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  1. Ok I am not going to doubt what BD says, I know its a legit as hell source so I am just going to say this and take it fwiw. I got rid of tapered leaders when i went with a guide named Sandy Noyce a few years back, we fished FS and Int. lines in a rip for striper and he told me to cut that line off and here is why, and I guess it depends more on where you are fishing those flies but here me out. When you cast a deceiver and have a full leader on there, its going to kite up behind the sinking line. So your int. line might be in the zone but that fly may be "riding up". When I fish intermediate line or sinking I use 24-36" of stiff mono or fluoro, this allows that fly to ride down in the zone. I also fish more fast moving areas than say a flat where it might have the time to coast down, others may comment , in looking for comments on this subject I found a thread on SOL here I only use a tapered leader on floating, to turn over poppers, I rarely, probably never use a floating setup ever unless its poppers only and I need something to turn over that popper, an intermediate on surface feeding fish wont cost you fish because usually below those feeding shorts are bigger fats. Just my .02 worth, but cut that leader, esp. on an unweighted fly like a deceiver, let the int. line bring the fly down with the line as one.
  2. As weedy and super technical as the TH discussions are, and I just helped start one recently has Tim ever been asked or have other frequent posters to that method ever requested a separate forum on SOL for that?
  3. Was this setup on a floating line?
  4. click bait move on Yes catch and release harms and kills fish but not all of them, at least its not an article about how they feel pain.
  5. or when your surfing and some fisherman starts casting where you've been surfing. It goes on and on.
  6. Just wanted to also say thank you to all who have taken the time to chime in and comment. A few thoughts. I have personally watched myself blow anchors over and over because I was not using the cheater line on this setup, additionally my fly was off my left side rather than on my right while beginning my sweep. Because of this thread I am able to understand better the mechanics of how the anchor is created by the tension of the line during the sweep so thank you. In a few weeks I will be at the Farmington taking this class and will follow up with a breakdown of what I learned. Finally if anyone would like to pair up and run over to Pulaski this winter I would welcome that as I am a noob and dont know where to really begin. I have seen videos of the Salmon run there and didnt like what I saw so I stayed away from that action, however I have since learned that it thins out during the winter. This site is an awesome resource and many thanks again to you TH enthusiasts.
  7. I am not close enough to NJ (Saratoga NY) to run down, I am taking lessons on 10/27 from Spey Casting NE. However I have watched videos from Tight Lines Fly Fishing in NJ and they are top class. I wish we had a shop like this up here, sadly our only indie fly/ski barn unexpectedly closed up so now its online or Dicks/Field and Stream and its rough up here, we have a ton of water to fish in NY, VT, NH, CT and ME, and there are awesome shops except in the Albany/Saratoga area. We have one Orvis outlet, thats it and its pretty much trash (not the product but the selection).
  8. Greg thank you for this information I am now reading that chart, also wanted to say I heard from Lisa at Spey Casting NE and will signup for an outing so thank you Fro for 75.00 I think its a great investment before I drive 4 hours to a river. I looked over the line i have again, its a 550 Grain Skagit line from RIO , the main portion is long and what appears to be integrated floating head that transitions to the blue section built into the line. Pictured also is the loop to loop section that reads Rio 8/9/10 which I assume is the section you attach for dry flies or tippet/leader for shallow drifts? The heavy section is about 25' I tried to measure it as best I could but its hardly scientific, it doesnt taper until about a 1' from where it transitions into the blue running line. Thanks for all your help. I really cannot take another winter without going fly fishing again, last winter although wasnt epic in terms of snowfall here (saratoga area) it was long.
  9. Im here to say ive done this, I also once cut the tail off a circular saw, brought it to a service center before I just fixed my own stuff, the guy at the counter chuckled and said "welcome to the club, its a big one".
  10. Frobombs, contacted them on their site, thanks for the heads up. Greg checking the videos on Ashland fly shop and thank you.
  11. So I went out and tried like hell to put flies on Carp, and despite terrible wind, dark gross water the color of effluent lo and behold there were a few rises but no takers. Afterwards I was left with so many questions about Skagit casting, specifically the Snap T. I have a few questions for those who like the TH way and before you ask, I bought this setup 7 years ago when moving to NY with dreams of shooting 100' across the Salmon River, life happened (2 daughters) and I am now finally going for Steelhead this winter. I am using a Sage Z Axis 8110-4 I bought this outfit online from Leland knowing nothing at all. The line is a compact Rio that reads 650 on the tip. It came with a red leader wallet with various heads. I am booking a guided wading trip on the Salmon for November or December (already reached out to a guide) but I need to polish up this cast and have idiot level questions. I cannot go another winter up here without fishing for 7 months like last year so I need to take advantage of my proximity to the Great Lakes area because I wont/cannot ice fish. Would any knowledgeable souls care to opine below I would be grateful. 1. Do I attach the floating leader section (loop to loop) to the main skagit head? Just casting the skagit head without the loop to loop connection it felt like it was hinging horribly I would assume so? You don't attach your leader to the main skagit head correct, you add the included floating head to the setup? 2. Is 650 gr the correct weight for this setup? I searched and found a posting Started by KironaFly, December 9, 2014 and he indicated a line far lighter than my setup but it may not be a skagit head. The Sage is on the left, I also own an Orvis 9wt Shooting Star Spey rod that I used for swinging shad flies in the South, the OH cast was far simpler for me but its been so long ago Ive lost all understanding of this. 3. If you could only keep one and sell the other which to keep? I could never buy either now as I got them before i had kids but keeping two with my schedule and responsibilities is pointless. Finally does anyone here go for Steelhead on the Salmon, are there any meetups would anyone be interested in meeting out there this winter? Thank you for your time and understanding!
  12. Flying back from Ireland I used one of those Orvis bags for rods, stuffed my rods and reels in there, some things to read and a sweater, forgot I had some flies left over and they got pulled out and tossed. I would doubt scissors or hooks would make it through. Thats my only experience.
  13. I think its trying to throw something that will appeal to what is happening there, this is an urban environment, but the mayfly hatch was just epic, so I am thinking they are rising for clumps of mayfly spawners stuck together. I have the TCX, I am going to check out the setup tonight.
  14. Nobody? Damn Im gonna be Insta famous when i sort this out.
  15. The hydros was awesome, and it was ushered out right before the Helios, unfortunately I bought a Demo with a big branded D in the handle then sent it through a ceiling fan rigging up indoors (never do that again), couldn't be returned and the replacement costs were very high. So that led me to the 8' BVK actually. After the Hydros the BVK felt like a lego block, but once I adjusted I've come to really like it, its tough, I've had some big stripers on it in fast inlets on a dropping tide and its still going strong.