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Do any of you guys ever get out and do any flyfishing? If so what species do you catch on the fly?  I've gotten into flyfishing over the past year and have done alright with Brook Trout on dry flies. 

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I fly fish quit a bit. Small/Large mouth Bass, trout, even some carp. 

If your after bass, you might be better off with a sinking line, or a sinking tip line, especially when the sun is out. 

You can also cast top flies, or terrestrials under overhanging trees/bushes.

Practice your side arm casting, be prepared to catch some trees until you get the hang of it.

Use a heavier leader/tippet than you have been using for Brookies (they sure are fun!) as bass will head for any weeds or structure when they can.

Have fun! 

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12 hours ago, B-Dozer said:

I fly fish quit a bit. Small/Large mouth Bass, trout, even some carp. 

If your after bass, you might be better off with a sinking line, or a sinking tip line, especially when the sun is out. 

You can also cast top flies, or terrestrials under overhanging trees/bushes.

Practice your side arm casting, be prepared to catch some trees until you get the hang of it.

Use a heavier leader/tippet than you have been using for Brookies (they sure are fun!) as bass will head for any weeds or structure when they can.

Have fun! 

Yeah I mainly just switch my tippet and leader out to a 1X. I really only toss a frog fly I have to try and get some blow ups but I haven't had any luck yet. Although it has very good action. I just can't get the trout off my mind these days. Even catching 4 inch brookies is a blast. Especially when they're nailing dries. I wanna get on some bows and browns. Not exactly sure where to go though. 

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I plan to flyfish for Smallies whenever I float the rivers too. Seems like a blast

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I work fly fishing into my routine a lot.

 

Freshwater fish I've caught so far:

 

  • Trout (Brook, Brown, Rainbow)
  • Panfish (Tons of fun!)
  • Crappies
  • Smallmouth bass (river fish are the best)
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern pike
  • Muskies

I don't use the same rigs or flies as I move up in fish size, I have very thing from a 7 ft 3 wt. to a 9 ft 10 wt. depending on what I'm after and the size of the flies I'm using.

 

Matching the equipment to the fish/flies is really the key for me to enjoy it...trying to throw a big, wind resistant bass fly on a rig set up for trout dries is frustrating and tiring.  It can be done, but it'll suck...

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13 hours ago, Further North said:

I work fly fishing into my routine a lot.

 

Freshwater fish I've caught so far:

 

  • Trout (Brook, Brown, Rainbow)
  • Panfish (Tons of fun!)
  • Crappies
  • Smallmouth bass (river fish are the best)
  • Largemouth Bass
  • Northern pike
  • Muskies

I don't use the same rigs or flies as I move up in fish size, I have very thing from a 7 ft 3 wt. to a 9 ft 10 wt. depending on what I'm after and the size of the flies I'm using.

 

Matching the equipment to the fish/flies is really the key for me to enjoy it...trying to throw a big, wind resistant bass fly on a rig set up for trout dries is frustrating and tiring.  It can be done, but it'll suck...

 

 

You aint lying. I try and toss the frog on a 9 foot 5 weight..... it's a killer workout. I def need more setups. The 5 weight is my bow rod, then I have a 8 foot 3 weight for them lil mountain stream brookies. Need to get on your level! 

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I fish for all kinds of species on the fly rod.  let me see if can come up with a list here:

-Brookies

-Brown

-Golden (the real ones not albino rainbows)

-rainbows

-Cuthroat

-Largemouth

-Smallmouth

-Spotted bass

-Chain Pickerel

-Various types of panfish

-Crappie

-Carp

-Catfish

-Redfish

-Sea Trout

 

 

I think that is about it lol  I hope to add to the list next week...

 

As far as casting that 5wt and frogs, stop trying to muscle the fly and let the rod do the work.  Sure it takes a little more time but you shouldn't be tired after casting.  In college all i had was a 4wt and i caught everything from brookies to smallies to 20lb+ carp on the same rod.  Just gotta open up your loop a little and you will be fine.

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6 hours ago, GeeseMelvin said:

 

 

You aint lying. I try and toss the frog on a 9 foot 5 weight..... it's a killer workout. I def need more setups. The 5 weight is my bow rod, then I have a 8 foot 3 weight for them lil mountain stream brookies. Need to get on your level! 

Be careful about that "on  my level" thing...last time I counted I had 24 fly rods and almost as many reels.

 

It can get kinda expensive.

 

I wrote up an extensive evaluation I did with 10 wt. rods back in 2014, if I can find it, I'll post it for you.

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quite a bit. mostly bass and bream. have gone to Wyoming and caught some trout. saltwater have caught tarpon, redfish also.

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4 hours ago, flyfisher said:

I fish for all kinds of species on the fly rod.  let me see if can come up with a list here:

-Brookies

-Brown

-Golden (the real ones not albino rainbows)

-rainbows

-Cuthroat

-Largemouth

-Smallmouth

-Spotted bass

-Chain Pickerel

-Various types of panfish

-Crappie

-Carp

-Catfish

-Redfish

-Sea Trout

 

 

I think that is about it lol  I hope to add to the list next week...

 

As far as casting that 5wt and frogs, stop trying to muscle the fly and let the rod do the work.  Sure it takes a little more time but you shouldn't be tired after casting.  In college all i had was a 4wt and i caught everything from brookies to smallies to 20lb+ carp on the same rod.  Just gotta open up your loop a little and you will be fine.

That's def something that I always gotta remind myself. Especially with the frog. I'm dying to hook up with a nice largemouth on it though. I imagine it'd be a great fight. 

Oh and those gold trout, I've seen them caught in a Vanagon flyfishing road trip documentary up in some high alpine lake in Montana. Beautiful fish.

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GeeseMelvin, You can always get an extra spool and up the line one size. There are also bass specific lines that are weighted more towards the leader end. 

A 9 ft. leader isn't necessary for your frog. Play around with lengths and even try some 10lb. test, non tapered leader.

After all, a bazillion bass have been caught on far heavier line  

A clean well lubed line can make a big difference also. 

Sometimes the experimenting is just as fun.

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