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  1. I totally agree: the weight of a 5# versus 7# is not so much different (140 versus 185) IF following AFFTA and the difference should not be to difficult to handle for a beginner. I’ve started fly fishing in my low teen and I was using a 7# and it never felt too much and it was over 40 years ago when rod were not on par with modern ones. I’m using a 7# for saltwater fishing as long the wind stays under 10 knots, afterward, i go to a 10# with a 400 grain line, but those conditions are not for a beginner... A modern 7# would also be my recommendation for a sw beginner. It can easily be used for fishing big river and many fw conditions... for over 35 years, I did have just one rod and is was a 7# and it served my very well.. dc
  2. Go for a short rod, the difference especially using heavier lines, is considerable. 350-400 grain over a 8’ lever versus 9’ is really felt less demanding... PT and all is a long term solution and will be beneficial in all aspects of your life, which is a plus... practicing casting alll year long is a good mean to improve the casting mechanic and keep your body conditioned to the specifics of casting. good luck dc
  3. My bad: confusing... I was not referencing the particular setup of the OP but the overall strategy which is to compensate with equipment instead of working on casting fundamentals... thanks for pointing out. dc
  4. Practice.... is my recommendation ... Technic allow to compensate for sub par equipment , the inverse is not true... Have fun! dc
  5. Choose an headlight that is confortable and ideally, which can switch between white and red light. Red does not impair you sight as much, does not spook fish as a white one (in my experience) and is much more friendly to other fishermen if you cross some... don’t forget to bring a spare... which is working... have fun dc
  6. This is a situation where having a good rollcast may helps.. When unrolling, the tip/snagged portion of the line will be rolled forward, in a similar manner as if you were in the opposite direction. Sure it is not as strong a pull as with your hand, but it will save your situation in many circonstances... my 2 cents, dc
  7. I’m only fly fishing except for mackerel using kayak. Being able to quickly going down while we are in a pod of fish mandates the use of jigs and alike. I should also note this is the only situation where catching is important for me since we filet and froze the fish to get a nice source for all year consumption. Otherwise, it is fly fishing only because I just enjoy the casting activity, both OH and Spey style and being outside in the water in those beautiful surroundings, experiencing with flies, presentation, ... I could fly fish each and everyday of my life without ever getting bored: the anticipation, the magic of the discovery Will always feed my addiction for fly fishing... dc
  8. Nice pictures and you seem having managed to get the best of your opportunity... is it an European dipper (the bird in the pictures)? dc
  9. I amusing Loom streamline. it is biodegradable and the results satisfies me. I did not make an extensive experiment of all the available products but my expectations are fulfilled with this eco-friendly product. good luck dc
  10. Because it’s the caster that is supposed to think, not the rod by itself... I admit that is not always backed up by observation of the average caster performance... (sorry could not resist...) dc
  11. It is the start of my vacation in Gaspésie. I almost got no sleep the night before because of the excitement and the anticipation. After souper, I’m taking my #7 with me and i’m heading to one of the well known spot in my camping area. No wind, no fisher! I am quite pleased, yet anxious because the fishing reports described this area as slow, very slow. i’m entering the water and I see a continuous flow of weeds making impossible to cast without having the fly carrying a good quantity of green stuff with the very distinct sound accompanying the kind of payload. Every attempt to proceed normally failed because as soon the fly get contact with the water, weeds would get picked up. No way i’m Getting back to camp... I’m here to fish... During the undressing of the fly, I figured out a way to cast and getting my fly clear... First, I stripped the line until I have about 15 feet of line outside the tip. I’ve got a good amount of line in the stripping basket that is mandatory in those conditions...I’m clearing all the weeds on my way up to the fly. During the process, the line get back to the surface and catch some weeds again. At this point, i pinch the curved portion of the hook with my non casting hand, the rod slightly inclined and i start to delicately cast back and forth without releasing the hook. This process allows for clearing the line and, when cleaned, i’m Just releasing on the back cast and resume normal casting: it’s a jumped salad cast! This procedure allowed me to fish for a while and to get a couple of short bass in the process. I new trick learned and more importantly, I did manage to get more time on the water doing what I love the most... I normally don’t report such type of experience but I did this one for BFD, hoping to get him a smile... dc
  12. Indepently of the cleaning method, i always re-applicate a conditionner/lubricant after cleaning. I’m making many passes, applicating a few drops at a time... very well worth it. dc
  13. 120% on agreement .. 2 additional points. - a golden rule is that the haul should last UP to the stop, not before, independly to when it start. - a drill that may be used to delay the haul is to concentrate on NOT starting the forward haul until the hands appear in your peripheral vision , assuming your not watching your backcast... i’m not Advocating NOT watching the back-cast: it is in the context of a structured drill/practice.. Dc
  14. Completely in agreement. Thanks for the informstion and good luck
  15. Joe, if I may ask, what’s the cost of shipping to Canada ... if it is not prohibitive, we can maybe split the bill?