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Forum: Pacific Southwest 11-15-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
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Posted By gillh2o
Re: San Francisco area fly fishing

Thanks for the info. How's the Russian river?
Forum: Pacific Southwest 11-15-2012, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 904
Posted By gillh2o
San Francisco area fly fishing

I'll be in the bay area 19 Nov-26Nov. Any in info on fly fishing with a reasonable guide would be appreciated. My home waters are the driftless area of NE Iowa. Thanks.
Forum: General Discussion 11-30-2010, 12:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 637
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Fly Fishing Discounters and vise info

I received an Anvil Atlas from Fly Fishing Discounters and am pleased with their service and speed. Looks like they have nice deals. The vise has been working great! The jaws have been nice for...
Forum: General Discussion 11-22-2010, 08:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 637
Posted By gillh2o
Fly Fishing Discounters and vise info

Has anyone dealt with Fly Fishing Discounters? I am looking for a rotary vise under $200 and noticed they have an Anvil Atlas for $129.99 and A Peak for $143.99. I would appreciate any info on these...
Forum: Northeast 05-02-2010, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,580
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Housatonic river, CT

Thanks for the info. I've got my 3 day nonresident license so we'll see what happens. John g
Forum: Northeast 04-29-2010, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,580
Posted By gillh2o
Housatonic river, CT

I'm going to be visiting relatives in Ridgefield, CT next week and would like to fish the catch and release area above the Cornwall bridge. I live in Iowa and fish the driftless area of IA,MN,WI on...
Forum: Northeast 04-29-2010, 07:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,396
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Cougars about?

We've had cougars shot and hit by trucks in Iowa in the last ten years. It looks like they are young males from the Dakotas. Last year while deer hunting a cougar was killed near Marengo in southeast...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2010, 11:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,539
Posted By gillh2o
Fluorocarbon tippet

I have been making my own leaders with Maxima now for about two years. I have been using Berkley Vanish fluoro for 4x and 3x tippet and have not had any noticeable problems. I'm thinking of using the...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-04-2009, 06:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Dorber Group Rods

Thanks for the reply Frank. Due to demand the Ultra I traded up for should ship in about three weeks. Looking forward to trying it out before Thanksgiving. I do like the Dorber Lil' Streamer in...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-21-2009, 07:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Dorber Group Rods

Decided to trade my Avid for an Ultra. Thanks
Forum: Fly Rods 10-13-2009, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 651
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Looking for input on new rods

I have been using 5ft 5wt Lil streamer rod ( slow action) and it works pretty well in tight quarters. Th longer you use it the better you get at setting the hook. I also use medium action 7 ft 9...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-12-2009, 06:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By gillh2o
Dorber Group Rods

Anyone have any input on the Dorber Group rods from Arkansas. I have a Brunsell lil streamer 5 ft 5wt which is GREATin tight quarters when fishing spring creeks in Iowa and Minnesota. I would like...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 05-22-2009, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,586
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Cedar Rapids, IA in July

I would recommend Pleasant Creek Lake north of Palo. It's about 20 minutes northwest of Cedar Rapids. It's probably the clearest man made lake in Iowa. I have fished it for 20+ years. It is a great...
Forum: Fly Lines 05-01-2009, 06:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 398
Posted By gillh2o
Okuma 5/6 SLV and 5/6 Vashon

I use these fly reels and wonder if I can use a 7 weight fly rod and line with either one of these reels? Also has anyone used the Brunsell Lil Streamer rod? I ordered a 5wt 5 foot for fishing spring...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-18-2009, 02:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,346
Posted By gillh2o
Re: How to get started tying flies

I live on West Branch, Iowa and am an associate member of the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association. They have members that give lesson but I wanted to get a head start on my own. Thanks
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-17-2009, 09:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,346
Posted By gillh2o
Re: How to get started tying flies

Thanks peregrines! This a great website! Johng
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-16-2009, 11:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,346
Posted By gillh2o
Re: How to get started tying flies

Well I went down to the local fishing shop picked up a Crown vise (lever action and rotates)for $43. Picked up some basic tools, thread,hooks etc. I had a white crest black polish hen die and have...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-02-2009, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,346
Posted By gillh2o
Re: How to get started tying flies

Thanks for all the great input! Johng
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-01-2009, 09:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,346
Posted By gillh2o
How to get started tying flies

With the cost of flies going up what would be a good way to get started tying. I am in my early sixties and returned to fly fishing about four years ago after a thirty year hiatus. My fishing is in...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2008, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,121
Posted By gillh2o
Re: Welded loop

Thanks for the input. I called Orvis and they will exchange the line. I went ahead and repaired with marine Goop and see how it holds. It looks like the weld is long enough I may not have to seal...
Forum: General Discussion 03-14-2008, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,121
Posted By gillh2o
Welded loop

I went out this week to fish spring branch creeks in Iowa and try out a new 5wt floating Orvis wonderline with a welded loop. The loop seemed smaller than some Rio line I use. I had to stretch it a...
Forum: General Discussion 02-29-2008, 12:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 520
Posted By gillh2o
Re: New Vest

I have an Orvis Battenkill Pro mesh vest that came without a loop to hold the rod. I used some leather shoe lace and attached it through the mesh with a square knot to make a rod holder loop. I...
Forum: Fly Fishing Adventure Articles 01-03-2008, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,949
Posted By gillh2o
Re: City Angler - by Randy Kadish

Randy,

Great article, I have relatives in the area and fly fish a small lake in the Ridgefield, CT area. I did not realize trout fishing is that close! We take the train to the city at Purdy...
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,849
Posted By gillh2o
Re: My fly rod has siezed at the ferrule joint

I had this problem last fall. Ice the ferrule joint overnight and apply steady pressure. You can use the behind the knee technique to apply even pressure. I used ice packs, you could probably use ice...
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