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Everything posted by Wrighter

  1. I would do Atlantic Salmon on the Gaspe Peninsula in Quebec. Not sure if you can fly directly there. Maybe some Atlantic salmon rivers in Quebec are close to an airport, not sure. I have never done it but it looks like an awesome place to fish for a species that is somewhat "exotic". I'd love to do it if I had the chance. I had to move to Toronto two years ago so I've fished there a fair bit and wouldnt really recommend southern Ontario for fishing outside of "trout season" which is late April to end of September. Even in Ontario's trout season, I probably wouldn't leave southern Alberta
  2. Pm sent! You can probably make many improvements to my design, it was my first go at it. Funny thing when I was blindly searching for a good one-way bearing to use, I ended up settling on a one-way bearing that was made for RC cars. Ended up being the same one-way bearing that Nautilus uses haha. Hatch uses a different one way bearing, also made for RC cars. Yes it is an iron ring, finished at uofc a few years ago. I almost did a fly reel design as my 4th year project but unfortunately I was the only fisherman in my group so others weren't so inspired to do that project haha
  3. Incredibly cool! Where do you get your plans? Design any from scratch? I made my own reel from scratch but had to outsource the machining work. Would have been cool to make some parts myself like you have done, but I don't have a shop. I also utilized some cnc lasercutting in my design. Art done by myself based on some good memories from the river. If you're interested in tossing a disc drag system in one of your reels I might be able to help out with a design. The disc drag in this reel worked out great. Very smooth and trouble free so far in 2 seasons of use
  4. Tying a bunch if my favorite today - "light" Elk Hair Caddis. I leave out the wire and simply wrap the hackle over the dubbing. With size 10, 12, 14, i find the hackle is plenty strong on its own and I've don't think it has ever come apart on me. As a result you get the same sectioned body look and no wire to add weight. I usually tie this with 3/0 thread so I can really synch down on the thick elk bull body hair and get lots of flare. I find this version very good at staying up in all water types and It stays afloat nicely with a size 16 or 18 dropper as well.
  5. More project spam... i had a great summer fishing my reel, it helped me land a few beasts over 24" and brought on many new good memories on the river. I did some more work this winter to change the finish and add a few more components. I hand polished all existing parts, replaced all plastic parts with CNC Aluminum parts, and designed a new spool featuring some artwork of a few of my favorite spots/memories. I tweaked the drag bearings a little bit and with the new aluminum hub, it sounds and feels better than ever. The polish is so nice and clean that it's almost on the level of unfishable no
  6. You're definitely correct, mostly just water levels being displayed everywhere. I'm not sure what's going on either but it would be nice to see some flow rates!
  7. Thanks everyone! The trip couldn't have worked out any better, very highly recommended if you are looking for a new experience. For me, nothing beats exploring new places and catching new species. It was very cool learning the history of these subspecies and how the are all different
  8. I had the pleasure of taking part in the Wyoming Cutt-Slam on my recent cross country road trip in mid August. As per usual with this trip, my time was limited to a few hours at each location, but the experience was amazing and took me to some places I likely would never see otherwise. Fortunately the fish cooperated and allowed me to catch the 4 native cutthroat species in day. A Headwaters Creek with Bonneville Cutthroat. Jeep-high willows all around and tons of fish. Took just one cast to catch this subspecies but I stayed around for many more. Headwaters Creek
  9. Took the scenic route from Toronto to Calgary this May long and stopped along some rivers on the way for a few hours of fishing. Minnesota Driftless Henry's Fork, Idaho Madison River, Montana Missouri River, Montana Was supposed to hit the North Platte and Snake River in Wyoming as well but the snow was dumping too hard so I moved straight on to the Henry's Fork. Wind River looked like a great place to fish too but the conditions were near their worst there. They'll be on my list for next time. The Up
  10. Thanks everyone! I'm lucky to have a home office through work which gives me access to SolidWorks, the perfect program for mechanical design like this. I have all the parts now and have tested everything, all is pretty great except for some wobble caused by using 3D printed plastic parts (black) which will be replaced now with machined parts. I'll be waiting a bit longer to fish it, but I have some new pictures of everything put together!
  11. Hello all, Thought I would share my winter project here! I was in need of a 4 weight reel for a rod that I built, so I decided to design a reel that would suit both my 4 weight and 6 weight rod. The goal was to design a high performance disc drag reel which would cost no more than two decent fly reels. Since getting into fly fishing, I have had this dream of having a fly reel on the market which could compete with the best. Maybe someday! I used the info and formulas from the "2015 5 weight Fly Reel Shootout" by Trident Fly Fishing to determine my specs and adjust them. The fi
  12. I learned to fly fish on the bow. My first season I pretty much exclusively fished 2 nymphs under an indicator. First nymph something heavy like a wire worm, second a prince nymph, pheasant tail, or San Juan worm. A wire worm is a good higher nymph as it gets the flies down to the bottom fast and also gets lots of eats. It also makes it so you don't need a split shot, which will avoid lots of tangles. Before I could cast well, I would let line out downstream to start, allowed tension to form, and then would just lift the rod tip and lob my rig upstream at my target. Let it drift to the end, wa
  13. Please do let us know! Im in the same situation and I messaged the CPs account on this forum a couple days ago and am awaiting a reply. Any info to help would be great, thanks
  14. That's unfortunate, I was gifted a gift certificate for country pleasures that was purchased just 2 weeks ago. I wish there had been a word of warning of the closure so I could have used it
  15. Thanks for the heads up. I'm pretty new to fly fishing and havent experienced this transitional flow season on the bow yet. Will the fishing be very difficult the next few days due to water clarify and other things or should I expect to still have some luck doing what has been working the last few weeks?
  16. Yeah that's where my head is at now. It was my first time ever having an experience with a potential poacher so before yesterday I had never been faced with the situation. Since I didn't see any actual poaching I didn't act on it, but now I think it would have been best for the FnG to at least decide whether to check them out, show their presence and explain the regulations to them
  17. Reviving an old thread here. Last night when I was fishing the bow, I was approached by two guys asking what the regulations were. I told them it was catch and release and their response was "well that sucks, we won't tell anyone if you keep anything". I told them I follow the rules and continued fishing. A while later they came back to me after seeing me catch a few fish and asked if I was keeping them. I said no, like I said it's catch and release. The guys followed that up by telling me I should be keeping them and that it's dumb that I'm releasing them. I couldn't believe it. Spent the nex
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