Centerpin rod/reel fly fishing.

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  1. Charlie S

    Charlie S Confrimed Reprobate

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    Fred, I had better NOT catch you "tipping" your "flies" with shrimp....LOL
     
  2. wolverine

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    Ok, now that we're all coming out of the gear closet. I have 2 CP combos. Sage 3106L and 3113M rods, both with Islander pin reels. I still suck at casting them but am getting a lot better with practice. I fish in BC a lot and last year on the Vedder a couple of local pinners felt sorry for me and gave me some very good casting instructions. Fly gear will always be my choice for trout and floating line steelhead and salmon. But for the deep runs and the far seams I think a pin is the way for me to fish it. Sure is a lot easier on my trashed shoulders than ripping skagits.
     
  3. WELCOME TO THE DARKSIDE:beer2:
     
  4. btw the there is nothing sick about this setup due to the fact that the rod is only 8 1/2 feet. schwag nuggets
     
  5. Jake Bannon

    Jake Bannon nymphs for steelhead....

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    8 1/2ft is way short, I feel that my 10 1/2ft Gl3 is too short....but thats after I picked up the 15ft GLX, I could own runs with that thing on big water.
     
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    I think the biggest draw to a center pin is playing the fish on a 1:1 reel. Other than that, you can do the same thing with conventional float rod and a real nice bait caster. ( and still blow up a spool of mono filament line )

    Don't get me wrong, I would love to get into the center pin rod set up, it appeals to me, but, I still have to get my time in on swing flies for steelhead, so for now, I'll use what I have.
     
  7. narwhal

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    I love it! Have a few setups now and use them for steelies to silvers to big trout on teh Kenai.

    Wish it wan't such a pain to travel with them or I would bring one down when I come to Tacoma in 2 weeks.
     
  8. Erik F. Helm

    Erik F. Helm Frozen in the river, speyrod in hand

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    Be careful here...
    Center-pinning is hot in the Midwest for steelhead, but it comes with a price. The reduction of the hardware to an almost guaranteed fish-catcher when using a single egg, brings with it an inherent numbers mentality. Fishing is reduced to numbers. Period. Guys go 18 for 20 in a single run. RUN down to the river to low-hole people and catch all the fish. Ethics, respect, restraint, beauty, all gone. Nothing but numbers. I know. I have to deal with it every day on the water. They complain that there are not enough fish around if they don't get at least ten a day.

    Sounds like something you could do without in WA given the state of your steelhead.

    I may sound like the prophet of doom here, but once center-pinning becomes established somewhere, there is no going back.
     
  9. ibn

    ibn Moderator Staff Member

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    Started CP fishing last winter. It's a blast, I doubt I'll ever nymph for steelhead again. Casting is tricky, it took me around 2 hours to get the hang of it. Although it's different, it's every bit as challenging as fly casting, timing is everything.

    It's pretty sick being able to fish the far edge of a seam w/out having your line sucked down by the fast portion of the current. I can fish all the water I used to nymphing and then some.

    Gitcher' pin on!
     
  10. doublespey

    doublespey Steelhead-a-holic

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    Eric, just a sidenote. CPing is also established in BC. Funny thing - I go there to flyfish (mostly on the Thompson) and have more issues with flyfishermen low-holing me and being competitive than I do the 'pinners.

    Just because your local jerks happen to use centerpins doesn't mean that there's any inherent relevance. Give them a flyrod and a bobber and they wouldn't change a bit.

    Tried casting a centerpin a few times = humbling :eek:

    my .02,

    Brian
     
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    18 to 20 fish in a run in Cheeseconsin? Heck in WA were lucky to have 18 to 20 in the entire river!
     
  12. Flyborg

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    People are assholes. Rarely has anything to do with the type of rod/reel they're using.

    I'm tempted to pick up centerpinning as an alternative to nymphing, mainly because I can't get the hang of nymphing and it seems like an awful lot of work on a fly rod. Swinging's just so easy.
     
  13. kosel80

    kosel80 Native Trout Fan

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    I use a "Centrepin" Rod and reel over here in the UK for the majority of my non flyfishing. As far as "catching on" a centerpin reel is what the spinning reel evolved from and centrepinning is about as old as fly fishing. They are a blast to fish with a far more technical than most people give them credit for. I have just the basics for fishing the method over here but my friends who are serious about it carry 30-40 different sizes and styles of floats and more tippet (hook length) material than I own. The standard float rod for my water is a 13' rod rated for 4lb test line. The trick to it is being able to dead drift your float...a lot like nymphing actually. The one thing about the 1 to 1 retrieve ratio is that the average centerpin has about a 3.5 to 4 inch arbor so they aren't as slow as you would think. Its not fly fishing or even close to it but it does take a lot of dedication to do it right.....
     
  14. Daniel Nelson

    Daniel Nelson BAMF

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    18 to 20....must be fishing lake michigan...they stock the bejesus out that lake unlike superior.

    get this...i went 0 for 0 this Sat and Sun. BEAT THAT!!

    i cant nymph worth a shit for steelhead...i cant even hook one with egg patterns!!!
     
  15. Be Jofus G

    Be Jofus G Banned or Parked

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    Sorry, I have nothing productive to add but..... Is that a centerpin rod in your pocket or are you happy to see me? :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

    Saw an old CP in a pawn shop a few weeks ago. I thought about picking it up but I have no clue how to fish one.