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Rob H

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  1. I'd say that Canadians use dry flies as often as anyone if not more so. At the right time of year (typically late spring to early fall) dries like bombers, bugs, wulffs are as common as anything. In my experiance, most of the Gaspe, N.B and N.S. rivers use dead drift techniques but NFLD and Labrador will often wake or skate their flies.
  2. I think the question can be applied to just about anything that we buy. Do I need the Nike VR Pro Cavity golf clubs or can I get by with the Slingshot mixed set for less money and what will spending more money do for my game? I've always been in the school of thought that say's "Spend what you can afford." There are advantages to high end rods but the truth is, most guys don't appreciate those advantages. One that comes to mind is the overall wieght and if your fishing for 3 to 6 days in a row, that can come into play. If you only fish a couple of dozen times a year, an ounce will not make a huge difference. Sage makes some of the best rods but not necessarily "The Best". That said, it would be hard to argue that they are not the leader in the industry. They also make a wide range of price points ($225.00 to $800.00)so you do not have to break the bank. The Sage Vantage @ $225.00 for a 9ft 5wt 2 pc is better than most rods in that price range if you want to buy new. For s--t's and giggles, read this. It may help you on the road to being a better fly fisher and making more sound fly fishing investments. http://www.thehomepool.ca/content/articles/practice_makes_perfect.pdf
  3. There are some glass rods that come to mind that are definately worth hanging onto and using. Fenwick, Hardy, Heddon, some of the old Shakespears (the white blanks) and some of the Eagle Claw are just a few names. If the rod is in good shape, the line will only make a difference if it's old and crappy or if it's the wrong weight. If it's(the line)in good shape, take it to a fly shop and have one of the guys cast it. They should tell you if it's over or under lined. Hope this helps. RH
  4. Here is some food for thought. This site will be coming down soon so I figured I'd share it while it's still up and running. http://www.thehomepool.ca/flytying.html
  5. Wilson's in Toronto has a complete on-line shop. http://www.canadasflyfishingoutfitter.com/
  6. Those are nice. I'm a big soft hackle fan. They are relatively easy to fish and flat out work.
  7. I can't say that I've ever tied on a bomber specifically for brook trout but I have definately caught many on bombers and bugs while salmon fishing. In Labrador and to some extent in NFLD (I think), bombers are often used for brookies.
  8. Take an introduction to fly fishing class from your local shop. It will be the best $150.00 bucks that you'll spend on fly fishing (if they do it correctly)and will save you a pile of money in the long run. Go to pro's. R
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    Here's a few from a recent trip to Patagonia.
  10. The advantages of tube flies are numerous. First of all, as stated previously, you only need a couple of hooks for a large number of flies as the hooks are independant of the shank. Second, and the big one, is by using a short shanked hook, you eliminate the long hinge point when a fish is hooked. So the hook moves far less in the fishes mouth causing less ripping and tearing. You will lose far, far less fish with tubes than with standard hooks. Versitility has to be high on the list aswell. Aluminum, brass, copper and plastic are all available making making for a variety of wieghts to help get down. I'm almost exclusively tubes now for steelhead and Atlantic salmon and have yet to find a downside. Rob
  11. Hi all and thanks for a great website. I've been here in the past but for the life of me can't remember why I didn't sign on. Anyway, I live in Southern Ontario on the Grand and do my share of tying and fishing so I look forward to learning some things and contributing. Cheers, Rob
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