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Fly fishing

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by lefty, Jul 26, 2010.

  1. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Just nicked this off the Denver Dave site Kai posted. Good advice for bamboo and general rod care:


    Welcome to the wonderful world of Bamboo Fly fishing, if you are new to the sport I have included some tips on caring for your new purchase. If your an old hand at fishing a bamboo fly rod, these tips might be of help to refresh your memory or give you insight into another
    way of thing about it...

    Bamboo fly rods are not the delicate items of times long ago, if fact they are very tuff and can take more abuse then graphite or fiberglass rods in most cases. Bamboo is a natural material and has more tinsel strength then steel, with proper care and maintenance can last several life times. Here are a few tips to help you enjoy and maintain your bamboo fly rod, so you can pass it down to your children...

    Do not assemble your bamboo fly rod indoors, or walk
    indoors/outdoors with an assembled rod. Just like an umbrella, It's bad luck and can lead to damage to your rod or even worse a broken tip...

    Always walk with the grip in your hand and the tip of your rod behind you, not in front of you...

    On long hiking trips carry your rod in the tube, to protect your rod on the way in as well as on the way out...

    Alternate tips on your rod every trip, this will help even out the ware on your rod and help in not putting a set in the tips...

    Fight the fish using the butt section of the rod not the tip, it's also a good idea to turn the rod over ( guides up ) to fight a fish every once in a while...

    Never try to jerk a fly lose from the bushes once your snagged, wade across and unhook or give the line slack and pull the line free with your hands...

    On return to your vehicle at the end of the day, always
    disassemble, sight down the tip, if there's a slight set, apply a slight bend in the opposite direction of the set and hold for a few minutes. Most sets cane be taken care of in this manner, if left unattended they can become permanent. Wipe down and put the rod and reel away first, then dress down and talk about the days adventure...

    Most damage to bamboo fly rods ( or any rod ) happen because of neglect by the user, use good since your the keeper of this little piece of history...

    Always wipe down the rod after use with a 100% cotton cloth, even if the rod dose not appear wet...

    Always store the rod in it's tube in the closet corner in a
    vertical position, prolonged storage in a horizontal position
    may cause the rod to form a set...

    It's a good idea to always keep a Silica Gel package in the
    bottom of the tube at all times, this will absorb any light
    moisture that is present. If a Silica Gel pack is not available,
    you can make your own using a small amount rice sewn into a small piece of cloth...

    If rod is lightly wet leave cap off tube for 12 to 24 hours on
    your return home, hotel or camp, this will allow the rod to dry or at least get fresh air so mildew dose not start growing...

    If rod and sock are wet lay everything out of the way on a
    horizontal surface for 24 hours ( including Silica or Rice
    package ), make sure it's out of reach of children, dogs, cats or anything that can cause damage to the rod...

    If you have a vintage labeled tube do not use it in the field, get a spare tube to use in the field to protect your investment...

    When inserting or removing rod from tube, form a circle around the mouth of the tube with your thumb and forefinger to protect the rod and guides from hitting the lip/sides of the tube causing damage...

    When assembling the rod never twist the ferrules, always
    straight on and straight off. When assembling the rod place your fingers close to the ferrules, then insert the male inline and straight. When disassembling the rod spread your hands away from the ferrules and apply pressure inline and straight out...

    Never force tight ferrules together, if there to tight, dress
    the female and male ferrule with WD-40 using a cotton
    swab then remove excess with a dry cotton swab. Repeat the process if necessary, never use oil or grease as they attract dust and dirt that will damage your ferrules...

    If ferrules are too lose, you can apply a coating of wax ( bee's wax or white canyon ) This is a temporary solution and caution must be used as the wax will attract dust and dirt, inspect ferrule before use and if dirt is present wipe clean and reapply a fresh coat of wax...

    Always inspect your vintage bamboo fly rod on a regular bases for damage, if damage has occur do not fish the rod and contact your craftsmen for advice or repair...


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  2. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    A few excepts from The Lost World of Mr. Hardy.

    This is the first chapter from the classic fishing movie about a family who over three generations dedicated their working lives to the pursuit of perfect fishing tackle. Hardy's have been synonymous with angling for 135 years, a name to stir the hearts of fishers the world over. The Lost World of Mr Hardy is a poignant reflection on the world we live in and the myriad ways it has changed over Hardy's 130 years. A journey into quality, the longevity of the craftsman's hand and the essence of what angling is all about.

    Ch 1:



    Bamboo vs. Glass:


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  3. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    And I just bought a new rod...


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  4. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Cal Trout produced a film on the Pitt River.

    The Pitt is the river where fly fisherman go to die.


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  5. Crat

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    Cool, there's a fly fishing thread : )
     
  6. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    I'd keep it up, but there are only a few of us interested.

    Steelhead season.



    I need to learn how to tie a pigeon.


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  7. Crat

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    Not much fly fishing to be done here in the netherlands, especially in Winter.

    Cool catfish vid. Reminded me of a taimen vid I've seen.
     
  8. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Forgot about this thread. Here's a nice bow I caught in a very small stream on the weekend on a royal wulff in the Snowy Mountains of Australia

    [​IMG]
     
  9. Crat

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    Nice fish!
    Here's a nice little Scottish brownie I caught last summer.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. Henry Carter

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    great markings on that brownie
     
  11. lefty

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    DP.
     
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    Nice. When I think of Aus and FF I think saltwater. A quick look at the Snowy Mountains shows some nice water.
    Yes. I think the brown trout looks much nicer as a youngster.

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  13. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Yes we have some great water in the Snowies and surrounding area's. I'm lucky where I live near Canberra, we have only a 2 hour drive to both the snowies and the coast, so I get the best of both worlds. But really I'm a trout fisherman at heart.
     
  14. Crat

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    What do you fish for in the salt?
     
  15. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Plenty of species depending where you are but mainly flathead, bream and whiting for me. Up north in QLD/NT where it's much more tropical then bonefish, permit and other pelagic species such as Giant Trevally are very popular.
     
  16. lefty

    lefty Senior member

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    Do you get a steelhead run or other anadromous fish?

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  17. Henry Carter

    Henry Carter Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    Nope the salmonid species we get here are sadly very limited to rainbows and brown trout mainly. There are brookies and atlantic salmon stocked by the hatchery here, but they are mostly just stocked in to 1 lake (lake jindabyne) The hatchery salmon are land locked so there is no natural recruitment. The main stocked species are rainbows though, with both major lakes in the snowies getting between 50-100k fingerling per year, but the brownies seem to breed naturally a lot better.

    Tasmania is really the premier trout waters in Australia, with some great river and excellent polaroiding lakes. Then there is always New Zealand only a 3 hour flight from here, that's a whole other level of awesomeness.
     
  18. lefty

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    Yeah, NZ ... some day.

    Damn this is beautiful:


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  19. Crat

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    Me too, one day.
    Will go fishing for small bluefin tuna in spring. Looking forward.
     
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  20. JPHardy

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    Lefty,

    if New Zealand is of interest, this is one of my favorite films.

    [VIDEO][/VIDEO]


    I'll try and post up some pics of Roscoe area from last few years.
     
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