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I have not seen this one posted in this thread so here goes.

When nymphing let the current load the rod for you as opposed to trying to false cast a nymph rig.
 

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Hi to all,

I don't know about anyone else but almost every time I get over a limb it is on a back cast and wraps around several times.

Flyguy66 is right about getting a strike. In fact if I have an earthen cliff right next to the water, I will cast into it on purpose. No more natural presentation than a fly falling into the water.

This will also work if you are fishing boat houses. Cast so your fly hits the wall or deck and then falls into the water.

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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.
 

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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!
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.

I figured about how much line I would need and stripped it off the reel. I coiled (made little "s" coils) in my left hand with the fly dangling about six inches out of the back of my clenched fist. I pulled that rod back to what I estimated to be the right poundage and flung the fly using a bow and arrow cast.

That humpy lit on the water ever so softly and floated for about 0.1 seconds before a 17"+ brown came shooting off the bottom of the river bed, hit that fly at full speed and came completely out of the water as it swallowed the humpy.

That is where my perfectly devised plan came to an end. I had forgot to plan out my hook set. I jerked my rod tip strait up and caught about four branches. Thankfully, the fish did not get loose while I extracted my rod tip from the willow arch.
 

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At that point, I would have forgone the rod and let the line out by hand.:)
 

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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.
Snook??
 

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When fishing in faster water hi-sticking a dry in the pockets can yield great results.
 

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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.
 

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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!!!!!

Jr
Here are the pictures of the corks and guys and gals this so easy to make!!!!

 

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LOL. Wait a minute, your older than me.;)

Really not concerned about the stealing of a thread, just figured that they were close enough in subject matter that they could be combined if the Mods so desired. :biggrin:

It's a good topic for all to contribute to.
 

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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.
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.
 

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trick of the week:low cost wading boots soles.:icon_idea

You'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
 

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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
Southern Engineering from France: There really are Rednecks everywhere!
 

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For those of you who may use the Loon fly drying crystals with the little indicator that turns pink when they are "spent". Rather then buying a new batch; which Loon would love you to do, put the crystals in a small pie tin or pyrex baking dish. Put the oven on 150 degrees, and bake until the pink crystals return to the original blue color. They work just like new.

Dan
 

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trick of the week:improve the grip of your rod handle.Wrap your handle with autoadhesive strapping used by sportsmen,I find three advantages to this:1 you improve the grip2 you can increase the diameter of the handle with several layers3 you protect the cork.I 've been doing that for years and I appreciate it.
 
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Trick of the week:save your cell phone(this one is for Vicki fishingirl:tongue:)
When you get feathers or tying materials from your favorite shop,keep the little bad with a plastic zip...put your cell phone in the bag and shut the zip...stop a centimeter before the end then blow in to inflate it...close quicly.Your cell will be in a waterproof bag which will float...catching it with your net is another problem...will you be fast enough?:frogdance
 
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