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Mark Knapp

Member Since 29 Oct 2018
Offline Last Active Feb 23 2020 10:08 AM

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In Topic: Best way to dry wet flies

22 February 2020 - 07:39 PM

I'm not so sure it will catch on.

In Topic: Some more Buds, some more ice fishing

22 February 2020 - 02:19 PM

Mark, are these lakes heavily stocked or do they reproduce naturally? If they are naturally reproducing "HOLY COW".



These lakes are stocked. About 115,000 fish a year. Both fingerlings and 10 inch fish. But that's not the key, the key is the amount of food in the lake, this lake in particular. About 28,000 fish are harvested in the lake each year.


You can put all the fish you want in a lake but if there's no food they will not live and they will not get big. There is so much food in the lake that the rainbows in here grow from 10 inches to 30 inches in 6 years. If we were just catching stockers, you could say it was the stocking but we don't even consider keeping a fish till he's (she's) 16 to 18 inches long. My record fish from here was a 28 1/2 inch rainbow that weighed 7 lbs. In fact, where we fish in the lake and how we fish, we almost never catch a ten inch fish.


There's so much food in the lake that the fish swim around full all the time and are quite lackadaisical about eating. I watch them on under water cameras and they just nose most fisherman's offerings. Many jigs get visited a half a dozen to a dozen times before they get taken. The mostly eat snails, scuds, caddis, dragon fly and damsel fly nymphs and fresh water clams, in that order.


You really need to come up with something that the fish have never seen before to do well. The average guy with lead head jigs and power bait will catch a limit in half a day, that's 10 fish (with only one over 18 inches), but to get the numbers we get you have to do something different. I use a lot of un-baited bait fish patterns, snail patterns, scud and caddis patterns, as well as baited jigs that don't look like the jigs that everyone else is using with my own cured salmon egg, shrimp and octopus baits.

In Topic: Bugger swap #3

21 February 2020 - 01:14 PM

Not to hijack the thread but, the LINES started leaking?  Not the joints or connections, but the lines?

Geeze. smile.png

In Topic: Quick Trips

21 February 2020 - 01:10 PM

I still have a problem with calling it "fly fishing".  Just because you are using a "fly sized" lure, doesn't qualify it as fly fishing. 

All "flies" are lures, but not all lures are "flies".  The size of the lure doesn't change the "style" of fishing.


If you're casting the lure to the target using weight and a spinning rod/reel, you're not fly fishing.


I can't say it makes me ... angry? ... and I don't know why, but this topic is definitely a thorn in my side.

I'm with you buddy. But then, we are crotchety old men.


It's OK if someone wants to fish that way, it just doesn't fit into the realm of fly fishing.


The definition I read and adhere too is that for it to be fly fishing, the line must carry the lure/fly, the lure cannot pull the line.

In Topic: Best way to dry wet flies

21 February 2020 - 12:57 PM

You guys talking about faux materials, being plastic, not absorbing water ... perhaps.  But most paint brushes, these days, are also plastic, and they will hold a LOT of water.  

It has to do the the "wicking" properties of tightly packed fibers.  Capillary action of fake sheepskin, etc., can and will pull a lot of water away from anything that touches it.  Your flies, placed against such materials will dry as quickly, or quicker, than those on natural material.  Since the natural material absorbs water, it doesn't allow evaporation as rapidly as synthetics and can slow the drying time of anything lying against it.  


Just sayin'.

Hey mister, you make some good points. In fact, natural wool doesn't absorb water either (but it does wick) so all that stuff about absorption "doesn't hold water" but your comments do.


I'm not an advocate of patches one way or another. I say use whatever works for you.


I think I'm going magnetic at least to try. It should work fine at least until North Korea hits us with an electro-magnetic pulse and then everybody with magnetic vests, standing in the river will suddenly have all their flies drop to the water. Shoot!!