Who Fishes Wood?

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by Hankinsfly » Mon Aug 24, 2020 4:32 pm

I do! Most of my trout fishing, unless it’s very windy, then I go to graphite. My medium action bamboo just gets shut down very easily in the wind. I fished my two Heddon rods on my trip to Colorado in July. All caught on dries and a few winged wets dropped off the back. Very many fish also took the Last Chance Cripple, which I am now a huge fan of (Rene Harrop hit a homer with that pattern). Winds would pick up daily by 11am, but by that time we had already caught plenty of fish, seen plenty of big mayflies, and were ready for a break.

I have a Heddon 35, built in the 1930’s that is just an old sweetheart. 8.5’, 1 3/4 ferrule. Then my Heddon 14, 8.5’, 2 ferrule, built in the 50’s. Highly enjoy fishing them both.

To medicate the blues I got when I returned home from my annual trip to S. Colorado, I bought myself an Orvis Battenkill, 7.5’ 3 5/8oz. Also a sweet heart. Cannot wait to fish a pair of soft hackles with this rod at my favorite Ozarks tailwater. I have Flyfishermann to thank for pointing out this rod to me.
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by Hankinsfly » Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:20 pm

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by letumgo » Mon Aug 24, 2020 6:22 pm

:D beautiful...
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by ForumGhillie » Tue Aug 25, 2020 7:45 am

Some bamboo trout photos from out West...

Soda Butte cutthroat trout while fishing with PhilA
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Large caddis on my bamboo fly rod
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A bamboo gathering on the Fork, Eric Peper and JL Bradley. Joe Bradley makes awesome bamboo fly rods. I tried his Para 14 and that will be my next bamboo fly rod. See http://www.jlbradleybamboorods.com/
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PhilA catching cutthroat trout on Soda Butte Creek...



A beautiful, 17" rainbow trout taking ants and whatever...

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by letumgo » Tue Aug 25, 2020 12:02 pm

Wow, great post John. It sure is nice seeing the photos and video from your trip.

Have fun!
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by PhilA » Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:00 pm

joaniebo wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:52 pm
Wondering how many flymphers fish bamboo rods?
Ahhh yes ... the slippery slope. I fish bamboo rods pretty much exclusively these days and own a handful that fit both my cast and my preferences of "feel". Two weeks ago, fishing with the Forum Ghillie on Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone...

An 8' 5wt rod built in the 1980s by Coloradan Charlie Jenkins:
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That's a size #18 PMD Sparkle Dun stuck in the upper lip of this very nice cutthroat:
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The Forum Ghillie releasing a cutthroat of (inaudible mumble) inches:
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The Forum Ghillie is truly a remarkable angler. That inauspicious run along the far bank came alive with rising trout about two hours after the ghillie released his trout. Gray Drakes and PMDs hatched in abundance. How did the ghillie approach this pinch-me-I-can't-believe-this-is-true situation? He packed up his rod and walked away, because he "had to be somewhere". Big fish rising in a feeding frenzy, over 1,000 miles from home, and he had to be somewhere! Somewhere more important than rising trout??? I said, "John, snap out of it! Those are big fish rising!" But, the man has determination and will power. I can only imagine how fabulous that next appointment must have been. What a guy! I stepped into the ghillie's spot and caught fish after fish for the following hour or two.

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by letumgo » Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:30 pm

:lol: :D

Good for you Phil. ;)

What camera are you using? I love that photo of the trout.
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by narcodog » Tue Aug 25, 2020 10:39 pm

PhilA wrote:
Tue Aug 25, 2020 9:00 pm
joaniebo wrote:
Tue Aug 04, 2020 3:52 pm
Wondering how many flymphers fish bamboo rods?
Ahhh yes ... the slippery slope. I fish bamboo rods pretty much exclusively these days and own a handful that fit both my cast and my preferences of "feel". Two weeks ago, fishing with the Forum Ghillie on Soda Butte Creek in Yellowstone...

An 8' 5wt rod built in the 1980s by Coloradan Charlie Jenkins:
Image

Image

That's a size #18 PMD stuck in the upper lip of this very nice cutthroat:
Image

The Forum Ghillie releasing a cutthroat of (inaudible mumble) inches:
Image

The Forum Ghillie is truly a remarkable angler. That inauspicious run along the far bank came alive with rising trout about two hours after the ghillie released his trout. Gray Drakes and PMDs hatched in abundance. How did the ghillie approach this pinch-me-I-can't-believe-this-is-true situation? He packed up his rod and walked away, because he "had to be somewhere". Big fish rising in a feeding frenzy, over 1,000 miles from home, and he had to be somewhere! Somewhere more important than rising trout??? The man has a lot of will power. I can only imagine how fabulous that next appointment must have been. What a guy! I stepped into the ghillie's spot and caught fish after fish for the following hour or two.

PhilA
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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by PhilA » Tue Aug 25, 2020 11:58 pm

letumgo wrote:
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What camera are you using? I love that photo of the trout.
Ray,
The camera is a mainstream point-and-shoot waterproof camera (Olympus TG-5). I edited the original a bit by twiddling the knobs on a photo editing program.

This photo (also edited) probably shows better what the camera can produce, because the photo was taken on a sunny day. It has better contrast than the photo above, which was taken on a cloudy day.

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Re: Who Fishes Wood?

Post by ForumGhillie » Wed Aug 26, 2020 5:18 am

That evening after arriving at Campfire Lodge from Soda Butte with PhilA I went to check out my favorite spot on the Madison. What was the first fish I caught? About a 18"-19" beautiful Cuttbow that made my Hardy reel scream.

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In my book, 18" and bigger, bank feeding rainbows that can rip your line out into your backing and make your reel smoke is hard to beat :) There are two trout in this photo. The one nearest the bank took my beetle pattern, The second one I did a great job putting down when the wind blew my fly line on top of him.

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Phil is a gentleman, a great fly tier and fly fisherman.

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He is also takes his meals as serious as his fly fishing!!

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