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Forum: Fly Lines 03-10-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,086
Posted By greg_h
Re: Line Damage Casting on Snow

I was casting on the snow today in Toronto +6C = +44F. Didn't see or hear a scratch on my line. Not like casting in that dusty gym we rent once a week - destroys a line!
One basically casts above...
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-27-2014, 10:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,454
Posted By greg_h
Re: Keeping track of leaders

I guess I'm just a tidy kind of guy. Purchased leaders have a label in the baggie, and since I make my own leaders using LeaderCalc (, I...
Forum: Eastern 12-03-2013, 08:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By greg_h
Re: river trout 100km from chatham kent

I understand your pain, but am in Toronto so can't help much. My first suggestion though (since you know the Credit and the Grand) is to pay more attention to the fish at hand and not worry about...
Forum: General Discussion 12-03-2013, 08:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,853
Posted By greg_h
Re: The ultimate fly: Black Woolybugger

I agree with the BWB, and prefer grizzly hackle too. However a friend of mine made a suggestion which I think is an improvement. Use black rabbit fur for the tail instead of the marabou. It is...
Forum: Share Patterns 11-29-2013, 09:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,589
Posted By greg_h
Re: Beginner's nymph and questions

There is nothing wrong with the white bead, or a clear one. Sometimes they represent the air bubble of an emgerging nymph. The main difference is that the gold bead adds weight while the white one...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 11-29-2013, 09:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,800
Posted By greg_h
Re: How important is a sink tip?

I am not a fan of a full sinking line for rivers, although they are fine in ponds and lakes. In a river the belly of the line sinks along with everything else and tends to snag on the rocks and...
Forum: The Fly Cast 11-29-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,269
Posted By greg_h
Re: Mystery Reel & Line

I expect your reel will work fine on a smaller rod. The other consideration after how much line it will hold is how will it balance the rod. I like a reel that balances the rod perfectly...
Forum: The Fly Cast 11-28-2013, 09:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,504
Posted By greg_h
Re: Line question

[QUOTE=ctshooter;612868]So anyone near NW CT have an 8/9 wt rod that I can borrow the reel for a few casts to verify my theory about this rod, before I go out and buy more line that is not correct?...
Forum: General Discussion 11-19-2013, 05:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,098
Posted By greg_h
Re: New to the sport..First rod?

You know what? I'd get a 6wt or 7wt. In my experience most steelhead run like crazy but are not that big - not like a salmon. I have caught them on a 7wt. This summer past I caught a 7#...
Forum: The Fly Cast 11-18-2013, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,610
Posted By greg_h
Re: Indoor practice

From October to April, I cast with a club in a school gym. Accuracy is the main focus.
We use the standard ACA size targets that are about this size of a hoola hoop.
You can also purchase small...
Forum: Flies 11-18-2013, 08:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,222
Posted By greg_h
Re: Snow shoe vs. Deer/Elk

Regardless of what part you choose, you will find the foot MUCH more usable if you first take a sharp knife (careful, don't cut yourself, the foot is tough), and slice the foot down from the top...
Forum: Eastern 11-04-2013, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By greg_h
Re: Looking for someone.

Google is so cool, you can look up people's name and find them!

Claudel/Claude Dery in on Facebook and LinkedIn and has some flies shown as well.
Forum: General Discussion 10-23-2013, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,917
Posted By greg_h
Re: Midge fishing

I have not had much luck fishing midge larvae under a bobber (strike indicator) even in ponds. However often there are fish rising on a major river here to emergers. The two best patterns I have...
Forum: The Fly Cast 08-20-2013, 11:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,544
Posted By greg_h
Re: Casting in no wind.

But this still seems to suggest the wind is quartering over your left shoulder and is helping propel the cast.

A higher forward cast is good when the wind can help propel the cast. I also have...
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2013, 10:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,672
Posted By greg_h
Re: Embarrassing confession

Furled leaders for trout are usually made from tying thread, so they do need to be treated with floatant, and although synthetic, it helps to let them try thoroughly (and possibly washed) after use....
Forum: General Discussion 08-15-2013, 10:12 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,938
Posted By greg_h
Re: Vest or chest pack?

I would recommend something like this ( I have one similar but an ealier model, and one from Plano (no longer available online) that must...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 08-14-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,246
Posted By greg_h
Re: Chasing Perch

Your floating bugs will be good for the bluegills and small bass for sure. A 5/6wt rod could handle bigger bugs too (the ones in the picture look like size 12), you could go as large as size 8. If...
Forum: Ladies Fly Fishing Forum 08-14-2013, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,281
Posted By greg_h
Re: Hi from Ontario

Where in Ontario? I fish the Grand, and the Kawarthas, and know a woman friend who fishes in SSMarie. One way or another we could expand your fishuing group - flyfishing friends are excellent ones,...
Forum: The Fly Cast 08-07-2013, 09:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,544
Posted By greg_h
Re: Casting in no wind.

OK, I think we need a little clarity on what your cast is like when there is no wind. Does it fall short and loose, or do you have tailing loops? How far are you casting on average? What weight of...
Forum: The Fly Cast 08-03-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,544
Posted By greg_h
Re: Casting in no wind.

I expect that when casting in the wind (if the wind is from the side), a very brisk back-cast and forecast help to keep the line from moving sideways too much. Or perhaps a more side-arm cast is used...
Forum: Fly fishing FAQs 08-02-2013, 09:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,416
Posted By greg_h
Re: Travel Rods with 6-8 pieces

I have a Felxtec, as to several friends. Check out tacklediscounts ( and see what they have. The newer models are a little firmer than the...
Forum: Entomology 08-01-2013, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,329
Posted By greg_h
Re: need help with some bug terms...and anatomy differences

When the nymph emerges the fly on the water is a dun, with dull patterned wings (often 'dun' coloured, yellowish or mottled). This bug then flies to the surrounding brush to rest for about 24 hours...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 07-20-2013, 08:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By greg_h
Re: Smallmouth gear?

For rivers I would be fine with the 5wt as the distance to cast is not usually that far - I have landed a 2.5 smallie on the 5wt - as well as a 5# carp.
But for ponds or lakes I would go with a 6 or...
Forum: The Fly Cast 07-18-2013, 09:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,596
Posted By greg_h
Re: Less force, more power. Contradiction or not?

I too am a CCI, FWIW. I agree with the high backcast concept. Most novices think that since the line must go behind them, they must tip their rod behind them. This just opens up the loop in the...
Forum: Kayak/SUP Discussion 07-18-2013, 09:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,023
Posted By greg_h
Re: Kayak Fishing

If you are a decent caster, a kayak is not problem. A novice caster usually uses too much wrist and thrusts the arm too far forward. This would be diffictult in a kayak and also a might unsteady. ...
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