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  1. I have been using 6lb Maxima for dry fly fishing for years. Stuff never breaks and still fits in the eye of the #18 scud hooks I use for little dries. I don't nymph in rivers, but I do bobber fish in lakes a lot and do lots of streamer fishing. I have been using Seaguar Invizix fluorocarbon (10, 12lb) for a number of years and it is fantastic stuff. I am a firm believer is using as heavy a tippet as possible so that you can put tons of pressure on fish to get them in quickly. I don't use a net, but good quality, strong tippet allows to bring fish to hand quickly.
    3 points
  2. I know this is a bit 'woo', but remember to slow down a bit, and have fun! Sometimes I find myself wondering in the car ride home 'why didn't I bring my 6W glass' or 'why didn't I bend my rod this way' even though I actually caught, netted and lost fish that outing. Having the extra time to simply get out there is always a plus. Enjoy the water, smile at the creatures and marvel when you get that fly exactly where you wanted it. Flip all cormorants the big middle finger.. I did it this morning, and it felt good! Tight lines, and invest in a stream thermometer! PS- Oh, and this little guy was almost nipping at my heels as I cast in front of his home this morning.
    2 points
  3. I've been using SA's new "Absolute Clear" and have been impressed by the strength of their 4x tippet. Landed many >20" cuttbows since opening day without breaking off any, until I lost a battle this past week with one that was too big (23+") for my net (17" opening). Probably could have avoided the break-off if I hadn't been too quick to bring a hot fish in close. Absolutely awesome tippet!
    2 points
  4. Water - Keep hydrated Carry a Wading Staff Learn a number of fly casts Figure out what the Trout are eating Report Poachers Keep a respectable distance from other Fly Fishers
    2 points
  5. A net. I forgot to take my net while wading last week and I lost two flies because of it. The fish were right at my feet and I was reaching down to grab them to remove the hook, the fish shook their heads and snapped the leader/Tippet with the tight line and rod. I hate to know there are fish out there with body jewelry when I could've done something different to prevent it. I feel it's one of the most overlooked items for a fisherman. Glad to see it included.
    2 points
  6. Most Canadian Tire stores still have Maxima Chameleon and also the green line, even found the 15lb test 'clear' if one needed it.
    1 point
  7. Careful asking for Maxima at certain fly shops or they’ll be confused and tell you to ‘go to Bass Pro for that’. …. Ahhh experience…6 lb max and 10 lb can do 90% of the Bow.. add in 4x and you suddenly get to around 99%
    1 point
  8. Fast action rods are harder on tippets than a soft tip. The reason I love Bamboo and Fiberglass.
    1 point
  9. tman, After rubber waders as a kid, hodgman neoprenes as a younger man, I finally owned two pair of Simm's breathables, at the same time. One with zipper and the other just pull up. As I age I am less and less comfortable in deeper/stronger current. I recently bought my first pair of wading pants. No zipper. Patagonia is the brand. I keep the belt loose and keep them up over my beer belly with suspenders (from Mark's). I love them. Something to consider. Good luck.
    1 point
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