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2019 All Things Fly Fishing

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22 mins ago, HL said:

Dick,

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - NO!!

The take is not the same.

Going to Tampa area in mid Feb - with a wading guide - He spins fish most of the time. He says he's not much of a fly guy - but will practice with a fly rod before I get there. 

Hope to post some nice red fish pix.

You can teach him.

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2 hours ago, titleguy said:

The dark side is strong in you......

 

6 hours ago, bonefishdick said:

Santa Clause was very good to me once again and as usual, toys for the old man ruled the day. My big gift was a new Dyna King vice and I had no idea that the first thing I would tie on it was not going to be a fly.

 

Each year I go to Sanibel at least two times a year but that did not happen last year which also meant I had lots of time to think about lots of things. The one thing I really thought was this year I wanted to expand my fishing by trying to break out my spinning rod and use some small jigs for the Snook when the wind was not user friendly. I have a friend on Sanibel who slays the fish using a 7 ft spinning rod with 10 lb Power Pro, a bite tippet and 1/2 ounce jigs. After observing him for a few years I decided that I would follow suit and see how things would go on the Dark Side.

 

The new vice actually got broken in making up a bunch of 1/2 ounce jigs which hopefully will get me through  the year since they will not be my first choice. I know they aren't flies but it's fishing.

 

The final product.

 

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Exactly what I do, Bonefish. Light spinning gear with lures when the wind and waves preclude the fly rod. I'd rather fish with a coffee grinder than sit home and tie flies. Good man yourself! Those jigs look fishy to me.

 

 

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No blackmouth this morning, but hard to beat having the beach to yourself on a nice crisp bluebird winter day at sunrise.

SF

 

 

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First trouts of the year. Big slab of a stocker and little wild brown. Had no idea there were browns to be found here. Far from my favorite place to fish but it was good to get on the water. Been spending most for my free time surfing powder on the mountain. 

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2 hours ago, PhillyPhisher said:

First trouts of the year. Big slab of a stocker and little wild brown. Had no idea there were browns to be found here. Far from my favorite place to fish but it was good to get on the water. Been spending most for my free time surfing powder on the mountain. 

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You're a mad man, beautiful fish. Caught in PA or neighboring state? Water so clear! Colors on them striking...nice catches.

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1 hour ago, saltyh2ofly said:

You're a mad man, beautiful fish. Caught in PA or neighboring state? Water so clear! Colors on them striking...nice catches.

Im living in Oregon. Was almost 50 here today so it wasn’t bad. 

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Today I was bored so I decided to play with some of the new "Northern Lights" material my friend sent me. I made these as more of an attractor pattern. They really don't represent anything in particular but I think the Speckled Trout and maybe the baby Tarpon will like them.

 

These are tied on size 4 with med lead eyes.

 

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16 mins ago, bonefishdick said:

Today I was bored so I decided to play with some of the new "Northern Lights" material my friend sent me. I made these as more of an attractor pattern. They really don't represent anything in particular but I think the Speckled Trout and maybe the baby Tarpon will like them.

 

These are tied on size 4 with med lead eyes.

 

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BFD, these make me hungry just looking at them. Pretty much what we use out West for perch and striper in the surf. I'm sure they will work for you.

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It's surf perch season here in Central California, when the big ones come in close to the beach. "Big" meaning 14-17" or 2-3 lb. Tides were good this week, high was just before dawn and then outgoing as the sun rose with a big change in level. Surf finally dropped to fishable level. Took some time to find the fish but eventually I found a honey hole where a rip current flowed over a rocky reef into a deep trough. The fish would  congregate right in front of me as the water got shallower and shallower, until it was too low and they all disappeared. I mean, I was hooking nice size fish with only about 10 feet of line in the water--right at the end of my retrieve. Nibble-nibble-nibble-BAM! I love when that happens.

 

I got to the beach early twice, once with the switch rod (throwing Uncle Stu's Pretty Good Mole Crab) and once with the coffee grinder, using Krusteaz rubber crabs. I landed a dozen fish each time, and only killed 3 to eat. Being spawning season, it feels good to let the fat ones swim free to have their babies (yup--live birth). 

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Hey BFD, those jigs will be fun.  When I lived in Islamorada we found out that the snook and bonefish there were absolute suckers for a bucktail jig.  We used a brand called Millie's, not available anymore.  The boxing glove style at 11 o'clock in this photo were all we used.

 

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