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Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 05:38 PM
Replies: 22
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Posted By wjc
Re: Rods You Just Can't Part With

:D:D:D

You ain't alone, Paul.

I still have my first rod.... somewhere. It is a South Bend "True Temper" of an ugly green color that appears to have been applied with a paint roller. It also...
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 10:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,805
Posted By wjc
Re: 9wt. Rod selection

550 grn head seems awfully heavy to me for a 10 wt. The total head wt on a Rio Tarpon 12 wt line w/40' head is 510 grn and it's a heavy line itself.

Did you cut the head down on the Teeny to...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 09:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 667
Posted By wjc
Re: What am I missing?

There's a great many good descriptions and points throughout the thread. I think Billyspey nailed my own experience on the head here:



I spent about 15 years or so without buying a new rod....
Forum: Fly Rods 01-20-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,030
Posted By wjc
Re: Physical Capabilities and Rod Selection

Back again Easterncaster and Eastcast66. I should have qualified/elaborated on that sentence you quoted here, Craig:



to this: additions underlined bold.


Eastfly, many distance casters do...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-19-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,030
Posted By wjc
Re: Physical Capabilities and Rod Selection

Craig [/quote]

Good catch, Craig. That was not phrased well at all and it's certainly understandable why it is not understandable. :D

I have to get to work now, but will get back with an...
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2015, 11:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 204
Posted By wjc
Re: First Outing, and fish of 2015

Great write up, John. And beautiful fish. Thanks.

Nothing like starting the year off right.
Forum: Fly Rods 01-18-2015, 10:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By wjc
Re: Another casting experiment

:D:D:D Good one!!
Forum: Fly Rods 01-18-2015, 10:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,030
Posted By wjc
Re: Physical Capabilities and Rod Selection

Physical capacity is something that nearly all of us delude ourselves about as we age, S&S. I do as well to a degree, but I've slowly been getting better about it and realize that I need constant...
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2015, 05:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 564
Posted By wjc
Re: The Greatest Angler on the River

Very, very cool, Larry. Thanks.
Forum: The Fly Cast 01-18-2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 631
Posted By wjc
Re: Which will cast a heavier fly - fluoro or mono?

Harry,

Thought I'd add this real quick. Cork bodied poppers are easier to cast than foam because they are heavier. The leader does not have to be heavy to "turn them over". The will keep going all...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 01-18-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 150
Posted By wjc
Re: Moving to Cape Fear, starting the learning curve again

Hey T,

You'll figure it out.

One thing I've noticed with most fish is that the calmer the weather, the shallower they will go to feed, given ample food and comfortable water temps. Why this...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-17-2015, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 206
Posted By wjc
Another casting experiment

I will do nearly anything to put off actually working - especially if it involves either learning something new or having fun.

So I took the 11 wt RPLX out and the top two sections of the 11 wt...
Forum: General Discussion 01-17-2015, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 370
Posted By wjc
Re: Making a living fly fishing?

Exactly, it is a job with long hours and a lot of work. The guide is too busy to fish while he is guiding, the only time he really gets to fish is on days off.[/QUOTE]

Sadly, so true - and to fish...
Forum: General Discussion 01-16-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 787
Posted By wjc
Re: HUGE rainbow trout! I do mean HUGE!!

That looks like just like one of those GMO trout to me. Notice it could not be kept according to Idaho "authorities" ? Perhaps it wouldn't have qualified for a state record even if it weighted 200...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 01-15-2015, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By wjc
Re: 7 wt. & Saltwater application ?

:D

Gettin old and skinny ain't no box of chocolates either. :D
Forum: General Discussion 01-15-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 681
Posted By wjc
Re: Tying vises

Though I've been tying sporatically for a long time, I'm not very good at it, so take the below with that in mind.

I bought a "Nor-Vise" with the big jaws for tying big flies. I've been very...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 01-14-2015, 05:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 287
Posted By wjc
Re: 7 wt. & Saltwater application ?

My bonefish rod (wading) was a 7 wt TCX x 9 foot. As Deceiver Bob said, there are lots of fish down here that can be caught on a 7 on calm days.

That extra foot would be kind of a pain in a boat...
Forum: The Fly Cast 01-14-2015, 02:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,965
Posted By wjc
Re: Distance.... A question for us "older" casters

I started off fly fishing as a kid with a bicycle for transportation. The only good fish to catch within bike distance were the large bass in an unworked gravel pit in the Everglades adjacent to a...
Forum: General Discussion 01-07-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 433
Posted By wjc
Re: Have you taken a swim for a fish?

When I was young and reckless, yes.

I had a string of good grouper holes about 50 yds from shore in 8 to 12 feet of water that I could count on holding fish between 5 and 10 lbs. Friends and I...
Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2015, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 183
Posted By wjc
Re: Rod tip

There is an additional reason to go down and dirty on tarpon when they are in close. And that is to make it harder for them to surface and gulp air. They seem to forget about it when pressured hard...
Forum: The Fly Cast 01-04-2015, 01:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 1,965
Posted By wjc
Re: Distance.... A question for us "older" casters

I can't say as I've noticed that big an infatuation with distance. The Yellowstone Angler shootouts, which are constantly linked to, do not seem all that oriented toward distance to me.

In fact,...
Forum: The Fly Cast 01-01-2015, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 627
Posted By wjc
Re: False cast and distance on the release

A while back, I was curious about "overhang" , head length and total line weight outside the tip.

So I took a 9ft 12 wt rod of late 80's vintage and cast a 550 gr. Rio Leviathan floating with it...
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 04:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 458
Posted By wjc
Re: Troubleshooting the cast...

Try to avoid the thumb on top grip when you are pitching.
Forum: General Discussion 12-19-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 458
Posted By wjc
Re: Troubleshooting the cast...

Trouter,

Try this right now; you don't even have to stand up.

Execute a very strong backcast without a rod, stopping hard. Go for a huge backcast. Notice how your entire forearm bounces...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-19-2014, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 378
Posted By wjc
Re: Big vs Small; new vs. old: heavy vs light

Eastfly,

The only 5 wt I have is not representative of todays rods. It is a limited run of the Sage TCR which was used by all the finalists in the Denver distance casting championship a few years...
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