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Forum: General Discussion 04-22-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 615
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Shoulder issues!

Hey Irons,
While I can't recommend any way to shorten the road trip, you might want to try a light weight (short) switch rod and learn to spey cast, even for some crappie & bass fishing. Two handed...
Forum: General Discussion 04-22-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,147
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: What to wear under Simms wader in summer?

Guess that depends on whether you put your waders on in private before you go out, or if you put your waders on somewhere where you can be seen by the public (parking lot or side of road)!

Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,595
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: MT Yellowstone and Bears

You're worrying too much about it. Go do it. Respect the fact that you'll be in wild country, plan accordingly, and you'll already be ahead of the curve. I've been out in the middle of nowhere by...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,273
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: First flyfishing trip. Lessons Learned.

Lurker - great post - laughed out loud at your hook/hooked comments (brought back some memories from many years ago). You caught fish, had a blast and learned a lot - sounds like the definition of a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 12:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,755
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Will textured fly line hurt your guides?

What is the hardest material currently available that is used to make guides?
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Bennett Spring

Based on what I have seen over the years including talking to many people who actually do attend the opening day; I would say it is less like a family reunion (at least the ones I have attended) and...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 01:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,755
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Will textured fly line hurt your guides?

I have had the SA Textured on a very well-used 4wt rod for about 3 years. Took the time to go look at it tonight and I cannot see any guide wear at all - perhaps it is the SA-SS only?

I agree with...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 01:49 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,643
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Furled leaders - pros & cons. any1 use them?

I have been using furled leaders for years and cannot remember the last time I used a straight mono leader. I absolutely agree with most of the comments: furled leaders are completely limp, turn over...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2014, 01:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Bennett Spring

You cannot compare opening day of trout season in a Missouri Trout Park to real trout fishing...the only thing they have in common is they both involve fish and water. Opening day is just an...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,338
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Vise Recommendations

another +1 for the Peak vise. :thmbup:

The regular jaws will tie hooks down to 18-20 with no problems. You will only need the midge jaws if you plan to tie smaller than size 20.
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 3,840
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Spin vs Fly fishing

Mike - Try using a medium sinking line with a fluoro leader/tippet throwing a small white streamer or white wooly-bugger (add a tungsten beadhead if fishing really deep), then retrieve it with small...
Forum: General Discussion 02-28-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 879
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Fishing and binoculars

If you are going to keep them in your vehicle for a stop & look or in your pack for hiking then get the best glass regardless of weight, at least an 8x40. If you want something to carry when you are...
Forum: General Discussion 02-25-2014, 06:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,701
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Fly Fishing Hat!

I lost more than one baseball cap to wind & water in my younger days, and I sunburned my ears much too frequently. So I bought a canvas Tilley hat in the mid 70's; used it for almost 20 years until...
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2014, 12:45 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,203
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Energy Expended Jumping for Midges

For many years I believed that a trout jumping was trying to catch something to eat, trying to avoid being eaten by something, or simply cleaning itself of something irritating like lice. But one...
Forum: General Discussion 02-17-2014, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 397
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Dream salmon trip: where to go?

Alaska in May or June - Upper Kenai River, Bristol Bay, Katmai - pick the specific location based on when you can go and how the salmon are running.
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 827
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Loading line and backing

Like BigJim provided above, you can check the reel specs online & almost all manufacturers provide the info for how much backing is recommended for different size flylines. Then you can simply...
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,741
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: 2 piece vs 4 piece fly rods

Interesting that the only rod I ALWAYS leave in the back seat of my truck is one of the few 2-pc rods I own. Long rod tubes are easy to fit crossways in a full-size truck!
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2012, 04:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,741
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: 2 piece vs 4 piece fly rods

Used to be that a 2-piece rod provided some level of better "feel" than a 4-piece due to less joints (e.g. - less potential "flat spots"). However, with today's graphite and rod forming technology...
Forum: Flies 02-20-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,794
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Best Nymph

I agree with the minimalist approach - Dave's Harvestor Midge is super simple and very effective - TMC 2499 SPBL, black tungsten bead, Danville 6/0 brown/rust thread and fine black Ultra wire. No...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2012, 12:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,208
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Do You Use an Net / An Catch An Release

Whether to use a net or not depends on what kind of fish, the size of the fish, and what I plan to do with it. For fish I plan to keep and eat (salmon, hatchery steelhead, etc .) I do the same thing...
Forum: General Discussion 02-20-2012, 12:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,407
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Something I learned about Fly Fishing.....

Ard, Don't fish with the board-rod; all you will catch are tree trout! :lol2:
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2012, 10:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By Brewmaster
5,000 Threads - Wow!

I just noticed that the General Discussion forum has 5,000 threads. That is a lot of accumulated knowledge just waiting for folks to run searches! :thmbup:
Forum: Other Gear 02-16-2012, 09:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,413
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: the ridiculous that's not so ridiculous

I have used the Ty-Rite tools for years. They work great with the really small nymphs, midges and drys. You can even reach into a flybox and grab the hook of the fly to pull one out of the box -...
Forum: Alaska General Discussion 02-16-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,011
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: What Keeps You From Going to Alaska to Fish?

Last trip I made to Alaska was in 2007. The last few years the only thing that has kept me from going have been pesky medical issues. This year is blocked, but I am thinkling 2013 is the right year...
Forum: Alaska General Discussion 09-24-2011, 01:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,085
Posted By Brewmaster
Re: Photographs; When Autum Comes to Alaska

Hey Ard - your photos bring back a lot of memories, and an intense craving to get back North! You truly live in America's last frontier! :worthy:
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