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Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 670
Posted By tpo
Re: Davy Knot and Double Davy Knot

I knot I've grown to use regularly and really like is the Pitzen knot, a slightly modified/simplifed version of the San Diego Jam Knot. It uses less tippet, is easy tie, and is very strong. Check...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 09-10-2014, 11:57 PM
Replies: 3,965
Views: 190,884
Posted By tpo
Re: What have you been tying today?

Some Clousers and Half & Half's I tied recently in preparation for fall striper season in the California Delta. These are all tied with synthetic hair (super hair) which I think is more durable than...
Forum: General Discussion 09-05-2014, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 165
Posted By tpo
Re: Question on Painting Poppers

If you have a set of drill bits in your tool box, give them a try. Shank end, not the drill tip, so it doesn't impact the bits performance. Works great.

Tom
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 08-31-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 607
Posted By tpo
Re: Awesome day for big trout

Wow, those are beautiful fish! I'm so jealous, congrats on the great catch.

Tom
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 08-19-2014, 10:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 304
Posted By tpo
Re: Cancun FF options

I'm not sure that's the problem, I'll make a guess that not many people have fished the same area he's staying. I was in Cancun several years ago, think it was July/August, and hired a guide for a...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-06-2014, 11:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 232
Posted By tpo
Re: Intermediate tip line?

I bought a cheap (Cabelas) intermediate tip line on sale and I really like it. I use it for stillwater nymphing and midging in shallow to mid-depth water instead of a floating line. I can crawl...
Forum: General Discussion 07-24-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 317
Posted By tpo
Re: Needle Knot

I use needle knots on some of my lines. No perfection loop, just pull the leader butt end through the tip of the fly line (hole made with needle) and nail knot it half an inch or so up the line. It's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 1,895
Posted By tpo
Re: How long does it take from your home to the water?

I feel your pain, I live in the East Bay too. We have great fishing within an hour, in the Delta, for stripers and largemouth. That's where I do most of my day (and part day) trips now. But you're...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-20-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,325
Posted By tpo
Re: St Croix's standing in the fly fishing scheme of things

I have a couple of St. Croix's too, and overall, they're great. I started with an 8.5' 4wt Legend Ultra that is still one of my favorite stream rods. I liked it so much I bought a 9' 5wt Legend...
Forum: Fly Lines 07-07-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By tpo
Re: Fly Line's life expectancy

I have a bunch of lines in the 15-20 year range, and they still work great. I clean them regularly and I never cast them on anything but water ( I have a dedicated practice line). I wondered if I...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-29-2014, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 201
Posted By tpo
Re: Rio Camolux Int or Cortland 444 Camo Int?

I have both the Cortland Clear Camo (have had it for years) and a newer Rio Camolux. Both are fine lines, I can't tell much difference in performance, although my sense is the Cortland may sink a...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-10-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 366
Posted By tpo
Re: New back-up 6WT Opinion

I haven't fished either rod, but I have seen/ kicked the tires of the TLR at a Cabela's store. My impression is that its a decent rod and a very good value, particularly at a sale price. I have two...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 06-08-2014, 11:04 PM
Replies: 3,965
Views: 190,884
Posted By tpo
Re: What have you been tying today?

Its that time of the year, I've been starting to do some largemouth fishing in the evening. Was out the other evening and the bass were hitting one of my favorite patters, a green/frog style deer...
Forum: Stillwater Fly Fishing 06-03-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By tpo
Re: Stillwater books?

I've accumulated a number of stillwater books over the last few years. What intrigues me the most is the wide variation in techniques the various authors use, all apparently have good results. ...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 876
Posted By tpo
Re: Underrated flies.

What's it called?? Looks similar to a Sheep Creek Special, a very effective stillwater fly at the lakes I fish here in Northern California. I like the look of this one, I'm going up to the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-05-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 861
Posted By tpo
Re: Are specialized fly lines overkill?

I have a few specialized lines (saltwater, bass bug, etc) and for the most part they've only made a modest difference. The one line that caused me to say "wow" is Rio's Outbound Short. I have the 8...
Forum: Share Patterns 03-26-2014, 10:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 350
Posted By tpo
Re: Some chironomids and a scud I tied up today

Nice ties, I really like them. I've also been tying some midge patterns, hope to make it out to my favorite local lake in early April.

Tom
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 03-22-2014, 11:33 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,179
Posted By tpo
Re: When do you like to fish poppers?

For bluegill on a fly rod, spring spawning time is best. In Iowa, I imagine that is sometime in May to early June (I grew up in southern Indiana and 1H May was prime. The fish will spawn in shallow...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 03-17-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,378
Posted By tpo
Re: What are your top 5 bass patterns?

Not the first time I've posted these pictures, but they are my favorite bass flies:

1) Grinnell Fly, with a long tail, this fly is deadly, I love fishing it:...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 02-18-2014, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By tpo
Re: Loreto Mexico in March

JBird, thanks for the advice, its much appreciated! Yes, I heard about the wind problems in the offseason. Maybe I'll wing it and check out the options/ conditions when I get there.

Tom
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 02-18-2014, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 259
Posted By tpo
Loreto Mexico in March

The wife booked a cheap cruise out of LA to Mexico in March. One of the stops is Loreto, which I know is famed for its summer dorado fishing. My question is this: is it worth dropping $400-500 for a...
Forum: Pacific Southwest 02-10-2014, 11:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 379
Posted By tpo
Re: Northern Cali fishing

Tyler, even though I've lived in California for years, I've hardly scratched the surface of the fly fishing opportunities. The North Coast has terrific salmon and steelhead fishing, but it think...
Forum: The Lodge Den 02-08-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 194
Posted By tpo
Re: Broke my vise!!

Perfect reason to get a new Dyna-king or Renzetti. You lucky dog!
Forum: Fly Swap 02-06-2014, 02:24 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,718
Posted By tpo
Re: Swap #2 for 2014: Deer Hair!

Thanks, and understood. I think I'll bow out then and wait for a swap where I know I can commit the time to do it right.

Tom
Forum: Fly Swap 02-05-2014, 11:45 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 4,718
Posted By tpo
Re: Swap #2 for 2014: Deer Hair!

Yeah, I'll be honest, it takes me a while to tie a deer hair bug, and I'll be gone most of early March, so tying a dozen identical bugs in time is going to be a challenge. If its not breaking the...
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