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1  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: river gut tactics on: October 03, 2018, 10:30:24 AM
I don't see any way to effectively present a fly from the bank side. Were it me, I would look for a way to access the far bank & fish it from there. Barring that, (ha ha pun intended) fish it from the bar.

If you can make a long cast at a shallow angle from well above the bar, putting the fly in the resting water, you may be able to get a decent drift before the fast water over the top of the bar pulls the fly out of the resting water.

Or, target the fish that are staged up just  below the bar, trying to make up their mind which way to go.

A long shot here, but in the right conditions, it works. Put on a large weighted fly that imitates a prey fish, 3ft leader & about 4ft of T-14. Cast it over the bar into the resting water & make a down stream mend. As soon as you get a good downstream bow in the line, sweep the rod upstream, hard & fast! If possible, strip line while doing so. Hang on! The idea is, poor little prey fish realizes it's in trouble & needs to get out of Dodge fast, & that means take advantage of the current & swim down stream (& up over the bar).   Cheesy  
2  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: Anchored With April Vokey on: April 19, 2018, 11:14:59 AM
I thought it was a great interview, no two ways about it. A lot of behind the scenes nuggets on what goes into producing something like this. Convincing sponsors to fund such a project that targets maybe 2% of the sport fishing market, is a monumental achievement in itself. Putting it all together in a way the DVDs do not not become just another boring show & tell is an under appreciated skill sometimes unnoticed.   
3  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: Steelhead efforts in CA on: October 28, 2017, 08:17:34 PM
November 2017: I have yet to hear of so much as one foot of steel or concrete being removed from any of those dams! GRRR Geturdone. Make America great again!
4  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: Line management casting with your off-hand? on: October 07, 2017, 08:30:45 PM
I started out switching hands, because back then it was considered the proper way, cack handed was frowned upon by the traditional crowd. But the more I watched Ed chuck dead chickens casting off shoulder, I thought what the hell is wrong with that? Tight loops, line speed, distance, effortless, it was all there. I had to find out how that worked.

I did, & it spoiled me. Now, a cack handed Double Spey is my favorite cast. It would probably take at least a week to get back to the old way. I hold my running line with both hands, top had against the corks, over the reel to the bottom hand pinching it against the bulb at the bottom end of the lower grip. Rather than loops or coils, I use the George Cook method for dummies. held lightly over the bottom hand pinky. Works for me.  
5  Canary In The Mineshaft / Canary In The Mineshaft / Re: Hatchery life changes fish genetics on: April 03, 2016, 07:38:51 PM
Thanks for posting Michael Blouin's stuff.  The Hood River has provided a unique laboratory for studying wild steelhead.  All of the published work from there is supporting the need to change the way conventional hatcheries are operated.


Operated? Change the way they are designed! Scrap everything and start over. Build them like the Weaver Creek Spawning Channel in B.C.
6  Canary In The Mineshaft / Canary In The Mineshaft / Re: More bad news for hatchery programs. New study supports earlier reports. on: November 03, 2015, 06:56:01 PM
Are hatcheries in breeding fish? Is there any way we/they can say for certain that they are not? The negative effects  resulting from human in breeding are well known. Were we to in breed popular zoo animals, the public outcry would be heard around the world. So why do we allow such breeding programs with anodromous fish?

We can do better. The technology exists.
7  Canary In The Mineshaft / Canary In The Mineshaft / Re: Salmon and mining are not compatible. It never ends!!! on: November 03, 2015, 06:23:14 PM
The good news is Senators Wyden and Merkley of Oregon and Representatives DeFazio of Oregon and Huffman of California have introduced legislation to permanently protect these public lands from mining through the Southwest Oregon Watershed and Salmon Protection Act of 2015. If enacted, the bill will put a “mineral withdrawal” in place, meaning that new mining activities would no longer take place at Baldface Creek and the North Fork Smith Watershed. The bill also protects Rough and Ready Creek, Hunter Creek, the headwaters of the Pistol River and the Chetco from mining activities.

We all need to get behind this and push with everything we've got! Keep the pressure on from every direction and never let up! The stakes are too high.
8  It Wiggles with Pokey Parts / It Wiggles with Pokey Parts / Re: materials/function primer for fly tying on: February 27, 2014, 08:05:54 PM
I'll pick up a fishbowl at Goodwill and make a full explanation to the wife as to what I'm doing.  PK

Keep an eye peeled for used aquarium's. They don't show up very often, but when they do, they can usually be had for cheap.
9  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: Hey guys I need some expert advice! on: December 21, 2013, 01:37:26 PM
Not that I qualify as an expert by any means, but when I went to Lake Creek Lodge, I took a 7136 greenie with an XLT line on it. Very few of the places the guide put us on were big enough water to take advantage of that set up.  Were I to return, I would favor a shorter rod, maybe an 8 wt, a reel set up with 100 ft of running line, both a Scandi and a Skagit head, and both conventional and MOW tips. The 8wt only because Kings were still in the system. Not that you would target them with an 8 wt, but you never know.....

I have zero experience in the GL region.
10  Canary In The Mineshaft / Canary In The Mineshaft / Re: Cabernet or Wild Steelhead...which will you have? on: December 06, 2013, 08:05:47 PM
Although never having favored the practice of attaching a less popular bill to the coat tails of a more popular bill, in order to sneak something through that otherwise would not have a chance, perhaps the time has come to attach some water restrictions onto farm subsidy bills. Maybe that would get their attention. Shocked I'm not a big fan of farm subsidies either, but you do what you gotta do. Angry
11  Canary In The Mineshaft / Canary In The Mineshaft / Re: Cabernet or Wild Steelhead...which will you have? on: December 04, 2013, 06:58:56 PM
"The competition between farmers and fish for precious water in California is intensifying in wine country, suggests a new study by biologists at the University of California, Berkeley."

Like this is news? Hell, we've known this for at least 20 years.
12  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: continuous motion=continuous acceleration? on: October 03, 2013, 05:49:40 PM
when beginning the forward cast (OH) you needed to accelerate to 11 o'clock and then stop the rod...or at least stop all power. If you let off on acceleration at any time before 11 o'clock you lost the load and the cast was blown.
How is it different with Skagit casting? Or is it?
When doing SA do you begin real slow on the sweep and accelerate through the turnover of the hand and delivery?  It seems to me like the same principle would apply--if you slow down even a little...just like dipping the rod tip during the would lose the load.

Am I on the right track here? Or not?

There are different thoughts on the start slow & speed up sweep, but one thing for sure, if you slow down or pause before starting the forward stroke, you will lose some, if not all of the load built up in the sweep. Likewise, if you dip the rod tip during the sweep & the bottom leg of your D-loop slams the water, you're gonna lose load.

On Skagit Master I dvd, Ed advocates start fast & keep going. Unabashed plug here. That dvd is worth it's weight in gold! If you don't have it, get it. They are going cheap on the Spey pages now. If you do have it, don't even think of unloading it. Although I nod off every now & then after watching that thing as many times as I have,  there are always those little aha moments where the light bulb starts glowing a little brighter.
13  Skagit Master / Skagit Master / Re: tight tight! casting situation on: September 15, 2013, 11:12:47 AM
This "Square Cut" cast that Rick describes has also been called a "Contrived Loop" Setting your anchor out further in the river places some of the D-loop out in front or the rod. It is a less efficient cast, not capable of any great distance, but at least you can fish. Casting at a 45° angle, off your outside shoulder, allows a little more room for the D-loop. 
14  Geared Up / Geared Up / Re: Used fly rods on: September 03, 2013, 04:46:13 PM
Not that a classified section is a bad idea, every now & then when a piece of equipment is no longer used on a regular basis, it's a shame to have it just gather dust in a corner. However, if the goal is balanced tackle, the art of setting up a fly outfit to accomplish a specific task, that is a different subject altogether. Perhaps even divided into, for example, Skagit, Scandi, Long line. Of course those are different casting styles. Another line of thought might be, surface flies, wet flies, monster flies.

We are all too often confronted with "I am experiencing varying degrees of difficulty with my feeble attempts to do x with rod y & line z" only to have a multitude of fixes offered. Then, if & when the problem(s) finally disappear, as if by magic, one may often be left wondering how the hell did I get here?

My $.02, fwiw: a discussion on balanced tackle would serve the fly fishing community well.

15  Geared Up / Geared Up / Re: Line slice and dice on: August 25, 2013, 03:33:51 PM
If I interpret this correctly, what you are striving for is an ultra compact Skagit head in the neighborhood of 600 grains, capable of chucking (large flies?) short sections of T-18/ 27. You have on hand an 800 gr Airflo Skagit Compact which you are willing to chop.

Rather than buy & try what may take several buys becoming an expensive endevour, I would advise investing $20 on Al Buhr's book How to Design Fly Lines, along with a grain scale & a dial thickness gage. All three items will be less than the price of one new head.

Now, the first thing is to assure the line you have, is capable of turning over the heaviest tips you intend using. This may be accomplished in one of two ways. (1) Imperical data, which means try it. Even without the head fully extended. All you care about at this point is if the existing head's tip is capable of turning over your T-xx sink tips. (2) Go by the book. If need, chop the tip back a foot or more to get into heavy enough line to kick over your T-tips. This is explained in the book.

Cut the line from the back, saving the short rear taper, which you will splice back onto the head. (which is also explained how to do in the book) Since you will be removing a couple of feet from the fattest part of the belly, you remove less length to achieve the desired grain weight, while still retaining the factory loop as well as the rear taper and most if not, all of the front taper.

When all is said & done, you will have only one splice about 18'' from the rear of the head. And maybe a new fabricated loop at the front. Again, refer to the book if you had to chop the front end and need a new loop on the front.
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