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Forum: Driftless Region 04-01-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By ontheflymn
Driftless Outing

Since I live in the Upper Midwest and not the Great Lakes, I'm posting here.

My 11 year old son and I spend quite a bit of time together outdoors. He has developed my passion for all things trout...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 03-09-2015, 10:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: A non-opener post

The stream I was on doesn't have brookies, so the slam was out of the question. I can usually get the slam a few times a year if I play my cards right. The trick is the brook trout part. We just...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 03-08-2015, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 185
Posted By ontheflymn
A non-opener post

Unlike our neighbors to the east, ALL of southeast Minnesota's streams have been open since Jan. 1, not the carte blanche Iowa has, but I'll take it.

It was one of those days that reminds you that...
Forum: General Discussion 03-01-2015, 07:16 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,102
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Tips for giudes... Please read

I'll answer this from a guide's angle: a seasonal guide who guides only because I enjoy sharing what my area of the world has to offer. Any gratuity is nice and certainly appealing. If I get tipped...
Forum: Fly Tying Articles 02-26-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Tying versus Buying

In the beginning.....of when I started fly fishing, all my flies were hand me downs from a buddy who got me into it. It quickly became apparent that learning to tie was going to be the most cost...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 02-26-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,284
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Two minute ties and Guide Flies

Exactly. Prep your area and get it ready to crank a few dozen of whatever you're tying and go. Anyone can turn into a production fly tyer in no time.
Forum: Great Lakes Region 02-18-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 755
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Brookie Of A Lifetime

Was this once in a lifetime fish caught on a fly rod or spinning rod? Just askin'. My guess is that some of the members of this site don't realize Len is not a fly angler. Ironic considering since...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 02-17-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 861
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 19 Days Until Wisconsin Opener

That's why they have bright yellow signs stating the regulations for that particular piece of water at easement access points. As a resident, I pay very little attention to the regs. as I'm not...
Forum: General Discussion 02-16-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,953
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: The Little Things

Lighter, a few bandages, cell phone, and a pliers that can cut the ends of hooks off. I don't fish barbless (don't have to, actually), thus the pliers.

Part of this answer falls into where are you...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2015, 08:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,294
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Most Interesting Things You've Found Fly Fishing?

Besides the usual array of trash that filters through a watershed after flooding, I have found the random hunting knife that someone left behind at deer camp the previous fall, a few nets, a section...
Forum: General Discussion 02-01-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 584
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: When to teach my son

My son will be 12 this spring and loves fishing, hunting, and all things outdoor related. I remember clearly that he started tagging along with me to trout fish on our local streams when he was about...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-31-2015, 07:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 751
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Blue Winged Olive Patterns

You can go with the standard parachute BWO - gray body, white post, some dun hackle, and you're done. I prefer poly pro for posts as they are visible, easy to tie with, and inexpensive.
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 01-25-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 257
Posted By ontheflymn
Great Day for a Walk

Fishing wise, it was a day with mixed results. Streams in southeast Mn are very low and very clear, which is not a surprise for this time of the year. I tried a variety of nymph patterns as the lead...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-25-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,091
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Rods You Just Can't Part With

I've purchased and sold plenty of fly rods in the past fifteen years. I only own one bamboo rod, and that was a gift from a fly fishing mentor, so that is one I can't part with. The rest of the boo,...
Forum: Flies 01-25-2015, 07:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,066
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Organizing Your Flies

I carry boxes dependent upon the season I am fishing. I carry one basic nymph box that has just about everything (including streamers) just about every time I go out. I carry a dry box accordingly....
Forum: Great Lakes Region 01-24-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Wisconsin Opener 2015 Planning

"I am purchasing a boat in 2015 and leaving trout angling."

So, what kind of boat did you buy? Lots of great boat dealers around the La Crosse area.
Forum: General Discussion 01-19-2015, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Just good to get out

Unlike Iowa, southeast MN is not managed as put and take; however, we do shut down most of our season for a brief respite starting October 16-December 31 to protect the spawners and the gravel. Our...
Forum: General Discussion 01-18-2015, 07:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 354
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: Just good to get out

If this weather keeps up, you'll have no shelf ice in a week, no snow on the ground in February, and olives coming off in March. :cool:
Forum: Other Gear 01-11-2015, 08:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 758
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: New Waders

Admittedly, I'm a seasonal wader wearing guy, so my take is what it is.

I've been a Redington guy for a few years, always the waist high waders and not chest waders. They are decent enough for...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-10-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,061
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: A good 4wt 9ft?

Sage One. Very fast, but a blast to fish.
Forum: General Discussion 01-06-2015, 07:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 815
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: The "Non-Expert" Inquiry...

This will be a short response as I have to get back to work :icon_sad:. The synthetic tying materials has changed everything in fly tying. It's almost impossible to keep a firm grasp on all of the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2015, 01:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 737
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 2wt Reel Advice

I just posted the same response to a rockriver question on a one weight. I have a Ross Flyrise on a two weight rod: $105, 4.4 oz. Very average reel at best, but reasonably priced. The Ross Evo is...
Forum: General Discussion 01-04-2015, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 485
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 1 wt. reel advice

I have a Ross Flyrise on a 2wt. It's OK - I'm indifferent to it, really. It's probably a little heavy at 4.4 oz for a one weight, but it's also reasonably priced at $105.

I used to have a Sage...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 01-03-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By ontheflymn
January in Southeast Minnesota

With Arctic air allegedly headed our way, my window to get out and fish was today. With the "new" winter season rules in effect, all designated streams in the southeast corner are open for catch and...
Forum: General Discussion 12-31-2014, 04:42 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,506
Posted By ontheflymn
Re: 2015 Fly Fishing Goals

Continue to fish and hike far away from the roads and access points to get into trout that most other guys aren't willing to go after.

Continue to fish with my son. He is a competent spin caster,...
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