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Forum: General Discussion 04-27-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,415
Posted By gfirob
Re: Exhort your state's fishing

Here is what I have noticed about Vermont, having moved here in January:

There are a lot of rivers here, and millions of small streams. The rivers run very high in the spring and they are colored...
Forum: General Discussion 04-26-2015, 11:10 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,221
Posted By gfirob
Re: Cigars and Fly Fishing

I used to smoke cigars fairly regularly and I found that after a while, everything tasted like old feet, so I quit. And on the river, having pared everything down to the minimum I can get along...
Forum: General Discussion 04-18-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 117
Posted By gfirob
Proper catch and release

I don't know if this has been posted before, but it is a useful read.

The Cleanest Line: The Release...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2015, 08:59 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 575
Posted By gfirob
Re: JUST started fly fishing. Is this setup ok or is it wrong?

Youtube, books, advice from the forums and lawn casting are all very valuable, but there is no substitute for fishing with someone who really knows how to cast and how to read the water. You will...
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2015, 08:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 322
Posted By gfirob
Re: Vice and Materials

Choosing a vise is always a difficult decision, given the great variety and options available now. For me it comes down to cheap whisky or low women, one or the other, and sometimes it is very...
Forum: General Discussion 04-14-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 228
Posted By gfirob
Re: Simms Rocks

I was at the Fly Fishing Film Tour in Middlebury Vt and the fly shop that sponsored the event threw out a bunch of free promotional hats into the audience, and I caught a Costa hat. But it was a...
Forum: General Discussion 04-11-2015, 10:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 111
Posted By gfirob
Opening day, high water

Opening day of trout season in Vermont today and I tried out my new local river. Water temperature, 36 degrees, air temperature 45 degrees and very windy. The ice is all gone but there is still snow...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2015, 06:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 773
Posted By gfirob
Re: favorite fly fishing movie

Moby Dick. But if that inspires you towards that kind of fishing, you are probably going to need heavier tackle...
Forum: General Discussion 04-09-2015, 06:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 648
Posted By gfirob
Re: Looking for suggestions, if there are anyÖ..

You might try using Hand Woven Furled Leaders. Sometimes they really make the difference. I like the CutThroat brand. Great customer service too...
Forum: General Discussion 04-04-2015, 10:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 184
Posted By gfirob
Fly fishing at a whole new scale...

This is a little bit of a stretch, but imagine fly fishing in which human beings, (and their aircraft) are the flies...

https://vimeo.com/122368314
Forum: General Discussion 03-30-2015, 08:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 397
Posted By gfirob
Re: Advice on Magnifers / Lights

I thought I would mention a very useful light that I use for tying. I have an odd Bausch and Lomb square magnifier that must have been used for stamp collecting or something that I found on ebay,...
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 876
Posted By gfirob
Re: Waiting a life time for a rod of a life time.

Iíve ordered two custom guitars built for me in my life, the first was a disappointment and the second was never completed due to health issues with the builder.

In the case of a rod decision like...
Forum: General Discussion 03-20-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 148
Posted By gfirob
Re: First day of Spring?

I'm going to snowshoe down to the river today and see how much ice has cleared along the bend behind the house. A lot of it is open along the road, so I have high hopes. A couple of guys have been...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 845
Posted By gfirob
Re: Orvis CFO Reels worth the money?

"I'm of that opinion. And since my technique/fly selection/casting abilities, etc. are so poor I was hoping to get a little 'stream cred'"'

I agree. For me, there is no better cover for crappy...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2015, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 277
Posted By gfirob
Re: Anybody remember Able fly rods?

They had to sell the rod-making plant to pay for the nipper plant...
Forum: General Discussion 03-17-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 845
Posted By gfirob
Re: Orvis CFO Reels worth the money?

Well, you can buy a pretty nice used Hardy reel in any of the suggested models for less than the reel in question, and the more beat and ugly it is, the less its going to cost you. And it will work...
Forum: General Discussion 03-12-2015, 01:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 187
Posted By gfirob
Patagonia wading boots suck (only not any more)

So, I was a big booster of the Patagonia Rock Grip wading boots with the aluminum bars when I first got them two years ago. They were better than felt and (once you got past feeling like you were...
Forum: General Discussion 03-08-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,214
Posted By gfirob
Re: Smartphone apps

I use “Nymphzit”, a terrific new iphone app. Its free and once you download and install it, you just select the nymph you want and then throw your iphone into the river and it will replicate the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,005
Posted By gfirob
Re: 45 Days in the USA and Only For Fishing

Here are some thoughts and please forgive me if I am stating the obvious.

Many people who have not traveled in the US donít realize how big it is and that they can spend a huge amount of their...
Forum: General Discussion 02-26-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 771
Posted By gfirob
Re: Leader Question

Akuriko, no problem asking questions, that's how you learn.

I was confused about this too, but a guy at a fly shop explained it to me. You keep the leader and throw away the rod. That's why...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2015, 11:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 408
Posted By gfirob
Re: Hiking boots

I'm afraid this sounds a little bit like trying to find a curtain rod you can fish with. You will probably be able to find a good curtain rod, even a bamboo curtain rod, but it will still be made to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2015, 06:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 276
Posted By gfirob
Re: Vermont in winter

Thanks, I'm very glad to hear that. There are many, many streams and brooks in central Vermont (and in the rest of it, I'm sure). I have been looking forward to exploring some of these tributaries...
Forum: General Discussion 02-22-2015, 10:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 276
Posted By gfirob
Re: Vermont in winter

The new sewerage systems in these Vermont towns are just big multiple septic fields, so nothing goes into the river. Although they say that one of the things that happened during the floods with...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2015, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 276
Posted By gfirob
Re: Vermont in winter

Thanks for the help and advice. Rochester (together with some of the other towns in the valley) were entirely cut off for about a week, during Irene and the town pulled together in an extraordinary...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2015, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 276
Posted By gfirob
Re: Vermont in winter

I wondered about waders and snowshoes....
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