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post #226 of 502
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Grass casting is worth it only if you can't get to water. 

I learned the basics on casting ponds and was reasonably okay. Then I got to a river and found myself faced with 20 different casting problems that made all my practice pretty much useless. The easiest cast is a downriver load and a plop upriver. Mend once and you should get a good enough drift to fool a fish. That cast (mastered across both sides of the body) is used more than any other.

lefty

There's a Fly shop about 100yds from my house and they do grass casting in the lot near us... seems to always be novices (what do I know) and people trying out gear.
post #227 of 502
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The Orvis store on 5th Ave uses the outdoor foyer of the bank next door to them for casting lessons. My nephew is visiting me next week and I'm going to take him into Central Park for a lesson with his new rod.

 

You do what you have to.

 

lefty

post #228 of 502
BTW - thanks for the pics above. I don't fish or hunt or... but I have a true appreciation for that level of handwork and craftsmanship.
post #229 of 502
If you're learning to cast a single handed rod, and esp. if you need work on stopping at 11 and 1, or timing a double haul, lawn work is fine. With a SH rod most of the line load is generated in the air, above the rod tip, and in front or behind you.

It's a different mechanic when casting a 2H rod.

That said, it's always better to cast over water. Nothing replicates the feel of water drag on a line like water.
post #230 of 502
Thread Starter 

Losing rod; getting snake.

 

 

lefty

post #231 of 502
Lefty,

What a great set of photos. How did that come about?

What did you mean "losing rod"
post #232 of 502
Thread Starter 

No need for rod with a pet fishing snake.

 

Shots from Central Sierra Environmental Resource Center. I used to stumble upon a lot of rattlers in the Sierras including one who slithered across my boot as I was casting.

 

lefty

post #233 of 502
Saw an interesting photo yesterday of a rainbow cut open and gutted that had turned the tables, who had eaten a small eastern brown snake (one of our natives and one of the deadliest in the world)!




The snakes here are something you need to be very careful about, I think we have something like 9 out of the 10 deadliest species. Especially in summer now it's nice and hot.
post #234 of 502
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I may have this wrong but isn't everything in Aus trying to kill you - jellyfish, snakes, stonefish, spiders, vegemite - whereas NZ has no poisonous animals?

 

lefty

post #235 of 502
Pretty much yeah. Vegemite rocks though. But yeah no snakes in NZ, there was at one time I believe, like before the ice age.
post #236 of 502
Thread Starter 

Ted Williams fishing for Atlantic Salmon on the Miramichi in New Brunswick. Narrated by famed NFL Films voice, John Facenda.

 

 

lefty


Edited by lefty - 1/16/13 at 4:35pm
post #237 of 502
I love this thread, thanks to all who are posting in it. I have no started fly fishing yet but look forward to getting into it. I go fishing on a boat in Cape Cod in the summer and grew up fresh water fishing and even hunting occasionally. Someone on Twitter linked the complete anglers video to me, I am loving it, I have the book and another of Proseks I enjoy alot..
post #238 of 502
I love this thread, thanks to all who are posting in it. I have no started fly fishing yet but look forward to getting into it. I go fishing on a boat in Cape Cod in the summer and grew up fresh water fishing and even hunting occasionally. Someone on Twitter linked the complete anglers video to me, I am loving it, I have the book and another of Proseks I enjoy alot..
post #239 of 502
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Sorry, jp - it's all over for fly fishing. 

 

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/26/nyregion/brooklyn-rod-and-gun-an-urban-haven-for-anglers.html?emc=eta1&_r=0

 

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SOMETHING is clearly going on behind that modest blue door near the East River waterfront in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Burlap sacks cover the windows, but music and laughter spill out. Strolling by, you might mistake it for a cozy house party....

 

...Curious passers-by and friends of friends started dropping in. Now there are 80 members, and events almost every night of the week: hootenannies on Sundays, fly-tying tutorials on Mondays, secret-cinema night on Tuesdays and a rotating cast of small bands with names like the Buddy Hollers and the Calamity Janes on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Events are listed, along with photos of past outings, on bklynrodandgun.com, the club’s Web site. Members pay $100 to join, but anyone can get in for $10 a night. Though the crowd is predominantly male, women, families and even pets mix in. And despite the “gun” in its name, the group has not arranged any shooting events.

One member, Dewey Thompson, 50, described the club as a “real piece of hangout,” supplemented by the occasional boating trip, upstate hike or summer campout at an outdoor garden shop next door. The gatherings feel a bit like family reunions. The standard greeting is a fierce handshake or hug, and every once in a while somebody pulls up with a car trunk full of fresh fish and oysters for the grill on the sidewalk out front.

 

lefty

 

post #240 of 502


Had what will be my last trip away too far from home for a good few months on the weekend as we have our first baby due in 3 weeks. We went up to a place called Jindabyne in the snowy mountains for an overnight trip camping in the tent. Fishing was frustrating being the middle of summer and a really hot stretch so the levels are very low and clear i.e lots of spooky fish. Anyway on arrival at the river we came straight upon a tiger snake slithering around the bank (they are only Australia's 3rd most deadly species) hoping it wouldn't be a sign of things to come, and it wasn't. We saw all sorts of wildlife including the snake, hawks, eagles, rabbits, wombats, 2 deer crossing the river 50m upstream and of course plenty of fish.

Only landed a couple of fish the whole time, dropped a couple more and missed about 8 takes in a day and a half. Was a great weekend anyway, wish we had more fish in the net but what do you do. I'll hopefully get another trip in for the spawning run in May but in the mean time it's local streams and lakes i'll have to stick to. Above is a pic from the stream.
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