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Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Wading Safety
« on: April 18, 2013, 05:02:22 AM »
Thanks Chris. this is a awesome picture that you have posted.  wonder if he angler made it  the safety!   I've learned to wade only when it absolutely necessary.   In most trout streams here the anglers are not allowed to enter the water deeper than  knee high,  with the exception of  when they have to cross the stream.  Does wading can get you closer to the fish?  The answer is debatable.  The further we enter fish turf, the further it move away.

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Fishing with Dry Flies
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:16:28 AM »
Chris / Tod,    I  have heard of arctic grayling caught in Canada!  Do you catch them in  your stream? do you catch them of dry fly of nymph?     Thanks

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Flies more or less.
« on: April 18, 2013, 01:03:30 AM »
I tie several hundred flies during the winder and comes spring i pack the put away.    I guess I am a minimalist: I carry two fly boxes:  about 20 dry flies  in a small box  where i can access easily.  Then I have a larger  box with about 200 flies from that i keep tacked away but I can use if i loose my small fly box. More than once I have lost my fly box because of carelessness and if it was not because of the reserve fly box I would have had to get in the car and drive home!  I usually take 10 varieties of the flies. Knowing our streams makes it easy because over the years I know what flies my work in a given season. 

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Rod?
« on: April 18, 2013, 12:48:30 AM »
It all depends what you intend to do with the rod? for dry fly fishing on small streams: 3-4 wt.   9' to 7.4 ,  on lakes/still water 5-6 wt 9' to 9.5'  nymphing  4 to 5 wt.  9' to 11'.   I personally like Sage and LOOP brands.

Hi Randy,

respectfully i like to add another rule:   while wading or walking upstream and I come across another angler, I leave the stream about 100 meters from where he is fishing, make a long detour so that he is not disturbed and re-enter the stream 100 meters or so futher upstream. This has an advantage ,  I do not disturbed the fellow angler,   and waste no time with loose talk.

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Fishing with Dry Flies
« on: April 17, 2013, 02:27:04 PM »
Hi Tod,   trout rises to eat what flows on the water and not what flies over the surface.  That makes the spent an attractive dry fly. trout can't distinguish between the "spent" of various flies, it sees food!  I have used  spent efemera in the middle of a hatch and trout rose to it.  I can't  explain this but it worked!    To keep it simple I tie  say 4 or 5 variates / sizes of spents which I  keep in my fly box and use them alternatively to see which one works.  I have attach pic. of a few 5 all tied with CDC;  the size varies from 16 to 10. 

in response to your question, the fly I posted is  variation of jungle cock.  I don't know what it imitates, but i works well in slower current and still water.   This fIy has been around since 1920's.    Its simple as long as you push pushing the white hackle upward so it floats easier.  You can tied  the body in red brick and  it becomes a great fly for graying and trout.  I like to attache pic of a graying  caught a few days ago on River Adda in with the same fly in about 5 feet of water! 


Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Re: Fishing with Dry Flies
« on: April 16, 2013, 08:37:25 PM »
p.s. almost all flies are tie are CDC (emergers), dunn, spinners, and spent.  The most successful is  "spent",

Rivers and Stream Fly Fishing / Fishing with Dry Flies
« on: April 16, 2013, 01:55:00 PM »
Fly fishing with  dry flies makes angling a fair sport, you  make the presentation and trout takes or rejects.
Fly fishing in three ft of water limits  the number and size of fish I capture, but it is challenge and has helped me to develop my skills.

I fish  the deeper pools and slower currents when trout rise to the hatch using  15' to 20' leaders  &14 to 20 size flies. However there are limitation here:   our streams are usually gin clear which make the trout is selective and skittish, and the window of opportunity is limited to a couple of hours a day.

I rather search the shallow pockets in the faster current where I can fish all the day and I don't have to wait on the rise!  Some degree of stealth is still required but the Trout is not selective because they have no time to study the fly.   I usually use a  9' leaders and a bushy fly that can can float for a few feet (fly size 10 to 12).   Here the cast is   short , and usually 45 degree upstream.  This technique work for me from the last week of Feb. To first week of October when our fishing season closes. Last but not least you can fly fish even in cold days ( March) and usually there are hatches even in cold winter days. Trout does rise to the dry fly in extreme cold.

In first week of April I fished the Sava and Radovna rivers in Julian Alps (Slovenia). The banks were covered by two meters of snow, it was extremely cold with  and water temp was 4 and  yet in the late morning there was strong hatch and the trout rose to take the my midge. Again this proves that trout rises to the midge even in cold winter days.

Here is one of my favorite flies that that i never go fishing with it. 

I have been very successful with it over years. It works for me in slower currents and pools.   

Also there are a few of trout streams in my part of the world. 


Events and News / Re: Lago di Brias
« on: April 14, 2013, 11:50:59 AM »
Hi Tod, I was an spectator at the Pragser Wildsee (Lago di Brais ) for 2011 World Fly Fishing Championships, Italy. If you were there then we may have met in Brunico.    Alex

Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: 5 Fly Selection for Spring
« on: April 14, 2013, 10:50:12 AM »
Joel, I tie flies.  I be happy to send you my suggestion, but  I don't know how to uploaded  pics. can you help?   thanks  Alex

Introductions and Greetings / Re: Introductions
« on: April 14, 2013, 09:34:28 AM »
Hello Tod,  by the ways of introduction, my name is Alex,  I live in Bergamo, in the  Alpine region of the Po Valley in North of Italy. I have fly fished since 1960.  My home waters are River Brembo, River Serio (strictly catch-and-release)  where we catch  catch trout (brown, marble , fario)  and grayling.

I have also fly fished  Alpine streams in Slovenia, Austria and South Tirol. I fish with dry flies only.  Our season goes from the last Sunday in Feb. to first Sunday in October when trout rises to hatches. My favorite method of fly fishing is to look for trouts in the pocket of waters in fast mountain streams, therefore when there is not hatch I still manage to c

I like to exchange information to fellow members that are interested in dry flies.


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