2hands4steel

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  1. If you always reel your line in under tension like S&S described this will never happen, even if you reel your leader all the way into the reel.
  2. He's going to be a long way from the ocean and the Manauska is full of glacial silt so salmon will probably be off the agenda. Most of the fishing in that area will be on smaller creeks or lakes, fishing for grayling and trout. That 5/6 will probably do just fine, that's what I've used in AK. Bring goid rain gear.
  3. I like drop shot rigs, but I also fish more standard nymph setups with either a heavy tool fly on top or shot above my fly/flies. Either way I set my indi 1.5-2 times the depth of the water, measured from my shot or my tool fly. I also prefer airlocks, although I carry yarn for technical situations.
  4. My braided leaders are from Orvis. They are hollow braided mono, that's why they stretch and soak up and spray a lot of water. Furled and twisted leaders are a different thing altogether, although the concept is similar.
  5. I've used them for trout off and on for years. They turn over very nicely, stretch to protect light tippets, but they hold water and spray droplets when they turn over. I would think their usefulness in the salt would be limited, but for some trout situations they're pretty nice.
  6. I'm spending the winter just a little south of Scottsdale. I've been fooling around with largemouth and yellow bass on the neighborhood lakes in my area. There's also carp around in the ponds and the canals, but I have been using a 4 weight and the carp I've seen have been a bit much for that rod, so I haven't even cast at one. They stock the salt in town, but I'm not a fan of stocked trout so I haven't checked it out. If you're up for driving check out Oak Creek in Sedona or lee's ferry on the Colorado, both have wild trout and are beautiful places well worth the drive just for the scenery. Stop by the Desert Sportsman there in scottsdale, maybe they can point you in a good direction.
  7. My daughter lives on Oahu, and winter is the worst time of year for bones there. The weather is more unsettled in winter and the bones like the water a tad warmer and the weather more stable. You'll still see plenty of bones in winter, they're just a whole lot spookier.
  8. I absolutely love fishing tiny dries, and there's several things I do to increase my ability to see a fish take my fly, use a wing post I can see (I like white best) and keep my casts as short as I can. Most useful to me is that I almost always use the same (roughly) length leader. I don't watch my fly as I cast, I look at my target, and find my fly as it lands. If I don't see my fly after it lands I'll look for the tip of my fly line and I'll know within a foot or so where my fly most likely is. Knowing where my fly probably is I can oftentimes pick it up on the surface or if I see a fish rise close to that I can set on it. I usually fish with a 7 to 8 foot leader, and if you want to see me struggle to hook fish in tough visibility conditions just lengthen my leader to 10 feet.
  9. That BVK factory seat is awful, I'd change it out too. I've changed out the handle setups on several rods, including a couple TFO rods (their cork is awful). On the TFO's the hot water trick didn't work, although it worked with several other rods. I had to cut the seat off with a cutting wheel, which was actually very quick and easy. Just a couple lengthwise cuts, a little heat to soften the epoxy, and the pieces could be popped apart. I've always stripped each rod down totally and replaced the whole handle assembly, thread wraps, hook keeper, and epoxy. To me it's just easier to start over with a cleaned up blank than just to replace the seat and whatever cork you have to remove, and you will have to remove cork either above or below (or both) the seat.
  10. Beautiful fish Philly. I'm out of OR right now, but returning soon, and can't wait to have a redside show me my backing.
  11. Peter, we ARE talking about the lower "D" in OR, and you wouldn't recognize the fishery today, it's in a very different condition than just 5 or 6 years ago. The new water release tower and policy has changed the water chemistry and many of the insects have disappeared and algae coats the rocks. The reliable dry fly fishing, with the exception of a few hatches, has all but disappeared and catch rates are down. Luckily the the native redsides are just as spunky, although many have black spot disease and some are quite skinny. The only nice thing in all of this is that there seems to be more big fish than in the past, and I've seen photos of legit 20+ inch redsides the last couple years. I've never landed one over 20, but I no longer totally doubt a claim of a 22 inch redside. Big fish aside I am saddened about the sudden deterioration of the lower Deschutes and hope the Deschutes River Alliance suit against PG&E is successful and has positive results on the river.
  12. Philly, sounds like you're getting into some of the redsides that make the lower Deschutes such an amazing fishery. Seeing your backing when a 16 inch fish gets into the current is pretty normal, but there aren't too many 22 inch resident fish in there, so you may indeed have gotten into a steelhead. Usually if you're wondering if it was a steelhead, it was a trout, if it was a steelhead there's never a doubt, and using a 4 weight will make you feel like you brought a knife to a gun fight. I find a 4 weight is plenty of rod for most Oregon trout, those 18+ inch rainbows are pushing it a bit, but 25+ inch browns are no problem. I just use heavy wire hooks, the heaviest tippet I can get away with, and push those fish hard. You loose a few, and sometimes you go through loosing streaks, but in the end most will start coming to hand. On the Deschutes, don't be afraid to use 2X (or heavier) tippet when you're nymphing or swinging emergers, the water is a bit off color and fish don't seem to mind. It makes landing those hot fish quickly a lot easier.
  13. Like others said since it grinds only under pressure it's probably a frame issue. Those are cast reels so I'd contact Sage. If they won't fix or replace check online auctions, the 1600, 1800, and 2000 series all have interchangeable spools, and you may be able to find another reel and you'll have 2 extra spools already.
  14. It's been snowing in the high country already. Not that that's necessarily a bad thing, but be prepared. Crappy fall weather means good blue wing olive hatches, though, so that's a good thing.
  15. For northwest steelhead I think an 8 weight is the most useful rod to have. That's an awfully powerful rod for trout, though, even pretty big ones. If you're open to single hand spey casting, check out the new super short skagit heads like the OPST commando. That way you can use your 5 weight to easily cast big streamers and sink tips, and medium sized trout are still fun. That's what I use for streamer fishing these days, and it has totally replaced my old 7 weight streamer rod.