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    I use some UV materials -- mainly nymph dubbing...

    I use some UV materials -- mainly nymph dubbing -- and have had some success with them.

    However, I ran across this recently which basically states that trout cannot see UV light and hence UV...
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    It takes me a little effort and definitely gets...

    It takes me a little effort and definitely gets harder as I get older, but I can usually peel / roll down to the top of the bootie or heel and then pull my foot out. Yours sound rather tight to me...
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    I also carry a thermometer. Although rather than...

    I also carry a thermometer. Although rather than buying a "stream thermometer", I'd suggest getting an inexpensive, instant read cooking thermometer similar to...
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    Bet that would work well for Iso hatches. About...

    Bet that would work well for Iso hatches. About the right size and colors and swinging wet fly works well for Isos.
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    I use NAFF as well. I was having some problems...

    I use NAFF as well. I was having some problems and sluggishness with NAFF (and other sites) using Chrome and Firefox and Windows 7. A lot of the problems seemed to be Flash related. However, I...
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    I'm with Jim on this. I whip my own loops in the...

    I'm with Jim on this. I whip my own loops in the end of the fly line. If I do this carefully -- keep the loop small, cut fly line end at a sharp angle, wrap neatly with small mono thread, and coat...
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    I'm with Scott and have stopped using lead. The...

    I'm with Scott and have stopped using lead. The lead free fly tying wire and shot are good enough for most usage and you can always use tungsten if needed.
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    I've tried and used a number of them. I like...

    I've tried and used a number of them. I like the fact that the weight is easily adjustable and you can form it into a noodle for less hangups. You can also add very small amounts of weight -- eg,...
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    I tie them with and without the stripe and...

    I tie them with and without the stripe and haven't noticed any difference. However, I like the stripe and usually include a thin strand of pearl flash over the wingcase.

    However, one thing that...
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    I've got a 10' 4wt TFO BVK. I like it for many...

    I've got a 10' 4wt TFO BVK. I like it for many of the reasons you mention -- longer reach, easier mending. Its great for nymph fishing, especially on bigger water. However, I have broken it twice...
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    We've got a pretty great system here in...

    We've got a pretty great system here in Minnesota. We have a very extensive system of "easements". Easements are for angling access only and generally extend 66' either side of the center line of...
  12. I agree. This is certainly one of the most...

    I agree. This is certainly one of the most objective rod reviews around. As others have mentioned, I appreciate that they include a range of rod price points. I don't fish big western waters very...
  13. Nicely tied, Scott. I think this is one of the...

    Nicely tied, Scott. I think this is one of the more under appreciated Clouser flies. I like this fly in various colors and sizes for both bass and trout.
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    You want your sighter at the water surface,...

    You want your sighter at the water surface, ideally at about a 45 degree angle with line / leader above the sighter off the water and long tippet (1.5x water depth) below the sighter.
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    IMO, the important thing is to get as much line...

    IMO, the important thing is to get as much line and leader off the water as possible and have a straight line to the flies. Long rods, extra light fly lines (or extra long leader butts), high rod...
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    Daniel's book has a table that describes /...

    Daniel's book has a table that describes / compares tight line methods -- both US and European methods. I think the basic idea -- fishing nymphs on a short, tight line -- is the same for all...
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    I like to tinker so I've made a few different...

    I like to tinker so I've made a few different types of sighters. The simplest, and most useful IMO, is just a bright section of mono inserted into your leader. I tie my own nymph leaders and use...
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    Coiled sighters are less useful then straight...

    Coiled sighters are less useful then straight sighters, IMO. They are used for longer line light nymph fishing. For example, if you want to fish a lightly weighted midge pupa 40' away from you.
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    I'd get George Daniels book --...

    I'd get George Daniels book -- http://www.amazon.com/Dynamic-Nymphing-Tactics-Techniques-Around/dp/0811707415. It will help you better understand a variety of nymphing techniques including czech...
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    I snip my thread. Too many potential bad side...

    I snip my thread. Too many potential bad side effects with snapping the thread -- eg, bent hook, hook pulls out of vise.

    I do whip finish and sometimes do double whip finish knots. Unlike most...
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    Hanging leaders in my house would result in a...

    Hanging leaders in my house would result in a chewed up leader and / or a strangled cat. :D

    Mine stay on the reel or in a slim leader wallet in my pack. Only takes about 5 seconds to stretch...
  22. Thread: New studs

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    I've always used sheet metal screws from the...

    I've always used sheet metal screws from the local hardware store. Never had a problem with them wearing out.

    Just make sure the screw length is less than the thickness of your soles. I use a...
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    If you want some diving action and water pushing,...

    If you want some diving action and water pushing, I'd start with the Dahlberg Diver concept. You can modify materials and colors to suit your preferences (or the prey). Google it and you'll see...
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    This thread got me thinking about whether I...

    This thread got me thinking about whether I should be trying this for trout fishing. I've never tried them, but I'm thinking of a larger stream around here with some deep, rocky, runs where I tend...
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    I think CHuck is on the mark here. It really...

    I think CHuck is on the mark here. It really depends on the type of mayfly nymph. For Baetis, BWO, nymphs, I omit the legs (or even a picked out thorax) as the naturals are thin and good swimmers. ...
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