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    I was fishing on the missouri and they were big...

    I was fishing on the missouri and they were big fish. I was using 4X tippet and size 16 mustad hooks. I will attempt to be more gentle but it is tough when I am used to big smallies and 12# tippet.
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    I am using mustad 94840. Maybe I should switch...

    I am using mustad 94840. Maybe I should switch to tiemco??
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    Need sturdier dry fly hook

    Does anyone have recommendations for a stronger dry fly hook. I have been using standard dry fly hooks. When fishing in MT, I often lose large fish because the hook bends, either during the hook...
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    Posthumous thanks to Al Campbell!

    I took my wife to a local lake to fish for crappies today. As I have for several years, the first fly I tie on is a "Crappie Candy". I caught several crappie and a largemouth bass. I like to fish...
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    Pretty fly! You've got skills.

    Pretty fly! You've got skills.
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    My favorite smallie fly is a chartreuse wooley...

    My favorite smallie fly is a chartreuse wooley bugger tied on a 1/0 mustad 3366. I also like poppers, sliders, and clouser minnows.
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    Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=466P-Uyorm0

    Here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=466P-Uyorm0
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    Friendly challenge

    Thanks Rick!
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    Beautiful tie!

    Beautiful tie!
  10. I fish mostly the st croix and upper mississippi....

    I fish mostly the st croix and upper mississippi. I use a 7 wt rod. I do think anywhere from a 6 wt to 8 wt will work fine. I use a bass taper floating line. You can use a general taper floating...
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    redington rs2 - one 5/6 wt, three 7/8 wt, and one...

    redington rs2 - one 5/6 wt, three 7/8 wt, and one 9/10 wt. I think they are about the best compromise between quality and price. You can pay "much more" but you won't get "much more" reel. Medium...
  12. Thread: Home Waters

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    Home Waters

    Enjoyed the essay - thanks!
    steve haun
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    Eggs and Coffee

    Thanks! Made my day.
  14. Nice popping bug!

    Nice popping bug!
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    Al Campbell memory

    My wife and I got out for some crappie fishing on mother's day. I was fishing an Al Campbell pattern - crappie candy. It made me think back to meeting Al at the Rapid City Scheels store in the late...
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    I wouldn't think any of this lead ban talk would...

    I wouldn't think any of this lead ban talk would bother us. Upstream and dry! Are you guys worm dunkers or what?
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    Nice crappie! Makes me hungry...

    Nice crappie! Makes me hungry...
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    My favorite smallie fly is a chartreuse wooley...

    My favorite smallie fly is a chartreuse wooley bugger. I tie them big. 1/0 3366 mustad hook. Wrapped with 0.030 lead wire. I used to tie them on a size 4 streamer hook but I like the wider hook...
  19. I have wasted a good deal of my life chasing...

    I have wasted a good deal of my life chasing smallies with a fly rod and wouldn't have it any other way. My favorite way to fish is topwater - poppers or sliders. That said, I have caught the most...
  20. One evening I was fishing the gallatin river with...

    One evening I was fishing the gallatin river with my son and his friend. We were spaced out about 20 yards apart. A guide with a client comes up to me and asks if he can fish between me and my son's...
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    Hartwick Pines is a beautiful place. Those huge...

    Hartwick Pines is a beautiful place. Those huge white pines are incredible. Have a great time!
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    For SMB, I like wooley buggers in chartreuse or...

    For SMB, I like wooley buggers in chartreuse or white. I tie them on a mustad 3366, size 1/0. I use two marabou for the tail and large ice chenile for the body. I give each fly 8-10 wraps of 0.030...
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    I love fishing the Big Horn but I hate to nymph. ...

    I love fishing the Big Horn but I hate to nymph. I use a 7 wt with a sink tip line and size 4 wooley buggers between hatches and fish drys when the fish are looking up.

    Michael Mastrangelo at...
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    The Madison is not near Livingston. It is about...

    The Madison is not near Livingston. It is about 1.5 to 2 hours west of Livingston. The Yellowstone runs thru Livingston.
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    If in the Billings area, I would spend a day on...

    If in the Billings area, I would spend a day on the Big Horn River. Call Ellyn at Fort Smith Fly Shop & Cabins.
    http://www.flyfishingthebighorn.com/
    If you are in the Red Lodge Area, I would...
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