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Forum: General Discussion 09-07-2014, 06:24 PM
Replies: 103
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Posted By rusty 54
Re: Fly Shop Owners?

I can think of at least 6 shops here in Michigan where I have dealt with the owners. Never a problem.
Forum: General Discussion 08-06-2014, 06:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 888
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Is it possible to enjoy fly fishing when you catch no fish?

Heck yeah! I've had many days like that. In a couple of weeks, I'll be fishing the Ausable below Mio. What a show that is! After the tubers are done, the fishing usually gets good, so we pick up...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 08-06-2014, 05:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 403
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Forum: Other Gear 07-25-2014, 07:28 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,813
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Who still uses a vest?

I have vests and sling bags. Prefer the vest
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,037
Posted By rusty 54
Re: How long does it take from your home to the water?

1 hour to a good smallmouth river. 3 1/2 to 4 hours to my prefered trout water. Try to get up there once a month. Mileage does matter. Time off matters more. My 15 year old mini van makes it not...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 05-04-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 495
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Ludington

I have only fished the Baldwin area a few times, but your vibram soles should be fine. Thats all I use in Michigan any more. The P.M. is a federally designated stream. There are times of the year...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 04-24-2014, 07:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 471
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Trout opener is tomorrow....

I'm staying south this year and casting to smallies on the Huron. Hope to go north in a couple of weeks
Forum: The Fly Cast 04-18-2014, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 607
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Teaching my FUTURE father in-law tomorrow...

I dabbled in fly fishing before my daughter brought some guy home with her and decided to marry him. He really got me into fly fishing. He was self taught and showed me the basics. We both...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-31-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Colorado Springs Area

Thanks, both of you. On Angler's Covey website, I think they offered wade trips. Those might get us away from the crowds too.
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-28-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By rusty 54
Colorado Springs Area

Looks like I may be going in early July for a family thing. Looking for an outfitter. Any references or warnings? They all look good on their websites.

I've only fished Michigan and Ohio, so...
Forum: General Discussion 03-25-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 877
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Favorite thing about Fly Fishing

grtlksmarlin sums it up pretty well. I came to fly fishing during a very difficult time in my professional life. Stepping into a stream was like baptism. For a few hours, my problems washed away...
Forum: General Discussion 03-24-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Re-purposed ski pole for a wading staff

I used an old X-C pole for walking on all the ice in the driveway this winter. Use a collapsible for fishing, though.
Forum: General Discussion 03-24-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,210
Posted By rusty 54
Re: How do yall hold your tippet spools?

I had one of those clip on posts, until I lost the whole thing somewhere. Now tippet just goes in pocket or sling. I find I mostly just use 4,5, and 6X for trout. Heavier for bass and carp, of...
Forum: General Discussion 03-23-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,325
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Headlamps?

I use an Energizer from the hardware store. I do not fish a lot at night, but it has worked fine for me. I also like that it uses AAA batteries and not something else expensive and hard to find.
Forum: General Discussion 03-22-2014, 04:37 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 3,360
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Your State Fly Pattern

I would think Michigan's would be the Adams
Forum: Fly Lines 03-12-2014, 09:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Line Damage Casting on Snow

...or the brown spots!
Forum: Fly Lines 03-10-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Line Damage Casting on Snow

That's what I wanted to hear. I think I'll get out tomorrow before we get another 3-6"!
Forum: Fly Lines 03-10-2014, 06:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 652
Posted By rusty 54
Line Damage Casting on Snow

I am getting itchy for some casting practice. I do a lot of lawn casting, but there is a foot of snow in the yard. I was told that casting on snow would destroy my line. Doesn't make sense to me,...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2014, 07:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 780
Posted By rusty 54
Re: What planned for the upcoming season?

Hoping to finally get to the Driftless Area. Other than that, the northern Michigan rivers.
Forum: General Discussion 02-21-2014, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 553
Posted By rusty 54
Re: A knotty situation

Pretty much what Eddie Oneal said, except I rarely improve my clinch knot
Forum: Great Lakes Region 01-31-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 342
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Sault St Marie

I cannot speak about the Soo, but as you come into Michigan on the west side, there is an abundance of trout fishing. Once you get north of Grand Rapids, nearly every river has fishing...
Forum: General Discussion 01-01-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 525
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Fly line question

If you think about it, the PVC coating is softer that any material used for guides, I doubt texturing could hurt guides. That being said, I took a Hydros 3 D off my reel. Just didn't cast well...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 12-19-2013, 08:54 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,065
Posted By rusty 54
Re: we did drinking and smoking but what are....

Usually, my 4 year old grandson, asking questions and making suggestions.
Forum: The Fly Cast 11-14-2013, 06:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,451
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Indoor practice

Santa may just bring my son in law a practice rod. He has been doing some instructing and I bet his boys will have fun with it too.
Forum: General Discussion 11-11-2013, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 320
Posted By rusty 54
Re: Recommend Me........

Orvis Clearwater outfit?
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