Thanks, slow. Makes sense.slowdown said:You were pulling from the wrong tag end.TH said:I tried doing a search for this- no luck, so I'll ask here:
I fished with flouro tippet for the first time this weekend and I was miserable. Everytime it came off the spool it curly-qued up like gift wrapping. Threading #20-22 flies was no fun.
Is this just a bad roll of tippet or is this common with flouro? Thanks.
I think the other big difference with most more expensive rods is the warranty. I have an Albright rod that is wonderful, but only a 1 year warranty. It cost 60% less than a higher end rod I have. The higher end rod is better, but the Albright is in the ball park. BUT the higher end rod has a life time warranty. I buy higher end rods because I know its a matter of when I am going to damage my rod not if.ptaft said:Let me clarify. Of course you can catch as many fish with a 20$ rod, heck I could catch fish with a piece of pvc and a wad of yarn, that's not the point I was trying to make. Any analogy will fit here, sure you can drive down the road in a bug but wouldn't you rather be driving a Lambo? And any bow will kill an elk but I gurantee my Bowtech is a hell of a lot more fun to shoot than my old PSE 15 years ago. My point is sure a TFO will catch fish but I enjoy the feel of some high end rods and granted not all high enders are on the same level, case in point Oyeys z-axis. It's all personal preference, and by the way I have casted virtually all types and price ranges of rods and while some low enders do cast well I can certainly tell the difference, and anyone that has fly casted for any decent amount of time should be able to tell. Use whatever you can afford or enjoy, I could care less, my comment was to Koldcut as I assumed he haden't had the opportunity to cast a high end rod, and like the Lambo analogy I think people should take advantage of experiencing nicer things if they get a chance, that's it. Or don't and everyone stick with the bug. :
coloradoflyguide said:...and no this is not SPAM.
coloradoflyguide said:I am a newbie to the ColoradoFisherman forums, but have been a Colorado fly fishing guide for years.
I think that you can only be as good as your equipment! I also think the best way to learn how to fly fish, especially in Colorado is to hire a guide. I am NOT saying that just because it is my main source of income, but because bad habits are hard to break. The right guide will show you the ropes and have you let it fly, until he or she sees you making a mistake, then they will correct you.
Back to the topic -
I like bamboo! I only fish bamboo and so do my guests. I use good fly line (I actually use 3M sharkskin on all my reels) I do not buy leaders, I taper my own with tippet. I use Wright and Mcgill waders because of the warranty, and because they are located in Denver (oh and because the sponsor me ) I use korkers boots because I do a lot of hiking and you can swap the soles easily. I like a good lanyard full of toys, and a simms G4 guide vest. I would recommend buying a seine to find what bugs are in the water. Weights (I use egg and have for years) Indicators - I love the new thingamabobbers. Hair indicators are also great.
What you need to know -
A great guide! But if not learn these things: 3 knots - nail knot, surgeons knot, and improved clinch. What flies are hatching, and what bugs are in the water column (seine comes in handy). Where to put your fly (top water, sub-surface, dredge)
This sounds like a lot? Then go with a guide the first few times! Get all the gear you need and make sure fly fishing is for you before shelling out $1000 bucks on stuff you may only use twice!
That is my 2 cents...
I would say 95% of the time you are wanting to fish upstream. Fish face into the current and you want to make sure they don't see you. If they are facing upstream then you will want to cast upstream and place the fly above them. If you cast upstream to a fish and it eats, the raise the rod to set the hook. If you are nymphing and your flies are downstream of you and a fish hits, raise the rod up to set the hook. At that point, your flies are downstream from you and when you set the hook, you are basically pulling the flies away from the fish's mouth. If the fish was upstream, and you set the hook, you are basically pulling the hook back into it's mouth. Make sense? Down stream hook sets are hard to do and many fish are "lost" on the hookset. I hope this make sense and helps answer your question.TT Boy said:Begginer question. I have heard a lot about setting the hook downstream. What does this actually mean. My brain is taking this to mean you should never cast upstream. Does this simply mean setting the hook by moving the rod sideways in the same direction of the current?