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Old 06-10-2013, 04:28 AM   #16
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yea. you can even get fly floatant at walmart if thats more convenient. i do alot of motoflyfishing here in PA and i love it. just have to not give up and keep practicing. its tough sometimes
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Old 06-10-2013, 06:24 AM   #17
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Rig Selection

How are you choosing your rig set up?

It sounds like your wanting the fish to strike a fly on the surface? I am no expert, but I have found that this happens when a recent hatch has occurred that will float on the surface. Otherwise, one is better off trying a submerged rig and/or both.

Also, I would like to know how others go into a new area and set their rig up. I know hard cores would take a look at the current hatches and tie up their own fly. I don't believe I would get to that level of sport.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:22 AM   #18
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Great topic! Flyfishing AND catching nice fish, riding the bike to do it, and wife gone for 3 months!
I am too late to add my advice but will. When I got into flyfishing, I also practiced in the yard with a piece of tape on the end of the tippet. It was pretty easy until I went fishing and put a fly on..... when the line came back for the backcast, I realized there was a hook coming at me!!!!! Took awhile to stop ducking. So my advice would be to practice with a hook on.
Great fish for a first time out!!!! I have yet to get out this year and its killing me.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:51 AM   #19
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I love flyfishing both freshwater and saltwater. Sadly, the demands of family life have limited my fishing trips to dedicated vacations. Before the kids came along, I would regularly spend an entire weekend day flyfishing for trout.

I recently attended the Eastern Vstrom gathering at the IronHorse Motorcycle Lodge in the Smoky Mountains, and I took the flyfishing gear along. What an awesome place! I rode the world-famous twisty roads on Thursday and Friday, and I found a beautiful spot to wet a line on Saturday.

I have aquired a lot of very nice flyfishing gear over the years, but I picked up an LL Bean travel rod combo (two complete outfits, fly and spinning rods and reels in one small package) for motoflyfishing. I have to say that the fly rod and reel far exceeded my expectations for the price; great balance and feel.

Here are a few pics from the trip:






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Old 06-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #20
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last Saturday on the St Joe river, between St Regis Mt and Avery Id
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:48 PM   #21
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I have only tried dry flyfishing so far. It just seemed to be the easiest. I don't really know the technique for submerged flies. Guess I'll have to get a book or two.

Flyfishjeff, looks like you have a great setup there. I really need to get myself a net like that.

I'm hoping to get out this weekend and find some new spots.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:14 PM   #22
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The more you get into fly fishing the greater the need to learn the wet flies/nymphs.
Old trout guide told me years ago that 75% of what a trout eats a day, they eat underwater.

Trout fishing, golf and motorcycles all accomplished the same goal for me; get me out of the city and into the beautiful world we have all around us!!
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:19 PM   #23
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I also love motoflyfishing. Cant wait till my back is in a shape I can read again. Really missing fishing and riding...
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:36 PM   #24
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I have only tried dry flyfishing so far. It just seemed to be the easiest. I don't really know the technique for submerged flies. Guess I'll have to get a book or two.
I am going on a boys trip weekend after next to a lake in eastern Az. I will try to get a few pics of some of the rigs people are tying to get under the surface. I say "try", because this trip usually involves massive amounts of alcohol consumption. I think I can do it!
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:56 AM   #25
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It's not difficult at all to fish a nymph (or any sub-surface fly). You still want a drag-free drift, and you want the fly to travel just off of the bottom (even ticking rocks from time to time). At the end of the drift, let the line hang in the current for a few seconds before you begin to strip the line back in. This simulates a nymph emerging from the bottom to the surface. Many strikes occur as the fly naturally rises from the bottom at the end of a drift.

I find that a pinch-float works well as a strike indicator. The trick is to set the pinch float at a point on the line that allows the current to carry the fly just off of the bottom. If the current is strong, the pinch float will have to be set higher up on your leader.

In strong currents, a small split shot twelve inches from the fly will help to keep the fly in the strike zone.


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Old 06-13-2013, 06:45 PM   #26
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Well I bought a few small nymphs and decided to give them a try today.

Left for the stream right from work.



The ninja did pretty well on the sandy gravel road leading to the stream. I do need to carry a pad for the side stand though, it really sunk in in the time I was fishing.

Here is elk creek, my first stop this evening



I saw a few small fish (thanks to my new polarized glasses), but it was so windy I had to call it quits.

I decided to try back at the pond from my earlier posts, since it is protected from the wind.

Immediately caught this fellow



which happens to be the largest trout I've ever caught

Then shortly after hooked this one



I used a dry fly, with a bead head pheasant tail nymph dropper. I missed a few more, then couldn't find anymore takers.

A great evening of fishing, and riding.
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Old 06-13-2013, 07:08 PM   #27
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Very nice! With nymphs you can try a dry/dropper rig. For slowish water like that creek in your pic it seems to work fairly well. You simply tie on a dry fly of your choosing, then about 18 or so inches of appropriate tippet, then tie your nymph on the end. I found on a couple of my local creeks that I get more hits using that then I do with a nymph and indicator.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:57 PM   #28
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Holler if you ever want some instruction. I've been doing it a good long while. I live up on the iron range and would love a reason to blast down that way on the FZ. Got more fly shit then I know what to do with, I would be happy to put together a goody box for you.
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Old 06-13-2013, 09:20 PM   #29
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I wouldn't make you schlep all the way down here just to teach me a thing or two, but I'd be game to meet at a stream halfway if you'd ever be interested. I warn you though, me flyfishing is a painful sight.
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Old 06-14-2013, 05:49 AM   #30
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heck yeah!
my /7 at oil creek st park


my r100r loaded for two up on the chief joseph, headed for the beartooth, yes, there's a rod tube buried in there! camped up in the boonies and had a blast for a few days with my girlfriend!


caught a mess of these, about every other cast



one of my homebuilt McFarland glass, 7'6" 4wt 3pc, perfect moto rod!!
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