Re: Pink fly

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Posted by Dan Blanton on 2009-07-22 11:51:13 in reply to Re: Pink fly posted by Carl Blackledge on 2009-07-22 10:42:09


I agree with Grant regarding the differences between a cast fly and a trolled fly regarding the skills needed and the ultimate sense of accomplishment. The two are not the same.

That aside, if you acknowledge that your (anyone's) fish were taken on a trolled fly, and you should each and every time, then no one is misled. You have done this and it's the right thing to do.

If it's fun for you and it is part of your technique for finding the open-water fish then I absolutely have no problem with it because as you've said it's fun for you and I'll be damned if I'll tell someone they really aren't having fun because they're not doing it the way I would.

Those sails you caught on a cast Crease fly are more significant in the true sense of fly-fishing than the trolled fish using fly gear - but, I'm sure you had a lot of fun landing those as well.

This same thing applies to the angler who ties on a straight piece of 80-pound leader and catches a billfish - acknowledge you did that and don't try to make it seem as significant as a catch made on IGFA legal 20-pound. There's a huge difference.

I do know that in Loreto, one doesn't have to troll to find billfish. You can find "sunners" and then fire them up by tossing live sardinas on them just like you would dorodo and then cast to them. I point this out to those who may not wish to troll.

I think your trolling to seek and find is a good plan; but I like to use gear and live bait or a fly on gear for that purpose. Sometimes trolling is the only way to find them or even get them to eat.

The key Carl, as I've said before, is to say straight up if the fish was caught trolling vs. fly-casting. And, never try to measure both methods as equal since they are not.

I've enjoyed your honest reports and all the details you've provided. One thing is for sure, no one can discredit your overall angling skills or you fly tying skills.

I can't wait to toss one of your tube RDCFs to whatever will eat it.


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