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Forum: General Discussion Today, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 51
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Bucket List Trips

My buddy and I did a week or more 15 years straight to the cape, but after the striped bass population crashed we started spending our annual fishing trip in Maine, fishing for brookies and LLS...
Forum: News & articles for discussion Today, 07:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 202
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: The popular rise of nymphing...

The rise in popularity the of nymphing occurred directly with the availability of manufactured strike indicators.
Guides begain teaching "bobber fishing" almost solely as it was the easiest...
Forum: Flies Yesterday, 06:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 205
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Help Identifying more flies

Number 3 is a Lead Wing Coachman (poorly tied)
One of the most popular wet flies ever
Forum: Fly Fishing Knots Yesterday, 05:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 168
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Cut back or loop ?

I loop my tippet to my leader and have for decades.
(Why people waste their time with tippet rings, I will never understand :confused:)
But I've found that the perfection loop isn't reliable...
Forum: Ladies Fly Fishing Forum 10-17-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 85
Posted By Rip Tide
Women in Fly Fishing

Our club is consciously striving to become more inclusive to youth and women, so this year we are proud to present banquet speaker Jen Ripple on the History of Women in Fly Fishing.
It should...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 10-17-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 127
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Where to start?

Just buy a KIT ( and do it.
After the first one, you'll wonder why you haven't built all your own rods. :thumbup:
And once you...
Forum: General Discussion 10-16-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 804
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Fly Fishing Go Bag/Bug Out Bag

I once went off without my reel.... twice actually :o..... two days in a row :rolleyes:.
So I'm pretty sensitive about this.

I fish trout, warm water and salt, so each one of those endeavors...
Forum: Fly Fishing How To's 10-16-2017, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 472
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: how to break off a fish

I've done it.... seals :rolleyes:
Make sure that you point the rod... you don't want to bust the tip !
Then just clamp down on the line against your grip.
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 10-13-2017, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 106
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Boot foot with support ?

Lotta companies sell lace-up boot foots... mostly to hunters.... in camo :D
I have a friend that wears some. He likes them a lot.

I wear regular bootfoots in the salt. The lack of "support"...
Forum: General Discussion 10-10-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,036
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Curious Amateur

I doubt that they're much different now than they were then, but around 25 years ago I test cast one of those "Big Water" Ugly Sticks,. Nearly bought one.
I wasn't un-usable, but very stiff through...
Forum: The Lodge Den 10-08-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 149
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Fishing, hungries, 'Let's go get a quick lunch.'

Except for a single visit to a KFC, I've been "fast food free" for nearly 6 years
...not even coffee
Forum: Fly Reels 10-08-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 226
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Vintage Pflueger Medalist fly reels

Before I got my first anodized disk drag reel, I used Medalists for 18 years in the salt
The customized drag came in handy. ;)
Forum: Fly Lines 10-08-2017, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 186
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Warm Water 4wt, Help!

The 444SL has one foot of level tip up front of the forward taper. There's no need to cut off any more than that.
In this picture, I'm using a wf9f 444 "peach" with 8" cut back.
7" 2/0 flatwing...
Forum: Flies 10-06-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,056
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Tying v. Buying

I don't even enjoy tying and yet I've tied every one of my own flies since the mid '70s :o
To buy them instead of tying my own is unimaginable to me.
It would lessen the accomplishment
Forum: General Discussion 10-04-2017, 08:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 782
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Best high end line for distance?

I can't tell you how many times someone has said to me; "the fish followed my fly in and didn't bite until just as I was about to pick it up !"
.... that's not what happened at all.
The fish was...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 10-04-2017, 08:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 158
Posted By Rip Tide
"Older Fishing"

Commentary by the late Jim Harrison (Legends of the Fall)

Older Fishing, Jim Harrison (
Forum: General Discussion 10-04-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 853
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Dead spot on a fly rod. How can you tell?

Dead spots on a $100 rod with 5 ferrules ?? :eek:
Forum: Flies 10-03-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 407
Posted By Rip Tide
Cool Re: Dahlberg Divers

Deer season is right on the doorstep and the natural hair color is as good as any.
Plus if you can beg off enough from your hunting buddies,... die your own. ;)
No hair packer needed. Finger...
Forum: Flies 10-02-2017, 10:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 407
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Dahlberg Divers

This is typical of the bass ponds I fish
Weed guards are a must
Forum: Flies 10-02-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 407
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Dahlberg Divers

I use this bend-back diver.
Very productive and you can cast it right into the salad without worry ;)
The keel weight of the 3/0 saltwater hook is important
Forum: General Discussion 09-30-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 246
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: any ideas ?

I tie these. No sealant necessary

Tying the Featherwing FishHead (
Forum: Fly Rods 09-30-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 589
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Selecting Line Wt For Vintage Rod

I'm usually one of those guys that says a rod is meant to be fished, not hung on the wall.
But those old rods with the intermediate wraps.... not so much.

For my old cane rods I use a Medalist...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-30-2017, 07:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 589
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Selecting Line Wt For Vintage Rod

Rods that have 'intermediate wraps" like that (the thin thread wraps between guides) are of the age before waterproof glue.
If you're going to use that rod, make sure that the varnish has full...
Forum: General Discussion 09-29-2017, 03:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 869
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: You have 24 hours and a plane ticket. Where do you go and what do you fish for?

While there are waters with special regulations, the general fishing season in Maine ends tomorrow. :(
Forum: General Discussion 09-27-2017, 03:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 349
Posted By Rip Tide
Re: Old Fenwick HMG 2-piece

HMG stands for "high modulus graphite"

They were and still are very good rods. In fact this young lady used one just a year ago for a gold medal casting championship.
I fished with a very...
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