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JoHn87

Is the peak for dollies and cutties here yet? and also, any tips on where to go, and how to catch them. either fly fishing/spincasting/baitcasting thx
The Yak

flyfishing... use minnow patterns...the salmon eggs should be hatching about now and the amount of eggs floating around are diminishing... im going to try my advice tomorrow out in the harrison area some where... ill let you know how i did...
JoHn87

Hey yak, youve been flyfishing a while , i was just wondering, when your fly fishing, either river or lake, after you cast, should i just let the fly sink/sit on the top and just wait about a minute before i reel in? or should i make it move somehow. and what is the point in having all that slack of line in your hand?? i know when the fish takes it on the surface it splashes and i pull the tip, but how do i know when a fish takes the fly under water / sinking line? i think i have an idea of casting, just whipping it back and forth witht he rod . and i also know drag is an issue, if you know any pointers on that also, im so sorry for bombarding you with all these questions, but i gotta start somewere, and im really looking forward to fly fishing this year. ( dont worry, i wont get too carried away with fly fishing )

thx John
The Yak

First off... ive only been flyfishing for 2 seasons I just happen to go fishing with guys who have been doing it a lot longer than i so Im learning fast. About how you should retrive your fly after the cast. First of all its important to know what you're fishing with, because it makes a big difference in how you retrieve. If its a minnow pattern, let it sink a bit and retrieve it with a strip that imitates a darting motion. shrimp patterns should be retrieved from on or near the bottom (thats where they live) with a slow hand twist retrieve. things like dragon flys and damsels retrieved with a slow 4 - 6 inch strip with a few quick 6inch strips here and there with some 10 second or so pauses. the idea is to make the fly you are using imitate the natural movement of the real thing. of course dry flies are fished on the top of the water and are usually left to sit after a well placed cast and if not hit you can just nudge it towards you hopefully enticing the fish you cast to to strike.

as for having all that slack line in your hand... the slack line usually isnt being held in your hand. with the hand you hold the rod with you "pinch" the fly line between your thumb and index finger under the rod and with your free hand you "strip" in the line pulling it through your pinched fingers. if you get a strike you will feel it not only between your finges but in the rod itself. fly rods are made to be very sensitive so you feel every little strike which is one of the resons they are so expensive. As for drag a lot of guys use there palm on the rim of the reel as their "drag" on smaller fish and on bigger fish you just let them run out the line you have already stripped in until you have them on the reel. you can also (on smaller fish) just keep striping the fish in without using the reel drag at all. when it comes to casting it's a lot more than just whipping it back and forth and would take too long to explain here in a post but just remember that it take a lot of practice to just become and average caster but thats one of the things i love about fly fishing, is that im always learning more, every time i go out on the water.. I think the best bet for the beginner so you dont get discouraged is to take a casting lesson. I know there's a guy at Jaymers fish and tackle in Port Coquitlam (one of the new owners)that do a great course in fly casting and fishing its only 80 bucks i think and its 2 days worth and you get in the river and put your casting to work and learn stuff about how to fish rivers, giving you knowledge about the patterns that you need to use to fish it. i belive that most people catch a few fish too during the two days so its hands on.. not just at a park like some guys who teach. They have big sale on there right now too if need gear. Oh ya ... everything i just told you pertains mostly to lake fishing because that is all i do. i dont go river fishing.

I have found that i have learned the most from "studying" fly fishing magazines for every bit of useful info. the best in my opinion is "Fly Fishing and Tying Journal" a 3 year subscription is only 60 bucks U.S. and they give you an Okuma Sierra fly reel for free which is worth about 80 buck here in the store (i didn t believe it at first but i got one in the mail 2 weeks after i signed up for the subscription). feel free to ask more questions if you like. im happy to answer. Just maybe just one or 2 questions next time hehehe

i think this maybe a record size for a post here on sharphooks. at least for me... hehehhe
The Yak

by the way...fishing today was poor.. i was skunked

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