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We’ve had this conversation before. I use 4/5wt rods, but always use a 5wt line on them. It’s the only line I use and it’s a Peach.
You think too much Scotty. Figure out what you like and stick to it. What others use doesn’t matter a lick.
When I fish I think of nothing but the fishing. I have no decisions to make when I leave for the creek/river. I use two rods. One for creeks and one for rivers. Both use the same reel and line.
I use no small flies and of course I just use dries. The only tippet I use is 4wt and 5wt. 90% of the time it’s 5wt. I use one fly box with a very small selection.
Keep it simple. The only decision I make in the morning is where i’m going to go fish. The gear takes no thought at all. Grab my vest and one of the rods and go fish.
A med action 5wt glass rod feels the fish just fine when caught. Lighter rods are useless to me when the wind comes up which is almost always where I live.
Well, if i’m in the water he’s in the water. So, I fish from the bank when he’s with me. Not much of a handicap on creeks.
Fishing with a son would be pretty cool. The best I can do is fish with my dog. 😀
You probably already know my answer. I’ve used two flies in the past, but just use one fly now. I find better control when just using one fly and of course it’s more fair, but that’s just for me. I’m hard on myself.
Like i’ve told you before Scotty. It’s not how many fish you catch, but how you do it.
Sounds like a fun trip, except for the skeeters.
We had some flooding here. I didn’t really check the Ark, but I haven’t seen the creeks that high in a long time. It was way over the banks. They should be good to fish in another week. I don’t want them running too fast for dries.
Snow pack matters Scotty. We were over 150% and I believe it was higher around Leadville. The reason the water is a little lower is the heat we’ve had for the last month. It melted the snow faster than normal.
No matter what they say the flows are we aren’t done with runoff here.
Med action roll casts best for me. A rod will always cast better if you can load it. It’s not easy to load a fast rod with a roll cast.
I’m going…WTF? Then I saw the date of the thread.
I would try 3x first. I know it’s a short answer, but it says everything you need to do.
I hear you Scotty. Runoff here is still ripping. The creeks are way over the bank and the Ark is about 2500fps. I have a little pond I fish that I call my runoff pond, but I haven’t even gone there. It’s a nice pond that doesn’t get crowded and has lots of trout, but I just didn’t feel like it. I’ve been doing a lot of mountain hikes with the pooch to get in shape for the hunting season. That’s about it.
I’m hating the hot weather. It seems like our summers are getting hotter.
Damn right you do. Where you been bud?
Good fishing on the Arkansas River is 200-350cfs. Right now it’s at 3200cfs. Very dangerous.
Yes, they want to up the prices or all tags. I might not be able to hunt anymore if they do what they’re talking about. That would take away my source for meat. I don’t buy meat in a market anymore. Too expensive, so the meat from hunting is my only source for me and my dog. I won’t be a happy camper if that’s taken away.
The few bucks I save on a fishing license helps. It all helps, but I feel I still pay my fair share. The fishing is low income for the DOW. Hunting is where they make the real money.
A non resident moose tag is $2200. $250 for a resident.
A tax break wouldn’t help me one bit. My only income is SS and I don’t even file taxes anymore. Got anymore suggestions? I still pay over $200 a year for hunting tags. I’ve been paying in to the DOW for fishing and hunting all my life. Way more than you guys added up together. You’re going to take away my free fishing license for a few years?
Well, cheer up. the DOW is thinking of charging us again. Will that help you sleep better?