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Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-29-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 366
Posted By al_a
Re: Move on or change up?

I like to work a spot thoroughly when nymph fishing, trying to get at least one good drift everywhere in the hole or run, but I seldom bother to change nymphs. If I'm streamer fishing I keep moving,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 524
Posted By al_a
Re: Overlooked Lakes, Overcrowded Rivers

I am perfectly willing to agree that lakes have their own set of challenges, that they can be less crowded, that the fishing can be as good or better.

But I'd about a hundred times rather fish a...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 09-18-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By al_a
Re: Warm water fishing in winter

I do a lot of winter fishing for stream smallmouth bass (and other bass species). Location is extremely important. Catchable fish are ONLY in limited spots; 95% of the river is fishless. And water...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 09-14-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 208
Posted By al_a
Re: MT or OR.......

You can find variety in Montana, but it's easier to find it in Oregon. I don't think the trout fishing in Montana can be beat (and I'd always opt for Montana over Wyoming, as somebody above...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 538
Posted By al_a
Re: Perplexing situation!

As a professional artist who does images for various commercial entities (catalog covers, merchandise, etc.) I consider anyone using my images without my permission and without paying me for them in...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 857
Posted By al_a
Re: Airlines and fly rods

You're at the mercy of the people at the gate. And since many airlines have started charging for carry-ons over a given size, at the least you might have to pay extra to carry on one or more four...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 149
Posted By al_a
Re: finally a weekend off for some fishing

I'm fortunate enough to able to avoid fishing on holiday weekends like the plague. I got my fishing fix in with a three day Ozark smallmouth float trip last week, and a two day float yesterday and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By al_a
Re: What's your scary fly fishing incident?

One that comes to mind took place a few years back on the West Boulder in Montana. A couple of buddies and I were fishing some private land. I had just wandered upstream and saw one of my friends...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 08-23-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,106
Posted By al_a
Re: Advice for slow, deep pools.

Maybe it's because of my smallmouth fishing roots, but I have a lot of confidence in the concept of the reaction strike. It's how I fish for smallies in very clear water so it's probably only...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 08-22-2014, 07:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,106
Posted By al_a
Re: Advice for slow, deep pools.

That's a VERY good point. If the fish aren't in the mood to feed, catching them is going to be difficult at best, and the middle of the pool is not usually where the food is, so the fish there often...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2014, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 569
Posted By al_a
Re: Fishing and lightning

Yep, the old thing about fish turning on just before a big storm is sometimes true, and almost got me one time. I was on the river and started catching smallmouth like crazy, big ones. The storm...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2014, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 510
Posted By al_a
Re: Small stream fishing.

I love small creeks, but I also love big rivers. Different experiences, not one better than the other. In Montana I live on the Yellowstone and love floating it in driftboat, raft, or my one man...
Forum: General Discussion 08-22-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,468
Posted By al_a
Re: Catch and Release...

Some dos and don'ts...you don't want the fish to be touching things that are dry, abrasive, sticky, or hot, so if you're going to lay it on the bank for the photo, put it at water's edge in an inch...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 08-19-2014, 10:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 261
Posted By al_a
Re: YNP - Sight Seeing and Fishing

Possibilities are almost endless...

Some cool places outside the park:

Drive out West Yellowstone and down the highway toward Ennis. You'll go by Quake Lake, and the sight of the huge...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 08-19-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,106
Posted By al_a
Re: Advice for slow, deep pools.

Two ways I fish those stretches...either go the streamer route if the water is a bit murky or it's a dark day, or use a dry fly and dropper. This time of year I'd probably go with a big generic...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 09:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 253
Posted By al_a
Re: Head Lamp & Fishing at Night

Most fish tend to be immobilized when a light is suddenly put on them at night, even if they are active after dark. The light seems to disorient and confuse them and they freeze, same as deer and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,164
Posted By al_a
Re: Best fighting fish?!

River smallmouth are my favorite fish and have been all my life, but there are other fish that are either faster, stronger, or jump higher. It's just that few of them have the whole package like...
Forum: General Discussion 08-14-2014, 09:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 617
Posted By al_a
Re: Likes and dislikes

I've been fortunate enough to fish in a lot of different places for a lot of different fish, and enjoyed them all, but there are some I wouldn't dream of going back to while with others I still dream...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 08-09-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 337
Posted By al_a
Re: Fishing in muddy waters

The visibility of colors in murky to muddy water depends upon several factors. If it's REALLY muddy, with visibility of less than 6 inches, the fish simply don't depend upon sight. They may only...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 08-07-2014, 11:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 301
Posted By al_a
re: Largemouth Bass Fishing with Two Six Year Olds!

Nice! But they ARE largemouth. And that is definitely largemouth habitat...you seldom find smallies in weedy ponds.
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2014, 12:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 602
Posted By al_a
Re: Do you save your rod and reel instead of yourself

A few years ago my buddies and I flipped a raft on the Stillwater in Montana. I was fishing from the back, one buddy was fishing from the front, one was rowing. None of us had life jackets on. ...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2014, 12:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 276
Posted By al_a
Re: What Am I Missing?

I too wish that posting photos was simpler, the way it is on the other fishing message boards I frequent. I have neither the tech savvy nor the patience to bother posting pics here; I simply don't...
Forum: General Discussion 07-15-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 366
Posted By al_a
Re: Canoe?

The only company that was manufacturing Royalex sheets was taken over by a bigger company, who then made the decision to stop producing Royalex because it wasn't profitable enough. This happened in...
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2014, 11:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 366
Posted By al_a
Re: Canoe?

I posted a bunch of stuff on this subject this morning in the thread entitled "watercraft advice needed", but would like to clear up some misconceptions from the standpoint of somebody who has...
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2014, 08:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 799
Posted By al_a
Re: Watercraft Advice Needed

Okay, first a bit about canoe materials...Royalex is best because it's durable, light in weight, and quiet. But the material is no longer being manufactured, so canoe companies with Royalex models...
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