Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by shadowcast, Jun 18, 2013.
If I only flyfished, my friends wouldn't have the opportunity to handle stuff like this.......
Or, even this.......
what do you mean? casting a sinking line and retrieving a fly isn't fly fishing?
right now i just fly fish. i find no joy in gear fishing so i do not do it.
i understand the "gear fishing makes you better" argument, but i think at a point it can become a crutch that possibly stops you from getting better at fly fishing. if you always bring a gear rod along just in case the fishing is slow.... will you ever take the lumps necessary to figure out tough fly fishing situations?
i thought about this monday sitting offshore fishing for salmon. i believe that my success saltwater fly fishing for salmon came from the moment i decided that the only way to figure out tough situations and become good at catching fish on the fly was to not use gear or bastardized techniques with a fly rod (bucktailing). taking lumps and a willingness to experiment happen when you cannot fall back on "easier" ways.
there is no sin in gear fishing or enjoying it. i just wanted to point out another opinion in the "how to get better at fly fishing" question. imo, the best way to get better at fly fishing is to just fly fish. take the lumps and skunkings with pride as they will become less numerous.
of course i will never understand how people like certain types of gear fishing... like downriggers.
What color wingbobber were you useing?
Light tackle Mooching for Kings is my thing, other than that mostly fly. Except the occasional Kokanee outing. I do a lot of beach fishing for Cutts and coho.
I think I have done most of it minus tenkara and noodling ...but in past 15 years 95 % is basic all form fly fishing. Do the occasional meat run from westport with gear....hey I love good salmon and halibut! My new thing is grilled halibut smoothered in sweet yet spicey habanero sauce with sliced grilled zucchini covered in same habanero sauce over steamed white rice and lemon peppered garlic asparagus on the side...yum!!!
Well, I have been fly fishing now for 54 years, since about 11 years old. It’s hard to believe. I was initially turned on to fishing by reading Roderick Haig-Browns book about Chinook salmon, “Return to the River”. My early fishing was on the Hood Canal with my dad and his friends fishing for salmon there. After reading the book, I then read Roderick’s other books, and learned about fly fishing for steelhead. Through reading his stuff, I ended up selling my electric toy train that I had of course outgrew, and bought myself a J.C. Higgins fly rod and reel. I got other books and spent many hours teaching myself to cast in the backyard. I learned to keep my backcast up after hundreds of tangles in Mom’s raspberry bushes! I really haven’t touched a worm since then. I hardly remember how to use a spinning reel. It doesn’t seem like that long of time I’ve been doing this, and I always continue to learn more. I have never tired of this sport and never will. Catching fish on the surface has been a passion for quite a long time now. I love seeing the surface erupt or a bulge behind my fly in the saltwater as a fish approaches or attacks. It’s crazy isn’t it?! Hell yeah! Give me more!!!
Both. A couple of good friends have the "ins" and they are gear guys. So when the call comes in, I go to the other side of the garage...also, the kids dig the spinning gear because its just fun to chuck something far.
When solo, its fly only.
From age 4 until I was about 17 I fished exclusively with gear, from a boat. My dad was a fisherman of all sorts, and an avid fly fisherman. He was 55 when I was born, and by the time that I was of the age to fish, his tendonitis had gotten so bad that fly fishing was no longer an option. So we gear fished, every chance that we got. We caught king salmon on the Kenai River, rooster fish and sailfish in the tropics, sturgeon in the lower Columbia, and salmon all over the place. I always had fun, but there was something missing.
Shortly after I turned 17 I got the itch to fly fish. My dad's eyes lit up when I told him. He promptly surprised me with a full setup, waders, boots, a little advice and sent me off on a great journey. I have since almost exclusively fly fished. Not out of spite for other methods, but because the challenge that it provided was what I had always unknowingly craved.
I'm 32 now and have only picked up a gear rod twice in 15 years. Both times during the pink run. My dad passed away 11 years ago, but every time I am standing in a river casting to these amazing fish, I think of him and that gleam in his eye.
Yes gear fishing can be very fun and productive at times, but fly fishing is what I do and love.
You think a Hardy Perfect or Ross San Miguel are smooth? Dial in a nice baitcasting outfit and throw plugs all day. It's an absolute pleasure...and I miss doing it.
I'm nearly 100% fly now because that's what works best where I fish, but I do miss fishing baitcasting gear. You can keep spinning gear though - those things just twist line and offer no casting control once you release the line from your finger. Yuck.
Tree point or North
I never really got that. Art? Mystique? It's fishing.
I'm not a big trout fisherman, but when I do fish trout, I use flies. Not because I think it's some kind of religious experience, but because plunking powerbait or fighting a 12" fish on pop gear seems boring. For steelhead and salmon I fish hardware over 50% of the time. I absolutely love fishing spoons.If anyone thinks throwing hardware means easy limits, they're full of shit. It takes skill and an experienced hand to really bang with spoons.
I don't remember how spinning reels work......
I haven't touched gear since I was like 10 years old (when I started fly fishing) and I will never touch it again.
And anyone who says they like spey because the take is so extreme has clearly never caught a steelhead on a spoon. That's some next level shit.