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Chef 01-09-2010 09:03 AM

Jeep + Feathers = Fly Fishing
Just wondering how many of you Jeep owners sling tiny curved barbless hooks with feathers on them at fish. Any fly fishers out there? If so I'm in Arizona and when given the opportunity to toss flies at scales I can usually be seen somewhere in Arizona or Mexico on the fly.


RedWrangler 01-09-2010 12:32 PM

I do some flycasting, but I spend more time throwing jigs at smallmouth and stripers here in the Delaware river. On a good day, you'll get 15+ per hour. Every now and then I'll also get a walleye, a channel cat, white perch, sunny, or chub. In the spring we get a three fish run, herring, shad and striper. This usually happens from late March through May. There are year round stripers, but the run brings in big cows from the salt water downstream.

If I travel a hundred miles up river, there is some of the best trout water in the east, and they'll take dries, nymphs, emergers and terrestrials in most of the spring and fall months, but in summer you have to get out with the dawn or dusk, and the feeding window is brief because of the temperature. There are other small trout waters around, but compared to the streams out west, fly fishing here is much less productive. On a good day in Montana or Wyoming, you can catch trout nonstop. They seem to stay active from dawn to dusk.

WoolyBugger 01-10-2010 08:02 AM

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Looking past the JK through the tree line is the upper stretch of the Delaware River on which I reside. It's a world class tailwater trout fishery fed by
Cannonsville and Pepacton reservoirs via the West Branch and East Branch, both wonderful trout tributaries in the own right. I'm also fortunate to be near the historic Beaverkill, Willowemoc, and Neversink rivers which offer a different blend of trout fishing. I often wade but enjoy floating the main stem of the Delaware River for native browns and rainbows. While winter wains I spend my time tying flies, chasing winter steelhead on the Salmon River, and some occasional ice fishing. This is a wonderful region for a flyrod ........ tight lines!

birdhunter 01-10-2010 10:58 AM

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Southern Wis Brown Trout
creek caught 28" 8 lbs
Sorry for bad pic it was the
last on a roll and double exposed
I was lucky to have anything show-up

flight risk 01-10-2010 10:59 AM

Down here on the Charleston, SC coast, I occasionally sling for trout and redfish! But, I am a spinning reel guy so the 7wt sits most of the time.

WoolyBugger 01-10-2010 11:13 AM

That's one nice brown birdhunter! I might have to travel to Southern Wis and test my skills.

RedWrangler 01-10-2010 11:14 AM

WoolyBugger, I envy you. As noted, down here it's all warm water species in the Delaware. I've floated the west branch and main stem from Ball's Eddy to Trenton. It took us 10 days, but we weren't pushing. It's a great river all the way. The areas with the canoe/tube liveries get a little nuts on weekends, but the fishing is great top to bottom. Got any advice for a novice fly caster on what and where to throw up there?

Chef 01-10-2010 11:51 AM

Good stuff!

Here's a few from around here and Mexico...

My 10 year old last Sunday
Mexico (5 hours away)

RedWrangler 01-10-2010 12:37 PM

Chef, Nice Fish and nice looking rig.

Tight lines!!!

birdhunter 01-10-2010 01:34 PM

Wooly anytime
hunt or fish
I fished the beaverkill for a week must
be 14-15 years ago but I was fishing for food
not sport
We also fish the spring steelie runs off lake michigan
I start in the root river and move to the northern rivers
as they warm up

Chef love your area, nice male brown
We mostly fish cow pasture or very small
tight creeks lots of brush.

Rangluh 01-10-2010 01:37 PM

I go for bream and bass OTF normally. I want to catch some spottails on the buggy whip around Charleston..I've come close.

RedWrangler 01-12-2010 01:47 AM

BY spottail, do you mean redfish, aka red drum, puppy drum?

In Cocoa Beach, FL, I've hooked up with a few using crab pattern. I haven't tied one yet (I purchased the ones I was using.) but this one looks promising. I only had a 6W with me, but it was fun.

E-Z Body Crab

flight risk 01-12-2010 11:22 AM


Originally Posted by RedWrangler (Post 522031)
BY spottail, do you mean redfish, aka red drum, puppy drum?

In Cocoa Beach, FL, I've hooked up with a few using crab pattern. I haven't tied one yet (I purchased the ones I was using.) but this one looks promising. I only had a 6W with me, but it was fun.

E-Z Body Crab

RW, I am sure he means redfish... we call them spottails occasionally.

That is a nice crab. I have used the "gold" spoon pattern from our local shop but the best flies I have used was a shrimp pattern, at night! Seems to crush both trout and reds!

RedWrangler 01-12-2010 11:30 AM

Do you just drift the shrimp pattern? Or is it more of a strip and wait, strip and wait?

JIMBOX 01-12-2010 01:47 PM

:) Nice fish/kids/Rubi-time

They say the fly fisherman do pretty good in Pyramid lake, NV-weather/temp/wind!

I've got an old 5 pc Fenwick, but I haven't used it for 30 years-spin casting with lures now!!

If you ever want to try Pyramid (indian country) let me know I've got some neat spots on the East side-(special permit), I'm either in Ca or Nv, so I'm not allways in Nv, but I keep my Rubitrailer/fishing gear/camping gear/firearms corraled there

:rofl::rofl: JIMBO

Rangluh 01-12-2010 02:48 PM

Yep, spottails, red drum, redfish, all the same. I've just thrown crab patterns at tailers a couple times. I wish I lived closer to the coast. I love catching me some flounder, trout, and spottails.

flight risk 01-12-2010 06:20 PM


Originally Posted by RedWrangler (Post 522195)
Do you just drift the shrimp pattern? Or is it more of a strip and wait, strip and wait?

it's a sinking bug, so it is strip wait, strip wait and the current does a good job of moving the bug too. It gets pretty intense sometimes...Trout (specks) are ferocious!

punkafi888 01-13-2010 12:42 AM

im a colorado born flyfisher since i was 10 years old!!! love it! cant do the whole worm thing any more unless its at the bottom of a bottle ;-)

Chef 01-13-2010 10:51 PM

Redfish are a blast along with bonefish in the saline. Mostly caught on crazy charlies and clouser minnows. Pyramid lake for monsters for sure sight casting on ladders:)

Rangluh 01-14-2010 04:20 PM

That last picture's great. He ate that big fish and then he decided on a snaller pirtion on top of his main meal.

Chef 01-14-2010 06:56 PM

Should be titled "Greed will Always Catch up to You"

madcap3693 01-16-2011 05:17 PM

New Jersey Fly Fisherman Here
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Caught this beautiful little Rainbow back in November. Spend most of my time on the Pequest River or South Branch of the Raritan. I'm tying up a few flys right now, while waiting for warmer weather. Nothing beats heading out early in the morning in my Jeep to do some casting. Best of luck to everyone:D

wking72650 01-16-2011 07:29 PM

flyfishing is the reason i bought my jeep, to get me to the good fishing spots in northern arkansas.

greenhead17 01-17-2011 06:36 PM

South Central Pennsylvania Fisherman here! Letort Creek, Big Spring, Green Spring, Falling Spring, Spring Creek the Little J etc... Along with a few native brookie streams!

BladeRunner 01-17-2011 06:54 PM

I love to fly fish in our creeks, bayous, and farm ponds. Never have been rainbow trout fishing but I have always wanted to.

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