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 31 
 on: February 03, 2017, 02:58:15 PM 
Started by KiwiSkagit - Last post by camosled
Chinook eat flies, more so than they eat hardware under the right conditions. What are the run sizes? Hundreds or thousands per river?

JM

 32 
 on: February 02, 2017, 03:39:05 PM 
Started by KiwiSkagit - Last post by KiwiSkagit
Thankyou Jeff, will give that a go, and having read that, it reminded me of something Tim Rajeffe said when he was over here recently giving talks at local tackle shops and casting demonstration, will try increasing over hang  Roll Eyes.  On the topic of our king run, early fish show up around mid November, but you have normally to wait till now before you get proper runs, and the main run being march-April, with some years fish running in may but most fish by then are well ripe. Unfortunately due to the recent expansion of dairying, and increase extraction of ground water, the last few years has seen low flows, warm rivers, low oxygen levels, this has had a major effect on the runs, pushing them back by a month or so, and reducing the the success of costal stream fish spawning. And on a sad knot, one river that has an irrigation out take has admitted that for the last 9years its screen to stop smolts been sucked into it has been an abject failure, this river may be in collapse, the fish certainly is  Cry, Our nation as a whole is currently at logger heads with DIRTY DAIRYING, if anyone over fighting for salmon will know, the environment is losing to big business! But enough ranting, there's fish to catch, i believe most of our fish are Columbia river stock, average 8-15lb, with a scattered 18-24lb in the mix, my pb being  27 1/4lb, the current NZ record being just over 50lb, but have not heard of anything over 40 in the last few decades. Most if not all salmon fishing here is done with spin tackle as all baitfishing is prohibited except for one river, that's tidal, and has a hatchery at the top of it. Limited to 2 fish per angler per day(20yrs ago it was 4) but most people would be happy to catch one, so my goal of a king on the fly may take me some time, but hey I'm up for it  Grin

 33 
 on: February 02, 2017, 11:10:37 AM 
Started by KiwiSkagit - Last post by camosled
Welcome to the site. 

Your casting issue has a simple fix:

Since you are using a Max "Short" on a 15 footer the rod/line length ratio is a bit short.  To get more stick and less pop when the line comes off the water just add a foot or more of overhang before you cast.  By overhang I mean the amount of running line outside your rod tip i.e. the space between the rod tip and the back of the head. When I'm really cranking on a cast for maximum distance I will use about 3-4 feet of overhang.  Another trick to getting more stick is to keep your hands low during the forward casting stroke.  With any spey rod, if you raise your hands as you put the rod into a forward casting position you elevate the D loop and create less stick on the water.  I'm sure that the pulling of the anchor gets worse as the sink tip gets shorter.  With a MOW tip and a short section of t-14 it's super critical to keep the hands low, back off on the power a bit, maintain the over hang and apply power smoothly.  Think about finishing the cast with the bottom hand rather than stopping it with the top. 

How is the chinook fishing down there?  You have my ear on this one.

Best,


Jeff Mishler

 34 
 on: February 02, 2017, 10:59:43 AM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
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JM

 35 
 on: February 02, 2017, 01:42:58 AM 
Started by KiwiSkagit - Last post by KiwiSkagit
Thankyou to the Admin, Hello from New Zealand, Now down the knitty gritty, with the start of the NZ King salmon run, I've set my the goal of catching a King on the fly, I've read watched and rewatched as much as i could, purchased some essential items, rod, reel line etc. Then set about getting a good friend to give me some lessons, to my surprise after a half a day he told me i didn't need him showing how to cast, i was out reaching him Undecided so with 3months chasing bows and browns I'm now just waiting for that first grab and load up Wink So, i have a bit of a tech question, I'm on occasion still blowing my anchor and assume its my setup in which I'm missing something, so can someone help me with my concern, my current set is as follows
15ft Hardy deluxe Spey, Rio Skagit max short 700grn, Airflo ridge running line, i have a full set of Rio Mows in Hvy , 12ft T14, and about to purchase some T14 to make a couple of15ft tips, now i run a 3-6ft leader of 15lb maxima ultragreen. So do i needd to adjust my rig, or is i more casting techniques i need to work on? Help please  Huh

 36 
 on: January 26, 2017, 02:17:47 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
Tell us more!



In 2000, I was the camp director and head guide on the Utholok River for the Wild Salmon Center's Kamchatka Steelhead project in western Kamchatka.  The year 2000 represented Ed's first season working with the Wild Salmon Center.  I had been involved since the project began in 1994.  When Ed and I arrived in steelhead camp, it was at the tail end of my effort to head the first guided trout fishing (headwaters to Cedar Lodge) 100KM float trip for the WSC on the Zhupanova River. When our group of anglers arrived at Cedar Lodge, Ed and his buddies were wrapping up their trout season. Ed would be traveling on with me to the Utholok.  There were few days to fish without clients on those trips, but on one of the change-over days, Ed and I spent the day downriver and luckily met a run of fish head on.  This particular fish was the most explosive, out of control steelhead I had ever seen in Russia. After taking the fly, it left the pool, ran 100 yards straight away and then crashed into the far bank so hard that it ended up for a moment, beached, out of the water, flipping and writhing until it slid back into the river and continued it's departure.  Ed's Intruders and his tenacious approach to fishing out produced me and my efforts, 2 to 1.  Ed Ward is truly a predator when he fishes and it is always best if you get to go through the run first.  Behind him, you don't have a chance.

JM


 37 
 on: January 24, 2017, 10:50:55 AM 
Started by camosled - Last post by 9140 greenie
Tell us more!

 38 
 on: January 19, 2017, 02:22:56 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
This fish was exceptional.  Kamchatka Russia, 2000
Angler: Ed Ward

 39 
 on: January 19, 2017, 02:17:55 PM 
Started by camosled - Last post by camosled
SAGE 7130-4 MOD

One spey rod. Choose just one.....

That is a tall order.  In fact, it might be easier to hypothetically design the perfect spey rod in your mind, then wiggle a bunch of commercially made sticks to find the one that conforms to your idea of perfect.  Good luck with that.

The absolute one and only spey rod in my mind possesses two distinct qualities: It bends more in the middle than in the tip and possesses a damp tip section. The other design features would include the latest graphite layup and resin technologies. The handle would feature a full wells. It would be 13 feet long and be rated as a 7 weight. The action would inherently be powerful and progressive, but the soft middle section would make it friendly to cast. I like a rod that does some of the work when you load it up. A soulful stick makes efficient use of the mass in the rod to reduce the effort you apply.  A soulful stick keep the works moving along.  A super fast action rod loads and unloads so quickly that sustaining the load requires a faster pace and quicker timing. This might help drive full floating fly lines into the wind with authority, but I fish Skagit style lines most of the time and prefer the more languid tempo of a sweep that begins slowly, builds to a stop at the end of the casting stroke and is immediately damp as the line rockets out over the run. Stiff rods oscillate. Soft rods lack the pop.  The SAGE 7130-4 MOD rod is the only spey rod I've fished lately that fits the bill as the all-around spey rod.  It's the one rod I would pick for most of my fishing: The Konnetic soul stick: Light as a 5 weight:  Bendy in the middle but powerful in the top hand:  Lazer loops or lazy loops.  You decide. If you fish Skagit heads and Scandi lines for steelhead and salmon, the SAGE 7130-4 MOD is the one rod you need, if in fact you need one rod.  But if you're a multi-stick, load the quiver kind of angler, the 7130-4 MOD rod is the only 7 weight you need, which leaves more room for other sticks, like a 5 weight switch rod, and 8 weight 14 footer, an 8 weight switch rod for tight quarters...you get my drift.

JM       

 40 
 on: December 22, 2016, 06:11:49 AM 
Started by Marcelo - Last post by Marcelo
Thank you for the help Mr. Jeff.Rio floating mow tip, we have in fly shop here in Brazil.More easy to buy.Rage airflo we do not have in Brazil.Buy in the USA, more difficult, Brazil government tax rate 60% more.

Thanks!!!

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