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Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Another myth busted? I don't think so

That's fine -- and it's definitely fun to play around with and think about. I just think that we absolutely do adjust our stroke slightly to compensate for how a rod loads and unloads if we care...
Forum: General Discussion 03-03-2015, 04:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 707
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Another myth busted? I don't think so

Okay, so said slightly differently, everyone uses the same stroke and therefore throws a larger loop every time with a slower rod and a narrower loop with a faster rod? Casters don't make...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2015, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 170
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 8 weight for pike...what line?

One with the front taper cut off and thrown in the trash.
Forum: The Fly Cast 03-02-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Increased acceleration during cast

I cast very much like Cap. Chris Myers and am a fan of his videos. If you find that you prefer the side-elbow style, he has some really great information for you.

Since the OP is still fairly...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 990
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Furled leaders: Are they right for me?

1. No, they suck.

2. Yes, they transmit energy better and last longer.

Pick one and defend it until you're blue in the face. :)
Forum: The Fly Cast 03-02-2015, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Increased acceleration during cast

I don't know - he's probably coined a lot of things, many of them totally wrong (like his suggesting that tailing loops are caused by raising and lowering the elbow during the cast). That one is so...
Forum: The Fly Cast 03-02-2015, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 310
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Increased acceleration during cast

The lag is called "slip" by many people. It works for Lefty's style, but may or may not work for your style.

Lefty starts his books (and talks) with stuff about how you should not necessarily...
Forum: General Discussion 02-19-2015, 10:52 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 813
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Question for the kayak fishermen

A couple of other things probably worthy of mention that are tangent to the origial question

A knife is a useful accessory for a kayak fisherman. Anchoring in current is foolish, but bring the...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-17-2015, 08:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Not to worry! When you use the vertical casting style off the front of the boat the fish will probably see your damn fly line way up in the air and bolt before anything is transmitted to the lateral...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-17-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Maybe another unspoken "pro" of a vertical cast is the ability to salute the fish while simultaneously knocking your guide from the poling platform ;). This might be preferable to nausea though --...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-17-2015, 10:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Since there's 6" of snow on the ground and this is DC, I took the time to read the link against my better judgement. :)

Though I generally agree with the "pros and cons", I get the impression...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-16-2015, 07:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

I have a really hard time seeing this in my mind, though I'm not arguing that it can't be done. How do you pull the butt of the rod down into a hard stop with the line just inches above the water?? ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 813
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Question for the kayak fishermen

No, not really -- but you kind of get used to it. :)

My wife and I own 2 advanced elements inflatable yaks that we've used quite a bit. How much do we like kayak fly fishing? Well, we just...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-16-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

I appreciate your posting this, and all of the other information you always contribute -- let's get this out first since it's 100% truth :). I should not have mentioned the response rate as I have...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-16-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Again -- I'm surrounded by East Coast SW fly fisherman who cast from the front of all kinds of "skiff" boats to redfish, stripers, etc. and I've literally not seen a single one casting with their...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-16-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Meh - a 51% "usable" survey study mailed in by fly casters? Which surveys did they delete from the pool? Ones where the fly caster was too drunk to write legibly? Most of the "high level" fly...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-15-2015, 06:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,293
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Sure -- it's less accurate and less mechanically efficient (to me).

I still use it 99% of the time. There's another thread talking about this somewhere......

In general, western trout...
Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2015, 03:13 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,806
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Stiff wrist/Flex wrist

I love these discussions - they're always interesting. :)

If you're capable of casting tight loops with good line speed by using some wrist, go for it man. Whatever works for you.

If you use...
Forum: Fly Lines 02-14-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 497
Posted By turbineblade
Re: RIO Trout Lt WF or DT for smaller streams ?

+1. On 3-weight and smaller fly lines, I find little to no advantage to using a WF line profile. The difference between the 'thick' head and 'skinny' running line of a 3-weight line is so minimal...
Forum: General Discussion 02-14-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 408
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 7X Tippet

+1. This will upset some people, but I'll say it anyway because I believe it to be true: most of the people I've seen who really suck at fighting fish are almost universally trout fishermen. I...
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,156
Posted By turbineblade
Re: If high-gloss fly rods spook trout then why ...

What about this 6'6" eagle claw featherlight I just got and used the other day. Did it spook my bluegill? :D
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-11-2015, 10:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 725
Posted By turbineblade
Re: What's Your Favorite Dubbing?

Riptide - do you skin your roadkill prior to storage (I assume you must).

I may try that -- I have some pesky squirrels and I like squirrel dubbing.
Forum: Flies 02-10-2015, 08:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 171
Posted By turbineblade
Re: What Size!!

Also keep in mind that unlike spinning and casting tackle, heavy fly tackle like an 8-weight can EASILY cast light and small flies. You don't necessarily have to increase your fly sizes simply...
Forum: Other Gear 02-10-2015, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 415
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Quick drying pants

Once temps pick up I can't stand wearing waders and being hot -- that sucks.

I generally wear whatever cheap "adventure" or quick-dry (nylon usually) pants I can find at a discount and just wear...
Forum: Other Gear 02-08-2015, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 319
Posted By turbineblade
Used canoe opinions -- Wenonah SF 15'8"

Hi -- I've been thinking of getting a tandem canoe for my wife and I this year. We float frequently at a typical "rental" place and have floated a lot with the 15'8" Wenonah south forks and also the...
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