Finally, back on the water again ;)

#1
Finally got out on the Yak yesterday. I thought it had been 15 years since I last cast a fly but my wife let me know it was more like 20….. I drove over to Reds, bought some flies and practiced casting upstream for the boat launch. Spent about 1 ½ hours up to my thighs in the Yakima just getting my stroke back. I did ok, no snaps or lost flies.

I do have one observation/question. I have a WW Griggs 9ft 4 wt with a 4WF floating line. I used to use fiberglass rods. With this newer rod I could not feel much of the rod loading up on the back cast. I got used to it and did fine but as I recall with the fiberglass rods I had a better sense of the pressure building on the back cast than I do with this graphite rod. - Any thoughts?

I can’t tell you how nice it was to be on the river again. I think next weekend I’ll try to find a spot on the upper Yak to dunk my fly ;)
 

RustE

drifting about
#4
I don't know about WW Griggs, but I can definitely "feel" the cast better on my Orvis TLS than my Scott SAS. The SAS gets better with a heavier line (RIO Grand).

Perhaps a different line would flex the rod more? Perhaps try a few rods here and there to get a better style match?
 

Steve Call

Active Member
#5
Glad you got out. I am not familiar with your rod, but suspect you are simply noticing the difference between a "fast" graphite rod and a "slower" fiberglass rod. Lots of different opinions here on both. You'll get used to the feel of whatever rod you use.

Or, you could buy any of a number of slow action glass rods or a bamboo rod, or try a medium action graphite rod. Or, all of the above. If you are going to get back into fly fishing you might as well jump in with both feet - just don't forget your wallet.

Have fun.
 
#8
Thanks all - I'm going to switch to the Rio Grand line. The extra weight cant hurt but it seems to me it defeats the purpose of going with a 4wt rod to begin with.

HAHA Pops - you may have a few years on me but I have a fake hip. :eek:
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#12
Thanks all - I'm going to switch to the Rio Grand line. The extra weight cant hurt but it seems to me it defeats the purpose of going with a 4wt rod to begin with.

HAHA Pops - you may have a few years on me but I have a fake hip. :eek:
How is your fake hip treating you. I hear about recalls all the time. My ex mother-in-law had that done also.

I wonder how much longer that they will replace brains. I know some that could use a new one now.
 
#13
The hips great - Some days (after skiing or backpacking) it's the only thing that doesn't hurt. I did hold out for a metal on metal hip and so far no recall on the one I have.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#14
I have a buddy that fishes with a WW Gregg rod. He likes it. It didn't cost him an arm and a leg to buy it. To each his own on what works for each of us.