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Everything Fly fishing/Fly tying

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by NV.Recon, May 8, 2020.

  1. May 8, 2020 at 12:00 AM
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    NV.Recon

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    Did a little searching and couldn't find a thread dedicated to fly fishing and fly tying, so here we go. Let's use this thread for everything fly fishing: photos, shared info, Tundra fishing mods, tying videos and info, etc.

    Feel free to give some info about yourself, like where you are from, what types of water you fish and types of fish you like to target.

    Here goes...
     
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  2. May 8, 2020 at 12:01 AM
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    My name is Scott and I am from Reno, NV. I drive a 2010 Crewmax and often use it to get me to fishing spots all over Nevada and neighboring states. I am about 40 minutes from Pyramid Lake so I primarily fish there for LCT and the Truckee river for Bows and Browns. Just rigged up the cab with rod holders so I can carry 5 rods, ready to go. Here are a few pics of my setup and fish.

    The "FUV" Fishing Utility Vehicle
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    Rod storage
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    13lb and 15lb Pyramid LCT
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    Nice Rainbow from last summer
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    And a nymph that I tied last night
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    That should be a start, hope to have some good conversations with y'all. I can always talk fishing!
     
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  3. May 8, 2020 at 2:32 AM
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    ^^^ way nice!! Fifty years ago I bought a fly tying kit and did that for like four years or so,, tying my own and catching fish was some great fun!! Will be watching this.
     
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  4. May 8, 2020 at 8:36 AM
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    That's awesome, tying is a bunch of fun and makes it much better when you catch fish on your home ties! Do you still tie/fish?
     
  5. May 8, 2020 at 8:47 AM
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    Nope to stove up, and wore out!!:) But like to see others fish and see the stories!!LOL!!
     
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  6. May 8, 2020 at 9:00 AM
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    I grew up on the west coast of British Columbia, aka God's Fishing Resort. I fished all over the province. 5 species of Pacific salmon, Fraser River sturgeon, steelhead, cutthroat, rainbows, brookies, browns, pike, and Arctic grayling. I came to fall in love with the stillwater trout fishing in the BC interior which is arguably the best in the world. There's nothing like laying out a sedge or caddis dry fly pattern in front of a rising trout and watching him slurp it, or stripping a deer hair dragon fly nymph along a shoal and feeling the violent attack of a hungry fish.

    Now, I live in north western Alberta. The fishing is nowhere near as good here, but there's some decent fishing to be found. There are a few lakes and plenty of rivers. The Arctic grayling are willing takers of small dries and the rainbows grow quickly and feed aggressively during the short open water season. I spend much of my fishing season in north eastern BC.

    Obligatory Tundra fishing pic:

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    A few rainbows from a local lake:

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    Small grayling river:

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    Gotta be prepared on the remote rivers due to a very high grizzly and black bear population up north.

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  7. May 8, 2020 at 9:12 AM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    A good friend of mine (D.J. Klosterman) taught me to fly fish many years ago when I lived in Oregon. He tied his own flies and was a purist at heart, always bending the barb down on the hook to make things more sporting. We fished together often and he could tie flies like nobody's business. He could catch an example of a hatch coming off the river and whip up a bunch of flies to imitate them very quickly. I miss those days; he still lives in Oregon and I moved half a country away...
     
  8. May 8, 2020 at 9:44 AM
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    That's awesome! I hope someday to make my way up to BC, definitely on the list!
    Love that 1st Gen, great looking truck!
     
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  9. May 8, 2020 at 9:45 AM
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    Do you still fish? Maybe different where you are now but can find Bass almost anywhere and love catching them on a fly rod!
     
  10. May 8, 2020 at 10:30 AM
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    NewImprovedRon Hey! Get off my grass!

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    Well, I haven't been fishing (of any kind) in about 10 years since my Dad passed away. He was my fishing partner and it just doesn't seem right to be going without him. I will probably get out and do some pond/lake fishing this coming summer. I need to get back with the program!
     
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  11. May 8, 2020 at 10:48 AM
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    Sorry to hear that. Fly therapy is always a good thing! Hope you get back on the water!
     
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  12. May 8, 2020 at 11:20 AM
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    Heck fire man I can guarantee he is wondering what the heck you are doing. I do know what you mean though. My best friend and mine and my daughters fishin buddy a surgeon died and with my health I have not been back on the water!! He knew I was messed up and so was he so we just didn’t go much anymore anyways. If you can go you need to get out there,,, the ole man is watching and I’d bet he would love to see you back out there!! JMO!!:) Best of luck to ya!!:)
     
  13. May 8, 2020 at 11:25 AM
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    I know kind of how you feel. My most treasured days on the water have all been with my dad. I'm blessed to still have him around, but living so far apart now we only get to fish together occasionally. We got out last fall for the first time in almost 2 years. I hadn't realized how much I missed fishing together. Hopefully I have many more years with him, but I know that he would never want me to stop fishing just because he wasn't there. Get back out there and use fishing as a way to remember your dad. :)
     
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  14. May 8, 2020 at 12:28 PM
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    I just started fly fishing last year when I was stationed in Wisconsin. But because of the winters and the job I was only able to fish a handful of times. Definitely want to get more into it. And eventually start to tie my own flys. But unfortunately the good fly fishing spots in Central California (where I am stationed at now) are about 5 hours away. Which I hope to turn into a fishing/camping weekend when everything goes back to normal.

    Couple questions for the pros/more experienced then this noob on the subject:
    1. What waders are you using?
    2. What is a good fly tying kit to start off with?

    Sure I will have a ton more as time goes by.
    Thanks in advance
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  15. May 8, 2020 at 12:34 PM
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    here's what i've never understood. how do you get a fly to sit still long enough to tie it up?
     
  16. May 8, 2020 at 12:36 PM
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    I'm using a pair of BARE Blackwater breathable waders. They aren't made anymore but were the most popular on the BC coast for years. Simms makes good waders too, but they can be pricey. Honestly, if you're only an infrequent fisherman any pair of breathable waders wihtin your budget that come from a reputable manufacturer will work. Simms, Patagonia, or even Cabela's brand will be fine. Avoid neoprene like the plague. Get stocking foot waders and then buy felt soled wading boots. Your feet will thank you.

    For getting into fly tying, I'd recommend avoiding kits. Figure out roughly a hald dozen basic patterns you want to tie and buy the material what you need to do those. A decent vise with strong jaws, a pair of high quality fine point scissors for material, a pair of beater scissors for wire (never use good scissors on wire), ceramic lined bobbin and a whip finisher are all you really need. Hackle pliers and a hair stacker come in handy but aren't required. I like the brand Griffin for tools and I've been running a knockoff of a Regal vise for 15 years without issue.
     
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    You need to sneak up on it and perform a Vulcan nerve pinch with a pair of tweezers.
     
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    ^^^Waders are all over the place,,, if you are fishing cold to cool waters then insulated. The best is to go to a local shop and ask some question and look at what they have. Then if the price is right you can buy there or get on line and get them for cheaper?? Kits I have no idea look on line and look at started kits and figure how much you want to spend. They should all come with good instruction and these days they probably have a CD or a link to a site. I would bet there are all sorts of YouTube’s out there tying flies.??:). Good Luck
     
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    i actually wish i could get into this more. i've only done it a few times and it's right up my alley. the quiet combined with the movement is pretty zen like for me.
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys!!!
     
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    Exactly that. :D

    Based on what I know of you from this site, flyfishing would be a perfect fit for you. If you ever find your way up to the great white north, I'd be happy to take you out and show you the ropes. :)
     
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    Back in the day I had to learn with written instruction,, it would be easy now with the ole innerweb!!!:). I played hell like days trying to tie an egg ball looking fly!! I figured it out but with video HA!! No problem these days!! If you get into it show us what you do!! Those things are cool!!!
     
  23. May 8, 2020 at 12:48 PM
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    Welcome to the addiction! I really like to flyfish for Bass and Carp, they are almost everywhere and really fun on the fly. Golf courses and local ponds are a good starting point. I have used Google Earth to find some really good spots close by.

    I personally use Redington zip front waders that will run you about $500. My last pair were also Redington and I got for about $150 and they lasted me a couple years. Start cheap and work your way up when you know what you like and want. If you start with Bass and things like that you may not even need waders for now, keep that in mind.

    As for tying, I personally like Loon tying tools, they are well made and if you start with them you never need to upgrade to new ones, just add tools as you see fit. You can get a starter set for $60, which is honestly a fair price for the quality of tools. Here is a link to the kit I am talking about.
    https://loonoutdoors.com/products/core-fly-tying-tool-kit

    As for a vise, this can keep really cheap or really expensive. I wouldn't buy bottom of the barrel because you will have a hard time with the jaws being too loose and dropping hooks but you can get a decent vise for around $80-$100. There are many to choose from but this article is pretty good at breaking it down.
    https://www.flytyer.com/get-grip-selecting-first-vise/

    The way I would approach material is this. Go to a local fly shop and have them put together everything you need for s simple fly such as a Wooly Bugger or San Juan Worm. Get good at tying those and then just buy material for a fly that you are going to use on your local water. You will eventually have more material than you know what to do with and most won't get used, trust me, I know...

    Hope this helps and feel free to let me know if there is anything else I can help you out with!

    YOUTUBE IS YOUR FRIEND!
     
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    Here is my tying desk. I have 3 Rubbermaid containers underneath that are full of material as well. It gets out of hand quickly.
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    ∆∆ Thank you very much.


    I love this forum! Get community! Not just for truck but everything.
     
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    That's an awesome set up
     
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    Anytime! And if you have a good local fly shop, they are gold!
     
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    big fan of the great white north. haven't been to your neck of the woods yet though. would love the tour.

    revelstoke is high on my list of dropping out of life places.
     
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    That's more organized than mine. Lol.

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    Good fishing down near Revelstoke. I'm about 1 hour east of the Mile Zero of the Alaska Highway.
     
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