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  • #1757

    Dry Fly Guy
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    In my recreational pursuits I can deal with a fairly wide range of climatic conditions, and still be relatively unfazed by them.  I’ve taught snow-skiing and snowboarding in sub-zero snowfalls, surfed through torrential rains, and cycled in stifling heat.  But one climatic condition that continues to be my nemesis is wind.

    It blows out surf conditions, makes skiing and cycling miserable, and can completely eliminate any hope of casting a fly.  In fact, the only time I seem to be happy to see some wind is if i’m sailing.

    So I’m curious as to what ingenious tactics you employ to combat wind, and at what point do you simply put the rod away and go fly a kite.

    ~ DFG

    #1759

    trouter3
    Participant

    Simple ….don’t and cannot efficiently fly fish .. Especially here in south Florida … Everything is wide open. No contour to the land, flat with very little cover …in fact yesterday my brother and I took a few fly rods out on lake Osborne where he has his motor home …. Impossible task even with an 8’0 Sage RPLX 8 weight …frustrating to say the least..tried that for a short time and headed to this excellent southern breakfast diner for some corned beef hash, sausage gravy and grits …yummmm

    Paul

    #1765

    Creek
    Participant

    Wind is another reason to fish the creeks here in the mountains. Most of them have enough cover to block most of the wind. Plus, the casts are short, and if it’s too windy I can make them shorter by getting closer.

    I don’t enjoy fishing more open rivers in high winds. I find myself thinking about the wind more than the fishing, and it spoils the whole day.

    This is another advantage to being retired. If I don’t like the weather. There’s always tomorrow.

    #1766

    JoeFriday
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    One of my other hobbies is designing and building kites, and ironically, too much wind is a bad thing for kite flying, too. It can damage them or make them difficult to control.

    Fortunately, the streams I fish are generally in valleys that block the wind. When I think the wind might be a problem, I’ll grab a 5wt rod instead of my usual 4wt. But if the wind gets to be too much, I might resort to nymphing. And a half hour later (which is about as much as I can stand of that) I’ll decide I’d rather drink a beer somewhere else.

    Brett

    #1767

    Eric Peper
    Participant

    There is often wind on the Henry’s Fork, generally around midday. Often — all to often — it kills the fishing. Generally the wind which is from the south or from the southeast or south west. If you can find the right location where the wind is blowing across the river rather than parallel to the flow, you may locate a bank that is taking the brunt of the wind as well as catching the preponderance of any insects that happen to be in the air or hatching. This can provide some very interesting and exciting fishing. I had this happen one day last June and took four big fish while sitting on a rock on the windward shore that I had gone to when the wind blew me out of the main stream.

    I have also seen blizzard hatches occur on the river in a high wind, and in this situation the fish will often continue to feed in mid-stream, but the feeding will be just subsurface on emergers and cripples that are unaffected by the gusts up above. A softhackle fished in these conditions can provide some amazing fishing.

    The wind is seldom going to be your friend on a trout stream, but every once in a while it isn’t an “ill wind.”

    Eric

    #1768

    Glass Stixs
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    I live in Oklahoma where the wind comes sweeping down the plains. The song has it right, it does indeed come sweeping down the plains on an incessant basis. I’ve been out west, Wyoming and Montana have nothing on us in the wind department. With painfully few streams to chose from and most of them requiring lengthy drives, it’s tough to find a fishable spot that hasn’t been inundated with folks looking to escape the wind. As much as I want to fish, I often forgo the frustration and stay home tying flies or working in the yard. If I could find a place with excellent fly fishing and no wind, I’d pack my bags and move. Ok……enough of the rant. Needless to say I hate the wind!

    #1771

    Lightline
    Participant

    Surface wind is the biggest design flaw of and on planet earth. Good for not a damn thing. (I don’t sail, I don’t live near dirty air, I don’t fly kites, I don’t fly anything, I hate wind) Nothing I hate worse (mosquitoes are second, but I’d rather have it calm and buggy than windy and no mosquitoes). Doesn’t help that I live in one of the windiest corridors in the country, SW Wyoming. It blows on most of the big rivers. If I could rid the world of one thing, it would be wind.

    I usually quit when the fish quit rising. I always quit when I can’t get a cast and drift like I need, or it becomes a royal pain.

    • This reply was modified 4 years ago by  Lightline.
    #1773

    Jasonbu
    Participant

    “Surface wind is the biggest design flaw of and on the planet earth”. Just hilarious, Dear God, you should have hired some better consultants for this one!

    Jokes aside, I also simply hate the wind. Typically reach for 5/6wgt rods. When tackling cross winds I do the obvious being tighten up loops & increase line speed. The only other thing I do is drop my rod tip immediately on the forward cast. By doing this you can effectively place your line down on the surface of the water which somewhat anchors it and the rest of your line will tend to follow in a straight line. It’s far from perfect, but desperate times call for desperate measures!

    Jb

    #1775

    Creek
    Participant

    I would also kneel down, and cast sidearm. The whole cast is just off the water to cheat the wind.

    #4175

    Scotty MacFly
    Participant

    I grew up on the Arkansas river in Canon City. We didn’t have much wind there. At least thats how I remember it because I don’t ever remember coming home from fishing cursing the wind.

    When I moved to Longmont Colo. I started to fish the St.Vrain rivers and wind was constant. Seemed like every time I went out the wind would follow. I got so mad I gave up fly fishing for years and started chucking Panther Martins. I never got the same pleasure.
    After so many years I finally redeemed myself and got back into fly fishing and this is where I plan to stay. Got rid of all my other junk.
    Seems the closer you get to Wyoming, the windier it gets. And here on the front range of Colo. we get some very high winds and it seems to be getting worse a little every year.
    I have a 5wt. Scott Radian which I’ll never part with, but I need something faster in a 6wt. Might have to get a Sage One 6wt.

    As for the small mountain streams, short casts, stay low, using side arm casts, lots of cover to block the wind, a person can make it happen.

    #4377

    SteveG
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    I’m usually in valleys, where it blows down from the mountains in bursts. I’ll cast when it seems to settle momentarily, in addition to casting with my foreram/rod nearly parallel with the water surface and shortening the tippet. If I can’t overcome it with doing those, I quit. I like slower rods, but just picked up a used fast rod (Biix) to help deal with it, and bigger water than what I normally fish.

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