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Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 01-21-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,584
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Set-Up For Bluegills

Odd -- I originally purchased a 9' 5-weight based upon the usual advice, and it really does work just fine.

Then I got a few shorter rods.

Then a few fenwick glass rods in the 8' -8.5' size I...
Forum: General Discussion 01-20-2015, 07:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 260
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Bream in cold weather

Joe -- just about anything will catch bream, regardless of season. The trick is finding the fish.

Do you have a warm water discharge anywhere near by from a treatment plant? That's the easiest...
Forum: Fly Lines 01-18-2015, 11:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 449
Posted By turbineblade
Re: DT or WF for my 2wt

No matter how many times this comes up, someone always says something like "DT lines mend so much better".

I think the new rule should be, for anyone in the position to actually have to ask what...
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 262
Posted By turbineblade
Re: fly rod

If you do a search here on the forum you'll find a lot of information about buying your first fly rod, and just about anything else you'll ever want to know.

I recommend you start there and try...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2015, 04:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 379
Posted By turbineblade
Re: San Juan worms--warmwater?

They work -- I fish 'em sometimes for sunfish.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 01-12-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 523
Posted By turbineblade
Re: need help selecting fly line

+1. For my 3-weights I buy the SA Mastery Trout fly line in the DT configuration and cut them in 1/2. There's nothing wrong with fishing 1/2 a fly line for most trout fishing situations, and you'll...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 01-05-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 310
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Carp Leaders

I fish for carp on the Potomac, which is a large, open river with frequent wind. The flies I use tend to be a size 6 and are weighted, somewhat "leechish" in appearance.

I can't imagine using a...
Forum: The Fly Cast 01-03-2015, 09:43 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,969
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Distance.... A question for us "older" casters

I was going to post something like this, but Silver already hit it. :)

You show me a person who can cast 100+ feet and I'll show you a person who can easily cast in the 50' range with very good...
Forum: General Discussion 12-18-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Leader Question

Asking questions is wise. You are exchanging temporary "embarassment" for long-term success, and you'll slowly learn the wisdom in this approach as you get better and better.

The longer I fly...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 12-16-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,584
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Set-Up For Bluegills

No it won't. You're assuming everyone fishes for bluegill on windless, small streams where you can reach far enough with a glorified cane pole to cast to the fish. Over open water like the Potomac...
Forum: General Discussion 12-04-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 490
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Actually, What Are My Basics?

Gentlemen if I could digress for a moment......coach Ditka versus a hurricane, who would win?

Hold on, hold on! The name of the hurricane, is hurricane Ditka.
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 336
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Braided loops on fly lines?

+1. This is pretty much what I do, even though I have slight reservations about it because it eventually leads to a crack at the loop "doubled over" part due to hinging. The strength is extremely...
Forum: Flies 11-30-2014, 05:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 497
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Can anybody help me identify these flies?

If I were you, I would NOT fish any of those. Keep them.

It looks like you have a Mickey Finn there, some soft hackle wets in the middle of the 4th box there, some stonefly patterns in the top...
Forum: Fly Reels 11-25-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 489
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Connecting The Backing To Your Reel Spool;

Looks like a "fishin' fool" knot -- which is basically a uni knot with 2 turns through the eye (or around the spool).

It is incredibly strong -- won knot wars a couple of years ago.
Forum: General Discussion 11-25-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 428
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Complicating my C&R

Wow -- that's a beautiful place out there. I'm stuck on the East Coast in a highly urban area, and forget how beautiful so much of the U.S. really is.

My wife (who also fly fishes) always says...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 11-25-2014, 01:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 864
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Anyone want to donate me stuff for my fly tying desk?

On the flip-side, I've seen some unbelievable generosity provided by members here for a variety of things that have come up. It's a great forum, but yeah -- you might have better luck finding...
Forum: General Discussion 11-25-2014, 04:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 735
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Looking for an 8wt set up

For a more "moderate" 8-weight than the legion of fast broomsticks out there, a TFO 9' 8-weight PRO II fits the bill nicely -- I love mine. I use it for the big river here (Potomac) and bass, carp,...
Forum: General Discussion 11-24-2014, 10:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,275
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Davy Knot and Double Davy Knot

Contrary opinion:

I don't like loop knots. I think the benefits are overstated when stripping streamers, and I think loop knots add the disadvantage of fouling around the eye of the fly on...
Forum: Fly Lines 11-19-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 918
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Giving up on mono tippet?

This is slightly off-topic: Silver Creek - how do you apply mud to your leader/tippet? Do you simply take a tiny amount and run the line betwen thumb and index finger, possibly rolling your fingers...
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 06:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 976
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Whatever happened to mridenour?

I was wondering where you went -- welcome back :). I'm guilty of doing some of the same things you claim you do. I think Ard said something about just avoiding anything that borders on...
Forum: The Fly Cast 11-18-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,038
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Beginner trying to cast larger flies.

I'll go a step further:

For all the good advice offered, there is literally NOTHING you need to know about casting big flies that cannot be learned by practicing what SilverCreek has provided in...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,092
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Why Women Make Better Anglers

I think suspect Silver Creek is spot-on in his assessment.
Forum: Fly Rods 11-04-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,340
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 5wt??

I love these kind of threads....still, even after who knows how many ;).

.....what about the fast action, 4.5 weight??? You guys are remiss!!
Forum: Fly Lines 11-01-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 918
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Giving up on mono tippet?

Hey, whatever works for you.

The stuff about how long fluoro lasts in the environment would no effect on my desire to use it.

I use mono because it works for me and I don't have a reason to...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 10-30-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 3,584
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Set-Up For Bluegills

I have the TFO finesse in the 389 configuration and it is a wonderful rod. I mostly use mine for trout, and also for some of the small streams with bluegill and other warmwater species. It is a...
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