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Forum: General Discussion 05-19-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Wading alone

I've read that inflating vests are not good for anglers who fish rivers. The reason is that in fast water an angler might panic and not be able to inflate the vest. Any thoughts?

Randy
Forum: General Discussion 05-18-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 584
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Wading alone

I'm probably going to relocate out west where the rivers are much bigger and faster. I've decided that when I do I'm going to buy this vest:

Eon Angler S/M - Olive Life Jacket | Extrasport®...
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2015, 12:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 89
Posted By randyflycaster
Great Blog Post Fishing North Country Spiders

I was thinking of buying Rob Smith's new book about the history of North Country Flies. Someone steered me to this great blog post by Rob:

Seven North Country Spiders For A Season -...
Forum: General Discussion 04-22-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 580
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Techniques to stop line dragging with the current.

This book by Gary Borger isn't cheap, but it has IMHO the best description of ways of avoiding drag:

Fishing the Film (Fly Fishing, The Book Series, 1): Gary A. Borger, Jason Borger:...
Forum: General Discussion 04-17-2015, 07:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 480
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Fly casting question.

One of the biggest advantages of being able to cast, let's say, 80 feet is that when it comes to casting 40 feet an angler will have to use less energy because of good casting technique. During a...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-27-2015, 06:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Tailwater Insects: Smaller Size, Why?

I've lived in NYC my whole life.

Now that all the water is coming out of the bottom of the Croton Falls dam, it will be interesting to see what happens to the insect population. Will it go back to...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-25-2015, 07:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Tailwater Insects: Smaller Size, Why?

I have Dorsey's and Engle's books. They don't seem to answer the question adequately. Also, Dorsey writes that tailwaters support a rich, diverse insect population. Engle writes that tailwaters, at...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-24-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 543
Posted By randyflycaster
Tailwater Insects: Smaller Size, Why?

I've read that insects tend to be smaller on tailwaters than on, let's say, freestone rivers. I can't find info, however, on why this is. Anyone have any ideas?

Also, I've read that tailwaters are...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-22-2015, 07:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,711
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Nymphing.

Here's something else I wonder about. The water near the bottom of a river, where trout feed on nymphs, moves slower than the water on the surface. If that's the case, shouldn't a floating indicator,...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-20-2015, 07:23 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,711
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Nymphing.

I always thought we had to get the nymph on the bottom of the river or stream. Presently I'm reading Caddisflies by La Fontaine. He says that most nymphs are taken not on the bottom - trout are not...
Forum: General Discussion 03-15-2015, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 120
Posted By randyflycaster
Hatch Dates: Tailwaters vs Freestone, Sping Creeks

Tailwaters, at least the ones I fish, are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Last season on my home tailwater, Light Cahills hatched in September; and so I'm wondering: Do hatch charts...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-06-2015, 02:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 576
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: moving upstream

In Kelly Gallup's book about fishing streamers he writes that he often wants the streamer to land with a thud, as he believes this will anger trout and produce reactionary strikes.

I remember a...
Forum: The Fly Cast 03-02-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 621
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Increased acceleration during cast

P.S. The faster (stiffer) the fly rod, the shorter and faster I execute the loading move.

Randy
Forum: The Fly Cast 03-02-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 621
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Increased acceleration during cast

A caster should reach maximum casting speed just before abruptly stopping the fly rod so that the fly rod unloads all at once. To do this, I break my wrist halfway, as if I'm hammering a nail. This...
Forum: Spey Fly Lines and other Spey Tackle 02-28-2015, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 551
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Scandi or Skagit?

I also love my Rage head, but if it's not too windy, and I want to fish dry flies I prefer a Scandi head.

Randy
Forum: General Discussion 02-24-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 417
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Dyna-King Barracuda

I've tied flies down to size 20 on the regular jaws with no problems.
Randy
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-17-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,575
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

Jim,

Great link to the advantages of the vertical and non-vertical cast.

Randy
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-16-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,575
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Disadvantage of side arm casting?

I don't know, I mean there have been some great sidearm pitchers in baseball, including, I think, Walter Johnson, so if it works for you, it works.

Having said that, one problem I see with sidearm...
Forum: General Discussion 02-15-2015, 11:37 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,099
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Stiff wrist/Flex wrist

By breaking the wrist halfway -as if we're hammering a nail - at the very end of the forward cast, we won't lower the rod tip from the target line.

Randy
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-15-2015, 10:45 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,219
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: The cast...specifically the last 2 seconds!

I'm not sure what you mean by "a timing issue." I'd like to hear more about it. To me, if a caster's timing is off, then the cast is underpowered.

Randy
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-14-2015, 09:02 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,219
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: The cast...specifically the last 2 seconds!

P.S. You can also grab the fly line with your fingers just before the leader unrolls.

Randy
Forum: The Fly Cast 02-13-2015, 08:06 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,219
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: The cast...specifically the last 2 seconds!

To get back to your original question: If your leader is not turning over your fly cast is probably underpowered. There can be many reasons for this, and it is therefore impossible to diagnose your...
Forum: General Discussion 02-13-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,099
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Stiff wrist/Flex wrist

During my forward cast I break my wrist halfway - as if I'm hammering a nail - then I abruptly stop the fly rod. During my back cast I do not break my wrist.

Randy
Forum: General Discussion 02-11-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 2,370
Posted By randyflycaster
If high-gloss fly rods spook trout then why ...

I'm reading The Trout and the Fly, a terrific book. (I posted a link below.) In the book the authors make the case that high-gloss fly rods often reflect sunlight and spook trout.

If that's the...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-03-2015, 08:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,080
Posted By randyflycaster
Re: Can't afford a Sage . . recommendations?

Maybe it's me then. I've been fishing for quite some time and, when it comes to casting, I can't tell the difference between high-end fly rods - I have about seven of them - and mid-priced ones.
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