Halford VS Skues...

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Posted by Vince Staley on 2009-07-23 09:29:14 in reply to Re: I cant get my brain around it... posted by Dan Blanton on 2009-07-22 20:03:27

Dry fly VS wet or egad, nymph. Upstream VS downstream. The 12" shock tippet "rule." The class tippet "rule." Sooner or later the worm turns and what was "sporting" one day will be history's trash the next.

A lot of newbies, myself included, will fore go the IGFA rules in order to have that first big fish moment. My guide told me to put away my carefully crafted IGFA tarpon leaders. He wanted me to have the opportunity to fight a powerful fish. To get wetted and learn the techniques necessary to fight the fish. Next year I'll do the 20 class and eventually the 16. It's all about building blocks and acquiring the experience to become a more accomplished fly fisher.

A novice learns but one thing when his class tippet parts, I was under gunned, over eager, and wet behind the sun glass holders. One may cast all day and not get an eater but in the same day have a trolled fly hook up. Personally I'd rather have Pepe le Pew for a shipmate to trolling.

Landing a sail fish on a fly rod is an accomplishment no matter how the hook up was achieved. I do agree that sight casting to a fish is more "sporting" but trolling a fly is as old as the hook.

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