New Fly Guy

New Fly Guy – Line Dressing

I was going nuts. My floating fly line was not.  I cleaned it with the Glide line cleaner.  I cleaned it with the Orvis Zip Line stuff.  No joy.  The last 5 feet or so would still sink and hover about a foot below the surface.  I was concerned that the line was defective and

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New Fly Guy – Lessons with Lefty

I’ve been doing some reading in a few books and will do a book review on them later.  You can only get so much from the text and static pictures, so I was thrilled when my friend, Dick, offered to loan me his videotape of “Lessons with Lefty”. Even I have heard of Lefty –

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New Fly Guy – Internet Casting School

By this time of year, you are far enough into the fishing season where you realize your casting leaves something to be desired.  That was certainly my problem and I found a quick, free review that was very helpful on Dusty Wissmath’s website.  In addition to the 4 videos below, he has additional content on rod

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New Fly Guy – Fly Boxes

When you are a new fly guy, the tendency is to overspend, and get one of everything.  Since that included a whole bunch of flies, I immediately assumed a large box was better.  There are a thousand fly choices that cry out to be matched to a hatch… somewhere… and all need a home. So,

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New Fly Guy – Fishing Vest

Now that I have all this fly stuff, what’s the best way to haul it around? In a previous post, I commented on the type of bag I used for spin gear.  I’ve been using the pouch system shown at the bottom of that posting for the last 6 months with great results.  It’s perfect to

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New Fly Guy – Easy Droppers

As I rapidly approach 60 years old, I have to put pride aside and admit my eyeballs are not as precise as they used to be. The immediate problem this presents for fly fishing is the ability to thread a barely visible tippet through the invisible hole that exists on teeny tiny size 20 and

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New Fly Guy – Don’t bother with hip waders

Up until 2006, if I had to wade, I’d just jump in and wet wade.  I guess getting older, that has become more challenging in the colder waters.  Based on the advice of some friends, I purchased a pair of Simms Chest Waders in 2006.  They have given me great service and I have certainly

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New Fly Guy – Casting and Stream Orientation

This is a quick one that came to me as I fought with the trees behind me. I’m a new fly guy.  No doubt about it.  Even after more than 40 fishing trips last year armed with a long rod, I am far from being even an intermediate beginner.  So, I have casting “issues”.  One

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New Fly Guy – Casting – don’t try as hard

Just a quick comment as we head into the serious smallmouth bass season. A bad habit I tend to fall into in my excitement to hook up with big smallies is to both overweight my line and overpower my cast. It’s a pretty well-known fact that to catch big fish, you need to use big

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New Fly Guy – Bluegills – gotta love ’em!

Where do people learn to fly fish?  In a class? On the lawn practicing? Or through the school of hard knocks? I’m sure most folks would agree that it ain’t book learning that moves you up the competence curve – it’s applied experience.  But, fly fishing is much harder to learn and master than spin

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New Fly Guy – Basic Strategy

It’s been three months since I started fly fishing, what have I learned about strategies, flies, and the proper fish attack weapons? Here’s where I am (and welcome advice): Rods:  On small water that is covered with trees (Big Hunting Creek, Accotink, Morgan Run), use a 7 foot, 4 wt rod.  On the bigger water

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New Fly Guy – A Devastating New Trick?

Update: I tried to do this.  It turns out that “floating trout worms” don’t really float like a popper.  They drift in the middle of the water column and do not give the effect I envisoned.  I still need to try this with spin gear using the Gulp floating worms. I even tried cutting out

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Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

Click on the cover to go to Amazon for both print and Kindle formats.

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Hundreds of pictures, GPS coordinates, and fishing focused discussion.

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