Mt. Hood Fly Fishing Club
In The Loop
New Ross CLA
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Mt. Hood Fly Fishing Club Forms
Meetings: Last Saturday of each month.
1. Improvement and perpetuation of fly fishing waters.
2. Improvement in the art and practice of fly fishing and tying.
3. Wise management of all fish species.
4. Conservation of natural resources and our environment.
5. Encouragement of individuals of all ages to become fly fishers.
If your interests coincide with these principles and pursuits, come meet with us and add your support to our cause.
|Size Matters When Selecting Salt Water Flies|
Usually when you think about saltwater fishing, large fish, large flies and heavy rods come to mind. Yup, that's what comes to my mind. If you go to the Sea of Cortez or the Mexican Pacific coast and only take one rod, make it a twelve weight. There is the distinct possibility that you will encounter fish of over one hundred pounds. However, there are some days when the big ol' good 'uns just aren't around and if you want to fully capitalize on of every kind of fishing that might be available, take a full array of rods, reels and lines. A fully prepared angler will be armed with #6, #8, #10, and #12 weight gear. There are a lot of fish in saltwater that
are the same size as the species that we commonly pursue in fresh water: trout, bass, steelhead and salmon. Some of the these smaller saltwater fish are juveniles of fish that will get a lot bigger. Others never get much larger than the fish we angle for in fresh water. Three pound Lady Fish or Pargo Snappers aren't much of a pull on a 12-weight rod, but they are entertaining on an 8-weight and will out fight any comparable size trout on 6-weight gear. If you don't believe it, throw a spool of 4X tippet in your saltwater tackle kit. Doubtful you will use it much, unless you are after a light tippet world record. The same philosophy applies to your fly selection. Whereas some of your billfish flies might be
12-inches long, many shoreline species feed on very small bait. Just as trout in streams will feed on 2-inch long stoneflies or 3-inch long sculpins, they will also at time key in on #20 midges and no amount of coaxing with larger flies will entice them to bite. When you head for the salt, be sure to throw in a box of flies that range down to size eight. You might hope that all of the fish available will be too large to notice them, but if you don't take them, you might wish you had.
ITíS IN THE LOOP
By Stan Steele
Any time you have a casting problem you need look no farther than the LOOP. The LOOP tells all. I guess there are some that arenít sure how the loop is supposed to look so this article is primarily directed toward them. A well-formed casting loop is narrow. The top and bottom strands should be about 2 feet apart and should be parallel and on the same plane. Anything other than that and there is something wrong with the cast. Remember, the forward and back casts should look the same. In other words, the loops should be narrow and well formed.
When we talk about the casting loop, narrow verses wide, both the top and bottom strands are parallel, tailing loop and so on, we are talking about the very heart of the cast. To all in the animal world, none would live very long without a healthy heart. If the LOOP should fail in any way, the cast fails or dies. Maybe thatís not the best analogy, but to me it is as good as any. The fly fisher needs a good casting loop.
Practice is the best remedy. It is the time to get all of the casting problems worked out. When you are alone and there is no one around to tell you whatís going on, you have to be able to analyze the cast. The best way I know of is the LOOP. What is going on in there will tell you almost everything you need to know. How you go about correcting the problem is another matter all together.
Here are a few clues, some things to watch for and some cures. Letís say you have wide loops, maybe 6 to 8 feet across. What do you think is going on? Well, Iíll give you a hint. Several problems are evident to me: first is a wide casting arc, much too long for the amount of line; second, you are probably flexing your wrist; and finally, you didnít stop the rod properly. Lets break it down a bit and look at some cures. A casting arc thatís too wide leads to a domed cast (convex). Shorten your casting stroke a bit and keep the rod tip on a straight plane. Next, donít bend your wrist. Keep it as firm as possible. Finally, STOP THE ROD.
By utilizing these cures, you should end up with some well-formed narrow LOOPS. Donít get discouraged! It will probably take some time to work through all of this. There is nothing that replaces practice. Remember this; you must force the rod to bend (LOAD). It is much easier when you donít bend your wrist. You then need to bring the rod to a firm STOP. It is at this point that rod tip flexes in the opposite direction transferring the energy to the fly line. Youíll know when all is going well because youíll see it in the LOOP.
Fly Rod Testimony
"I'm sure you receive photos from all over the world from satisfied customers. I purchased this
12-weight Winston B2X and Ross Reel for Gwen Hahn from your shop last year.
The original intent was to chase tarpon in Florida, but Gwen
wanted to see how it would hold up to sails. (Had I know her penchant for
sailfishing, I probably would have purchased a 14 weight). She managed to
catch and release ten on the Winston during the week. These photos are from
the recent Presidential Challenge held in Guatemala. Your service was
outstanding and we are most pleased. I will be calling the order shortly to
order the 14 weight.
Women's Fishing Association (IWFA) and actively promotes women's fishing
Best regards, William Gregor
Editors note: Thanks for the kind words and beautiful picture.
|ROSS CLA (CIMARRON LARGE ARBOR) NEW FOR 2006|
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The CLA is an
affordable hybrid large arbor fly reel that carries the name of one of
Rossí oldest and most popular series. However the CLA is a big departure
from the original Cimarron design. It incorporates our newest generation
drag mechanism that is extraordinarily smooth, heat resistant and provides
incredible stopping power. To us at The Fly Fishing Shop no reel is
proven without many days on the water in our hands. The CLA is brand
new, but has created a lot of excitement around our store. The CLA
comes in (8)...yes, eight sizes. Each size has been scaled to a
specific task. CLA's cost $160 to $280, and cover every application
from spring creeks to saltwater & spey. We got our first delivery
week before last and have already re-ordered. This USA made reel
competes in value with anything we have seen that is made off shore.
Comes gray or black.
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