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View Poll Results: Fly fishing, advantage or handicap?

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  • Always at an advantage

    0 0%
  • Mostly an advantage

    10 24.39%
  • Toss up

    6 14.63%
  • Mostly a disadvantage

    6 14.63%
  • Always a disadvantage

    0 0%
  • Depends on species, mostly advantage

    7 17.07%
  • Depends on species, mostly disadvantage

    9 21.95%
  • Other

    3 7.32%
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  1. #31

    Default Re: Fly fishing is an Advantage or Disadvantage?

    A ROLL CAST is your friend. When it's that bad, letting line out by hand & fishing downstream may be about an only choice. You may have to hold the reel low & down by your hip???

  2. Default Re: Fly fishing is an Advantage or Disadvantage?

    I wrote mostly a disadvantage but for very specific reasons. If you're basis is simply number of fish caught then it's a disadvantage. In almost every situation bait, especially live bait will outfish everything else. Find you a big live stonefly or hellgramite and drift that next time if you don't believe me. The trout meat fishermen don't use fly rods for a reason. If they do it's to dangle bait better.

    In terms of number of casts, depth of water column covered, and ground covered, a fly rod cannot hope to match conventional tackle. However in terms of presentation and options, traditional gear cannot stand up to the fly. I think my fish per cast rate is much higher with fly gear. I think my number of fish caught is higher with conventional. This doesn't even account for tricky casts, skipping lures off the surface, etc.

    I enjoy fly fishing much more. If I poured my own soft plastics or carved my own lures maybe I'd like conventional as much. That said I haven't picked up my spinning or bait-casting gear in years.

    Hokie.

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