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    Today, 11:04 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Need a new bag in General Discussion
    Depending on your age and mileage you may find the answer is to carry only essentials and keep the load way light. Over the past 40 years I've tried...
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    Today, 08:59 AM
    I'm a miser and proud of it. It's the main reason that over the course of my adult life I've been able to fish more and work less. Living an...
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    Yesterday, 11:59 PM
    Our salmon runs have become so unpredictable that I have been reluctant to book trips in the usual fashion. Usual fashion would be to book clients...
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    Yesterday, 11:26 PM
    Here's an interesting development, a fellow I had fishing this past week used the Sage X with the Ballistic line for 3 days. He was a good caster and...
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    Yesterday, 11:16 PM
    I use a 4 1/4" wide spool Perfect on some of my larger rods and it works fine. The clicker is on the loud side but you get used to it quickly. After...
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    Yesterday, 07:46 PM
    Dittos on that, I think I'm in year 5 with mine and those are guide years so they get a beating. I figure I'll get new this fall but send the old...
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    Yesterday, 02:23 PM
    Its been a long time since I did one completely but back then I replaced them with Super Z ferrules. They are far better than the old copper / nickel...
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    Yesterday, 12:54 PM
    Just a few days ago I was speeding down a big river in my open hull ATEC Sockeye. The air was in the mid 40's and it was raining at 5:30 AM. Gear?...
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    Yesterday, 12:31 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    Hi Tim, There's always the chance I had a rod that was somehow defective. By the time I purchased that one I was fairly good at putting things...
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    Yesterday, 12:06 PM
    Hi Mike, If they are not pinned ferrules and if they are still tight when joined they may just have lost their grip on the shafts. You said they...
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    Yesterday, 09:56 AM
    Bigfly replied to a thread Truckee, CA. in Pacific Southwest
    Very carefully........... I fish barbless, so it wasn't bad...... He wasn't pleased though! Jim
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    Yesterday, 09:03 AM
    Rip Tide replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    My first 2 rods when I was a kid were a $3 Japanese bamboo and a Conolon 'blue'. Easily 2 of the worst fly rods ever made. That made for for...
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    Yesterday, 08:43 AM
    I'd have to say no On my latest trip, after licence, gasoline, and campground fees, all I spent was 10 bucks for contact cement to fix the sole of...
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    Yesterday, 01:45 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    Hi Tim, Back then there were few choices when it came to lines, there was little thought given to over or underlining where I grew up and the rod...
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    06-22-2018, 07:48 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    Back in early 1979 I bought an eight foot Fenwick HMG 5 weight, at the time I had been fly casting for about 10 years and had most recently been...
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    06-22-2018, 05:49 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    He got in just under the wire, the river was closed this morning at 6:00 AM to salmon fishing. No C&R no salmon fishing period. I went up and snooped...
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    06-22-2018, 09:45 AM
    There are several threads posted as stickies in the Spey Fishing forums about getting flies down and the techniques work the same with single hand...
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    06-22-2018, 03:09 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Friday = A day for me :) I've made a new head to help with the water levels and hope I might catch at least one. I haven't transferred the Raw images...
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    06-21-2018, 02:17 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Not the river you are thinking of Dewayne, that one is blown out big time, no records there and I'm not setting foot in that one for a few weeks by...
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    06-21-2018, 02:04 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Thanks Larry, Yesterday (Wednesday) he lost 2 as he was getting them to the net but we bagged ten successfully. It took 12 hours on the river but...
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    06-21-2018, 06:55 AM
    Now that I think about it, I busted the tip-top on a rod the other day. Walking along, not paying attention, I jammed the tip of my rod into the...
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    06-20-2018, 11:37 AM
    Bigfly replied to a thread Truckee, CA. in Pacific Southwest
    Hey fishers! The Drakes have been going off for over two weeks..... But, sparsely.......unless it doesn't go.......or it goes off!!!! There is no...
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    06-20-2018, 06:49 AM
    Rip Tide replied to a thread tubes in Other Gear
    I've never 'backpacked' with my tube but most often the ponds that we fish are a distance off the beaten path. The furthest was probably a mile and...
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    06-20-2018, 01:42 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Another challenge, before I left the river last night I put a stick on a shore line stuck into the sand to act as my water level gauge. This morning...
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    06-19-2018, 08:06 AM
    Jack Gartside personally taught me how to tie his Floating Sandeel pattern. (pictured) The same basic pattern is used in Maine to imitate injured...
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Riddle me this... I have caught largemouth bass on a Pacific island, but never been to Hawaii. I have caught saltwater fish on flies 225 feet below sea level, but never fished an ocean. Send me a PM if you want to guess these two locations. milt.
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by milt spawn on 06-22-2012 at 03:53 PM
I knew the window would be open longer than any other day this year, so I planned for an epic day of dry fly fishing. Loaded the gear the night before, got up early with coffee and the cooler and took off. Arrived at the trailhead and proceeded to rig up and... realized I had used my 4wt reel on a stillwater and thus had a intermediate full sinker spool on it! Well, so much for the dry fly action. Fortunately I'm not a purist and had nymphs and indies with me so I settled on an epic day of short

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