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Forum: Driftless Region 12-15-2014, 04:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By dar
Re: Driftless trip report, a little different this time.

Do you get the weekly fishing report from the IA DNR? They usually have some useful info regading NE IA streams.

I fished a stream last Thursday and every fish I caught was on a #20 thread emerger...
Forum: General Discussion 12-09-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,346
Posted By dar
Re: Forbidden Gadgets

I bought a Ketcham release and it was a waste of money. I use barbless hooks and I've never had a time when fingers or forceps would not loose a fly from a trout's lip. I also have a Tie Fast tool...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 11-18-2014, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,114
Posted By dar
Re: First day out with new rod

I found casting a tenkara rod is more of a 10 o'clock to 12 o'clock than a 10 - 2 o'clock. Also, keeping my elbow in and my index finger on the grip helps. But heck, just go to Tenkara, simple fly...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 11-14-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 566
Posted By dar
Re: Tenkara or western flies?

I've only used my tenkara rod for trout fishing once and that was on the Big Thompson in Estes Park CO early last month. While I did try fishing some Sakasa Kebari flies I didn't have much luck. I...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 11-12-2014, 03:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,278
Posted By dar
Re: Is tenkara replacing your western style fly fishing?

No, but I could see where it could.

I got my first Tenkara rod this summer and after messing around with it on some local bluegill ponds, took it with me to Estes Park CO in early Oct. I fished...
Forum: Stillwater Fly Fishing 08-15-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By dar
Re: Iowa Trout Lakes

I live in Des Moines and the only lakes that I know of that hold trout, are stocked in the fall and maybe in the winter. Any subsurface trout fly should work. Something along the lines of Hares Ear...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-13-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,384
Posted By dar
Re: Beginner Rod & Reel Outfit

As far as Allen is concerned, I have one of their Trout II reels on my 5wt and feel it is one of the finest reels that I own.

Since you live in Dallas and want to try before you buy, there is an...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-11-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 445
Posted By dar
Re: St Croix Legend Elite 8.6 5wt

Welcome to the forum.

I have a Legend Elite 9' 5wt. And I also own a couple of the new Imperials in a 4wt. The LE is faster than the Imperial, but also has a soft tip. Which is common on most of...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-07-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 452
Posted By dar
Re: Fly rods for kids?

I think it was over on the Orvis Learning Center that I watched a video on what fly rod to buy where Tom Rosenbauer said that short (5' - 6') fly rods are difficult to cast and should not be thought...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 08-07-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,551
Posted By dar
Re: Fly Fishing Des Moines, Iowa

I also live in Des Moines.

Wiper fishing below the Saylorville Dam can be good. The problem we are having right now is too much rain. In order to wade the release needs to be 1700CFS. Right now it...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-05-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,026
Posted By dar
Re: Two Rod Decision: Salmon/Steelies & SALT - 8wt?

I don't fish for salmon or steelhead, but I do fish for bass and occassionaly for northerns. I take the same 8wt that I use here in Central IA, when I go to the Florida Panhandle (Destin/Ft Walton...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-31-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 621
Posted By dar
Re: Favorite 8 weight bass flies

For topwater, my three favorite are:

Chartruese Boogle Bug
Yellow Block Head Popper
Chartruses Sneaky Pete

For subsurface any minnow pattern or diver pattern.
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,068
Posted By dar
Re: Rods you now regret selling...

Scott G 885/3. I sometimes wish I had hung onto that rod.

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I still have my 2 pc Pro Graphite 5wt. It was...
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,928
Posted By dar
Re: Rods you regret buying...

I bought a Greys Platinum XD 9' 9wt rod that I absolutely did not like. Sold it for less than what I paid for it.

I sometimes question the purchase of my St Croix Legend Elite 9' 8wt SW. I have a...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-30-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 575
Posted By dar
Re: Fresh and saltwater rod?

I also would recommend, and use, an 8wt for both bass and saltwater.

You might want to take a look at Rise Fishing Co. And no I don't work for them. But, I have had a chance to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 292
Posted By dar
Re: Tired fly line??

Welcome to the forum.

To answer your question, providing you are casting on grass, no it should not wear out from casting on the lawn. I suspect what you are looking at is dirty fly line. Since...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-30-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 708
Posted By dar
Re: Entry level salt water

For fly rods, you might want to look at Rise Fishing Co. I have cast both the Balance and Level series and they are amazing rods for that price point. I even thought the Level 8wt...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-30-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 956
Posted By dar
Re: Rise Fly Rods - Specifically the Balance

Since I first posted my question, I've had the opportunity to talk to Steve, and cast both the Balance and Level in an 8wt. I told Steve, that I was "blown away" by how both rods cast. I was...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-25-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,471
Posted By dar
Re: INEXPENSIVE Backup Recommendations

You might want to check out the Rise Green Series. GREEN SERIES ( I just bought their Balance in an 8wt. They make nice fly rods.

Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,009
Posted By dar
Re: St Croix's standing in the fly fishing scheme of things

I know what you mean about the LU 6wt. I live in Central IA and that is my primary warm water i.e. Smallmouth Bass rod.
Forum: Fly Reels 07-21-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,183
Posted By dar
Re: Best reel for a classic trout Rod?

A click and pawl reel is not hard to use. And if you do hook into a bigger fish, if necessary, you can palm the reel with your off hand. If you are looking for an inexpensive reel with a drag instead...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-21-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,009
Posted By dar
Re: St Croix's standing in the fly fishing scheme of things

Being from the Midwest, I am very familiar with and like St Croix rods. In fact, all but one of my graphite fly rods are St Croix.

8' 5wt Pro Graphite - first rod and still fish it for bluegills...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-11-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 729
Posted By dar
Re: Allen Trout ll gunmetal question

I have the Trout II in gun metal. It is not bright and shiney like my Orvis Mid Arbor. I have the Trout II on my 5wt and have used that set up on some bright sunny days without any reason to think...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-03-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,817
Posted By dar
Re: How to evaluate the risk of Smaller-sized Companies?

Justin, glad to see you weighing in on this topic

If fly rods were sold without a warranty, how would that affect the price of the rod? Whether true or not, there seems to be a belief in the fly...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-03-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,817
Posted By dar
Re: How to evaluate the risk of Smaller-sized Companies?


St Croix makes all but the Rio Santo fly rod at their plant in Park Falls, WI. You an get into an Imperial for around $200. I own two 4 wts and they are nice rods.

I have an Allen Trout II...
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