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Reel for winter steelheading
jaberts1,   Good idea.  I have maybe 5 of the SA System 2 8/9s.  They are 100% reliable as you say.    And reasonable to boot. I just got one in perfect shape with an 8 wt Rio
Snelled on dacron backing.  Yes they move a lot.  From end to end. That's what's good about the Skinwalker.   The new method (pictures will come eventually) is even more flexible yet.&#
September Flies From the Vise
Rocco, Thanks It is called a Sparkle Grub. If you Google it, you can find descriptions and people's improvements. It was published in a book about smallmouth fishing by Will Ryan. I hope to try them t
Hello from so cal
Welcome, Back home, Indiana, its usually bluegills and smallmouth. Taking a trip in a few weeks for trout in the Driftless. This week it's saltwater in Treasure Island Florida. The red tide didn't mak
Nice long day on the river
With summer waning, I decided last weekend that I wanted (at least!) one more long, warm summer day floating a smallmouth river. I chose a stretch of Michigan's Grand River that runs through the Portl
Guadelupe River with a 3wt...
Interesting video.  I thinks it's funny that you tell viewers not to grab the rod above the handle on your first fish, then proceed to do it on almost every fish. Nice catfish ... not large by ca
In line popper
Vicrider I will mostly be using these on a local reservoir (Green River) here in central kentucky. It has good numbers of big largemouth, some good size whites and its also a trophy musky lake. I also
Hardest fighting freshwater fish?
Smallmouth Bass would be my winner.   Mike
How do you like to land larger smallmouth?
Maybe a simple question to some but how do you like to land a hard charging sizable smallmouth bass when they make those power runs?  Do you take up your slack line and try to get him on the reel
Au Sable vacation 2018
Yeah foam hoppers always do really well up there on the smallmouth. By far my favorite way to catch them. Not a sipping rise like a trout but rather a full on completely out of the water explosion :)
Pigeon Forge/Gattlinburg TN
I have fished the river across from the Orvis store. Mostly caught rock bass. Heard the Little Piegon River is good for smallmouth. For trout go into the park. Just pull off when you see a likely spot
My Take On A Couple of Reels
Whenever I am smallmouth fishing I always try to get to the reel. They are known to make unexpected powerful runs. Almost had one snap a 7 wt when my tangled line I was stripping in got caught in the
She cleans up well
          Hard to believe the ol' girl is almost 30 years old but believe it or not my Dad bought it brand new in 1990 and when he passed in 96 it became mine and I've tried t
new here
thanks i went wading a little caught 2 small smallmouth  its a good day 
Question about a deer hair top water bass fly ?
Probably not necessary, but that's the traditional bomber pattern.  There's a another salmon pattern called the Bug.  Same shape with wrapped hackle but no tail or wing. I tied that awhile a
dubbing loops?
i think these are bead head leech paterns. they are tied in small sizes i use them with great success for smallmouth in lakes fished deep. My question is are the tails made from dubbing loops? They ar
Au Sable trout & bass
Down lower in the system for the smallmouth. We spent the morning bass fishing one day 30 miles lower by my cabin at five channels.
There's a little place I know...
Okay, an interesting twist -- I just learned that the minimum legal size on smallmouth and largemouth bass  is 14", which is about the largest bass I've ever seen in this lake. So it's not even l
fishing report, Biscayne nights - Everglades days, 16 June
We switched over to fly fishing gear this week and found a few fish on each outing.  Early in the week I had Benjamin Vial aboard to fish for tarpon at night locally in Biscayne Bay.  Ben is
Smallmouth time, my favorite
Had a nice float down the Flat River, a great smallmouth river in West Michigan. Caught bass steadily all day long, most in the 12-14" range. Since the river is so broad and the current mostly gentle,
best flies for small lake in late summer
I'll disagree with Mike on water temperatures on Canadian Lakes in the summer.  I've gone to a lake in Northern Ontario, 8 hour drive north of Toronto, mainly in mid to late July and seldom has t
Some time on the river
      Very peaceful & foggy daybreak on the river this morning. Leaving here in a few hours to go to the cabin and open it up for the summer. Probably sneak down to the river at the
Warm Water “Top to Bottom” Swap
Thanks Mike for not only hosting but also tying the set I received. I fish for smallmouth at least twice a week all summer so theyll get plenty of use. Hopefully I can get some pics of them in small
Hello from Canada
I've been lurking for a while and thought it was about time to say hello. I'm from Nova Scotia, Canada. I've fished all my life, but only began fly fishing about 5 or 6 years ago, and just took up tyi
Kits aren't a bad way to go when getting started. I know some who say stay away from kits, the materials aren't the greatest. I agree on that point but you won't b e tying presentation flies to start.
I have an Orvis Depth Charge on my 6 wgt.  I used it a lot up in Ontario when fishing for smallmouth and pike.  I normally cast and retrieve with it.  A couple of times I've used while
April Flies From The Vise
These are tied from extra pieces of material that I received in the mop piece swap.  Can't remember what it's called, maybe someone in the swap can refresh my memory.  Figure it would make a
Question re spun and stacked deer hair
the history of Taps Bug is about smallmouth fishing, no?
Nice bugs! I like your method for making the eyes, too. Very cool. I'm going to tie some of those up -- I know some smallmouth that will clobber them. :)
Purple and Pink stimulator type of nymphs
Pink has always been a good color for me for all baits and fish over the years, particularly for smallmouth bass. Purple has always been a go to color in dark water or on dark days. Certainly not anyt
Jig Patterns
Use standard cheapie marabou crappie jigs often in the river for bluegill, smallmouth and google eye..With a WF8F I use 1/16 oz as often as not and have used 1/8oz. Simple Marabou tail and chenile bod
Dubby Bunny
This fly is one that a friend showed me a while back.  In fact you saw me fish with him this past summer.  Kyle is his name, and he is the one who took me out on his bass boat to fly fish fo
Spawning season
i think the bass up here can spawn at lower temperatures and aren,t bothered by fronts as much as florida bass and smallmouth less so, but they both like sunshine..
Northern New England in mid-August--worth it?
I've fished south central Vermont, Ludlow  and Plymouth(birthplace of Calvin Coolidge) area for many years during the late spring and through the summer.   I've caught trout in July and
Catfish on the fly
It's pretty routine to catch channel cats while smallmouth fishing. Flatheads are a different story. I accidentally catch channels all the time. Like fisherboy says, they can be very agreeable to almo
looking for user reviews (vest vs. sling pack)
flyty1 I hear you -- I've had several vests that I liked over the years myself--very traditional ones from Bass Pro, and more tech-y ones made of super lightweight materials with special yokes for pro
Rivers to salt
Hi - I live and fish in New York state.. spring is trout in creeks, summer is smallmouth in rivers and lakes, and in the fall - salmon and steelhead in the tributaries. I mostly flyfish all the above,
February Flies from the Vise
Made these for smallmouth in the Finger Lakes of New York. First time trying out Surface Seducer 'double-barreled' popper bodies by Flymen. Won't know how they fish for a few months yet.
Guess what....a 2wt
that,s interesting Steve..i really enjoy bluegill fishing with a 4# rod, so i tried a 3# rod..what a difference 20 grains makes..i did not like it at the slightest wind you had to back off y
Any of you kayak guys have thoughts about the Anchor Wizard?
I know a few people who have the Anchor Wizard. The real advantage of this system is when fishing lakes or ponds that are real deep. Easier to crank the anchor up than trying to pull it up from 30 to
It’s Popper Time again
Philly and Mike, thank you for the info. Good advice and insights, have several long Winter months here to work and experiment. Have lot of foams, propellers, balsa, basswood, tiny spin blades; even
Stocker trout
Ah, this discussion just in time for trout camp! Camping and fishing to rainbows and browns for 5 days this week in southeast OK. In Oklahoma you have winter time put and take fisheries, where the tro
December flies from the Vise
Interesting! Any other big smallmouth flies tied this month?
hello all from ohio
Hello,           Ive lurked here for awhile,  finally joined. Been Fly Fishing and tying right close to 30 years now. Awesome sport and hobby. I mainly target the Brown T
Fast Action Rod?
In what way did the fast action rod feel better? What casting experience provides you with a baseline for judging rods? Not trying to pick at you or your question (which is a good one), just trying
November Flies from the Vise
Recipe, please.   scorpio   (i omitted rubber legs)
Show Us Your Tube Flies
Here's a different take on tube flies.   I tied them up a couple of years ago.  The picture quality is hit and miss and so are the flies.  I've used them a couple of times.  T
Fly Tying Events
pat cohen is coming to the early show nov 12 in oakbrook il    sponsored by illinois smallmouth alliance and drift
Bass fly line question
You said the S/T line that you have has been working for you, so, if it was me, I wouldn't spend the money on another sink tip unless it was going to do something that the current one doesn't, e.g. si
What flies to start with?
Where can you find lake trout within 1 or 2 hours of Philadelphia? I've lived and fished my entire life in this area and Don't know of a single lake close to philly with lake trout. I assume you are t
Crazy Dad With Under Water Footage
This small crawdad streamer works so well, I was catching fish I want even targeting with it.  I went out fishing for carp, and got a carp and even some smallmouth bass.  In fact, the carp I
Materials List for a Beginner
I’m  new to the Fly Tying Forum and  I’m very new to fly tying and fly fishing for that matter.  I started tying flies just a few weeks ago.  Right now I have a very ba
Couple days on the Au Sable
Spent a couple days back up on the Au Sable with my fishing buddy Mark. Had a great time as always. Nothing overly big this time but some decent 12"-14" trout and a wide variety of species on the spey
Swap fly caught fish pictures,
From my first swap a year ago.   2nd Annual Largemouth/ Smallmouth..As long as it floats swap.   Dorado. bentwing.  jjs89y.  Mandog.    The last two were caught today on
Nymph or Flymph or Soft hackle wet fly
What differentiates the three. What would you call this, besides ugly.  I've noticed some fairly large mayfies, I believe they are Isonychia, on a local river. I'm going out this evening to try t
Thousands of 10-pound Atlantic salmon were accidentally released
blah blah blah.    Turns out even the ecosystem-destroying northern snakehead is having next to no quantifiable impact in the waterways it is inhabiting- tidal reaches of the Potomac, e
I catch more bass on this pattern than any other topwater -- it produces good fish from April through October here in Michigan. It kind of splits the difference between poppers and divers--it gives no
Substitution for a new, old fly pattern
I get what you are doing. I to like to tie some of the old patterns. But some of what I have tied substitution was a must because some materials can't be had or are very difficult to obtain. I even li
Sage Bass rod....
the sage bass rod i have is the "largemouth" and it came with 330 grain line (roughly 10 wt)   no model number but it does have a serial number             there w
Spike fly
Here are the materials for "Spike".   Hook: Mustad 3366 Size 2 Body: Spun and clipped natural deer hair Hackle: one or two natural red or black rooster palmered Legs: 4 or six white rubber  
The value of the roll cast
Well the wet test definitely changed things. I Got some good casts but a lot of weird ones too. I think for one thing the overall leader is too long and I'm punching the rod too hard. Can't tell if th
Sculpin are a very popular food source for trout, specifically steelhead and large brown trout.  Basically any trout that has become predatory seeking out baitfish for food.  They also work
U.P. Trip Report (photo heavy)
My dad and I took a trip to the U.P. when I had my learner's permit too, and I remember the wide open spaces of hwy 2 very well. Those waterfall pics bring back memories, although we never found any
Maggie valley Trip report.
But in similar conditions, both trout and Bluegill (Sunfish in general) can be equally easy to catch ... or equally difficult.   Absolutely true.  I've had days in high mountain streams
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