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Vise Vices / Re: Tying for Spring 2019
« on: April 23, 2019, 07:10:18 PM »
Looking good. I have been making some spring trout nymphs and bluegill flies too. Now I just need some time to get on the water.
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The Asylum / Fall fishing in NC
« on: October 05, 2018, 09:28:36 AM »
Well, it is finally starting to look like fall is coming to the NC mountains. As the water cools, I will switch from fly fishing for bass and bluegills to fishing for trout. The trout fishing will be fun from now until there are so many autumn leaves in the water that fouling on the leaves becomes a problem. Even then the fishing will remain good in pools and runs that are not too choked up with leaves. A lot of the streams here switch to catch-and-release on October 1st, but that's OK by me.
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The Current / NEW RODS
« on: June 05, 2018, 12:20:02 PM »
Who has a new rod, and what are your impressions? I wonder if anyone has a Orvis Helios 3 yet and if those rods are living up to the advertising claims. Or, who has jumped on the Retro-Rod band wagon and gone back to a fiberglas rod after years of carbon?

I am still pretty much an Orvis Superfine carbon guy, but I am curious about what's new and terrific.
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The Frame / Re: Fall Brown Trout
« on: November 16, 2017, 04:21:34 PM »
Great photo and a terrific looking brown. Tell us more....nymph or dry, time of day, etc.
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The Asylum / Product Review: Soft Science Wading Boots
« on: October 21, 2017, 10:03:22 AM »
I recently purchased a pair of Soft Science Terrafin wading boots. The company was offering a sale price discount and free shipping, so with nothing to lose I decided to give them a try.

I have taken them on three multi-day fishing trips to the NC mountains so far, and they are now my official go-to wading boots. They are great.

Here is a link to their web page: http://www.softscience.com/mens/fishing/terrafin.html

Pros:
1. They are very light at just a touch over one pound for a pair. That is about half the weight of my Simms boots.
2. They are very soft and comfortable. Definitely good for an all-day wading boot.
3. Even though the soles are a proprietary rubber compound, they have traction that is every bit as good as traditional felt soles.
4. They dry very quickly.
5. They have a very good drainage system built in so added water weight is a minimum.
6. The soft upper folds to packs easily, and is very tough material that reminds me of the old "ballistic nylon" that was a staple of outdoor gear.

Cons:
1. The toe-bumper area is minimal, but I am not an aggressive wader so that is not an issue for me.
2. Though they are high-top boots, there is no rigid ankle support other than what is offered by the padded collar and lacing them up.

Unknown:
1. I have not had them long enough to have an opinion about their long-term durability.

Overall: The Soft Science Terrafin Wading Boot is just about perfect for the fishing I do in the NC mountains. I have no doubt that they would serve me just as well in the mountain streams in the Rocky Mountains, or the spring creeks of the Driftless Area. The good traction and light weight make for a terrific combination.
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The Riffle / Re: Where you been? River n Creek Names?
« on: September 29, 2017, 10:01:11 AM »
My favorite Colorado rivers to fish are the Cache la Poudre on the Front Slope of the Rockies, and the Big Thompson also on the Front Slope. They are both very beautiful rivers with good populations of rainbows and cutthroat. There is also a little creek that I like above Vail that runs from beaver dam to beaver dam, down the mountain. It is full of very wild brookies, and some of them are fairly large.

Here in NC the closest stream to me is the East Fork of the Roaring River. It is a very good fall and spring river that is not as good in the heat of the summer. I'll be fishing on the Roaring River in October and November.

My favorite stream in NC is the Cane River, but it is almost all on private land. The late Phil Hanes (of Hanes Brands) used to invite me up to his private fishing club there and the fishing was spectacular. I have caught several 20+" trout there, the largest landed was a 23" brute. Since Phil passed away I haven't been back there.

In the Driftless Area of Wisconsin, I love the Timber Coulee Creek and Spring Coulee Creek. These are both spring creeks with very nice populations of wild browns and brookies. Like all spring creeks, the fishing can get very technical and the trout very selective. But, if you figure them out it is possible to catch and release 50 nice trout in a morning of fishing.
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The Asylum / Re: Hamilton Montana!
« on: September 03, 2017, 06:50:21 PM »
Please take lots of photos and share them here when you return. Have a great trip.
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The Asylum / Fall trout in the NC mountains
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:28:14 PM »
It will soon be time to get back up to my closest trout stream in the NC mountains. September brings a bit of rain and the cooler temps. That combination will cool the water enough to make the fish more active as colder water can hold more oxygen. Fishing the mountain streams improves around the middle of September and from then on until the really cold weather the fishing can be impressive.

The streams will be low and the water will be clear, and that means spooky fish. But, the fish are still hungry every day and the right offering can result in a strike. So, I am getting some things ready for the fly boxes. Here are some black/copper zebra nymphs with black tungsten bead heads. I also tied up some bead head brassies. Can't wait to get to the mountains and wet a line.

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The Frame / Re: inline attachments now activated
« on: September 01, 2017, 05:18:05 PM »
trying again... [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]
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The Frame / Re: inline attachments now activated
« on: September 01, 2017, 04:41:31 PM »
Tried twice and could not post a reply with the regular reply button. Hmmmmm. Am I doing something wrong?
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The Asylum / Re: Introductions?
« on: September 01, 2017, 01:21:03 PM »
I am Joe from North Carolina. I love to fly fish. I have been fly fishing for trout in NC, OH, WI, IA, GA, TN, WY, MT, and CO. I also love to fly fish for panfish.

All of my favorite rods are Orvis rods. I really like their Superfine rods and Orvis' other full-flex rods, though I do have a fast 5-weight that I use from time to time.

This forum is going to be great. We can find like-minded fly aficionados (would that make us "flyfishanados") -- and we can find new places to wet a line and have some fun.
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The Riffle / Re: Dream Stream
« on: August 17, 2017, 08:00:13 PM »
Excellent!
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