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    Re: Heading for the Deschutes

    Sounds, and looks, like a nice trip even if you didn't find any fish. That stretch is a tough wade, I understand taking a break after a few days. I've never done particularly well along the paved...
  2. Re: What influences line preference the most..........

    I'm a taper guy, and I consider that first when choosing a line, and that's influenced by what sort of fishing and casting I intend to do. I consider head weight next, but I feel that's more personal...
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    Re: Tribes calling For Columbia River dam removal

    I'd love to see the dams gone and the river flowing freely again, but I doubt I'll see it in my lifetime. There is a lot of potential for wind and solar in the area, and there are now some wind farms...
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    Re: Spey or Switch Rod - What to learn with?

    The general concensus has always been that it is easier to learn on a spey rod than a switch. I believe this as well, but don't let it stop you from buying a switch rod if you think it will be a...
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    Re: Tips for Fishing Rivers, Streams in Fall

    In fall the water is cooling. Fish will be moving into slower water with a little depth, but that still has current. Fish the heads of pools and use a size 16 or 18 nymph to imitate a blue wing olive...
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    Re: The Bite - Grab - Take - etc.

    Those sharp, rapid tugs are always trout in my experience. When you get a pull or pluck when steelheading it feels totally different, it's slower and you can feel that there's weight behind it. I...
  7. Thread: Mayfly body

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    Re: Mayfly body

    I use both dubbed and biot bodies on my dries, it depends on the pattern. I prefer a biot body on my smaller flies because I feel it floats a little better and since the body doesn't soak up water I...
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    Re: Fished With Gloves On!

    I broke out the gloves several weeks ago. All day rain, wind, and temps in the 40's made it a necessity. My gloves are fingerless merino wool. When they get wet I just wring 'em out, put 'em back on,...
  9. Thread: A few olives

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    Re: A few olives

    Gotta love baetis. Ive never been on the HF in the fall, but those photos get me interested in visiting again sometime. On my local streams the little olives hatch almost daily from October through...
  10. Re: Proper grain weight for switch rod (Echo/Airflo)

    Switch rods are rated weirdly. The grain window refers to spey casting scandi or skagit heads. A scandi should weigh in the bottom half of the window (330-360) and a skagit in the top half (360-390)....
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    Re: What's the biggest fight?

    You can't compare freshwater and saltwater fish, and I tend to think you can't throw searun fish into the mix either. I love the fight of a steelhead fresh from the ocean, but its just not a fair...
  12. Thread: Upper Clackamas?

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    Re: Upper Clackamas?

    I haven't fished up there in 20 years. Back then it was like Dillon said, tiny fish and mostly juvenile steelhead. There were cutties in the upper forks and some of the tribs, but also very small. ...
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    Re: Swinging flies on a 10ft 6 weight-the lines

    I fish the OPST commando smooth and the Rio single hand spey myself. If I had to choose a longer belly line between those three you mentioned I'd take the Salmon/steelhead without a doubt. Nice line,...
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    Re: Who builds their own Rods?

    I started building all my own rods a decade or so ago. I've even taken to stripping down my old production rods to their blanks and rebuilding them with new handles, guides, and wraps. Building rods...
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    Re: swinging streamers...

    When swinging for trout I like sculpin patterns. Right now I'm partial to the wooly sculpin, and I tie it similar to Kelly Galloup's version. I also swing a beadhead bugger in black, brown, olive, or...
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    Re: Fall trout fishing during the Kokanee run

    Nice fish!
    Fishing behind spawning kokes sure can be a blast. Even the little guys are supercharged from that egg diet and will rip some line.
  17. Thread: Ferrule Wax

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    Re: Ferrule Wax

    I've never used wax. We have so much volcanic silica dust here on the east side of the Cascades it's a really bad idea. That stuff gets everywhere, and anything sticky gathers it like a magnet. It'll...
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    Re: Another Tippet Ring Question

    People make leaders way more technical and confusing than they need to be, and tippet rings are supposed to be a way to make things easier. Just cut off the tippet section of your leader (2-3 feet),...
  19. Thread: Cherry Popper

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    Re: Cherry Popper

    Nicely done! That first one is often hard earned, but they start coming easier....honestly.
    My first wild one, 20 odd years ago, came a few miles upstream of yours. I also celebrated with a beer,...
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    Re: What Line and Tips Are You Fishing?

    My need for a Skagit is limited, I primarily fish for summer run steelhead. I do carry an old Airflo Skagit of 23 feet and 450 grains for my favorite setup, a 12'6" 6 weight. I pair it with 10 feet...
  21. Thread: What fly is this?

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    Re: What fly is this?

    I've never done well with sallys. I keep a little yellow stimulator with a red butt (egg sack) in my box, though, because I see them so often. Around here they do their egg laying flights just before...
  22. Thread: What fly is this?

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    Re: What fly is this?

    Looks like a yellow sally (little green stonefly) to me. They are common on the river near my house every evening in the summer.
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    Re: To Reel or not to Reel

    Yet another reason I wouldn't want to be a guide.
    I'm sure guides see it all the time; sports, light on experience but with big egos, who want to put that 18 inch trout on that expensive reel with...
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    Re: Hand-twisted furled mono leaders?

    I made some twisted leaders up a couple years ago with 6 lb mono and gave them a try. They're ok, but they don't turn over very smoothly and throw some spray. I found them pretty useless for the...
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    Re: Reel seat fit not right.

    I've also had that problem with older Ross reels. I used electrical tape, like others suggested, and it worked fine for a while. Eventually I got tired of the issue and sold off all my Ross reels.
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