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Forum: General Discussion 04-16-2014, 06:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Line Wt/Tippet question

I'd say this is about right for any given rod in those weights. :cool:

I was just going to add that if you find yourself using a 2-3 weight rod and line and you're suddenly casting streamers and...
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 06:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 274
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Line Wt/Tippet question

I think the only rule I follow is "use whatever tackle you prefer".

Bottom line: Don't stick to using a 3-4 weight rod if you fish big waters and find your #22 parachute ant blowing back in...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 04-13-2014, 06:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 170
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Bluegills on a Fly Rod

I think the real, without-a-doubt one is:

- fly rods are the most fun
Forum: Fly Rods 04-10-2014, 08:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By turbineblade
Re: New rod + opinion

I actually own 4 cabelas 3-forks, 3-weight rods. They're fantastic for the price and make excellent brook trout rods around here.

I've since upgraded to a tfo finesse 389 that I love more than...
Forum: General Discussion 04-08-2014, 03:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,049
Posted By turbineblade
Re: What ever happened to Sharkskin?

I see this being very productive after that post, lol.
Forum: Fly Rods 04-07-2014, 02:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Question regarding oversize rod for smaller flies?

Both of the casts you describe would probably make a good dry fly presentation ;).
Forum: Fly Rods 04-07-2014, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 593
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Question regarding oversize rod for smaller flies?

Heavy fly lines cast everything more easily and with less effort than light lines. I think that's just fact -- not really up for debate.

I enjoy light tackle, but always carry something heavier...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 04-02-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 751
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Most productive nymph ?

#18-22 PT nymph tied WD-40 style.
Forum: Fly Rods 04-01-2014, 03:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 250
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 8wt BVK line weight

I've read that before and I've also heard people say "it just makes the rod act like 40 feet is being cast instead of 30" or something. To me, the 'feel' is certainly that the rod is bending more...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-01-2014, 02:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 250
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 8wt BVK line weight

In other words, it's so stiff it's unpleasant to cast until you line it heavy enough to make it into a med-fast rod ;).

That's why I've stuck with the tfo professional II 8-weight and haven't...
Forum: General Discussion 04-01-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 908
Posted By turbineblade
Re: So far no luck with Nymphing. Any suggestions?

+1. When nymphing you want your nymphs to sink as quickly as possible after hitting the water so they're in the zone for the longest period of time during the drift. Furled and tapered leaders...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 868
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 4 piece rods? what's up?

There's now way I'd choose a 1-piece rod...unless it's a (to me useless) 6' or shorter length. Even then I don't know if I'd do it. I'm sure a 1-piece would be more durable and have slightly better...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2014, 07:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 868
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 4 piece rods? what's up?

4-piece rods are a hell of a lot easier to carry on a plane.

For normal use I also just keep them in 2 pieces since set-up is a little quicker this way.

I don't have a preference for...
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 618
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Techniques for very narrow creeks

By "forward" I'm assuming you mean "upstream"?

This is a "water haul" or "lob" cast. I use it all the time, and anyone high-stick or czech nymphing is using it probably close to 100% of the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 286
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Backing question

Backing is useless -- I use the 30# kind in whatever color is cheapest just to get the arbor of my reels loaded up more quickly, knowing that for FW I'll probably never see it again...and I fish on...
Forum: General Discussion 03-31-2014, 03:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 456
Posted By turbineblade
Re: 3wt or 4wt short rod

Very small streams are extremely common in this region for the unique, mountain brook trout we have.

Everyone has an opinion about what rod to use, but I prefer a 7-7.5" length over anything...
Forum: Other Gear 03-28-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 232
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Korkers Redside boots

I like them, but brother like most other wading boots they don't last.

I started my first pair in 2010 and got about a year out of them before the soles came unglued (delaminated) from the...
Forum: General Discussion 03-26-2014, 06:19 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,762
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Stream rules: rant content... beware.

I try to avoid applying "ethics rules" to others as much as possible. While some of it is simple common sense and courtesy, after a point it gets to arrogance and becomes unproductive.

People are...
Forum: General Discussion 03-19-2014, 03:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 200
Posted By turbineblade
Leader for going between Czech technique and other techniques

Hi - I've read a lot about Czech nymphing and I've seen people using it effectively in one of the rivers I fish and would like to experiment with it...without tossing my fly line entirely and having...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 281
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Choosing a Fly Question

If you choose a fly that is close to the same size as the naturals, you probably could catch on most any of those patterns on a given day. It just depends on whether the fish are feeding very...
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2014, 06:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,989
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Bobber, or other strike indicator ???

I've tied a bunch of different kinds and usually go back to using thingamabobbers -- they're just too durable and easy to use to avoid them. I don't care that they kink the leader....never been a...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2014, 06:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,312
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Rods selection

I have no idea if professionals love the sport. If I were forced to fly fish professionally, I wouldn't do it. That's just me.

More power to you on rod choice. There's no need to defend it to...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2014, 04:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,312
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Rods selection

I couldn't disagree more with most of this entire post, but it's just as valid an opinion as mine is and a lot of people feel this way. It's just different strokes --

I would add that I actually...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,312
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Rods selection

I fish and work on my cast constantly -- I couldn't agree more with this.

It's almost unbelievable how little some folks work on their cast and presentation. I just don't get it -- practice...
Forum: General Discussion 03-13-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 680
Posted By turbineblade
Re: Two Reasons Not To Wade The Potomac

I wade fish tribs to the Potomac all the time and enjoy it a lot (in the Alexandria, VA -- DC area). The greater danger is attempting to wade in areas up near chain bridge or (forbid) great falls,...
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