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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 11:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 803
Posted By al_a
Re: Snakes on my Brain

I live in Missouri and Montana. In Missouri we have lots of copperheads, timber rattlers are fairly rare but present, cottonmouths are not common in the Ozark streams but some streams have pretty...
Forum: General Discussion 01-14-2015, 12:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 250
Posted By al_a
Re: Hawaii suggestions?

Another option, though not one I'd consider unless I was already going to be on the island, is that there is some pretty interesting stream fishing for smallmouth bass on the island of Kauai. And...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 01-03-2015, 10:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 951
Posted By al_a
Re: Need Advice Planning a Trip to SW Montana

The Madison during the salmonfly hatch is WAY more people than I want to be around. The first time I was there during the hatch, I was driving down the river from West Yellowstone, and planned to...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2014, 08:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 492
Posted By al_a
Re: Wader, tippet and Pack Question for an Idiot

I could see where it would make a difference in the sling pack whether you're right or left handed, but I wear mine so that it's around on my back until I need to get something out of it, so it...
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 10:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,230
Posted By al_a
Re: What is the worst fly fishing commercial or movie scene?

Yeah, absolutely nothing right in the Symbicort commercial. On top of everything else, that's a photographer's vest, not a fly fishing vest.
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 11:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,158
Posted By al_a
Re: Looking back.... How green were you?

I guess it depends upon when I'd consider my true start to fly fishing. As a kid, my dad had an old glass fly rod and told me about using it on the local smallmouth river, but I tried it a couple of...
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,196
Posted By al_a
Re: Tell me a little about trout fishing where u are ?

I live part of the year in Missouri and the rest in Montana on the Yellowstone. In Montana, wind is very often a big factor, but I still get by with a 4 wt. for dries, a 5 wt. for nymphs, and a 6...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 11-01-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,235
Posted By al_a
Re: Wormy trout! Yuck!

Interesting...bass in many Ozark streams have a lot of yellow grub parasites. I wonder if it's the same thing that was in that trout. I don't know about the trout in the Ozarks...never cleaned one....
Forum: General Discussion 11-01-2014, 11:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 278
Posted By al_a
Re: Next stage in the cycle

I caught a bunch of fish on dry flies on the Yellowstone River today...65 degrees and mostly sunny most of the day. And I'll go back to Missouri shortly and start catching smallmouth again. Unless...
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2014, 11:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 593
Posted By al_a
Re: Streamer Tactics

I love streamer fishing enough that I sometimes try to force fish to hit streamers rather than fishing the stuff they are eating. Today I drove over to the Boulder River (the one near Big Timber MT)...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 10:54 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 15,665
Posted By al_a
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

i can't imagine ever selling a rod, and at the same time I can't imagine having a rod that doesn't get used. However, I have an excuse to own more rods...I live in two different places so I need a...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 10-20-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 596
Posted By al_a
Re: Bozaman & Ennis

The Rib and Chop in Livingston is excellent but ALWAYS crowded in the evenings. You need reservations. If you happen to go over and fish the Yellowstone on Monday, go to the Murray Hotel Bar...
Forum: General Discussion 10-19-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 247
Posted By al_a
Re: multispecies angling....

My list of freshwater species large enough to be considered "fishable":

smallmouth bass
largemouth bass
spotted bass
redeye bass
northern rock bass
ozark rock bass
shadow bass
Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 2,914
Posted By al_a
Re: Furled leaders and tippet rings... What am I missing here?

Adding just one thing to Silver's excellent information...his analysis assumes smooth-surfaced water. Wave action both breaks up the window and extends it in bits and pieces. The movement of the...
Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2014, 12:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 326
Posted By al_a
Re: Fishing Blown out water

"Blown out" means high, very muddy water to me, and it'll be tough at best. But, this time of year a good rain can bring about a smaller rise with murky, not muddy water, and if that happens it can...
Forum: General Discussion 10-11-2014, 11:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 674
Posted By al_a
Re: Week long float fly fishing

I second the suggestion on the Water Master. If you are wanting to float with a partner, it looks like the Flycraft would be a good choice, but if you want to float solo and be able to fish while...
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2014, 09:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 869
Posted By al_a
Re: Are you a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

One of my favorite sayings is, "The perfect is the enemy of the good enough." I continually have to tell my wife that, because she gets paralyzed trying to make the perfect decision, while I try to...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 09-29-2014, 11:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 789
Posted By al_a
Re: Move on or change up?

I like to work a spot thoroughly when nymph fishing, trying to get at least one good drift everywhere in the hole or run, but I seldom bother to change nymphs. If I'm streamer fishing I keep moving,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2014, 11:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 701
Posted By al_a
Re: Overlooked Lakes, Overcrowded Rivers

I am perfectly willing to agree that lakes have their own set of challenges, that they can be less crowded, that the fishing can be as good or better.

But I'd about a hundred times rather fish a...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 09-18-2014, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By al_a
Re: Warm water fishing in winter

I do a lot of winter fishing for stream smallmouth bass (and other bass species). Location is extremely important. Catchable fish are ONLY in limited spots; 95% of the river is fishless. And water...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 09-14-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 535
Posted By al_a
Re: MT or OR.......

You can find variety in Montana, but it's easier to find it in Oregon. I don't think the trout fishing in Montana can be beat (and I'd always opt for Montana over Wyoming, as somebody above...
Forum: General Discussion 09-06-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 620
Posted By al_a
Re: Perplexing situation!

As a professional artist who does images for various commercial entities (catalog covers, merchandise, etc.) I consider anyone using my images without my permission and without paying me for them in...
Forum: General Discussion 08-29-2014, 06:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,317
Posted By al_a
Re: Airlines and fly rods

You're at the mercy of the people at the gate. And since many airlines have started charging for carry-ons over a given size, at the least you might have to pay extra to carry on one or more four...
Forum: General Discussion 08-28-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 182
Posted By al_a
Re: finally a weekend off for some fishing

I'm fortunate enough to able to avoid fishing on holiday weekends like the plague. I got my fishing fix in with a three day Ozark smallmouth float trip last week, and a two day float yesterday and...
Forum: General Discussion 08-26-2014, 01:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,457
Posted By al_a
Re: What's your scary fly fishing incident?

One that comes to mind took place a few years back on the West Boulder in Montana. A couple of buddies and I were fishing some private land. I had just wandered upstream and saw one of my friends...
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