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#7814246 - 07/28/12 10:48 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
MOtxfish05 Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 07/28/12
Posts: 15
Loc: TX and Missouri
Very awesome write up. I will be re-reading it!

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#8086997 - 10/07/12 10:33 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
UrsusVeritas Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 04/04/11
Posts: 1022
Loc: Plano, TX
Hey guys. I am very new to fly fishing. I have been catching bass and bluegill in ponds with a popper, but that's all the experience I have.

I finally decided to get a sub (I'm a special ed teacher)and take a long weekend trip. I am headed to lower mountain fork Nov. 2-4 and was hoping you guys could give me a few very basic rigs, techniques, strategies, and/or spots to try. My budget for tackle is only $30 or so.

Any help would be immensely appreciated!

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#8509032 - 01/27/13 08:26 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
terryr Offline
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Registered: 01/14/13
Posts: 4
Loc: Cibolo, Texas
As a begginner I was finding it to be a little bit more of a challenge to cast my 6wt with the wind blowing like it is. I will say that I found it to be easier to front cast in to the wind than to back cast in to the wind. With a 15 to 20 mph wind would you suggest an 8wt or will a 6wt be sufficient with a bit more practice? I have only been practicing for about three weeks for about 15 minutes a day with apiece of yarn tied to the end. Oh and very good info in the write up


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#8509209 - 01/27/13 09:10 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
RexW Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 2928
Loc: Sherman, TX
A 20 mph wind is no fun with any fly rod, but a heaver line is easier to cast in the wind than a lighter line.

If there is a significant difference in how the wind affects your backcast than your forward cast, spend practice time focused on improving your backcast loops.

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#8631645 - 02/25/13 12:38 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
robert hunter Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 3558
I find that casting with the wind I don't let the rod load all the way on the back cast. With the wind already pushing the line forward. I have found that a short back cast I can still shoot line going forward. I also have spare spools for going into heavy wind some think going a wt. heavier helps but I like to go down a wt. for heavy wind. So if you have an 8 wt. get 7 wt. line for a spare spool the heavier rod will be able to power the lighter line into the wind hope this helps.
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#8823308 - 04/13/13 06:58 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
NewsMicks Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 1


Check out the articles on this site on fly fishing for salmon, steelhead and brown trout that run out of lake ontario. Some good Pics as well. I just joined a new fly fishing group there at www.newsmicks.com

Eric

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#8847686 - 04/19/13 10:26 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
matthewsatx Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 10/08/11
Posts: 11
Loc: San Antonio,Texas
Can freshwater gear be used in Saltwater also? I'm guessing a 6wt would work fine. Do you have to change line each visit?

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#8848611 - 04/20/13 10:15 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
Crazy4oldcars Offline
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Registered: 08/15/08
Posts: 1083
Loc: Silsbee (Southeast Texas)
In saltwater, the quality of the reel drag becomes more important. You can use the same equipment, but landing may take longer or be more iffy (more chance of losing fish).
Cleaning up after a day in the salt is also paramount. Leave salt on aluminum, and it will eat through it in fairly short order.

Kirk
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#9737203 - 02/13/14 10:42 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
Ozark88 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/18/12
Posts: 219
Loc: Waller, TX
I have a Redington crosswater 5 wt. and im looking for something a little smaller. Like a decent but not high dollar 3 wt.
Something I can use for trout, sunnies and small river bass.
TFO is a very common rod, just wondering what y'all experiences have been with this company.
Suggests appreciated.

Blake
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#9737312 - 02/13/14 11:39 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
jonesy_84 Offline
Angler

Registered: 09/16/10
Posts: 377
Loc: San Antonio
Ozark I have a an 8wt tfo mangrove and it's a sweet rod. Haven't tried any of their smaller offerings but I hear the finesse is a nice rod. When I bought my 4wt I couldn't find a tfo with the action I wanted at the time and ended up getting an echo carbon. Nice rod and comes with lifetime warranty(same as tfo) and a rod tube(unlike tfo) for 169 before tax. Both companies offer nice affordable rods with unconditional warranties. Don't think you can go wrong with either.
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#9737727 - 02/14/14 08:25 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
RexW Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
Posts: 2928
Loc: Sherman, TX
Blake, obiviously, I'm biased, but I think you'll find that TFO's dedication to customer service is top notch. I've been fishing a 3 wt TFO Finesse for several years and I love it. It has become my primary general purpose rod and I use it for everything from trout to bass.

If you can make to Athens for Fly Fish Texas on March 8. TFO will be there with their demo rods and you would be able to cast every 3 wt rod that they make and decide for yourself which one you like best.

Good luck with the rod search!

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#9740260 - 02/14/14 11:10 PM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
Ozark88 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 10/18/12
Posts: 219
Loc: Waller, TX
I might be able to make it up that way. Sure would be cool to check out the state fishery and look at some cool fly gear!
Thank you Rex and everyone who replied. Gonna look into a TFO
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#9810444 - 03/10/14 12:49 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
robert hunter Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 06/14/10
Posts: 3558
IMO You will not find any more bang for your buck anywhere than tfo Texas-based flyfishing company and life time no-fault warranty can't beat it. I had my four wt into two pieces one night leaned up against the wall caught the leader in the rolling brush of my vacuum broke three pieces off the tip about an inch long before I could stop it. Took it back up there and they were like man I've never heard that one before and laughed gave me a brand-new Rod. I have a 7'6" 3wt,8'6"4wt, and a 9' 8wt. And I don't think ill ever look to going higher end than that I feel they are at the ceiling of performance for the way I fish. This being said I don't think you can go wrong with any rod tfo puts out.
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#9901890 - 04/12/14 01:09 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
Shorty82 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/12/14
Posts: 85


Any help knowing about the rod would be great all I know is it's a split Bambo rod the case says the same the eyes are brass the Handel is solid

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#9901891 - 04/12/14 01:10 AM Re: What You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing, But Were Afraid to Ask - A Fly Fishing FAQ [Re: Txredraider]
Shorty82 Offline
Outdoorsman

Registered: 03/12/14
Posts: 85

Another pic of the rod

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