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Forum: Fly Fishing Knots 07-20-2016, 02:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,989
Posted By ratchet
Re: Tippet Ring Knot

I tie a simple clinch knot to attach both my tippet and leader to the tippet ring. Works for me. The clinch is a knot I've tied tens of thousands of times in everything from 2 lb to 300 lb test...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 06-23-2016, 12:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 271
Posted By ratchet
Re: Simms Releases New Film All About 'The Wader Makers.'

I second the positive comments about Simms products. I got a pair of their flats sneakers and eventually wore them out but not until I got my money's worth out of them.
Forum: Fly Rods 06-17-2016, 07:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,020
Posted By ratchet
Re: BVK breakage

I'm limited to saltwater fishing on the flats in Hawaii for bonefish and do so regularly. Typically, I fish with an 8wt but have gone down to a 6 wt when conditions allow. I decided a while back to...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 06-12-2016, 01:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,045
Posted By ratchet
Re: Stripping basket WHY?

I never leave home without mine when wading the flats. Why? Because if properly designed, keeps your fly line from tangling on the rocks or getting stepped on. It is especially helpful if you are...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-07-2016, 07:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 392
Posted By ratchet
Re: Fly Line Memory

GNA-Just wondering on my part if your line coiling issue is actually due to twists in your fly line. This happens when your fly spins in the water or during false casting. The symptom of twists in...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 06-01-2016, 09:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 681
Posted By ratchet
Re: Ultralight.

Nice pic Oldskewl.

After reading about your 6 wt adventures, last year I decided to keep my 8wt at home and break out my 30 yr old 6wt rod and see if I could catch a bonefish on it. Making a long...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-13-2016, 10:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By ratchet
Re: Cabelas all American 8 wt , any reviews , thinking of one for a back up

The 8wt American Dream is probably sold out by now. At $130 in the bargain cave, it was a screaming deal, even with Cabela's new 12 month warranty policy in place. The rod has a softer action...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-29-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By ratchet
Re: spool width

If the arbor diameter is the same, then the short answer is "no". Both style of reels will initially pick up line at the same rate if we spin the spool and the same rpm. Rapid crisscrossing of the...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-28-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 620
Posted By ratchet
Re: spool width

Every reel maker is faced with a number of design considerations, all of which are compromises. The reel has to hold a fly line and enough backing, both of which take up space on the spool. This...
Forum: Fly Reels 12-13-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 440
Posted By ratchet
Re: Question about Lamson Litespeed IV

I haven't heard of this problem nor experience it on any of my reels. How thin of a backing were they using when this problem came up? I guess you could get into trouble if you used anything a lot...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 06-09-2015, 02:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By ratchet
Re: Fooled a "Homeguard" Bonefish today...

Nice bone, Oldskewl and interesting comment about the homeguard fish. I've noticed that the behavior of the bonefish on Oahu has changed and they are much more selective now.
Forum: Fly Reels 09-11-2014, 02:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,093
Posted By ratchet
Re: Lamson Litespeed Question

I have both the 3x filled with 20 lbs. dacron backing and the 3.5x with 30 lbs. dacron backing on my 8 wt. rods for bonefish. Of these 2 reels, I prefer the balance of using the 3.5x and basically...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-20-2014, 01:48 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,391
Posted By ratchet
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

You can add my name to the list of Lamson users. I own several Litespeeds (2, 3x, and 3.5x) and really like them all. I've caught a good number of bonefish on the 3.5x without any issue, so I don't...
Forum: Fly Lines 07-18-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
Posted By ratchet
Re: Clear Fly Line adavantegs?

Well, I wouldn't go that far, but if you need a floating line, a light colored line (ivory, sky blue, tan) might work better. Clear works too, but not in moving water. Clear lines are really hard to...
Forum: Fly Lines 07-17-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,243
Posted By ratchet
Re: Clear Fly Line adavantegs?

Rip Tide makes a good point. I normally fish shallow saltwater flats and a clear, floating line has the advantage of being stealthy. But a clear line will not make up for poor fly presentation and...
Forum: Fly Fishing Knots 07-06-2014, 11:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,458
Posted By ratchet
Re: Fluorocarbon Knot Problem

A while back I had a similar problem with my double surgeon's loop knot breaking when I tried to strip strike bonefish. I was using 1x fluorocarbon tippet and was puzzled because not every knot...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-01-2014, 01:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,340
Posted By ratchet
Re: Echo Fly Rod Warranty

jplee3,

Rewrapping the damged guide is not hard at all. Depending on how much Echo wants to replace the guide and if they even will do it for you, with mailing charges and other fees, you might...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 01-09-2013, 02:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,411
Posted By ratchet
Re: What brand leader material do you use to build leaders?

Mason hard leader material works for me. I like it because it is stiff and durable, but difficult to tie blood knots to join sections of different thicknesses. I keep it simple for bonefish, 25 /...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 01-09-2013, 01:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,865
Posted By ratchet
Re: Bonefish hooks

Mustad S71SZ in z-metal is what I use. But heavy drag pressure and shallow hook penetration will bend any hook open no matter how big (or small) the bonefish. Another reason I like the S71 is the...
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