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11-08-2019 04:51 PM
DonH another way to improve or get some ideals on fly casting.. Google all of the fly casting for beginners, Watch as many different instructors, each one is a little different, this is a good learning base on casting. Then practice, practice in back yard or on a field some place. Good Luck! Or you may come spend the afternoon with me on fly casting instructions. I have taught my neighbor's son how to fly cast, my grandkids, friends kids.
11-05-2019 11:15 AM
When to fish weighted fly line. on a 8-10 wt fly rod.

Use a good weight Fwd floating fly line for swallow water.. with a 8' to 10'- 12 to 15lbs tippet for trout and reds. If fly fishing over ten feet of water go to a sink tip line. I drift blind fly fishing most of all the time and do well. mostly in 1 to3 feet of water..
10-02-2019 10:56 AM
cody1614 Cool thanks for the info guys. I had a certified instructor come show me so.e cast and form

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10-02-2019 10:54 AM
RUFcaptain That 8 wt Sage will work great with a Rio Redfish floating line and 20# Dacron backing, no need for braided backing for redfish. Keep the flies simple, redfish aren’t picky and they have very poor eyesight, your not dealing with a Permit in gin clear water.
10-02-2019 07:52 AM
karstopo Yes, been there, done that and not a fan of wading thigh deep mud. Wading is enjoyable on firm substrates, though. I love wading the surf and have waded firm spots like Christmas Bay, West Matagorda and parts of East Matagorda bay. Most of the Freeport area is a death trap of gooey mud and razor sharp shell.

I’ve never liked the hip/waist mounted stripping baskets and find wading without those very doable as long as I’m a little careful about it. Fly fishing allows for work arounds, improvisation, and a lot of personal touches. You can do it the way it makes sense to you.
10-01-2019 10:48 PM
Worm Drowner
Originally Posted by karstopo View Post
I don’t like fishing while sitting very much so I almost always stand in the kayak or wade. Some or many kayaks aren’t very good for standing up while fishing, though.
AT 6'6" and 280# with an artificial hip, I'm as graceful as a water buffalo on roller skates. I don't even daydream about standing up in a kayak and I have a Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game (1st generation).

If the bottom is firm, stake the kayak out and wade, but be careful if the bottom is muddy. I almost got completely stuck in Sabine lake a few years back when I got out and sunk over my knees!
10-01-2019 05:56 PM
Bird There is some solid info on gear in the above posts so I won't add much to that. I will say that you should get some casting lessons. You can call Gordy and Sons or Bayou City Angler to set something up or look up the International Fly Fishing Federation online and find certified fly casting instructors nearby. A lot of fly fishing guides will offer casting lessons too. You can watch Youtube videos and yard cast into a half way decent cast but getting instruction from a pro will really speed up your learning curve. It isn't hard but there are a lot of subtleties in the motion of the cast that make a big difference.
09-27-2019 05:32 AM
karstopo I don’t like fishing while sitting very much so I almost always stand in the kayak or wade. Some or many kayaks aren’t very good for standing up while fishing, though.
09-26-2019 11:13 PM
Worm Drowner I have no problem sitting down & casting from my kayak. Granted, it is easier to site cast when standing, but it's no big deal when searching out spots.
09-26-2019 08:37 AM
Originally Posted by smord View Post
After a weekend in Utah /Wyo. throwing dries and dry-droppers to Rainbows and Browns I was motivated to break-in my 8 wt in the salt. Got my first Reds and Trout this past Monday in POC. Ran in the back kayak channels and lakes as the tide was very high. White/Cart Clouser was the ticket. Making the transition from conv. to fly has been a challenge but so worth it! Practice, Practice.....
Hey I'm curious are you able to cast sitting down in the yak? Or are you having to stake the yak out and wade?

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