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About smath

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  1. The Beaverkill Valley Inn in Livingston Manor, NY, home of the Joan Wulff school of fly fishing.
  2. I like your floating version. I'll tie some up for panfish this spring.
  3. I've caught Lake Erie steelhead with an identical fly. It was called a "hot weenie" or maybe "fred's weenie." Hot pink was the ticket. I think it was more the color than the pattern that worked for me. As I recall anything in hot pink was catching fish. I ran out of egg patterns in that color and switched to a mop fly and continued catching.
  4. Believe it or not there is trout fishing in Costa Rica. In the mountains. I've fished for Machaca in the rivers up north and they have tarpon that swim way upstream into fresh water. Machaca are really aggressive top feeders and great fishing with a popper on a fly rod. I fished with a really interesting fellow there named Peter Gorinksy, who pioneered fly fishing in Costa Rica.
  5. I've complained to Korkers about losing soles in muck and they replied with some good advice: "Wading in deep mud. If you do find yourself in deep/sticky mud, it's important to NOT pull your foot straight up. The suction in this manner can pull the sole off of the shoe. It is better to roll forward on the ball of the foot slowly to release the foot from the mud." I've used that technique and it works. It's still an issue though, but for me it's manageable, and I like being able to change soles for different conditions. However, I've mostly settled on using the studded vibram soles for all my fishing and I carry a spare pair of soles in my fishing kit just in case. I'm thinking that next season if I'm fishing in muddy conditions I may use a wrap of amalgamating tape around the instep of my boots and soles as an additional guarantee against losing a sole. Amalgamating tape is made for sealing leaky pipes, etc. It doesn't rely on adhesive to stick, it bonds to itself. It can be applied under water or on wet surfaces since it doesn't use an adhesive. I've used it for plumbing repairs and it works great. Once you wrap it around itself it's like one continuous rubber band. It should provide an additional layer of security to the sole and I figure if I have to I can just cut it off at the end of the day's fishing.
  6. That's an image that's going to be hard for me to get out of my mind.
  7. Thanks for the info, much appreciated.
  8. Stormy, My wife and I are thinking about a winter vacation in PR. Do you have any other spots to recommend?
  9. You might check out the Allen reels. They're reasonably priced and have a good smooth drag.
  10. Where in the glades were you fishing? Out of Flamingo? The Everglades are truly one of the great wonders. A couple of years ago I had a chance to fish one of the freshwater canals deep in the everglades. What a fantastic day - thousands of birds, no cars, boats, planes, or other fishermen, plenty of LMB, some oscars and an occasional gar. One of the most memorable fishing days I've ever had - not just because of the fish, but for the natural beauty and the entire experience.
  11. l suggested something similar to Scott last year - tube inserts to fit inside his Beast Sling for saltwater flies and plugs. I have two of his sling bags for my freshwater fishing and I love them. Please post your progress on this project.
  12. I get to fish the Lake Erie tribs in northern Ohio a couple of times a year. The past couple of seasons I've been swinging flies using a light spey rod, but you could just as easily swing with a single-handed rod. The streams I fish have some deep spots but you don't need a ton of weight to get your fly into the fish's zone and you can use conventional fly tactics to catch fish. Indicator fishing is not that different than a dry and dropper rig, if that's what you want to do. There are a lot of fly fishers doing well on these streams, as well as pinners and spin fishermen drifting bait sacks, jigs and maggots, minnows, gulp baits, little cleos, and everything else under the sun. There are many places where drifting egg patterns will catch more fish, but I prefer swinging flies - casting a streamer is more satisfying than flipping an egg and indicator upstream, and the take of a steelhead on a swung fly is a lot more exciting than the subtle take of an egg. Both techniques require skill, use the one that best suits you and the conditions. Reading the water and finding the fish is always the same challenge.
  13. In my experience, timing is everything. If there is a good run of fish and they're active, you can catch them with just about anything. If the water is high and muddy, good luck. If the water is low and clear, you need to find the deeper pools where the fish are holding. Sometimes they can be quite picky. The first Steelhead I ever caught refused one egg pattern after another, even when they drifted right by its nose. Then I drifted a bead and that fish moved at least 12" to grab the bead on the first drift. Steelhead will swim upstream as far as they can go. I've seen big fish in tiny creeks with barely enough water to cover their backs. If you're fishing the Great Lakes tribs, almost any river than runs into the lake will have some fish.
  14. I can also recommend the Allen Kraken reel. I haven't caught stripers on mine but I have caught bonefish and the reel is great, with a very smooth drag. It doesn't have a clicker, so if that's important to you you might want to look elsewhere.
  15. There's a terrific scene in the film "Out of the Past" starring Robert Mitchum and Kirk Douglas where a young fisherman saves Mitchum with a perfectly executed cast.