That tip reminded me of one of the largest (and funnest) browns I have ever caught on a little spring creek. The creek was small enough that I came across a spot that was overgrown on both sides by willow trees and they actually formed a complete arch over the water. It created a serene little corridor that completely ruled out a normal cast, a side arm cast or a roll cast. It just looked so darn fishy, that I had to get a presentation on it.dave whitlock taught me this 1, so i don't want to take credit:
it's sort of hard to explain without demonstrating though. say you're casting against a bank or up to a bush or tree that is emerging from or overhanging the water and you overshoot a bit and your fly hangs a limb, but the line doesn't wrap around it a bunch of times...it's pretty much just dangling there. this happens quite a bit actually...especially when casting poppers, dries, hoppers, etc. near the bank.
do not yank! relax, and retrieve the fly line as slowly as possible until the fly simply scoots over the limb and plops into the water below. it works about 9 out of 10 times. oh...and be ready for a strike. it's a very realistic presentation when imitating terrestrials!
Snook??frank, when i was recently in florida i spent some time casting up into some mangroves and actually hit them a couple of times by misjudging the distance. this technique worked every time...even using a couple of fairly large saltwater flies (compared to trout or bass flies for freshwater) without weed guards. once you develop confidence in the technique, it allows you to cast a lot tighter to cover...much the same as a baitcaster or spincaster does when fishing the same type of structure with weedless or snag-resistant lures like soft plastics and spinner baits.
Here are the pictures of the corks and guys and gals this so easy to make!!!!Here is a little trick I use. Get 1 or 2 wine corks and drill a hole through the center long ways. Run an old shoe string through the hole and tie a knot on one end and leave enough shoe string on the other end to make a loop. You slide the shoe string through a D ring on your vest and loop cork through the loop of the shoe sting so it hangs down.
You can put your flies into the cork to dry when you chang flies or if you are tying on a dropper fly you can hook your dropper fly in the cork while you tie on your tippet.
I will post some pix to show everyone. This is a very cheap trick!!!!!
If this doesn't work first time around, try icing down the ferrule joints for a bit first. As jbbfly mentioned, disposable medical or fishing gloves are even more helpful after the joint has been iced down. And be careful not to pull against the line guides or you may be into a guide re-winding operation as well.Trick of the week.
Two pieces or the tip of your rod are stuck when you want to put it in your boot:hold it firmly behind your knees like on the photo and open your legs,it usually works.If you use rubber washing up gloves(or stripes of gloves or big rubber bands) it'll be easier and you won't risk to break your rod.
Southern Engineering from France: There really are Rednecks everywhere!trick of the week:low cost wading boots soles.:icon_ideaYou've got a pair of wading boots whose sole is worn out but the boots are still rather good.You don't want to order a replacement kit...but you've got a piece of walltowall carpet or an old doormat.So remove the old sole,rub your boots with sandpaper,put your boots on the carpet and run a marker around then cut your soles.Rub your shoes with sandpaper and spread the first layer of glue,the day after spread neoprene glue again on the boots and the soles,wait for a few minutes then stick the soles,put on the boots and stand up...for a while...:icon_bigg It's over