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Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 01-30-2009, 03:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,123
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Are steelhead weight shy?

As the years go by, I use weighted flies (wire-wrapped under the body) or flies with dense metal eyes less and less. Especially since I got into spey fishing, I find the bottom by choosing a longer,...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2009, 03:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,806
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Alignment Dots

And you can do the same, and they'll look fine.... But think about this: Before you add the dots, you'll carefully allign your rod sections, of course. And how will you know that the sections are...
Forum: General Discussion 01-30-2009, 02:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,316
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Question on cutting line

Several subjects here are touched on in the previous replies. I'm assuming that you already have the line and backing on your reel, and that it's nearly a too-tight fit. (The two may fit the reel...
Forum: Flies 12-18-2008, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Questions about a new book?

Frank Amato Publications is a publishing dynasty here in the Pacific Northwest. In addition to his flagship monthly magazine "Salmon Trout Steelheader" there's a long list of books on interest to PN...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-17-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 545
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: 13ft 10/11 AFTM

I haven't tried that particular combination. Thirteen foot rods are probably the most popular length now in North America - but usually for lines in the 7-9 weight range. 10/11 lines get a lot of...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-10-2008, 09:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,241
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: steelhead rods?


Let me try to be helpful, based on 46 years of fly fishing, owning 40-plus fly rods, including 13 or 14 spey rods during the last 13 years.

The particular make and model of rod you...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2008, 03:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,051
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: My first trip

Dave, you sound like you probably have the right attitude to become a fly fisherman. You seem to already know that trout country is usually beautiful, that trout are Heaven-sent magical creatures,...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2008, 02:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 692
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Spey in SoCal

Isn't the Sacramento River the second largest river on the U.S. Pacific coast? My rule of thumb is that spey rods become practical where casting distances average at least fifty feet.
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2008, 02:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 773
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Yet another tippet question

It's not bad. From fingertip to elbow of my average-length arms is 18 inches, a good length for sunken-fly tippets. From fingertip to my armpit is 26 inches, about perfect for a dry fly tippet,...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 08-28-2008, 02:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,408
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: need some easy patterns

Most packages, spools, etc. of materials contain enough for dozens or even hundreds of flies. Do some trades with other fly tiers: a yard or two of chenille for a half-dozen hackle feathers, etc. ...
Forum: General Discussion 08-17-2008, 03:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 514
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Middle Fork Salmon R.


Understand that the Middle Fork of the Salmon is a true wilderness river, flowing through roadless canyon. You can reach it by rough road (in the Idaho backcountry, there is no other kind)...
Forum: The Daily Papers 08-10-2008, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,477
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: "Switch rod" line?


Since switch rods are at a transition point between single-handed and spey rods, some might be rated for AFTMA single-hand lines. But I believe that most switch rods are rated for spey line...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2008, 02:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Which way to go ???

I'm a timid soul, so careful that I went for over 20 years without losing a round of Hydrology Roulette. But back earlier in the learning curve, I was fishing my way down a submerged bar out in the...
Forum: Pacific Northwest 07-15-2008, 02:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,361
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: River's in Washington?

Mt. Rainier is out of my usual range; but try the forum and stream flow reports at Washington Fly Fishing (, one of the most active state fly fishing websites...
Forum: Fly Fishing Adventure Articles 07-08-2008, 04:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,632
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: The Little Things

I wasn't born or nurtured into fly fishing. I reasoned my way into it, using a logical process. I wanted at least one sport that I could enjoy my whole life, or at least into advanced old age. So...
Forum: Ladies Fly Fishing Forum 07-05-2008, 02:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,114
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: New fisherwoman in Washington

Cabela has two pack fly rod series, the five-piece Stowaway and the 7-piece Stowaway 7. The Stoways are priced around $100, and as a combo, up to $220, depending on the reel choice. The five-piece...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-29-2008, 02:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Need help with a new rod.

Scott, it would help to know what kind of fish you mostly fish for, in what size waters (small streams in tight quarters, open streams and lakes, or really large and windy waters); do you mostly fish...
Forum: General Discussion 06-28-2008, 01:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 911
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Rod Length

Nine foot rods are indeed something of a standard, because they cast and mend long distances, but in graphite are still light enough for all-day use. However, many smaller streams and fly...
Forum: Other Gear 06-26-2008, 04:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,142
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Shelf Life of Line, Backing, Tippet, etc

In 1974, I bought a 500 yard spool of white 20 lb. test dacron kite string and used it as backing on several fly reels. It's still in service. I also have Greenspot dacron backing of about the same...
Forum: Other Gear 06-26-2008, 02:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Choosing Mid-Range Fly Line...

Fly line...supple...for trout... on those smallish Vermont streams...: You've just described the Cortland 444, the peach colored classic. I have two, one a WF5F and a WF7F that I've flogged since...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-15-2008, 04:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 882
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: line weights and your rod...

You can up- or down-line your rod under certain circumstances and get decent performance, and beyond that, you can rupture the envelope farther, hopefully without rupturing your rod.

Rods don't...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-13-2008, 02:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 785
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: first post..Leonard M Wright Jr.

In an earlier book, Len Wright, who now fishes where the backcasts never tangle, preferred an 8 1/2 foot five -weight. The question of rod length is ultimately unanswerable. For myself, fishing...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 06-13-2008, 02:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 849
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Great Forum

Tom, any of the dozen or so videos available on conventional (2-handed) spey casting would make it a lot clearer. There's a DVD currently on eBay for $29.95: "Single-Handed Fly Rod Casting Using...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 06-11-2008, 07:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 849
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: Great Forum


There seem to be two schools of thought on ideal small stream fly rod length. Some like long rods, since they see themselves as dapping flies, rather than casting them conventionally. Most...
Forum: Flies 06-11-2008, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,568
Posted By Nooksack Mac
Re: A question about barbless hooks.

You can do it either way, with the pliers' jaws parallel to or 90 degrees from the hook point. But you have to be careful to keep the jaws in the same plane as the point, esp. with small hooks, or...
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