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  • #5113

    PurpleMayflyHatch
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    Hello Everyone,

    I came across your forum, and quite enjoyed the topics and discussions, and felt like it would be a great forum to join.
    A little bit about myself; I work in a fly shop, live in pike country, and am 3 hours from fantastic cutthroat rivers. By no means am I a dry fly purist, because I’m regularly targetting pike, walleye, and bulls on the fly, but for cutties (westslope), and rainbows I only care to go dry.
    I don’t like nymphs. I consider a parachute Adams to be a dry fly (although I know and respect that many others disagree), and it’s an understatement to say that fly fishing is a huge part of my life.

    Thank you for taking the time to read my lengthy post, this is the first forum I’ve ever joined, and I’m not quite sure what an appropriate introduction should include. I look forward to getting to know all of you.

    PurpleMayflyHatch

    #5116

    Creek
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    Welcome to the forum. I’m not sure what someone thinks a para Adams is if not a dry? It floats on the surface and represents an adult Mayfly. That’s a definition of a dry fly.

    #5118

    PurpleMayflyHatch
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    Thanks Creek,

    I hear the odd guy say it’s an emerger, and not a dry. Such trivial things are of no interest to me, I just wanted to put it out there right off the bat that it’s a dry to me, because the para Adams and purple haze are by far my favourite and most used flies, and I will most likely talk about them in the future.

    Thank you for the welcome. How is the winter treating you? It’s been a long one for me.

    PMH

    #5119

    Creek
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    Winter was not fun this year. I’m looking forward to spring.

    #5121

    JoeFriday
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    What is this spring you refer to? We’re getting snow again today here in WI.

    It never occurred to me that parachutes would be anything but a dry. But I guess I consider dry flies anything that causes the trout to break the surface film on the take. If I can’t see that I don’t want to fish it.

    PurpleMH, that was a fine intro. Nice to have you here. We don’t really get too hung up on fly classifications and there are even a few members who actually fish subsurface intentionally from time to time. Weird, I know. But we don’t point fingers.

    It sounds like you’ve got a lot of fishing experience and no doubt have a lot of stories to tell. Feel free to revive old threads with your insights or start new ones. I sometimes like to go back into comments from a few years ago and see how, or if, things have changed.

    Brett

    #5124

    gutcutter
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    Welcome PurpleMH. I am quite new here, too. I think that anything that rides in and/or on the surface film is and should be considered a dry fly. Most “emergers” fit into that category.
    And yes, along those lines, I also consider a “floating nymph” a dry fly. I use that term, “floating nymph” as an oxymoron, but I believe that this stage is the most under appreciated part of emergence, and matching it can be hard, fishing it can be quite hard, but the results are very rewarding.

    #5125

    Creek
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    A dry fly should be an adult.

    #5126

    Scotty MacFly
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    PurpleMH, very nice intro. I thin you’ll fit in here just fine. It’s nice to see this forum grow, so maybe it will stay livelier than it has. But then again, small forums like this can evolve into a close knit forum community.

    I would love to hear more on your pike fishing. My wife is from Minnesota, and we go there now and again to visit her family and I have to get out and fish for pike and walleye. Would like to hear about your equipment as well.

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

    #5127

    Scotty MacFly
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    PurpleMH, very nice intro. I think you’ll fit in here just fine. It’s nice to see this forum grow, so maybe it will stay livelier than it has. But then again, small forums like this can evolve into a close knit forum community.

    I would love to hear more on your pike fishing. My wife is from Minnesota, and we go there now and again to visit her family and I have to get out and fish for pike and walleye. Would like to hear about your equipment as well.

    Welcome to the neighborhood.

    #5128

    Scotty MacFly
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    oops, sorry, my bad.

    #5131

    Dark Waters
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    Welcome!

    I do my share of warm water fly fishing too, I won’t mention what I use….

    #5133

    PurpleMayflyHatch
    Participant

    Thank you so much everyone for the wonderful welcomes!

    Scotty, I fish for pike 3-4 times a week, my favourite flies to use are large deer hair mice (when the surface is calm) and 2/0 clousers tied with a ridiculous amount of bucktail. Last year I used clousers almost exclusively, and enjoyed some phenomenal fishing. I don’t usually target walleye, but end up catching them by accident while going after pike. A fast 8 or 9 weight makes casting the big flies much easier, but a good 5 weight is doable in a pinch. The reel is the least important piece of a pike setup. Even the big ones don’t run a lot.A pike specific fly line makes all the difference as well. I use the same setup for bulls too. My 8 weight BVK has worked very well for me, but I have a new 8’8″ Loop Booster 9 weight that I am very excited to use when the season opens here for pike in May.

    I grew up pike fishing, but I have A LOT to learn about trout fishing, and a lot of work to put in. It is definetly my priority this summer. There will be many nights spent sleeping in my truck, and many flowers purchased for my understanding wife.

    thank you again everyone,

    PMH

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