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Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions Yesterday, 08:37 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 319
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: how long have you been Tying

This year marks the twentieth year that I have been tying. I started out of necessity as buying flies wasn't cost effective for a young fly angler on a limited budget. Gradually, I tied more and...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 12-24-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 151
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Winter in Iowa

Looks like the Pink Squirrel strikes again.
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 12-23-2014, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 158
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: SE mn trout

ALL of southeast Mn streams are open for catch and release starting Jan.1 - new to the rule book just this year. State Parks in the southeast (Beaver, Whitewater, Forrestville) are open year round,...
Forum: General Discussion 12-21-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,767
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: What is your favorite Brand and model fly Rod?

Sage, Echo, St. Croix. I'd still pick my 9' 4 weight/4 piece z-axis as my favorite rod.
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,249
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: All I want for Christmas is....

The continuation of El Nino winter in the Midwest. All our streams in southeast MN open Jan. 1 for catch and release. No snowshoes to fish this winter would be great.
Forum: Great Lakes Region 12-13-2014, 08:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 213
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Driftless area guide recommendations.

I'd go to Wisconsin over Iowa if you want to fish the Driftless. Not bashing the guide's in Iowa; however, your choices in public water and fishing over wild trout are greater in Wisconsin than...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 12-06-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 333
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Frog Water?

Time to blow up the beaver dam. :thumbsupu
Forum: Great Lakes Region 11-18-2014, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 197
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: The Daily Climate On Gill Lice

I think part of the stream warming discussion revolves around discharge from agriculture when it rains. Virtually every field in the Midwest is tiled, so all of that water ultimately ends up...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 11-11-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 601
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: "Driftless" Region.......

Iowa is a 24/7/365 put and take fishery...for the most part. They do have real gems, though. Wisco is March 1-Sept. 30 season and has most of the water. Do they have the biggest trout? That's...
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 508
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Replacing Tippet

I try to start fresh with mono each spring (30 yard spools). I do have a tendency to get my tippets wet via an unexpected dunking or rain, so changing out mono in late summer isn't uncommon for me. ...
Forum: General Discussion 11-06-2014, 01:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,051
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Why Women Make Better Anglers

Having guided numerous women over the years, I find they are better listeners than some of the men I guide. One particular trip comes to mind where the know it all husband was fished under the table...
Forum: General Discussion 11-05-2014, 11:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 953
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Wading jackets

I couldn't agree more. If you are looking for a waterproof shell, does it have to be a "wading jacket"?

I fish in an area that doesn't require one to own a wading jacket, but having a nice...
Forum: General Discussion 11-03-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Fly fishing bucket lists

1. First trout on a fly - 1992 Trout Run Creek. Driftless, southeast MN. Pheasant Tail Nymph
2. Bucket List: Back to New Zealand now that I have an idea what I'm doing. Back to the Beartooths...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-02-2014, 08:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,489
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 3wt Small Creek Rod

I fish a fair share of small and tight streams in the Midwest. Most of them are heavy canopied, so eyeballing your back cast before you launch is a must. I used to fish an 8' Redington RS2 until it...
Forum: Fly Fishing Tackle Member Classifieds 11-01-2014, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By ontheflymn
Forum: Fly Fishing Tackle Member Classifieds 11-01-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By ontheflymn
SOLD: Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling Pack

I go this new last winter and used it maybe a half dozen times. In the end, I'm not a sling pack guy. $55. Lower 48 only. PM me if interested.
Forum: General Discussion 10-31-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 15,391
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

14. A few Sages, a few St. Croixs, a few Echoes, a few bamboo. The best is a Sage LL 8'9" 3 weight, 3 piece that is a helluva rod. I'm sorry to say that I fish it rarely and am looking to part...
Forum: General Discussion 10-26-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,305
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Thoughts on Criticizing “Grip and Grin” Photos

I have no problem whatsoever with grip and grin shots. There is no real harm physically to the trout, so take your picture, return the fish, and move on.
Forum: General Discussion 10-24-2014, 01:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 633
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Narrowed to three rods, does it matter?

Currently owning two Echos (2 and 5 weight), I have nothing but praise for them. I'd recommend them without hesitation.
Forum: General Discussion 10-24-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,578
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Strike Indicators or Not

I use them when guiding quite often. They definitely help newbies have a better grasp of where their fly is, what a strike looks like (even if they miss it), and it helps with proper mending in...
Forum: General Discussion 10-19-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 3,038
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Fly gear that should cost double or more?

The Redington line of waders is a huge value. That's about all the nice things I can say about them as an underpriced/high value company. Their boots.... are Ok for about a year, so I wouldn't...
Forum: General Discussion 10-17-2014, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 447
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Quick question about what fly to tie first...

Buggers are a great place to start. Larger hook = larger margin for error, plus,even if they really turn out crappy, they will still catch fish. Midges are easy to tie, but you're getting into...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 10-14-2014, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 476
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Guide school?

Bingo. That's how I learned to do it.
Forum: Flies 10-11-2014, 06:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,203
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Good Midge patterns?

I fish the Midwest, and we have great midging in the winter months. I fish two midges routinely, The Simpleton Midge and the Zebra midge. They're easy to tie and disposable.

This guy's page is...
Forum: Other Gear 10-05-2014, 07:39 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,025
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Are expensive sunglasses worth the cost?

Question for the Smith wearers who stream fish:

Polarized green mirror, polarchromic copper mirror, or polarized brown as a preferred lens color?
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