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South Dakota

ready for some ice fishing?
Too hard to cut the trough to cast in.   I'm with Mike.  Too many people, and too damned cold.   There is a reason I still live down here in the Piney woods.  That fluffy white stu
Best Vice For $120
Try some, buy one & just get use to using it! A Belgian tyer told me at the fly expo he is very happy with the Chinese knock off of the famous vise from South Africa!
Biggest bear in the Ocala Nat Forest
That's a nice size Bear. I find it amazing they are found that far south.   Mike Yup all the way south.  South Florida can be lousy with them, just talk to folks that live in the east Na
what needs to change in fly
All societies go through a sequence of hard labor and long hours so they can build a manufacturing base. Think of the USA in the early to mid 1800's when the Irish were the poor laborers. Think o
Matching the rod with the fly.
There's a reason you won't see any bamboo on the salt (at least I never have, and I've been working the long rod since 1976.... and began guiding full time in 1996 down here in south Florida) but that
Fly Tying Symposium
Definitely, the show to go to if you are into tying. Not as many vendors as there are at the January show but there a few. A good show to pick up new patterns and tips on tying old ones. I'm lucky it'
Vise question
Listen guys, if you don't mind re-centering the hook for true rotation, go with an inline type rotating vise, and assuming you want to save a few bucks over the big dollar, so called, true rotary vi
Steve Farrar SF Blend new packages
Steve Farrar's SF flash blends from South Africa, it,s common over here. Good for fresh & saltwater flies!
October Monthly flies...think orange
Ah man Doug, I hate to hear that. I've had tornadoes flying around us and 24" snowfalls and leaky roofs but never had to live through the flooding I see in various parts of the country, including stra
Antique rod or not?
Depends on who the maker of them were. 9 times out of ten most older bamboo rods are more or less old production Heddon, Horrocks-Ibbotson, Montague or South Bend or such bamboo rods that were sold th
White bass streamer hook
I've never fished for White Bass, but guess some of the flies I've used for LM or SM bass would work. For larger sizes, like 1/0 I use a lot of straight shank plastic worm hooks. They're generally an
Minnow body patterns
Most ponds in the south have fat head minnows and bream...any pattern that imitates them will work. They grow up eating them and even a 10# bass will attack a 2" minnow if you drop it in their face an
Trip out west recomendations
Idaho is where I am most familiar, and both the North and South Forks of the  Snake offer good floating.  There are numerous smaller streams to fish as well.  The area from Afton WY to
Meanwhile in the southeast...
FB   we got lots of rain, pretty much constant up here in NC, but nothing like you guys further south along the Columbia SC line.  Hope you survived it OK.
fly suggestions for Hiwassee and Tellico Rivers
BTW in the upstate of South Carolina we got 14 to 17 inches of rain this weekend. Charleston and Columbia got 24 to 27 inches in three days. Still flooded and a state of emergency.  The main rain
The colours at this time of year........
We have the same phenomena, although our New England states are somewhat farther south than Terje's home.  In winter especilally, the sun is in the southern hemisphere, and tends to light up the
Hello from Chicago
Ooohhh ... I forgot that one.  Thanks Rich ...   Another of the great groups of people in that area.   Man I would love to attend those meetings, but Tuesd
Hi from Maine
Good to know. I live in Bangor right now but I'll definitely check that out next time I'm down south. Thanks!
Decades ago, those are 10 year increments right, I had conversation with Ed Sisty about the South Platte River, we talked about the wasted resource that the Platte was through Denver.  The Platte
Fly Fishing Fair - Mountain Home, Arkansas
Adam, if you haven't left yet I will recommend you check into a restaurant called PJ's. This was the note from a friend that directed me to it and it was fantastic. Reservations are advised though the
Loss of Marine fishes - why am I not surprised?
<snip>  I have trouble foreseeing any similar successes when dealing with the world's oceans.   I have trouble seeing improvement just a few miles south of there....
Clouser Minnows
A few patterns over the years have become so successful that while they're a specific pattern (as noted above) they also have become a style of tying as in the "clouser" or the "deceiver".  If yo
September flies from the bench
Superflash Pheasant Tail (variation) Variation on standard pattern (subbed pearl Krystal Flash for Ice Dub abdomen), which looks a lot like Kelly Glissmeyer's South Fork Special. hook - Dai Riki 135 #
Need Help! Andros/Nassau/Paradise Island Fly Fishing
 Well, at this point I believe I have seen everything there is to see online about any kind of flats fishing in Nassau/Paradise Island.   I need to hear from people on here who live there
Fish id help
I don't think whitefish range this far south.  The size is a giveaway, if they're 20" fish and not trout, they're some sort of sucker.  If they're red, they're probably redhorse suckers.
"Green" Swap...Floss and Herl combo
Vicrider, I settled on the fly that I have been working on and have been hesitant to mention to anyone until now. I am going with my Virginia Wulff. I really love all of the Wulff style flies and hope
Hatches Blog Post - Emerald Shanker – by Kevin Hospodar
thanks Rocco   Yeah, this has be great on GL (south Lake Erie) Steelhead. I actually first tied these on 15mm wadding tons, but bumped up to a 25mm to give some more weight and bit larger profile
Bike fishing
I used to,might again in the fall as the main bunch of stripers run through here headed south.You never know, but I liked riding the bike as much as the fishing as it turned out. So I got more and mor
New guy in Minnesota
Hi Gang,      My name is Mike (aka Uncle Levi)  and I moved to Minnesota from North Dakota just after Christmas. I live on 10 acres  just north of Dassel now and besides
Landed my first Fly Fishing Guide job
Cool. Great way to finish off the summer. Is you plan once you establish yourself and get some real time in to hopefully work both ends of the country and fish the south in the winter?
Atlanta Fishing
I was told the river is unfishable because it is so fast except on weekends? And what private lakes? (: That's not very true. Be careful wading and,call the dam to find out the release sceduales. It
Rather irritated
I vote for Bola. I saw someone throw one and saw videos of them hunting birds in South America. It opens as wide as the pattern of a shotgun. Cool videos on Youtube.
Acadia National Park
I've been to Bar Harbor a couple times and have looked into this very thing. Unfortunately there's not much. I've heard conflicting things about stripers. The people I've talked to all say that there
Southern New England Hex hatches
Up here in Maine they were hatching like crazy July 31st, and gray drakes were a few days earlier. But today all I've seen is the sub-imago into imago exo's so the spinner fall can't be long, tonight
Rocket City, Alabama
Welcome... the closest town I could ever claim as a hometown for me was... Huntsville.   I was an Army brat and the longest my family ever lived in one place was Redstone, then Huntsvile (1960 th
Effects of fire on a stream
Depends on topography and extent of fire in the watershed upstream.   One of my local creeks suffered a bad fire a number of years ago that burned the slopes above right down to the banks. The st
Just how "barbless" do I need to be???
There aren't any "barbless" regulations down here in paradise that I've ever run into (south Florida) but I'm mostly barbless with any gear I use (particularly with any gear -fly, spin, or plug that I
Cleaning Waders and Boots
A few hours out in full sun is probably the best natural disinfectant.   Here in the South, where we wade on slime covered bounders, several states have backed off on banning felt.  It is a
Rod action - fast / mod-fast
Mine is so cheap it doesn't even say. Lol. It only says South Bend. Two piece fly rod. 8' 6" 6/7Wt. Made in China. But hey it's caught a crapload of fish.
Trout Flies Invitational
"Humpy machine"!!!!!  I think they have them.    Breambuster is a minister. A Southern clergy. They say the funniest things. Especially on the boards outside their church. I live near B
I have a special place in my heart for these living dinosaurs. I think they are hard fighters and actually really a very pretty fish after thir own fashion.     That is the way I feel about
Peacock - Now endangered
We have them down here in south Florida both the ones being raised and tended and ones that just live wild.  If you've ever been near any peacocks they make such a racket that I can easily see ho
catfish on dry fly
Hi Jacktown,   We often catch a wide range of fish from the Snake River a few miles south of Boise, Idaho. Most of the fish in that part of the river are smallmouth but we often catch crappie, tr
Boston Fly Shops
Just how much driving do you want to do? Bear's Den, as Henrick stated ... is about an hour south of Boston, in Taunton, MA. There's also the Kittery Trading Post, just north of Portland, ME.   I
South Holston River, TN - Advice?
I did manage to get out!  I waded a stretch of the Watauga River on Tuesday night for a couple hours and landed a decent number of browns that while small were beautiful, feisty little creatures.
old fly rods
Hey guys, I'm looking for some information:  I was recently given eight fly rods from a friend, all of them with the exception of one are glass rods. all are in decent shape but need refinishing.
Reel question: Pflueger Medalist
I fished for salmon in upstate NY quite a lot when I lived there. I have a Pflueger 1498 (I bought in the 70's made USA). I started fishing for Striper and Blues on Long Island, Connecticut and Rhode
Hello from Daytona, FL/Elk Park, NC
My name is Steve. Im new to this site. Currently live in Daytona but will probably be moving down to South Florida in the near future. Most of my fly fishing is done in Northwestern North Carolina for
Need advice on my new desk
Beautiful looking desk, rather than shelves along the wall you might think about drawers or drawer pullouts for the shelves. That way there is no dead zone along the back of the shelves especially giv
Charleston in 2.5 weeks
We'll be coming from eastern TN and will be there for 4 days.  It's a quick trip but our lodging is paid for so that's a huge plus.  I'm found some info about fishing the flats around the ar
Southern Oregon Tying Hangout
About 5 hours south of the OR border...a bit far for a regular get togethers.  Have family in your area however, so spend some time up that way.
Smoky Mountain Fly Patterns
Matt-   Contact Little River Outfitters in Townsend, TN. They have a website & forum. At LRO talk to Byron or Daniel and they can give you great info on what to use. I've fished most of almos
Hey! From Georgia
thank you for the warm welcome everyone!   and yay tidewaterfly for returning to the south! ;)  :P
Hopper Dropper Swapper
That's it. Let me know your address Branden I'll send you a bonus fly gift. There was a second similar fly that I broke off on another monster.  My biggest fish in 10 years. I noticed today that
UV resins
What is koolaid? Is it some kind of home made American gatoraid or something? I've got no idea! Look it up, Adam.  It's a powdered drink mix ... mostly fruit flavors, sweetened.  Parents
living in florida....
Your questions on location can't really be answered since that is entirely up to your preference.  As a born and bred native who as lived all over the state and fished pretty much every coast and
Second Annual 2 in 1 Reel Recovery Swap
12 of these are ready to go     midge  
Just joined and already have a question
Lake Marion is about 70 miles south of me. Will you be in Santee?
Just joined and already have a question
Hello everyone, I just joined this forum a few minutes ago and think I'm going to really enjoy the experience. Ive been into fly fishing for some years now, mainly panfish and bass don't have much tr
I'm not as good as I once was ....
It's a bit of a common trend on this side of the world & some people decide to do it when there is not much work, take a unpaid leave from work! Go to Australia, NZ or south America, Salt water is
Turkey biots
I live in South America.... anyway, thank you for your tips...
Fly that will catch anything!
nice fly. looks like a rubber legged dragon on steroids. will work great here in the south
Franklin TN
Some of the stories that a small request such as yours will bring to memory just knock me flat, every time. You can not possibly imagine everything I remember about my journey through Franklin, or.. m
Spooked Fish
Since I fish quite a few beginners to the salt we wind up spooking fish on a regular basis.... Not bound to one stream we range far and wide by boat so a spooked fish (or a spooked spot with lots of f
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