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Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2016, 08:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 613
Posted By al_a
Re: A well rounded quiver

I keep it kind of simple...8.5' 3 wt. for dry flies in smaler waters. 8.5 ft. 4 wt. for dries on bigger waters, or if I'm fishing smaller waters and know I'll be using nymphs as well as dries. It...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2016, 11:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 278
Posted By al_a
Re: cicadas

I really haven't fished for trout during a periodic cicada hatch, but I've fished for smallmouth through three different hatches. The fishing starts out being great, but after the hatch is in full...
Forum: General Discussion 05-12-2016, 11:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,214
Posted By al_a
Re: Ticks

Sometimes it seems that Nature is conspiring against us. I grew up in the Ozark woods, and every summer I'd have dozens of tick bites and perpetual itching from chiggers, but neither me nor any of...
Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 259
Posted By al_a
Re: Please some Suggestions for a trip (mainly East) for European angler

Keep in mind that you DO have other quality choices if you go to the Arkansas/Missouri area. The upper North Fork River, above the lake that makes the Norfork tailwaters, is a beautiful stream with...
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2016, 10:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By al_a
Re: See How a River Totally Changes Over Time

I live part time right on the Yellowstone River. In front of the house, there is an island, with a small channel on the near side and the main river on the far side. The island is about a uarter...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,616
Posted By al_a
Re: What is your strangest fishing experience?

I've had cottonmouths do that several times to me on Ozark streams. A couple of times I had to beat the canoe paddle on the water in front of them to make them turn away, and once I was so curious...
Forum: Fly Fishing How To's 03-14-2016, 09:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,040
Posted By al_a
Re: Another mending question

Silver Creek gave some VERY good analysis, and not exactly what most anglers believe. Most importantly, in nymph fishing, a completely drag-free drift of the FLIES entails slack line between flies...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,616
Posted By al_a
Re: What is your strangest fishing experience?

In more than 55 years of fishing in various places for various species with various kinds of equipment, I probably have more strange experiences than most. Here's one that immediately comes to mind,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2016, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 692
Posted By al_a
Re: fish ID

Guys, it's definitely not a green sunfish. Not only are the color patterns all wrong (they might vary some but not that much), but the mouth is way too small. Warmouth also have a much larger mouth...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,168
Posted By al_a
Re: Bitterroot Valley Billboard Stirs Controversy

Okay, I understand the PR company that designed the sign not knowing anything about fishing, but presumably the area tourism people who commissioned it should know it's completely wrong...they should...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2016, 10:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,706
Posted By al_a
Re: tell me abourt your favorite/pet stream to fish

It's generous of you to want to share your stream with others. But there are two big problems with it. First, you have zero control over WHO you're bringing to your stream. Sure, it's nice to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 5,120
Posted By al_a
Re: Do you like to fish alone?

I fish alone more than I do with friends. I enjoy both, but as somebody else said, they are different animals. I love fishing alone because all the decisions are mine; I can fish as hard as I want,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-18-2016, 08:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 289
Posted By al_a
Re: Advice Needed - Grand Canyon Fly Fishing

I just did a 16 day raft trip through the canyon in October, so I can tell you a bit about it. First of all, there are trout all through the canyon, but by far the most consistent fishing is in the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-21-2016, 10:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
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, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 633
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, 09:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,346
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, 03:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,234
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: Kayak/SUP Discussion 12-27-2015, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 899
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, 02:53 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 1,895
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, 10:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 493
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, 10:20 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,265
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, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,247
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, 10:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,247
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, 09:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,416
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: 974
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...
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