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  1. PaulD

    Tippet or mono?

    Basically no. Casting a fly requires 'energy' to be transmitted all the way from the rod, along the line to the fly. There's no problem with your fly line - it's tapered to make that as effective as possible, there's no problem with using a braided loop but there is no way that the...
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    What's the most technically demanding.....

    Priceless! :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO: :ROFLMAO:
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    Bulk Fly Drying powder

    The label on the top of my tub says; Hydrophobic Fumed Silica To reorder: phone: (267)230-3335 email: troutful@gmail.com I think I may have sourced it on Ebay.
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    What's the most technically demanding.....

    You've missed the point that Caeran enjoys what he's doing.
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    Upstream or Downstream

    Two very different methods of fishing. Dry fly, almost exclusively upstream to allow the fly to float, without sideways 'drag' over the position of a rising trout. Similarly, upstream nymphing, to present a nymph in a fish's feeding lane. Down and across, designed for the majority of cases, to...
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    Fishing with ultra light fly rods.

    That's a bit like asking if big flies are for big trout and small flies are for small trout. In much of our fishing we are greatly 'over-tackled', it's only in relatively recent years that a 9ft, 5wt has begun to be accepted as a viable 'tool' for some aspects of still water fishing whereas...
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    New to Forum, sort of....

    Yes, it was Buggsy - Iwan Lewis, a mean man on the grayling!
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    New to Forum, sort of....

    Blimey yes! I was there, also Paul Hopwood, Jo' (the Tarpon Princess) . . . really good 'do'!
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    What's the most technically demanding.....

    Being patient.
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    Fishing with ultra light fly rods.

    I keep a pair of artery forceps attached to my vest, support the fish by holding it in a fold of the wet net and it's usually pretty speedy to remove a barbless hook.
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    Looking for casting advice

    One of the great difficulties in being 'self-taught' is the fact that you get a very limited view of what you are doing and the effect it's having on your cast - half of it happens behind you, most of it is above head height, your predominant view is down the line on the forward cast - and when...
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    Fishing with ultra light fly rods.

    It is unlikely that lying the fish on grass will have resulted in its death, it is however, not good fish handling practice. Whenever possible, removal from the water and handling should be kept to a minimum - consider the temperature difference between the water and the warm dry grass and the...
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    Blackbird's strange head shape!

    The growth is likely to be the outcome of Avian Pox which produces 'warty' growths, sometimes on the head. This bird seems to have recovered from it and the growth has feathered over.
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    Casting advice: line twisting around tip of rod

    Absolutely, 'Praise where praise is due', is a fundamental aspect of teaching and praise is a lasting 'reward' for a job well done. However, ruining your Dad's fishing is a fundamental beating offense!
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    Casting advice: line twisting around tip of rod

    Extreme? Amusing? . . . Surely not, it will be a memorable learning experience for them!
  16. PaulD

    Blue and Silver George

    Very lovely tying. (y)
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    Casting advice: line twisting around tip of rod

    Mmmm . . . when you say it kept happening . . . I'm going to give you a very 'technical' piece of casting advice - 1. Remove the reel and line from your rod. 2. Separate the top section where the problem was evident - taking care not to twist the joint as you remove the section. 3. Find an open...
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    Casting advice: line twisting around tip of rod

    Clearly, at a point in the casting stroke you have created a slack line, most likely at the point between the back cast and the forward cast. Perhaps as a result of an involuntary movement, 'building up' to making the forward cast. Having created the slack, the wind will have contrived to wrap...
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    Fishing with ultra light fly rods.

    On small streams, often with tiny pools or 'pocket' water, casting is often challenged by overhanging trees etc. Casts are usually very short, at times no more line out than the length of the rod. As a consequence, leaders are short, 7' 6" or maybe less, and steeply tapered to achieve turnover...
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    Overhang, how much is too much?

    The simple answer is, whether discussing 'pick-up' to start a cast or maintaining line in the air, it's a combination of the factors of; the nature/action of the rod, the line profile and the ability of the caster. The major limiting factor of all of these is the ability of the caster.
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