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  1. #51
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Beaumont, Alberta
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    Then you get part time fly fishers who come here to slam other fly fishers? In my mind you come here to learn about what you enjoy part time. When you make statement claiming we are elitest etc. it actually puts that light on yourself. Come and enjoy the camaraderie, stop the rest of the nonsense, it is just fishing not a contest. one guy makes an unkind statement and you start in on everyone, what does that say?
    Each smallest act of kindness - even just words of hope when they are needed, the remembrance of a birthday, a compliment that engenders a smile - reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of this good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it's passed, until a simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away.

  2. #52

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    My spinning setup keeps my other fly rods company as they sit in the corner. I refuse to get rid of it because there's always tools for the right jobs... And conventional gear is just one other tool in the arsenal of a true fisherman... I just haven't picked up that tool in a long time. But it's there whenever I may need it. If I become immobile... I'd like to know I can still at least dunk a worm

  3. #53
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    quiet corner, ct

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    You know what really set me off the other day?
    Someone here asked what I would consider a very good question about a basic fly fishing technique.
    Not only did he get just a few responses, but no one knew the answer !
    Basic stuff, fly fishing 101

    And yet this thread is on page 6
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart

  4. Default Re: Time To 'Fess Up...

    I haven't fished conventional in years. Nevertheless, I have kept a couple custom rods built by a family friend.

    I plan to go bottom fishing in the within next month on a charter boat and that will be all gear "fishing." I'm not going for the sport I'm going to fill my freezer. I may even go on a rock fish/salmon combo trip.

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    Last edited by FlyBum; 07-29-2013 at 12:37 PM.
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  5. #55

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    For me, it really comes down to the "depth" of fishing. If the fish are 15' to 20' deep, a fly rod just doesn't make any sense to use? ...... even with a sink line?

    I think a fly rod is much more fun and relaxing to fish with. And with Bluegills, I can catch much more with a fly rod!

    But! ..... I enjoy fishing both!

  6. #56
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    beside the AuSable River in northern Michigan

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    Dear Rip Tide,

    Please accept my sincerest apologies, if this thread somehow offended. That was not its intent, and it was more of a curiousity thing on my part.

    Approximately, 99.9 percent of my own fishing is done with a fly rod. Always has been and always will be. But, on rare occasion, I do enjoy a quiet summer's evening in the front of an old row boat with a spinning rod in hand and the company of a lifelong friend who's as passionate about his spin-fishing as I am about everything "fly." I respect his right to fish as he sees fit, and when the evening's done and the beverages are cold, I don't feel any less of a fly-wrangler because of it...

    So long as an angler brings ethics, responsible behavior and respect to the table and applies it to the resource, I won't sit in judgment of his or her choices. And, yes, NAFFF is a fly-fishing forum, but we anglers are a diverse and varied lot, and that's what makes us a constant source of fascination. As the Orvis ad loosely says, "It's not how we fish... It's that we fish..."

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  8. #57

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    I wish this was a poll. I gave up on spinning gear about 25 years ago when I somehow turned a beautiful brookie inside-out trying to save my last spinner.
    I don't miss spinning gear and manage to somehow enjoy fishing now even if the pickens are slim.
    If I'm not catching it's still all practice on getting the fly to certain spots and/or controlling the drift.
    There are times when flies trump any bait or hardware. The hex hatch for instance or a memorable time in Lake Saint Clair when the big smallmouth bass could not resist a dark clouser.
    It's all good though as long as you play within the rules.

  9. #58

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    I must say, I'm bewildered by how "snippy" this thread became. It seemed like an innocent enough question to start out.

    "Can somebody please pass the Grey Poupon?"

    "We fish for pleasure; I for mine, you for yours." -James Leisenring

  10. #59
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    South Florida

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    Quote Originally Posted by stenacron View Post
    I must say, I'm bewildered by how "snippy" this thread became. It seemed like an innocent enough question to start out.

    "Can somebody please pass the Grey Poupon?"
    No need for it either. Fishing is fishing. I like a fly rod but I use spinning gear a lot when the wind comes up off the gulf, or the fish are holding deep, or are in a little mangrove creek with the tide ripping and its all I can do to keep the boat straight with the trolling motor, and no time for the three ring circus of trying to fly cast on top of that. Its also (in the salt) a great way to explore a lot of water relatively quickly. When I find the fish I'll switch over.

    But hell, I ain't proud. I'll drown bait for grouper and snapper and catfish. I've been known to tip a streamer with a bit of live shrimp when the mangrove snapper get *****y. I'll even bowfish if I want a nice fresh tilapia out of a canal for dinner. It's all good as long as you're having fun.

  11. #60

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    dam guys take it easy .the guy asked a simple question.there are plenty of real things in the world to get upset about like how our government is mortgaging our future to pay for unwanted substandard health care. this its just fishing, theres no right or wrong answer just do want you enjoy and let others do the same. this is one of the few forums im apart of where everybodyis curteous and helpful most of the time cant we just try to keep it that way.

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