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Messages - Ray Magnan

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Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Info for Jasper and Banff areas
« on: August 24, 2016, 12:57:06 PM »
sent you a pm

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: drogue for drift boats
« on: June 20, 2016, 08:49:33 AM »
Thanks Andy.Have anchor lock on the bow but it's being used for the 20lbs anchor, back is your typical drift boat floor anchor system.  I'll have to play around with the c clamps and figure out a way to shorten or lengthen drogue ropes as needed. Pretty pumped about using a drogue, there is a stretch of 15 foot deep water that's really flat and runs for a couple of kilometers or so and the wind is very predictable, blows up lake in the morning and switches direction in the after noon. I'll report how this all works out.

Again thanks for the advice. 

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: drogue for drift boats
« on: June 20, 2016, 04:49:43 AM »
Thanks Andy on the tip.. Purchased the last Greys in stock at Robinson's. Should be here mid week. Plan on using it this Thursday on Maligne lake (home water) . Going to pick up 2 small c clamps to attach the drogue to the boat. Would appreciate some help on the following questions.
Do you attach the drogues ropes directly to the boat or do I need additional rope?
How do you adjust for minor changes in direction while drifting?
Do I need a rope float?

Thanks in advance Ray

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: drogue for drift boats
« on: June 13, 2016, 04:28:33 AM »
are they available in Canada? Have looked at both brands in the UK but the postage and handling was more than the actual cost of the drogue!!


Stillwater Fly Fishing / drogue for drift boats
« on: June 09, 2016, 08:27:55 AM »
Need advice on type and brands available in Canada.
Boat is a hyde low pro. Boat is very heavy due to the number of batteries I need to fish Maligne Lake safely

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: sinking lines and boobies
« on: June 09, 2016, 08:24:39 AM »
Picked up a rio outbound short type 7 sinking works great.

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: sinking lines and boobies
« on: May 12, 2016, 08:48:16 AM »
airflow has a forty plus sinking line with a 30' head in lighter line weights. Just can't afford another line and would rather butcher on of my older sinkers and see how it works before purchasing from the UK

Stillwater Fly Fishing / sinking lines and boobies
« on: May 12, 2016, 07:51:24 AM »
hey all season is almost here in jasper. Last year I tried boobies with darn good success, but in the typical depth i fish (15' ) I find that the a full sinking line at a 40 to 50  foot cast the fly is only in the zone for about maybe 15'.  Have been looking around on UK sites and the new rage seems to be the  Airflow's Forty plus Booby basher line ( basically a 30' type 7 sinking shooting head) this makes sense to me. With the thin running line with a fast sinking  head this combination should easily get to the bottom as fast but would improve overall casting distance from the boat which means the fly is in the zone longer.  Unfortunatly this line is not available in Canada yet. So before I start chopping perfectly good lines was hoping someone has some advice.
Em I out to lunch on this theory? Has anyone tried using a sinking shooting heads?
appreciate any advice.

Fly Tying General Discussions / Re: Slotted Beads
« on: September 12, 2015, 05:16:06 AM »
They are the heavy wire with the 60 degree eye.Have some umpqua euro jig hooks (Hanak) with the 60 degree eye and with the same issue. Can't slide the beads past the point. Spoke with the owner and there designed for competitors who want max weight.  As always the owner has made good and has sent me replacement but in brass, just have to throw a few wraps of lead wire behind the bead.


Fly Tying General Discussions / Slotted Beads
« on: September 11, 2015, 05:57:31 AM »
Has anyone been having problems sliding colored (black seem to fit fine) 7/64 slotted jig hooks on # 12 + 14 Daiichi jig hooks purchased from a local supplier. Can't seem to get the bead past the point. May be the drilled hole is to small. any tricks  or advice.

Saltwater Fly Fishing / Re: Fly-fishing at Cayo Coco, Cuba
« on: May 01, 2015, 04:56:42 AM »
Please explain why you were banned. Planning a trip next November and if it's because of Avalon taking over like they did on Cayo Largo would be nice to know. May need to change venues and go back to the Acklin's.

Thanks in advance Ray .

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / wet wading boots
« on: January 15, 2015, 07:53:17 AM »
hello all.
Need a new pair of wet wading boots. Always wear neoprene socks and gravel guards. Have tried my Simms guide boots but they fit is rather sloppy. I  tend to hike long distance to get away from the crowds so the boots need to be tight fitting, light with plenty of ankle support, . Have the low top Korkers but due to lack of ankle support strickly use them in my drift boat.  Thinking Patagonia!!
Appreciate any advice.


Fly Tying General Discussions / hook storage boxs
« on: November 20, 2014, 04:46:04 AM »
hey all.
wondering what everyone is using for storing hooks. I use the standard plano box which is fine at the desk but when traveling I find that the hooks seem to migrate around.
Thanks in advance Ray

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Slinky sighter
« on: October 11, 2014, 05:24:33 AM »
Have been trying to find Stren Hi-Vis Gold to make some slinky sighters. I live in a small town in alberta and need to purchase the stuff online. Any recommendation or other mono option would be greatly appreciated.


Saltwater Fly Fishing / Re: Fly-fishing at Cayo Coco, Cuba
« on: August 26, 2014, 05:18:40 AM »
Contact David @ fish tales fly shop in Calgary, he can set it all up, or ask the hotel concierge he should know all the guides.  No DIY fishing to speak of. Last I heard it was $300.00 per day for the boat ( 1 or 2 anglers). Boats are OK, guides are mostly English speaking and all have the required experience and good eyes. Book as early or late in the season cuba in general is subject to cold fronts.

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