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View Poll Results: What is your favorite ff technic ??

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  • Upstream dries (sight fished too)

    56 56.00%
  • Downstream streamer swings

    12 12.00%
  • "Nymphing" (pretty vast, but I don't really know this (these) tech.

    23 23.00%
  • Wets

    9 9.00%
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    Favorite technic

    Just for the fun of it ... (winter's starting to get long here).

    What is (for your homewaters) your favorite technic?

    I mean, I will change beats so I can fish an upstream dry, even if I know there is a trout sitting down stream a bit just waiting for a swinging streamer to trot by. Sort of like, if your could ONLY ff one way, what would it be (and why)

    There are dozens of river technics out there, so we'll keep this simple.

    Mine would be upstream dries. More like hunting than ff'ing. I like to sight cast to lunkers from down stream on a BIG bushy dry.

    Ideas ???


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    i'm with ya on the upstream dries, chris. i'd rather catch one on a dry than five sunk. i love the visual - always makes my heart leap.

    have a good weekend everyone

    RIP Chessie (9/16/02-6/18/04)
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    Wrangler,

    My objectif for 2004 was to connect to an Atlantic on a dry (on purpose). Missed a few, paniced on 2 (short set).

    My girlfriend says she wants to seriously go for Salmo Salar this season (instead of just searun trout) so I think we'll concentrate on that. I can't wait.

    EXACTLY 4 months 'till opening day for us up here .


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    Well for me it's really one style with a few variations. I fish wet fly's. When fishing deep holes with a strip motion or a good moving current I like to use a traditional three wet fly rig. Other times it's sight fishing up stream with a wet fly stripping the line the speed of current and lastly it's the traditional wet fly swing either with a three wet fly rig or a single wet fly. Cast upstream 45 degrees and mend line and allow it to completely straighten out down stream finished with a Liesenring lift.


    Andy B


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    I would prefer dry fly action, but on the waters I fish these days....

    I put a nymph on a dropper and a streamer on the tippet. Cast upstream and across, fish it with a mended dead drift until the swing, then lift. After the lift, I fish the streamer with an intermittent strip retrieve.

    I'm amazed at how many fish take the nymph, when I think I'm fishing the streamer.


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    With Andy B

    While many enjoy the thrill of fishing the dry, I guess I'd have to vote with Andy on this one. I enjoy the wets, softhackles, of course and all. I believe some large trout are taken on wet flies. I particularly enjoy fishing three flies, downstream with the top dropper skittering/bobbing in the surface. It really entices the trout.


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    Hmmmm. Dry fly, as far as I can cast, and watching the take with my binoculars!!!! Also, watching a trout slash at your wooly bugger from a drift boat. You're above the action and if you're wearing your polaroids, you can see everything.

    Pictures taken before/after/during fly fishing:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Soft-hackle
    While many enjoy the thrill of fishing the dry, I guess I'd have vote with Andy on this one. I enjoy the wets, softhackles, of course and all. I believe some large trout are taken on wet flies. I particularly enjoy fishing three flies, downstream with the top dropper skittering/bobbing in the surface. It really entices the trout.
    I watched a show yesterday on fishing the wet fly. They had some footage of the action the fly makes while underwater. They had them set up as a tandom rig no less than 20" apart. Pretty interesting segment, but I can't say that's my type of fishing.

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    Swinging spey flys for GLs fresh run steelhead. They don't take drys if they did of course that would be preferred. 90% of the trout,salmon,and steelhead fly fishing I do is nymphs and steelhead/salmon wet fly patterns.

    BG


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    It was not a choice, but I would say drifting a dry fly downstream to a fish. The visual component and anticipation is the best!


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    Oh my,
    I must agree with Jim...

    It was not an option... #1 - 10 is Sight fishing to rising fish with a dry, DOWNSTREAM.

    Although swinging a BIG wet fly just at dark and into the night is nice too. You can usually guess that when something takes, its big!

    -Larry


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    All things being equal, I would have to say upsteam dries for the visual aspect of the take.

    I would hate to be limited to only one technique tho.


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