As promised here's a Mepps Aglia I added Bucktail to, I have some others when I can get to them, they're not fancy, but the catch rate did go up
I took a class. Rod building is actually pretty straight forward and not too complicated if you follow the recipe (like fly tying). However, you do need a way to keep the rod spinning to have an even coating of epoxy around the thread wraps on the guides. The instructor had a nice little machine to leave the rod turning over night. Brilliant. I can't justify buying a machine, since I don't really need to build more rods....... I'd be open to taking another class at some point just for the fun of it though. And it is really fun to catch a fish on a rod you've made yourself with a fly you've tied yourself. Consider taking a class (I took mine through a local fly shop in Colorado, but a community college might have classes.). Building the rod gave me a better appreciation of rod-design and manufacturing. And I felt that it sort of tied me into the angling tradition a bit more. (pardon the pun.) A fun and satisfying experience. And it turns out to be the rod I use the most around here. (A 5 wt is fairly ideal. 4 wts for some smaller stuff. 6 wts for windier days)
Perfect for Great White fishing......?
Ça marche. I have noticed some photograph websites are easier to use than others.
With my faithful angler.(Image removed from quote.)
I'm planning on going ice-fishing tomorrow.... Spent a little time pre-tying some rigs and flies. I've got a few lightly weighted flies I want to try, so I thought a few drop-shot rigs might be handy. I'll report back tomorrow.....(Image removed from quote.)ooooh, new to renew my license...
My buddy and I did get out today. The weather forecast was for temps in the low-30's and partly cloudy........ not exactly the case.(Image removed from quote.)Temps were down around 16ºF, which wasn't too bad, but a brisk wind kicked up and we both started to get cold. He hadn't worn enough warm layers and I hadn't brought warm enough gloves. My fingers started to go numb while changing flies and simple knots became a chore.My gear: (Image removed from quote.)Vic Fly Caster and Shimano reel on a short ice-rod. I was jigging my flies and the line got badly iced up in short order. Once it started snowing, we packed up--empty handed--and ran for hot coffee. A difficult outing, but we lived to fish another day.......
Wenger scissors got pressed into service tying up leaders today. (Image removed from quote.)When is Spring......?