Yarnies - Love or Hate?

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by flyfishmt, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. John Weston

    John Weston Member

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    ok, now I am confused. I fish with wet flies. either with a dtf,wff an sometimes with a sink tip. sometimes I use a weighted hook. that's it. I swing at 45*,90* or up stream depending on how fast the water is running. when I get to my target I let the fly sit for a moment then pick up so hopefully it gets in front of the fish, if no hit I let the fly swing out and start all over again. anyways, do you fly fishermen who are swinging call what I do gear fishing or what? if you call that gear fishing then I had better get out of this forum and go play with the gear heads. thanks for your answers ahead of time.
    JW
     
  2. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    I call your method"having a good time". I don't spend much time worrying what the proper people think about my fishing methods, I do my own thing !!!
     
  3. bennysbuddy

    bennysbuddy the sultan of swing

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    I like the way you think
     
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    triploidjunkie Active Member

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    I hope this makes it to 30 pages by turkey day.

    By page 8 i knew some didn't like being labeled or "called out" and some were going to make sure you where labeled.

    The coin flips with every post and again it will likely land on its side... requiring a reflip and another page of "she said-he said"

    I use "she said-he said" cuz most are acting like old ladies or old men that are acting like really old men.


    just doin my part. ;)
     
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  6. flyfishmt

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    Right from the pen of Lefty Kreh, one of the greatest fly fisherman to ever walk the face of this Earth. Here is a quote from his article Nymphing Tactics for Big Trout:

    "Since the fly needs to be close to the bottom almost all imitations carry some weight. When fishing floating lines some weight in the fly is almost always necessary. But remember that too much weight makes the fly devoid of life as it moves across the bottom. The trick is to combine some weight with the different sinking tips so the fly gets into the feeding zone but drifts naturally.

    An indicator helps the fly fishermen know when to strike. Indicator size varies with the fly. The indicator must be buoyant enough to keep the fly from dredging the bottom. With lighter flies the indicator is small, but when using larger and heavily weighted flies indicators, are usually of buoyant yarn. It can be huge, as large as a golf ball!"

    I had the privilege of fishing with him during my guiding days, and he is an amazing individual and a world class fly fisherman.
     
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    Article on Dave Whitlock's strike indicators:

    For 50 years Dave’s been developing strike indicators for more successful nymphing. The Telstrike Indicator is his most productive and favorite design to date. It allows strike detection of nymphs or micro-jigs faster and more accurately than any other design on the market. It is durable and trouble free, casts smoothly, lights on the water softly and reveals when the fly has reached its maximum depth.

    The Telstrike ‘flag’ visually telegraphs every move the fly makes and alerts the fly fisher.
     
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  9. John Weston

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    thanks guys. I thought I was doing it wrong and I was a gear head with a fly pole. oh, I do fish gear sometimes, I like a change but I rather would fish with a fly pole on a nice peaceful day chasing trout or salmon.
    JW
     
  10. gearhead

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    these purist swingers are 90 percent casting and 10 percent fishing..please dont confuse them with complicated, weighted line and indicator babble. isn't it enough that we all enjoy being at the River.
     
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    Fixed it for you;)
     
  12. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    I have caught steel swinging (With a dry line and a full sink) and for me I enjoy watching the indicator more. In fact I always let my indicator swing at the end of a drift and on those rare occassions where I take my eye off the indicator and I end up hooking a steelhead, I'm always bummed that I missed the take down. For me the surprise tug doesn't really do that much for me in comparison to the surprise take down and hook up.

    It doesn't bother me, but I do know that it bugs some guys that I call myself a flyfisherman when I use an indicator, and as I've stated before it seems to me that swingers are the ones who are bent out of shape about this, not indicator fisherman even though they tend to say it is the other way around and so I keep goading them into proving my point. I'd say so far I'm doing quite well. I have no illusions about the fact that I'm flyfishing but for some reason their are people on here that just can't let it go. I'm going to defend it to death because I enjoy the grief it gives the traditionalists and I love to reiterate the hypocracy of it all. For example, lets take your question and turn it back on you. Maybe you have never said that it doesn't matter to you, but why do you continue to defend your position "to the death"? Aren't you doing the same? Is it that important to you that I not call myself a flyfisherman when I use an indicator? Or maybe your just having fun too?
     
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    plaegreid Saved by the buoyancy of citrus

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    So what we need is super-dense tippet and floating leaders with a bright spot on them; that way we can get a vertical presentation without attaching anything to the line!
    Or we could all work together to rehab a bunch of runs and rivers so there is enough room for swingers and nymphos to fish without seeing each other.
    Either way, y'all are toasting in a troll bread.
     
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  14. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Flyfishing, no doubt!
     
  15. Irafly

    Irafly Indi "Ira" Jones

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    Fascinating! Thanks for sharing, if it is hatchery, I drag it, but I'm thinking a net no matter what from now on. Good call.