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post #256 of 452
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Spring is coming.

 

 

lefty

post #257 of 452
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90-year-old cat throws a beautiful loop.

 

 

lefty

post #258 of 452
I'll be happy if I can roll cast downstream still when I'm 90. This blokes a legend.

I silently fear the day though that I may need a wading staff as the day I'm officially an old man. But at 33 and pretty fit it should be a ways off yet.
post #259 of 452
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I'm a lot older than you, but I find a staff invaluable. Maybe that's because I've been fishing these treacherous NorCal freestones. There are times when I know the staff has saved me a dunking and possibly my life.

 

I use a solid wood staff. In fact, a broom handle with a rubber bike handgrip on top. Hole for a leash. On the bottom I put a rubber foot normally used on a table leg with a screw down the centre to secure it. I use this over a collapsing staff as in the central valley of CA sometimes it helps to have a solid piece of wood in your hands.

 

Now that I'm in the Catskills the wading is more gentlemanly so it'll see less use.

 

That fellow made it look easy, didn't he? The economy of motion in that one big cast was textbook.

 

lefty

post #260 of 452
Yeah I see what you mean. Our rivers here are pretty tame generally, and the bigger wider ones tend to be deeper as well and not as wadeable anyway. Depends on the time of the year of course, right now the levels are still very low and clear which has made the fishing tough this summer. This time last year we were under water with floods.

In Spring the levels can get up and flow very fast. I suspect like a lot of trout streams over there a lot of ours in the mountains are very snow melt oriented.
post #261 of 452
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Yeah spring run off can be insane. Then there's the tailwaters. If you hear a few long blasts of a horn you get your ass out of the water pronto. They've opened the dam gates and the river could rise a metre or more in a matter of minutes.  

 

lefty

post #262 of 452
Same here there are a few tailwaters that through summer are insane, they have high flows of around 9000ML per day for irrigation. Pretty well un-fishable on fly at that flow here and just plain dumb with bait and spinning. Lots of farmland around here that needs the water. But, the water corporations that control the dams and releases are pretty forward thinking and you can look up what the flows are or will be for the near future on their websites and plan around.
post #263 of 452
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Longer piece on 90-year-old Frank Moore:

 

 

lefty

post #264 of 452
This amused me...
post #265 of 452
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The horizontal rod, bent wrist, open loop, poor timing on the haul ... agreed.

 

lefty

post #266 of 452
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The Fly Fishing Film Tour hits NYC tonight. http://urbanangler.com/news/122.html

 

Wednesday, March 20th

Doors open at 6:45 pm - Film starts at 7:00 pm 

Location: 
The Helen Mills Theatre
139 West 26th Street
(between 6th & 7th Avenue)

Tickets:
$25 in advance (at Urban Angler and online)

$30 at the door

 

While I kind of hate FFF there's an update to an earlier film I want to see. Hit 'em Again, Doc! is a sequel to Doc of the Drakes which follwed an 83-year-old fellow stricken with Parkinsons on one of his final fishing trips. However, last year he had an operation that curtailed much of the muscle shaking, so he's back on the water. 

 

Trailer:

 

 

Doc of the Drakes:

 

 

lefty

post #267 of 452
Gin Clear films are about to release there newest one called Predator this month. I was lucky enough to both see it previewed at the Rise Fly Fishing festival in Australia last year and meet Nick Reygaert, the owner/film maker. He films with 4k camera's like used in top films and the footage is amazing. This one is less trout fishing and more really big predatory fish, like giant barramundi and queenfish (barra & queenies as we say) in Northern Australia.
post #268 of 452
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You know, that clip is a good example of what I don't like about FFF. The slow walk from the truck, swelling music, longing look at the water, the prefect loop... they all seem the same. The 5D is the worst thing to happen to these types of productions.

 

Someone needs to create a rock 'n roll fly fishing film.

 

lefty

post #269 of 452
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Spring is coming.

 

 

lefty

I have heard rumors that the season known as piss poor sledding is around the corner, some say it even officially started today. Couple feet of snow on the ground and temps not breaking into the double digits above zero F I find it hard to believe. But the ships are planning on shipping ore from the Iron Range out on Superior starting 1 April, so it must be true. To others April 1 means other things, especially if you know what DEC stands for.

 

Been tying my own flies for a long time, used to get polar bear hair from Herter's back when you still could. Last couple of years have less and less time for some reason and find myself buying most of them. Especially now that females are putting hackle in their hair and the price of a decent neck has gone through the roof. Just picked up quite a few from Sierra Trading Post and with 35% off from those email fliers they always send most of them worked out to ~$5 a dozen. All except 1 dozen of them were made in Thailand which since the 70's has been providing decent quality flies. And they do look pretty good from what I have seen. They have a decent selection of dries and wets, most importantly in the smaller sizes. http://www.sierratradingpost.com/fishing-flies~d~94/

post #270 of 452
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Iv'e been buying flies at stp for a while. Had a few copper johns disintegrate but that may have been the fish.

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