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About smath

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  1. I didn't fish the Salmon River, but I did fish the Lake Erie tribs in Ohio right around Easter and the streams were filled with fish.
  2. I have several Allen Kraken reels and have been very happy with them. I just came back from a steelhead trip where I landed a number of large fish on a Kraken reel and it performed flawlessly. The reel is well built and the drag is very smooth.
  3. thanks mike
  4. Is there any difference between the UV resins sold for wader repair, like Aquaseal, and the resins sold for fly tying? I have the Solarez Flex UV resin and wonder if that will work for small wader repairs. I've got some seams that are starting to crack and I'd like to patch them before I have major leakage.
  5. Thanks Philly. I'll give it a try.
  6. Philly, I like your popper/crease flies. How do you create the gill slits on these flies? From the side angle above it looks like you leave the center of the fly open -- or do you fill it in? Do the poppers with the gill slits create a different action than the standard crease fly?
  7. A fish fry fly. Will be fishing for steelhead in a couple of weeks with this.
  8. Best advice ever. I'm always amused to watch fishermen walk up to the water's edge and cast as far as they can out to the middle of the pond or to the far bank of the stream. For some reason they always think the fish are against the far bank, never on the near -- as if the far bank was, for some unknown reason, fishier. I think it's a guy thing
  9. There is a series of exercises called "the thrower's ten." They're designed for baseball pitchers to build strength for pitching and throwing. They may not be specifically for fighting tarpon, but I find they're applicable for my casting muscles. There are a number of versions out there, just google "thrower's ten." I've never caught a big tarpon but I had one guide tell me that his clients typically started the day all juiced up about catching big fish, but after fighting the first tarpon to the boat, they were too beat to do it again, and all they wanted to do was jump them and then break them off. Fighting a big fish on a pitching boat will tax your entire body -- core, arms and legs.
  10. Yes, but. This discussion is really about our use of language. I can imagine coming up with any number of fly names that would be so racially, religiously, or ethnically offensive that even the most "un-woke" on this forum would not use them in a public arena. And a lot of this language would have been perfectly acceptable in polite society not that long ago. Standards change, attitudes change, and our use of language reflects that. The post that started this whole discussion may seem silly to some and too extreme, but I don't think it's entirely off-base. I do find it interesting that the reaction was immediately turned up to 11. I think we could all take it down a notch -- about everything.
  11. Perhaps, but in my case I was able to cast the two rods side by side and one was significantly "lighter" to cast. I have no idea what the actual weight difference was. I guess the main point is to try out any rod on the water to see how it casts for you. Personally I really enjoy fishing with the lightest rod I can get away with for the conditions. A couple of seasons ago I decided I wanted a 10' rod for my trout fishing -- I thought the extra distance was important. I was quite surprised at how much difference there was in the feel of the 10' rod vs a 9' rod casting the same line. The extra foot made it feel like I was casting a line that was two weights heavier. The same weight at the end of a lever that is one foot longer makes a real difference. After fishing the 10-footer for a couple of seasons I went back to a 9' rod.
  12. However, when the new rod is significantly lighter, that makes a big difference. I was very happy with a 5 wt rod that I fished for several seasons, until I cast it side by side with a lighter rod. All of a sudden my old favorite felt like a broomstick.
  13. Yes, please. Especially the last part. I'll second that.
  14. Simon Gawesworth has written a book on single-hand spey casting.
  15. Instead of Larva Lace you could use a material called Stretch Magic. It's clear and comes in several diameters, and as the name implies, it's stretchy. Because it's clear, it allows the color of the underlying thread to show through so you could tie it in a variety of colors just by changing your tying thread. It would probably require a coat of epoxy or uv resin to give it durability.