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  1. The West Branch of the Delaware is one of the great trout streams in the country. The Paul Weamer book is a great introduction to the river. In June you will probably be fishing sulphurs. I've heard that when the reservoir is overflowing the dam, shiners from the reservoir get washed over and there is great streamer fishing. I've never seen that, but I've heard it from several knowledgeable folks. Although it's a good river for wading, you can cover a lot more water on a float trip, a lot of it inaccessible to wading anglers. My dream is to spend an entire season on the West Branch and fish it from early spring to late fall.
  2. Here's a demo on how to nail knot a leader to a flyline without a tool:
  3. A snail was in Central Park one afternoon where it was robbed by a turtle. It went to the local precinct to report the crime and the desk officer asked it to describe the perpetrator. The snail thought about it for a while and said, "I'm afraid I can't help you, officer, it all happened so fast!"
  4. My advice is to get a casting instructor to help you learn left-handed. That way you will be able to avoid learning bad habits on your left side. We all have quirks that we pick up along the way (especially those of us who are self-taught). I've found it's harder to correct in-grained bad habits than it is to learn something new from scratch. If you get your basics correct on your left side from the beginning you'll be ahead of the game.
  5. I have a Sage model DS2 690-4 Graphite II I'll trade. It's a 4-pc, 6wt with tube. It's in excellent condition, it's only been fished a couple of times.
  6. I remember Louie from when I first came to NYC and was looking for a tackle shop. I remember asking him about some lure I had read about in a magazine and he would swear at me and say, "Aw that's just a gimmack," and then he'd sell me a lure that had been sitting in a drawer in his shop for 30 years. And as I remember he was too cheap to heat the shop so it was always freezing in the winter. He was one of a kind. Shops like his are all gone now in NYC and the city is a little less interesting than it was.
  7. I had a similar experience with korkers. They replaced a pair of boots for me two seasons ago. They make a great product and provide superior customer service.
  8. I just got back from a long weekend fishing the south shore beaches and there was not a fish to be seen. The few fishermen I talked to said the same. On the other hand, the weather was warm and the fall colors were beautiful and the beaches were empty. Regarding steelhead fishing, it's a real thrill, but you have to hit the rivers at just the right time -- too much rain and the rivers are high and muddy, too low and the fish are sulking. Hit it right and it's fantastic. I spend Thanksgiving with family in Cleveland every year and I schedule a few extra days for fishing. There have been years where it rained every day and the rivers were just too high. This past spring I hit it just right and had a couple of days of fantastic fishing. It's very tough to travel there for just a few days -- you're pretty much at the mercy of the weather (altho there are some fishermen who are successful in the high muddy water, I'm not one of them -- yet).
  9. crunch, thanks for that link.
  10. One thing I've found, is because the head is so short and heavy I have to strip back all the line so the head is just out of the tip top before beginning my next cast. It is not a finesse line. I have had trouble with the running portion of the line getting twisted after fishing awhile -- altho this may be my technique and no fault of the line.
  11. I use the Ambush lines on a 9' 8 wt rod and on a 9' 6 wt rod. The past couple of seasons I have been using the 6 wt line on the 8 wt rod for steelhead in the Lake Erie tribs and it is great for close quarters and smaller rivers. It turns over bulky and weighted flies easily.
  12. Terrific video. Thanks for posting.
  13. Marcq, I'll be going to NOLA later this spring and would also be interested in a guide recommendation. If you're not comfortable posting publicly, pm me. Thx.
  14. My adult niece, who is a vegetarian and non-fur-wearing animal lover, loves to go out in the boat with her dad, my brother-in-law, an avid fisherman. Last summer she discovered she could fish with hookless plastic worms and get bass all the way to the boat -- fishing without violating her principles. I call that "pre-catch & release fishing." I'm hoping I can get her interested in hookless fly-fishing this coming year.
  15. Quote: Originally Posted by charles m well I tied my first bucktail. A 1 ounce for bass and fluke. Put some flash in it. Still have to paint eyes and mouth and do more coats of clear coat on threads. Happy with it. it was fun and will be more fun and better results with time. You should try tying some teasers to use in tandem with bucktails. There's nothing like catching a fish on a fly you tied yourself.