies wasn't cost effective for a young fly angler on a limited budget. Gradually, I tied more and...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 12-24-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 274
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Winter in Iowa

Looks like the Pink Squirrel strikes again.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 12-23-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 250
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: SE mn trout

ALL of southeast Mn streams are open for catch and release starting Jan.1 - new to the rule book just this year. State Parks in the southeast (Beaver, Whitewater, Forrestville) are open year round,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,167
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: What is your favorite Brand and model fly Rod?

Sage, Echo, St. Croix. I'd still pick my 9' 4 weight/4 piece z-axis as my favorite rod.
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,359
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: All I want for Christmas is....

The continuation of El Nino winter in the Midwest. All our streams in southeast MN open Jan. 1 for catch and release. No snowshoes to fish this winter would be great.
Forum: Great Lakes Region 12-13-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 509
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Driftless area guide recommendations.

I'd go to Wisconsin over Iowa if you want to fish the Driftless. Not bashing the guide's in Iowa; however, your choices in public water and fishing over wild trout are greater in Wisconsin than...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 12-06-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 377
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Frog Water?

Time to blow up the beaver dam. :thumbsupu
Forum: Great Lakes Region 11-18-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 223
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: The Daily Climate On Gill Lice

I think part of the stream warming discussion revolves around discharge from agriculture when it rains. Virtually every field in the Midwest is tiled, so all of that water ultimately ends up...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 11-11-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 689
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: "Driftless" Region.......

Iowa is a 24/7/365 put and take fishery...for the most part. They do have real gems, though. Wisco is March 1-Sept. 30 season and has most of the water. Do they have the biggest trout? That's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 522
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Replacing Tippet

I try to start fresh with mono each spring (30 yard spools). I do have a tendency to get my tippets wet via an unexpected dunking or rain, so changing out mono in late summer isn't uncommon for me. ...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,093
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Why Women Make Better Anglers

Having guided numerous women over the years, I find they are better listeners than some of the men I guide. One particular trip comes to mind where the know it all husband was fished under the table...
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