slip n slide

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About slip n slide

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  • About Me:
    chicks dig me,guys are jealous and the fish are scared...
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    playing music live(rock,country,blues),flyfishing,raising asils,travelling to fish...
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    I play in the dirt...

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  1. Yep,got that right! Most rods come w/ a ceramic stripper but the tip is where the line sees the most abuse and abrasion.My tips are ALWAYS ceramic,typically a #8 light spin/casting tip.I build my own but it's easy to replace,heat the tube w/ a lighter till it slides off and put on the new tip w/ epoxy. Line running across the acute angle of a tip guide that is made of wire is what causes a lot of line cracking and wear.A tip guide w/ a ceramic insert is much easier on your line.
  2. it's a lot easier to just cast or strip out your entire line w/ no fly on and then wind it back on your reel as you hold it between two fingers,takes all of the coils and twists out as a sidenote ,lines don't twist up by themselves,you're either using a fly that spins or,most likely,you got some bad habits in your casting stroke personally,if I'm going for distance I cast sidearm w/ the tip travelling in a figure 8 pattern that does introduce twist to the line,while casting in-line,overhead I get no twist but less distance
  3. stand up stream of the plunge w/ an indicator set up or hopper/dropper and let your line out till it's just above the plunge,make sure you have some big slack to quickly feed into the drift when you let it go,using this method w/ the fly going down first will get you to the bottom or near, unlike casting from downstream where the fly gets whisked out before it can sink,just make sure you strike to the side or you'll pull it out of their mouth since your up from them, or, alternatively, simply drop the tip to one side or the other and let the current set it
  4. Finding almost all of my bigger fish right now in or immediately adjacent to fast water.Skipping top water stuff standing upstream from fast water structure/boulders and getting crushed.The slow water bite is all little fish right now where I am,looking for rapids,broken dams and fast water over broken rubble.The fast,thrashing water has more oxygen in it and the slow less.
  5. I use the wht belly hair ,tie them flat winged as a spinner.It is a carp were fishing for and they will be taking it w/ other bugs so the detail you'd put into a trout tie is not as critical.
  6. River was up 2' and running hard.We were running the river for the fast water and had hauled up below a broken dam to take a break and do some swimming.A drunken couple is coming down the river and I try to tell them which channel to take so they don't capsize.Dude flips me off,goes the wrong way and goes ass-over-teakettle.She's drunk AF and can barely stay up so I go for her first,drag her back to shore.Dude's tryin to play hero and got himself pinned to a root mass by the canoe w/ water rushing over his head,which was basically under water.I had to get up on the root wad and pry the canoe off him using my legs to push it.The canoe moves a little and I reach down and hook my arms under his armpits and haul his sorry,drunken ass up and out.Did he thanks me? Nope,threatening to kick my ass cuz I was "touching his GF".Go ahead,take a swing cuz I'll just throw ya back in after I put a beat-down on you.A fat,drunk, short man is no threat to me ....worthless POS,shoulda left him to drown.
  7. I fly fish for them exclusively and I used to use a 6wt fly rod and flies from #2-8. One year I was getting my arm ready for an upcoming SW trip so I started throwing 6-8" flies on a SW flyrod in my local river for practice. Dang! I never knew we had so many big SMB in my river! Now,all I use is bigger stuff to weed out the size range your catching.Most of what I throw is 5" min and as big as 8".I rarely catch an SMB under 15" these days and most are 16-20",occasionally bigger.
  8. nice tie,good proportions...
  9. I've caught them from back waters in Feb and as late as Oct but the warmer the better. Go early or as the sun sets.Walk carefully.Look for movement on the waters surface as they will feed very shallow as the sun sets.No hero casts.Wait.Set yourself up in an area where they're feeding where your max cast will be under 30'.No blind casting;you'll spook the pool.Wait till one is close enough for a good presentation and so you can see it's face for the tell-tale flash of the take.It bears repeating:you won't feel the take. A side/back water of a river is prime right now,they'll be up on the gravel feeding and they're good candidates. They are in almost every stream that is 30' or wider or avg 4' deep and summer creek wading can be very productive.I fish a creek that flows through an urban area,rap music in the background,barbecue smells wafting down the creek, and no sign of ppl but lots of big carp,and the reason I'm there in the first place,SMB.But if there's a few carp it only takes a second to retie.....
  10. The easiest ones are the "mudders' or "feeders" as they are acively engaged in eating.You can often find them by the mud plume. In water over 2' deep it's hard to detect a take as they will spit before you ever feel anything so I focus on ones I can see.Cast in front of them as gently as you can muster,use your best trout taper line,not the heavy lines "intended" for the purpose.Lead them by no more than 18" bcz they can and will likely veer off course.Random AF.As they come upon the location of your fly give it a light pull.Twitches are inclined to spook them as is any other sudden movement.The "take" will not be felt.You have to watch them take it.The take is evidenced by a flaring of the gills and pectorals and extension of the mouth and that gill/mouth action flashes a bit of orange/yellow.Hit 'em right away,no waiting or god save the queen dry-fly nonsense.Bam! You're on! They often "look" surprised as they get hit and often shake their head trying to dislodge the fly before they spook and bolt. There is no end of fanciful creations intended for carp and as I've pointed out before in other posts "you have to catch the fisherman before he can catch the fish".Old saying by comm tyers about what sells vs what catches.There's no magic fly (except for the "slow sink" in that unique situation) as many will work,although a small crayfish pattern is hard to beat.Another fav is a dragon fly larvae tied w/ lrg bead chain eyes and a fat abdomen and some rubber legs.Now,take that same larvae patter,tie it in rusty orange/brown and use a henhackle as a wing case(not tied front and back as w/ typical nymph wingcase but by the stem so it hovers over the abdomen.I suspect they take this for a beetle that's fallen into the water and will often fall all over themselves going after it after it first hits the water if you're in an area over hung w/ vegetation,esp fields and meadows but also wooded areas. Every Aug in most rivers there is the evening "Whitefly" hatch,Ephoron leukon, and this is a crazy opportunity to catch a big fish on a # 12 or 14 hook.They are more likely to suck down a clump or clumps of flies than an individual so it doesn't hurt to get you fly into a raft of others as they will vacuum the surface indiscriminately.Cast in front of a vacuuming fish and hope he picks the clump your fly is consorting w/. I tie it w/ all wht deer hair so it floats well and I'll often drag it into a better feeding lane if one rejects/goes past it. Many say you can't catch "cruisers".Not true.these fish are not actively feeding and are somewhat aimless in their mid-water wandering.They are not on the bottom and a sinking fly of the type typically used for them won't cut it.What you need for cruisers is a slow sinking,make that verrrry slow sinking fly that looks as buggy as you can create.A #6 tiemco 200 w/ the rear two thirds dubbed loosely w/ angora in a natural tone w/ a grizz hackle spiraled through it is finished w/ a muddler style head tied loose and open.Trim all the fibers off the top and bottom of the collar so it looks like a pr of wings.Soak it thoroughly before you throw it so it will sink on it's own.Super slow sinking(great trout fly btw).Throw it 2-3" in front of the fish bcz they're moving a lot faster than a feeder and give it a lil pull.they will often rise up and take it from the surface if they like the profile.Too much action spooks them,they don't want a swimming bug.It's about accuracy.These guys are a bit less spooky than shallow water fish and you can often present to them a couple or three times as they swim round the pool. What else ya wanna know?
  11. No,I don't condone coddling of criminals and might even support the death penalty if the country truly had an objective trial process but too often justice exists only for those who can afford the right lawyer.Look at the Central Park 5.They got railroaded and almost put to death for just that reason. The expense in putting someone to death is the cost of the appeals process.A lot of lawyers get rich arguing for years about someones' death sentence.Many of them take 20+ yrs to wind their way through the system.Look at the 5 guys in the Fed Pen that are about to be put to death;some committed their crimes 20+ yrs ago.How much money do you think they've cost us running out their appeals? Millions,no doubt. Have you ever had to pay for a lawyer? If you did you'd know how fast the $$$ add up. Annual costs for prisoner housing avg around +/- 25K.You can run 25K+ in lawyer fees, that the state(read;us) has to pay for,in a month.
  12. Easily the largest fish available to most FF'ers,my personal best was over 4' long and on a 6wt/4x tippet. They are not easy.What's easy about them is how quickly they are spooked.When I started fishing flats for SB I would think about various inept actions of mine while presenting/casting/wading "well,that wouldv'e spooked it if it was a carp",but it didn't spook the bass. Right after a rain they are often foolish w/ greed and feed right up on the bank to opportunities presented by rising water covering new soil.In these cases there is little casting but more stalking and "dapping" your fly right in front of them.They're face down and feeding hard and won't notice your fly if it's more'n 2-3" from it's face. Other times they are in clear water barely deep enough to cover them and a super delicate,trout-worthy presentation is the only thing that will work and even then not always.Times like this they are super wary,flushing to the sound of gravel grinding underfoot as you approach,flushing even when you're over 100' away.Stealth is an imperative.So is smell.If you're a smoker better wash your hands thoroughly.A fly fresh from the vise is not effective as it smells wrong.It needs to be washed in mud ,or even better,rub it in the contents of a craw claw,worm or dead fish.Only once to get the glue smell etc off but it matters.A well used fly is golden.
  13. have you actually looked at any math regarding this?cheaper to keep them w/ mass killings on an almost daily ( we lost 9 in my town this past wknd) you feel like we need to up the level of violence in society? might be where you live ,but where I am it's not in a third world ****hole country that believes in the abuse of basic human rights
  14. wow,violence in response to violence? nicely played! effin idiot...
  15. Saw one 14-15' on the SS last year fishing off the tip of a long jetty,coulda touched it w/ my pole it was so close...freaking huge!