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#17
I use 10lb Maxima when nymph fishing rather than a tapered leader. I just tie my 4x tippit to the end of it and, voila, ready to go.
I buy 7' 3x leaders, add 1.5' of 3x tippet, and tie on tippet from there with surgeon knots. This gives me the tapered leader plus the flexibility to throw all sorts of flies on a single leader. For nymphing I just add 4x. I can also tie special dry fly tapers down to 5 or 6x with proportions that enable slack-leader casting on tough micro-currents.

With the 1.5' of 3x on there, the tapered leader lasts a long, long time. It's very infrequent that I have to clip that 3x off and tie new 3x to the leader, so just a couple inches lost from it rather infrequently.
 
#19
If you have to handle a fish for release, wet your hands first.

Oh, and as long as I'm :ray1:, stay out of the left lane unless you are passing.
 
#20
As Red Green says: “I’d like to talk to you older guys out there.” I was complaining to one of my fishing buddies that the hardest thing about fishing for me was seeing to thread the tippet into the eye of the fly. Here’s his tip. Just like your camera, your eye has better depth of field when your iris is constricted. So if you’re tying on a fly, remove your sunglasses and look up at the sky – not at the sun -- for a minute. Your irises will contract and it will be easier to focus on the eye of the hook. Your results may vary.
 

Steven Green

Hood Canal Pirate
#21
While fishing the other night, a rainbow completely inhaled my elk hair caddis. I though the fish was done for when an older guy came over and said, "watch this." he put the tip of my rod down the fishes throat and out came the fly. Its a great little technique, and the fish swam off fine.
 
#23
As Red Green says: “I’d like to talk to you older guys out there.” I was complaining to one of my fishing buddies that the hardest thing about fishing for me was seeing to thread the tippet into the eye of the fly. Here’s his tip. Just like your camera, your eye has better depth of field when your iris is constricted. So if you’re tying on a fly, remove your sunglasses and look up at the sky – not at the sun -- for a minute. Your irises will contract and it will be easier to focus on the eye of the hook. Your results may vary.
DAMN!!!! That is a good EYEdea!!!!!:rofl:
 

steve s

Active Member
#24
Just last week I was on the Yak for a few days and at the end of the trip, I couldn't break down my rod because it was stuck together. I took a couple pieces of ice and placed them on the ferrels, after a few minutes the rod broke down easily.
 

SpeySpaz

still an authority on nothing
#25
speaking of rods, I like to only joint up a 4 pc halfway, rubberband it together and hike in. handy idea for brushbusting, especially with long rods. also works pretty good for spare rod on a float tube.
don't wear aftershave when you fish. don't shave when you fish. don't shave.
 

Buck

"Ride'n Dirty."
#27
know you wading limitations (especially right now) and wear sunblock. O ya, and you don't have to spend a ton of money to catch fish.
 

Stonefish

Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater
#28
Puget Sound beach fishing tips

You don't need to wade out deep. If you do, you'll be standing where you should be hooking fish.

Think solid colored clousers, lose the white.