View Poll Results: What is your favorite type of water

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  • Large Tailwater

    15 10.79%
  • Small Tailwater

    28 20.14%
  • Freestone

    41 29.50%
  • Spring Creeks

    38 27.34%
  • Natural Lakes

    13 9.35%
  • Reservoirs

    4 2.88%
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Thread: What type of water do you enjoy most?

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    Default Re: What type of water do you enjoy most?

    How about an option to vote: "It's all good!"
    ... But a lifelong journey.

    I choose fly rods the same way I do women, motorcycles, and cowboy boots...
    go with what ever feels good, and keep on hand as many as I can afford

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    I haven't had a whole lot of experience with anything except for lakes, so that is what I have to go with. I'm just itching to go out and find some streams around here though! I wish I could find some. If anybody knows of some good streams, or even lakes, or whatever around the Northern Missouri area could you PM me? I would love that! I'm always looking for a new place to explore and get away from everyday life of a college student! haha. Little long post for this thread huh? I should put my typing need to good use on the papers I'm supposed to be working on!

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    I enjoy fishing fast waters and pocket waters,and love fyfishing where people usually think it's impossible,it's great fun!that's what my friend thought before he came with me in this little mountain stream in austria
    See photos in the members gallery for I ' m not clever enough to put photos here...

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    Quote Originally Posted by jbbfly View Post
    I enjoy fishing fast waters and pocket waters,and love fyfishing where people usually think it's impossible,it's great fun!
    I'm with you jbbfly.

    Yesterday my wife was tied up with a charity event so I threw on a backpack and headed up into one of the local freestone streams that I've been meaning to explore for some time now. Locally, it's called "the Devil's Hole". I walked about 1 1/2 miles up into the headwaters and there I found several small waterfalls with fast water exit pools; for me, the perfect Brookie setting. And they were there! Nice fish. All small, but I love the pattern/coloration on this native Char species of ours. And when a Brookie hits your line, you defnintely know it. These opportunistic eaters don't see alot of food so when it comes along, there's a mad rush to consume it. Which, of course, is a great outcome for the angler. I was fishing a 7'6" 3t. rod with 7X tippet and was rewarded with half a dozen nice fish and a great, pristine environment; absolutely no one around.

    On the way up into the headwaters, I passed the remains of an old summer cottage; probably turn of the last century. All that was left was the two chimney's; facing each other, with fireplaces on both the first and second floors. Beautiful serpentine mortarwork; not what you find today. There must be some good stories behind that old cottage; maybe I'll do some checking on it. Absolutely fantastic location; right next to one of the small waterfalls. I started thinking about bamboo rods, waxed silk lines and small streamer patterns. But, fortunately for me, I saw some insects in the air, heard a splash and was tying on a pattern before I had time to think more about the cottage.

    What was working yesterday was a parachute Adams; #18, for topwater fishing and a below water Hendrickson pupae pattern that I'm tying up for Peregrines BWO life cycle swap; also in #18.

    Today, it's Lackawaxen Creek. 6 miles of pristine freestone Brown/Rainbow/Brookie fishery with hatches like clockwork. Car's packed and I'm ready!

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    Default Re: What type of water do you enjoy most?

    For anyone who'd like to get a feel for this type of small freestone creek fishing, have a look at the below link, which takes you to one of the PA State Gamelands. This one; #221, is the one that contains the Devil's Hole Creek; which winds deep under Seven Pines Mountain. Fish or no fish, it's simply fun being out in this type of environment.

    Mapping

    Use your cursor and the +/- tabs to move around the Gamelands.

    Someday in the not-too-distant future, I plan to hike further back into the headwaters; out of the Gamelands, probably across a few back yards and back into the Gamelands again to fish the junction of the small runs that form the head of the Devil's Hole Creek.

    I'm definitely ready!

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    Pocono I 'm glad you share my point of view but... quote:I was fishing a 7'6" 3t. rod with 7X tippet...I won't agree with you for the rod...I always use my 9ft and my son his Scott g 955 even in very"bushy"(i don't know the rigth word) places.I know you enjoy fishing with little rods in the us but here most fast waters specialists use 9 or 10 ft ones often with a light line 3or4 ,some with a very thin silk line called Robinson.

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    Default Re: What type of water do you enjoy most?

    Jbbfly,

    That is very tight and fast water in the pics that you've posted to the forum. It doesn't look like there are a lot of casting options; more of a dapping situation. For dapping, I agree that a long rod is best. For streams that are slightly wider, heavily "overgrown" (same meaning as "bushy") and that have straight sections, we do tend to use smaller rods in the US. They're good for casts in the 15-40' range; which is about the max. casting distance for most of the small freestone creeks here in Northeastern PA; the vast majority of casts being in the 15-25 ft. range. 3 wts. are the most popular rods for this type of fishing, although some people will fish the lighter rods: 2 wt., 1, wt. and 0-000 wts. I dont' go below a 3 wt. For rod size, I do go all the way down to 5'3"; but most of the time, I'm fishing a 7'6" rod; either glass or graphite.

    Good to know that fly fishing is alive an doing very well in Austria. I plan to fish some of the small streams in the French Alps sometime in the early June timeframe. I work for a company that's based in Lyon, FR, so it an easy trip for me.

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    Default Re: What type of water do you enjoy most?

    Though I fish primarily small to medium sized tailwaters, I love nothing more than a high mountain meadow with a small oxbow stream full of spooky greenbacks or brookies. The grandeur of the solitude and views more than make up for the diminutive size of the fish.

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    There is at least two more choices I would have voted for. Big friggin rivers and all of the above.

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    Default Re: What type of water do you enjoy most?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pocono View Post
    Jbbfly,

    That is very tight and fast water in the pics that you've posted to the forum. It doesn't look like there are a lot of casting options; more of a dapping situation. For dapping, I agree that a long rod is best. For streams that are slightly wider, heavily "overgrown" (same meaning as "bushy") and that have straight sections, we do tend to use smaller rods in the US. They're good for casts in the 15-40' range; which is about the max. casting distance for most of the small freestone creeks here in Northeastern PA; the vast majority of casts being in the 15-25 ft. range. 3 wts. are the most popular rods for this type of fishing, although some people will fish the lighter rods: 2 wt., 1, wt. and 0-000 wts. I dont' go below a 3 wt. For rod size, I do go all the way down to 5'3"; but most of the time, I'm fishing a 7'6" rod; either glass or graphite.

    Good to know that fly fishing is alive an doing very well in Austria. I plan to fish some of the small streams in the French Alps sometime in the early June timeframe. I work for a company that's based in Lyon, FR, so it an easy trip for me.
    Thanks for your vocabulary lesson and interesting information about the rods you use,if you like I can try to get some info for you about places to fish in the Alps...but you might be disappointed except on no kill sections...which are very few.French fishing rules are the silliest in the worldFor instance in my region you can keep 10 trout and the legal size is 20 cm!dreadful isn't it

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