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Iíll be there with Krystal, thanks
Fly Fishing General Discussions / Fish & Photos 2018
« Last post by Todd Oishi on November 16, 2018, 09:59:43 AM »
Although I rarely take photos of my fish, here are a few of the fish that I caught this year. Please feel free to share a few of your photos, and add them as you catch or find them!


Two, beautiful, wild brown trout that I caught while practicing for the 2018 Commonwealths in Northern Ireland:


A very healthy rainbow trout caught while bank fishing in Northern Ireland:


A prime rainbow trout caught (and released) while fishing loch-style in the Kamloops region of British Columbia:

Sandy has to drop out as a family member passed away and the memorial is the same time.  But the boys and I will still attend.
Iíll be there, with my wife Cait
I have to remove one person from the list - my wife can't make it due to a family member passing away, and the dates clashing for both ceremonies.
Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Loch style rods
« Last post by Matthew Mikes on November 12, 2018, 07:57:59 PM »
Thanks for the feed back so far.  When I got into competitive fishing I was encouraged to purchase a 10' 7 weight.  I did and I now feel the rod is too heavy and stiff for the trout I'm pursuing.  It has worked very well on coho this fall!  Are the recommendations for a 10' 7wt based around casting heavy sinking lines, casting with blowing wind, fishing with multiple flies, fishing with long leaders, comfort? 
Todd, I have always enjoyed how you seem to have another ace up your sleeve... what other factors should I be considering that may be more important?😉 I have sooo much to learn!
Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Loch style rods
« Last post by Francois Dallaire on November 12, 2018, 08:13:00 AM »
The Zephrus for me.  Awesome tip protection.  I put a 20 pounds atlantic salmon on it and it handled it perfectly.  I've been fishing dry dropper on lakes with it as of late and have been setting the hook like a mad man when that dry goes down; no problem there.

Excellent rod.
Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Loch style rods
« Last post by Todd Oishi on November 12, 2018, 07:47:02 AM »
Great topic! I've posed this question to several of my international coaches, fellow competitors, teammates, and mentors, and received a variety of answers, but all of them recommend 7-weight 10 foot rods.

Based on what I have been taught and learned through my own experiences and experimentation with fly lines, techniques, and fish, I found the 10 foot, 7-weight Sage Z-Axis to be the perfect fit for my style of angling and how I play fish, as well as the size and species fish that I encounter and target.

I have a lot of other rods, but find the action of this rod ideal for reducing the number of dropped fish. Like many thing relating to fly fishing, you need to find what works best for you and your style of fishing. The competitive setting is ideal for collecting data and assessing your results, as you can rely on the feedback and results of the other competitors to confirm your findings and observations.

That being said; I am working on other factors that I consider to be more significant factors regarding dropped and lost fish...
Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Loch style rods
« Last post by Stanton Jack on November 12, 2018, 06:31:03 AM »
This September I picked up a Sage VXP 10ft/6wt, and I'm loving it! Really smooth casting with Airflo 6/7 lines, and plenty of turnaround power to handle the hot ones. Before this, I was using an older Sage RPL+ 9ft/6wt... great rod for throwing indicators but quite stiff and wasn't quite as effective hooking up with the smaller fish. Good luck with the rod search :)
Stillwater Fly Fishing / Re: Loch style rods
« Last post by Marc Bilan on November 12, 2018, 03:38:59 AM »
I'm interested as well.  I've been looking to upgrade my rod and have been thinking of going to a heavier line.   Be interested to see what other guys are using, what they've tried and like or are looking to get next.
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