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  1. Vicrider, I was trying to keep my answer as simple as possible. Discussions about casting 2 handed rods can get very complicated very quickly and I didn't get the impresson that the original poster wanted a very technical casting discussion.


    Again, in an overly generalized answer, when someone just mentions "casting" a 2 handed rod, they are probably referring to a more traditional style spey cast that uses a water anchor, but if they are referring to a casting style that keeps the line in the air, they're probably going specify that it is an "overhead cast". With a single hand rod, the oposite is more common with an overhead style cast just being referred to as "cast", but other styles tend to use a more formal name such as "roll cast". But, as mentioned, these are very general statements.


    I'll agree with part of your statement about using overhead casts with 2 handed rods; traditional rod designs and traditional designed lines were not designed for overhead casting. However, today, 2 handed rods are being used in a wide range of different fishing conditions and rods and lines are being designed differently. As FIN-ITE 34 mentioned one of the areas where using overhead casts with 2 handed rods is growing in popularity is fishing the surf. TFO even used to use a picture in their catalog of Nick Curcione casting their Pandion rod (he helped design that series) using an overhead cast in the surf with the Golden Gate Bridge in the background. It is not dangerous to cast that rod series overhand, it was designed to be used for both overhead and traditional casting styles.


    2 handed rods are very versitile tools that can be used in a variety of ways including some non-traditional methods. The key is to pick the right rod and line for the conditions. However, there are people that prefer the more traditional techniques and that do not like some of the newer techniques.


    Personally, I've found 2 handed rods to be a lot of fun to fish with. biggrin.png

  2. Generally, the term "overhead cast" is used more often in reference to casting a 2 handed rod.


    In an overly simplified description, the line stays in the air throughout the backcast during an overhead cast, similar to a regular style cast when using a single hand rod.


    Traditional style 2 handed rod casting allows part of the line to touch the water during the backcast to use a water anchor to load the rod for the forward cast. This style includes switch casts, single spey, double spey, and many more casts.

  3. The spring design makes this basically impossible to adjust. Pressing the ends together, even overlapping them, they just spring back to their original position.


    Use 2 pair of needle nose pliers and bend the arms at those 90 degree bends to tighten up the thread tension.


    I agree, trying to tighten the tension by bending the circular spring session would be frustrating, but you should be able to bend the arms and tighten them up.


    Good luck!

  4. I'll be there helping with the casting classes.


    Yes, there are several great tyers that will be there, including Kelly Gallop, who has a presentation on tying the "sex dungeon" fly, Pat Cohen and Mike George, a couple of deer hair experts, Fred Haynie and Mike Murphey, tying realistic flies, Kyle Hand, tying full dress salmon flies, and many other fly tyers.


    For casting instruction, a half dozen IFFF master casting instructors and another dozen IFFF certified instructors will be leading three days of casting classes.


    Come out and join us. It's going to be a great weekend!

  5. Just a quick tip on using a background for photographs. If you leave about a 6 inch gap between the fly and the background, the camera has an easier time focusing on the fly and you can get better contrast between the fly and the background. The gap also helps eliminate shadows.



    Concerning the hackles on the dry flies, the general rule of thumb is that the length of the hackle when wrapped around the shank of the hook should be about the same length as the gap (the distance between the hook shank and the hook point). You can bend a feather around the hook to check if it is the right length before you pull it off the skin. You may have to try several different feathers to find one that is the right size for the hook you are using.


    With that said, I think you are off to a great start! Keep it up.

  6. I have a question about the washers on the Rite-click adjustable bobbins. I got some of the standard size and the magnum sizes in an estate sale. They were not loaded with thread, but all had been used. (The thread was being sold separately.)


    I noticed that new Rite bobbins use two washers by the thread spool, but the ones that I got do not have the washers. I don't know if they were lost or if the bobbins are old enough to pre-date the use of the washers.


    Here's my questions, how critical are the washers to the function of this style of bobbin? What purpose do they serve?


    I'm trying to decide if I need to find some replacement washers or just use the bobbins as is and not worry about them.



  7. "Hey Guys,

    So here is the deal. Ill take 12 tyers. We each need to tie 12 smallmouth or largemouth bass flies.

    You tell me how this makes sense.

    So he keeps 12 for himself right? and you get 11 back?




    Usually, the host ties 12 flies also. So, in this swap it sounds like there are 13 participants total all tying 12 flies, and everyone (including the host) gets 12 flies back but will not get their own fly back.


    Some swaps will have 12 total participants with everyone tying 12 flies. This swap format is very easy to host. All the flies are sorted into 12 identical piles and the host doesn't have to worry about who tied what fly, since everyone gets an identical set of flies. In this format, you do get one of your own flies back.


    Which format is used is determined by whoever is hosting the swap and the accepted practices of whatever board the swap is posted on.

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