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Forum: The Fly Cast 09-30-2014, 11:10 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,084
Posted By wjc
Re: Beginner trying to cast larger flies.

There was a very good site called Virtual Fly Casting which had a page with excellent animations illustrating each of Bill Gammel's " 5 Essentials" of fly casting.

I sent a message to another...
Forum: The Fly Cast 09-29-2014, 07:24 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,084
Posted By wjc
Re: Beginner trying to cast larger flies.

Can't remember if anyone has mentioned it or not, but Ard made a sticky of one of Silver's posts in which he linked to a FFF page to search nationally for professional casting instructors. It is on...
Forum: Other Gear 09-29-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 1,058
Posted By wjc
Re: Are expensive sunglasses worth the cost?

I would say the good hydrophobic coating alone on expensive glasses is well worth paying extra for. Especially if fishing the salt where salt spray is unavoidable. A quick splash with fresh water,...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2014, 11:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By wjc
Re: 10wt for bass fishing?

Harry,

Streamers are not hard to cast because they are streamlined and do not cause a lot of resistance the way big poppers and big spun deer fur flies do. Wine corks make good popper bodies for...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2014, 01:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By wjc
Re: 10wt for bass fishing?

I use a 7 for bass too, Silver, but like you, I've been casting flies for over half a century. But for someone new to casting and going for bass (which I hope would include poppers and dahlberg...
Forum: General Discussion 09-28-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 475
Posted By wjc
Re: 10wt for bass fishing?

Harry,

If I were you, I'd be temptd to go for a used 8 wt - there are plenty around.

An 8 wt line has plenty of mass to handle big poppers, streamers and so on. It is also probably the most...
Forum: The Fly Cast 09-27-2014, 01:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 720
Posted By wjc
Re: The cast...specifically the last 2 seconds!

Absolutely not! That and your previous posts were great, Ard. Fly FISHING posts.

A lot of guys,even with streamers on, work line out and cast without even thoroughly wetting the fly and checking...
Forum: Saltwater Articles 09-26-2014, 10:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,120
Posted By wjc
Re: New Flats Fly Lines

S & S,

I've been off the board so long, I can't remember what you said about the new Rio that's supposed to be coming out with the low-stretch core.

Though I've not tried the "Technical Tarpon"...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-23-2014, 10:20 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,607
Posted By wjc
Re: High End Fly Rod Suggestions

Although it's probably more important on heavy rods than light ones, nonetheless, since you are after a 5 wt rod, I'd suggest buying the line you intend to use most of the time and cast that same...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 09-23-2014, 07:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 988
Posted By wjc
Re: Best all-around flats fishing line?

I would tend to think it is BS. Though I have no textured lines now, the first one on the market was a SA bonefish line that was on the market in the late 80's up to about '91 (or it may have even...
Forum: The Fly Cast 09-22-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 367
Posted By wjc
Re: Which will cast a heavier fly - fluoro or mono?

Get a heavier line with a short head as Silver has said. Using thicker leaders - even to 20lb test tippets- is fine for bass.

With the notable exception of the Sharkskin , most salt water...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-03-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,263
Posted By wjc
Re: Sage Salt Fly Rod Review

I'm with Lazzaro - especially when it comes to rods 10wt and up. The rod lightness thing that everyone wants, and the manufacturers push should end at a 7 wt. , possibly 8 wt.

In the heavy rods....
Forum: Fly Rods 08-02-2014, 11:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By wjc
Re: Short rods for big flies?

Well, it just goes to show that practices started at multinational corporate/government levels eventually work their way down one way or the other. Sad. But sadder yet that few people take the time...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-01-2014, 05:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By wjc
Re: Short rods for big flies?

Wow, that's a lot of work to ferret out all that info., Rip, Thanks !

The Bassmasters 2014 rules are in some kind of pdf file that causes my entire computer to lock up and even causes my "Task...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-01-2014, 02:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By wjc
Re: Short rods for big flies?

Short vs long rods translates, in part to the resistance of each to bending. So a very long soft rod, once accelerating, may well be closer to the caster's casting hand than a short rod that's...
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 150
Posted By wjc
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 11:23 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,251
Posted By wjc
Re: Rods you regret buying...

What weight is the TCX?

:D:D:D
Forum: Fly Reels 07-30-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,916
Posted By wjc
Re: Abel's forthcoming Sealed Drag Reel

I'll go along with that Fred, for sure. Especially considering how small the reels are like NC says below.



I can't imagine what they are thinking. Pawl drags are all I've ever used in those...
Forum: Stillwater Fly Fishing 07-29-2014, 09:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 430
Posted By wjc
Re: Sinking Lines use weighted flies or not?

Joni, I just did a search for them since I never heard of them before.

The article I just read said that the Europeans found that they imitated bait fish (as well as nymphs floating to the top...
Forum: Stillwater Fly Fishing 07-29-2014, 08:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 430
Posted By wjc
Re: Sinking Lines use weighted flies or not?

Good point, Fred - especially when fishing nymphs and other flies you want close to the bottom.

But if you are fishing streamers - especially in slow moving waters - that are supposed to imitate...
Forum: Stillwater Fly Fishing 07-29-2014, 07:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 430
Posted By wjc
Re: Sinking Lines use weighted flies or not?

I'll second that. Use whatever you think will work and don't get bottled in by convention.

I started using a very large spun deer hair fly on a sink tip line at night for large tarpon. It is...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-27-2014, 04:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 617
Posted By wjc
Re: See that 6wt bend!

Nice fish, Jay ! Fat ones too. Thanks for the videos.
Forum: The Fly Cast 07-26-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 640
Posted By wjc
Re: Casting Lessons

There is certainly an overlap between guides and casting instructors - espceially if you hire a guide through a fly shop, or if you hire a guide who only guides fly fishermen.

If you look at...
Forum: The Fly Cast 07-25-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 640
Posted By wjc
Re: Casting Lessons

I would stick with the original suggestion. Many guides and other fly fishermen with years of experience fly fishing are simply not any good at teaching someone else how to do it.
Forum: Fly Rods 07-23-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 794
Posted By wjc
Re: Short rods for big flies?

I would agree with Pete that the main reason is for bass tournamens. Sage, TFO and Ross all make "bass" fly rods and their write-ups include the point that they meet tournament requirements.

I...
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