November 20, 2016 at 11:39 am #5648
Dry Fly GuyKeymaster
I’m strictly RHW and it is my dominant hand/arm as well. I think it’s just what you get used to doing, and like Grsdlnr, it’s automatic for me and never seems to cause me a problem. I’ve set up reels LHW and all my children fish LHW. But at this point LHW feels very awkward to me. No right or wrong (left) here though. 😉
I’m also one that allows the fish to put themselves on the reel. And if they don’t, they don’t. Plain and simple. When I started fly fishing I was “taught” to always put the fish on the reel. And I did for a while in the beginning. But once I had enough experience and knowledge to form my own opinions… That practice went by the way side pretty quickly.
~ DFGNovember 20, 2016 at 9:28 pm #5649
Thanks DFG! I was hoping someone did that just to kind of prove what I was saying. I wonder if Wheezeburnt got to see it on a bass fishing program. It’s where I got the idea when I fished with conventional gear.
I just need to pay more attention when I get hooked up and keep my eyes on the fish. I was also taught to bring the fish in with my line hand and never mind the reel. My grandfather taught me to roll the line in my hand so I wouldn’t get tangled and create unwanted issues. But lately I’ve tried to use the reel. Time to back to basics.November 21, 2016 at 9:24 am #5650
Using the reel is basics too Scotty. I find not having much line out and getting on the reel an advantage when i’m wading is a big advantage to not getting the line tangled.
If i’m in the bank I might not bother. Then again I might with a big fish, because one of the musics in life is listening to a classic reel give off line on a big fish.
There so much more to landing a fish………than landing the fish. It’s style, grace, experience, and the sound. Enjoy it all.
A spin fisherman just hauls in the fish. Don’t be that guy with a fly rod.
November 21, 2016 at 9:42 am #5652
- This reply was modified 11 months ago by Creek.
If you haven’t seen Lee Wulff in these videos watch both to the end. A 15lb salmon on a light 6′ cane rod. He was the master and you could do a lot worse than to copy his style.
November 21, 2016 at 1:25 pm #5654
- This reply was modified 11 months ago by Creek.
Scotty: Yep, I did go and check like you suggested, and see just what you were talking about. Looks to me like the anglers using bait casters do in fact switch hands a lot. Not so the spinning reel guys. Interesting! Look, I fish with some very experienced old salmon anglers (on the same waters Lee Wulff fished every year), and they almost ALL do a right hand reel retrieve. And they don’t lose fish. As far as Lee’s talent, the guides here on the miramichi talk about him using those short rods, as well as using the reel, no rod, and casting with his arm only. And of course, there were his feats of hooking and landing salmon on #16 flies. Amazing guy (not that I ever met him). As Creek said, you could do a lot worse….
brentNovember 21, 2016 at 2:45 pm #5655
Did you ask the bait casters why they switch hands? I figure it’s to keep the arm/hand from getting too tired.
That certainly isn’t the reason fly fisherman do it. I think it has a certain snob appeal in today’s times. I think it was for a good reason in the old days when they simply wanted to fill the creel for the family.
I often wonder if a lot of guys started that way, because all the reels were RH wind in old UK.November 21, 2016 at 7:29 pm #5656
What was explained to me for the switching of the hands was that it gave just the proper amount of time for a sinking lure to, I want to say ” find itself ” after it hits the water surface and lets it sink a little to get the lure to work like they want it. It does seem to catch more fish. O.k. in other words, when you cast a top water plug, and it hits the water, you don’t start twitching it right away. You give it a few seconds and let the water rings disappear, then you twitch. Those few seconds allows the plug to get stable on the water before you work it. Same kind of principle with spinnerbaits and crank baits, or whatever you’re tossing.
Watching Mr. Wulff bring in those fish, I did notice he didn’t take his eyes off of it. Held tension on the line with his finger, which makes me wonder if he got rope burn sometimes. He would pretty much play the fish and let it run, then reel in a little, then after awhile bring it in. Remember, these are Atlantic Salmon, not 16 inch browns. Atlantic Salmon are powerful swimmers, and they are known to take line. But I do get the message here.
I know I can do worse, believe me, I know. But I can do a little better as well. I just need to keep an eye on the fish more. That way if it darts to the nearest rock or stick to dislodge the hook, I can counter it. Or if it comes at me creating slack, I strip faster instead of looking at my reel handle. I will be honest and admit I do like to look at the bend in my rod. I tend to believe we all like to do that now and then.
But as for casting my rod with my right hand and stripping or reeling with my left, that isn’t an issue. To me the rod is the tool, not so much the reel. And with all tools, I use my right hand because it’s my dominant hand.November 21, 2016 at 8:06 pm #5657
I said big fish Scotty. 😀
16″?November 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm #5658
Yes, 16″. I figure I’d mention the average size. They have been running anywhere between 12 and 19 inches. One or two bigger, and a few smaller.
I’d post a smiley face too, but I don’t know how to on this forum. Lol.November 21, 2016 at 8:38 pm #5659
: D……..together.November 21, 2016 at 8:47 pm #5660
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