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Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Feel vs. See
« on: February 07, 2019, 06:34:29 AM »
Some great points everyone. So yes Gord you have the god given gift.... so practice, practice, practice  :D


Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Feel vs. See
« on: February 05, 2019, 07:55:51 AM »
A little of both. For me it comes down to how well or how tight I am fishing that day or piece of water for that moment. When casting up river the tighter I am, faster into the drift, the more takes you feel and receive through the sighter. Sometimes when you cast up river depending on current and structure it can take more or less time to get tight. This is the critical time to get the slack out. Too much slack - no detection on the sighter or feel. Once tight and coming towards you and beside you it is mostly sighter and some feel. This is where top rods do better than the average rod. Why? Unless you are drifting completely off the bottom, you are touching rocks here and there on a drift. Rocks will move your sighter just like a light hit. But a good angler will know the difference in the feel of a bite or tap, to a rock. Some say it out loud, others keep it in and some just smile. You reset make the same drift and when it gets close to the "spot" you look for and hinge in the sighter or that touch you had in the last drift that alerted you and set the hook quickly. We all have sighters and we all stare and watch them for the whole day and we get good at reading them but the guy who has the spidey sense to the lightest of takes..... has the feel.


Johnny Whitefish is in

Team Lunkwa (Ken and l) will be there in harmon(y). ;D


Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: Stave river
« on: December 31, 2018, 09:37:14 PM »
Nice Cuttie Chris. Floon would be jealous!

Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: Stave river
« on: December 31, 2018, 07:37:13 PM »
We only found fish in one spot and lots of steelheaders out there too. Going to fish with Gordy on the Chilliwack tomorrow and see how that goes.

Fly Fishing Reports, Stories, and Adventures / Re: Stave river
« on: December 30, 2018, 07:01:49 PM »
Its in great shape Martin

Fly Fishing Product Reviews / Re: Arcay nymphing line
« on: November 28, 2018, 06:41:23 AM »
I am also using the Hanak Bicolor sighter line for my main leader line too Ivo.


Sorry I will be on a beach in Costa Rica. But I will think of you guyz!  8) 8)


Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Loch style rods
« on: November 22, 2018, 07:04:10 AM »
I also use a Sage Z-axis 10' 6wt for bigger fish and multiple flies. Meets all the things you want in a rod. But they are getting hard to find and very expensive. Last year I acquired an Echo 3 10' 5wt rod and decided to put it through the paces this spring and summer with all the different lines and size of fish. I was pleasantly surprised how well this rod performed in all phases! Casted all lines, even a 7 wt type 7 full sink with ease. Small fish stayed on and larger fish were played in quickly. I also like how the rod bends to soften the stretch and not straighten out weaker or smaller hooks. When it came to the NALS year I had to make a decision on what rod to use and I took a chance and used the Echo 3. I think my results show how this rod can perform.  ;)

I would love to try the 6wt version of this rod with multiple flies for sure. Maybe next year

p.s. this rod retails for $499


Tina and I will be there.

Always a good time with a great group of anglers.
Thanks for including me once again everyone.

Who invited this Turkey anyways?? Comes out once a year and cleans house  ;D


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