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Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2016, 11:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 356
Posted By al_a
Re: Alternate perception of black color

As an artist, I've fallen into the trap of thinking that maybe other people see colors differently than I do, and as an angler, the trap is that fish see colors differently than I do. But it IS a...
Forum: Lower Mid-U.S. 01-14-2016, 10:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 431
Posted By al_a
Re: Any damage reports from Montauk or Bennett?

I fished the Current between the park and Tan Vat on January was up around 450 cfs at the time, and I was afraid the wading would be difficult, so I hiked up from Tan Vat on the bank and...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 01-14-2016, 10:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 799
Posted By al_a
Re: Species ID

Haven't been on the website for a bit, so didn't see this thread until now. The two fish are most definitely bluegill and largemouth. Using pictures to ID fish, especially members of the sunfish...
Forum: General Discussion 12-27-2015, 04:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,006
Posted By al_a
Re: Next Question: split shot to sink streamers?

While it's really cool to have a whole bunch of different weighting and retrieval options to make a streamer do exactly what a given situation calls for, at some point it gets to be...
Forum: General Discussion 12-27-2015, 04:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 631
Posted By al_a
Re: Help with kayak choices

I second the advice above to try fishing from one a few times before buying, if possible. Especially fly isn't easy to do from a kayak. Most anglers aren't used to casting while...
Forum: General Discussion 12-27-2015, 03:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,553
Posted By al_a
Re: A Proper Hat

I'm partial to wide-brimmed hats with mesh sides. Several Australian companies make the kind I current one is a Barmah canvas drover. But that's for warm, mostly dry weather. I'll use a...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2015, 11:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By al_a
Re: Put fishing here at the top of your 'bucket list.'

I was there back in March...great time to go, middle of autumn for them. Explored the South Island for 11 days, two days of guided fishing around Wanaka. Big fish but not easy fishing, water was...
Forum: General Discussion 12-17-2015, 11:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,013
Posted By al_a
Re: Posting photos via Google+Photos?

Just curious...I'm wondering what the advantage is of having a website such as this one where posting photos takes so many steps. Geez, I hate to complain but the two fishing related websites I am...
Forum: Fly Fishing How To's 11-24-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 574
Posted By al_a
Re: How trout see prey behind rocks

I agree, operant conditioning, or simply just having the awareness of their surroundings that trout must have, would allow them to see the reflection of prey and use the reflection to home in on the...
Forum: Fly Fishing How To's 11-23-2015, 11:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 574
Posted By al_a
Re: How trout see prey behind rocks

With most dry flies, because they are almost entirely resting above the mirror of the water surface, the mirror has little to do with how the fish sees them. But with bass lures and flies which rest...
Forum: Fly Fishing How To's 11-23-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 885
Posted By al_a
Re: Trout Vision - How Does a Trout catch a Fly?

Great stuff! But let me throw in a few monkey wrenches...

As far as the trout's window of vision, everything above assumes flat water with a smooth surface. Far more often, the trout's window is...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2015, 12:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 820
Posted By al_a
Re: Do fish bite in the winter time when...

For smallmouth, don't get hung up on whether the thing you're trying to imitate is actually available to the fish. They don't care. Smallies are opportunists...if it looks edible and they're in the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-20-2015, 12:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,114
Posted By al_a
Re: Planning a trip out West ?

My two cents...

1. Pick one area. Don't make it a marathon driving trip.

2. Most western state fish and game departments have some kind of booklet showing all the public fishing accesses. I...
Forum: General Discussion 08-24-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 870
Posted By al_a
Re: Required to fence or post private property?

It's one of the reasons I love Montana enough that we bought a house there and live there about half the year...very enlightened stream access law. I wouldn't want to live in Colorado or Wyoming or...
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2015, 11:13 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 5,099
Posted By al_a
Re: Animas river poisoned

I gotta say that I've read with amazement the vitriol shown by some here about the EPA, most of it ill-informed in my opinion.

The EPA was trying to do their job. The contractors they hired...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2015, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 357
Posted By al_a
Re: need your trip suggestions--Kansas to Washington, DC

I can speak about Missouri...assuming you're coming across I-70, everything worth fishing except for a few obscure streams is well south, at least a couple hours off I-70. But depending upon where...
Forum: General Discussion 06-03-2015, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 539
Posted By al_a
Re: 4 or 5 wt?

Definitely I'd get the 4 wt. As was said above, it seems a little pointless to get a rod only one weight lighter than what you already have, since it probably won't do much significantly better than...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 06-01-2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,552
Posted By al_a
Re: how often do you keep your catch?

I too love to eat fish, and just can't understand people who say they don't like them...I suspect that they've never had fish of a good species taken care of properly and prepared well. I have a...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 06-01-2015, 10:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By al_a
Re: Montana fishing, Livingston,Pray area

Yellowstone is almost certain unfishable, so a float trip is out of the picture, and the wading size creeks in the area are probably in the same fix, so that leaves you the spring creeks. Make a...
Forum: General Discussion 06-01-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 518
Posted By al_a
Re: Total species

Life list for the fly rod:

Spotted bass
redeye bass
rock bass
shadow bass
green sunfish
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2015, 11:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 532
Posted By al_a
Re: Newby

I'll also agree that the St. Croix is an excellent rod. Try before buying, but it's worth the money.
Forum: General Discussion 05-29-2015, 10:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 545
Posted By al_a
Re: Now that's crazy

The most troubling part of the Wyoming law is that you don't have to be trespassing on PRIVATE land. Under the vague wording of the law, you apparently can't even gather data on polluting activities...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 05-23-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,278
Posted By al_a
Re: Dream Fly Fishing Trip for Father/Son

Just a thought...finding good fishing plus at least a bit of near solitude in Yellowstone Park absolutely requires hiking or horseback riding. As much as I love a wildlife artist...
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,641
Posted By al_a
Re: So you caught a sucker/fallfish what do you do?

I have a deep aversion to killing any fish that is native to the water you caught it from, unless you're going to eat it. Somebody above said that they'd hate to see how many drum there would be if...
Forum: General Discussion 05-03-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 703
Posted By al_a
Re: airline travel/carryon/personal item??

I think the pre-check is somewhat random, but you're more likely to get it if you fly frequently. If you fly much at all, however, you might want to get on the permanent pre-check list. You do it...
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