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Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 04-12-2015, 10:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 886
Posted By al_a
Re: Cushy Scenic Float Trip Wanted

Yeah, depending upon the snowpack and weather, first week in July could still see high water on some streams, which makes choosing one stream a long way ahead of time a bit of a gamble. I'd make...
Forum: General Discussion 04-12-2015, 12:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,218
Posted By al_a
Re: where are the most famous place to fly fish?

For me, "famous" destinations sometimes disappoint because of the crowds. The San Juan, Bighorn, Frying Pan, South Platte, White, Kenai...I've fished them all and all have fallen into that category....
Forum: General Discussion 04-02-2015, 12:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 173
Posted By al_a
Re: Grass Carp???

It appears to me that they are only susceptible to fly fishing under certain situations. They are mostly plant eaters, but if there is a huge supply of certain insects, like hoppers, they might...
Forum: General Discussion 04-01-2015, 05:17 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 984
Posted By al_a
Re: Snakes!

i think it's situational. I'll usually kill a copperhead that is in my yard, because that's approaching an unacceptable risk and that's MY territory. I'd never kill one otherwise, because when I'm...
Forum: General Discussion 03-06-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By al_a
Re: Tactics for blown out or muddy creeks?

True, it also means that light has to travel that 6 inches down into the water, bounce off the object, and then travel another 6 inches to reach the fish's eyes. So it isn't quite as simple as just...
Forum: General Discussion 03-05-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 404
Posted By al_a
Re: Tactics for blown out or muddy creeks?

Silver's advice in the other thread is about as good as it gets. I think a lot of anglers don't realize how much muddy water changes things, especially how it changes where fish lie and feed. Let's...
Forum: General Discussion 03-02-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 800
Posted By al_a
Re: Boats and other things that float

6 solo canoes--one each for my wife and I at our Montana place, a glass "fast" canoe for fishing rivers with lots of dead water to paddle through, my all purpose Ozark stream canoe, my OLD all...
Forum: General Discussion 02-27-2015, 09:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 590
Posted By al_a
Re: Raptor identification

I'm calling it a sharp-shinned, based upon a few things...

The eyes on Cooper's Hawks are placed well forward of the center of the head between beak and back of head, eyes on Sharpies are close to...
Forum: General Discussion 02-17-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,220
Posted By al_a
Re: The best caster

There are so many things that go into being a good angler...knowing the biology of the fish you're after, reading water, presenting flies, getting good drifts, etc. Casting is only one component. ...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2015, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 338
Posted By al_a
Re: walleye in small pond?

No way they'd ever reproduce. Just about any kind of fish more or less native to the area could live for a while anyway in a pond like that. I have a pond a little less than an acre next to the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2015, 08:37 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,664
Posted By al_a
Re: Snakes on my Brain

Cottonmouths are definitely a southern species, but you should tell some of the Missouri ones they don't like cold water. One almost surefire place to find a few cottonmouths is a certain side...
Forum: General Discussion 01-31-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 2,664
Posted By al_a
Re: Snakes on my Brain

I live in Missouri and Montana. In Missouri we have lots of copperheads, timber rattlers are fairly rare but present, cottonmouths are not common in the Ozark streams but some streams have pretty...
Forum: General Discussion 01-13-2015, 11:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 557
Posted By al_a
Re: Hawaii suggestions?

Another option, though not one I'd consider unless I was already going to be on the island, is that there is some pretty interesting stream fishing for smallmouth bass on the island of Kauai. And...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 01-03-2015, 09:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,113
Posted By al_a
Re: Need Advice Planning a Trip to SW Montana

The Madison during the salmonfly hatch is WAY more people than I want to be around. The first time I was there during the hatch, I was driving down the river from West Yellowstone, and planned to...
Forum: General Discussion 12-30-2014, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 562
Posted By al_a
Re: Wader, tippet and Pack Question for an Idiot

I could see where it would make a difference in the sling pack whether you're right or left handed, but I wear mine so that it's around on my back until I need to get something out of it, so it...
Forum: General Discussion 12-14-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,311
Posted By al_a
Re: What is the worst fly fishing commercial or movie scene?

Yeah, absolutely nothing right in the Symbicort commercial. On top of everything else, that's a photographer's vest, not a fly fishing vest.
Forum: General Discussion 12-08-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,308
Posted By al_a
Re: Looking back.... How green were you?

I guess it depends upon when I'd consider my true start to fly fishing. As a kid, my dad had an old glass fly rod and told me about using it on the local smallmouth river, but I tried it a couple of...
Forum: General Discussion 11-18-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,282
Posted By al_a
Re: Tell me a little about trout fishing where u are ?

I live part of the year in Missouri and the rest in Montana on the Yellowstone. In Montana, wind is very often a big factor, but I still get by with a 4 wt. for dries, a 5 wt. for nymphs, and a 6...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 11-01-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,593
Posted By al_a
Re: Wormy trout! Yuck!

Interesting...bass in many Ozark streams have a lot of yellow grub parasites. I wonder if it's the same thing that was in that trout. I don't know about the trout in the Ozarks...never cleaned one....
Forum: General Discussion 11-01-2014, 10:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 293
Posted By al_a
Re: Next stage in the cycle

I caught a bunch of fish on dry flies on the Yellowstone River today...65 degrees and mostly sunny most of the day. And I'll go back to Missouri shortly and start catching smallmouth again. Unless...
Forum: General Discussion 10-30-2014, 10:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 608
Posted By al_a
Re: Streamer Tactics

I love streamer fishing enough that I sometimes try to force fish to hit streamers rather than fishing the stuff they are eating. Today I drove over to the Boulder River (the one near Big Timber MT)...
Forum: General Discussion 10-29-2014, 09:54 PM
Replies: 287
Views: 16,124
Posted By al_a
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

i can't imagine ever selling a rod, and at the same time I can't imagine having a rod that doesn't get used. However, I have an excuse to own more rods...I live in two different places so I need a...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 10-20-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 642
Posted By al_a
Re: Bozaman & Ennis

The Rib and Chop in Livingston is excellent but ALWAYS crowded in the evenings. You need reservations. If you happen to go over and fish the Yellowstone on Monday, go to the Murray Hotel Bar...
Forum: General Discussion 10-19-2014, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By al_a
Re: multispecies angling....

My list of freshwater species large enough to be considered "fishable":

smallmouth bass
largemouth bass
spotted bass
redeye bass
northern rock bass
ozark rock bass
shadow bass
Forum: General Discussion 10-12-2014, 12:23 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 3,368
Posted By al_a
Re: Furled leaders and tippet rings... What am I missing here?

Adding just one thing to Silver's excellent information...his analysis assumes smooth-surfaced water. Wave action both breaks up the window and extends it in bits and pieces. The movement of the...
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