Motoflyfishing

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by doorman, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. doorman

    doorman Aimless

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    I have only tried dry flyfishing so far. It just seemed to be the easiest. I don't really know the technique for submerged flies. Guess I'll have to get a book or two.

    Flyfishjeff, looks like you have a great setup there. I really need to get myself a net like that.

    I'm hoping to get out this weekend and find some new spots.
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  2. sdthorpe

    sdthorpe Adventurer... yeah right!

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    The more you get into fly fishing the greater the need to learn the wet flies/nymphs.
    Old trout guide told me years ago that 75% of what a trout eats a day, they eat underwater.

    Trout fishing, golf and motorcycles all accomplished the same goal for me; get me out of the city and into the beautiful world we have all around us!!
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  3. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    I also love motoflyfishing. Cant wait till my back is in a shape I can read again. Really missing fishing and riding...
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  4. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    I am going on a boys trip weekend after next to a lake in eastern Az. I will try to get a few pics of some of the rigs people are tying to get under the surface. I say "try", because this trip usually involves massive amounts of alcohol consumption. I think I can do it! :rofl
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  5. FlyFishJeff

    FlyFishJeff Been here awhile

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    It's not difficult at all to fish a nymph (or any sub-surface fly). You still want a drag-free drift, and you want the fly to travel just off of the bottom (even ticking rocks from time to time). At the end of the drift, let the line hang in the current for a few seconds before you begin to strip the line back in. This simulates a nymph emerging from the bottom to the surface. Many strikes occur as the fly naturally rises from the bottom at the end of a drift.

    I find that a pinch-float works well as a strike indicator. The trick is to set the pinch float at a point on the line that allows the current to carry the fly just off of the bottom. If the current is strong, the pinch float will have to be set higher up on your leader.

    In strong currents, a small split shot twelve inches from the fly will help to keep the fly in the strike zone.


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  6. doorman

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    Well I bought a few small nymphs and decided to give them a try today.

    Left for the stream right from work.

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    The ninja did pretty well on the sandy gravel road leading to the stream. I do need to carry a pad for the side stand though, it really sunk in in the time I was fishing.

    Here is elk creek, my first stop this evening

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    I saw a few small fish (thanks to my new polarized glasses), but it was so windy I had to call it quits.

    I decided to try back at the pond from my earlier posts, since it is protected from the wind.

    Immediately caught this fellow

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    which happens to be the largest trout I've ever caught :D

    Then shortly after hooked this one

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    I used a dry fly, with a bead head pheasant tail nymph dropper. I missed a few more, then couldn't find anymore takers.

    A great evening of fishing, and riding.
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  7. KG6BWS

    KG6BWS Been here awhile

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    Very nice! With nymphs you can try a dry/dropper rig. For slowish water like that creek in your pic it seems to work fairly well. You simply tie on a dry fly of your choosing, then about 18 or so inches of appropriate tippet, then tie your nymph on the end. I found on a couple of my local creeks that I get more hits using that then I do with a nymph and indicator.
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  8. redneckdan

    redneckdan Hold my beer & watch this

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    Holler if you ever want some instruction. I've been doing it a good long while. I live up on the iron range and would love a reason to blast down that way on the FZ. Got more fly shit then I know what to do with, I would be happy to put together a goody box for you.
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  9. doorman

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    Redneckdan

    I wouldn't make you schlep all the way down here just to teach me a thing or two, but I'd be game to meet at a stream halfway if you'd ever be interested. I warn you though, me flyfishing is a painful sight.
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  10. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    heck yeah!
    my /7 at oil creek st park
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    my r100r loaded for two up on the chief joseph, headed for the beartooth, yes, there's a rod tube buried in there! camped up in the boonies and had a blast for a few days with my girlfriend!
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    caught a mess of these, about every other cast

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    one of my homebuilt McFarland glass, 7'6" 4wt 3pc, perfect moto rod!!
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  11. gumshoe4

    gumshoe4 Been here awhile

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    Beautiful scenery, beautiful fish.

    Don't do much fishing anymore, but maybe will start again now that I'm retired. These photos bring back a lot of memories...
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  12. doorman

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    Got out today to try a new spot. The weatherman was forecasting thunderstorms for today, but I just didn't feel like sitting around the house.

    I originally planned to go to a park in eau claire, but when I arrived there was a wedding taking place. Bummer. So I hopped on the bike and headed south with no real destination in mind. After getting pretty lost, and nearly running out of fuel, I pulled into Eleva and decided to try my luck at the stream/pond in town.

    The first spot I tried

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    First cast I caught a sunfish. Second cast I caught a sunfish, and so on until I couldn't take it anymore. Evidently the sunfish here are fond of the prince nymph

    I even caught two at a time on one cast
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    So, tired of sunfish, I moved from the pond to the stream below the dam

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    I fished here for probably half an hour and all I could manage to catch was a bunch of these little guys

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    Then, as the weatherman promised, it began to rain heavily so I called it a day.

    Oh well, better luck next time. The good news is my casting is really starting to improve.
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  13. Domromer

    Domromer Desert Rat

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    Looks like fun, I alway wanted to ride my XR650l into the back country and do some fishing.
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  14. rufusswan

    rufusswan Been here awhile

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    All this talk and pics of catchin' fish. You all ever eat the damned things? Ain't much better eatin' than a couple of pouchers seared in some butta.
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  15. doorman

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    I do eat them. Not often though, my wife doesn't like fish. I gotta ask, what is a poucher?
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  16. doorman

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    I spent some time on the internet last night searching for new streams to try. I found some information on the Buffalo River in Osseo, and decided to try it in the morning.

    The bike ready to go. I ditched the backpack today and just strapped the rod to the bike.

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    It was a real foggy ride, but I managed a few good shots. The top of this hill was the only part of the ride not immersed in fog.

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    I got to Osseo and was pretty disappointed with what I found. The Buffalo "River" is little more than a creek, and it was so grown over with weeds that I could barely see the water.

    So I turned around and headed right back to Eau Claire. In my research I had seen another spot that looked promising just outside of town.

    Elk Creek

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    Now we're talkin

    Casted around a little with a prince nymph about 12" under a strike indicator, and caught this guy

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    My first trout on moving water :wings

    Caught it in the far left of this picture, in the middle of the stream

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    Hooked one more shortly after, but lost it.

    Just a little way upstream is this dam

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    I tried fishing the area below the dam some, but had no luck.

    Only one fish today, but I had a great time.
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  17. Creeker747

    Creeker747 Been here awhile

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    Doorman - keep casting! I like your tenacity. :clap

    I don't want to hijack your thread, but I thought I would share a fellow ADVer's experience in Motoflyfishing:

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    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=874968&page=2

    So, this brings me to a question about this thread you started. Are you wanting this to be focused more towards you combining moto and flyfishing? Or, are you wanting more input and experiences from others in this great concept? I am cool either way, but want to be respectful of your intent for this thread.

    If it's the latter (ie you want other's experiences, pics, tips, etc...), then you might want to tweak the verbiage on the initial post.:deal
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  18. doorman

    doorman Aimless

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    I really didn't have a goal in mind for the thread. Just thought I would use it as a place to share my experiences fly fishing off a motorcycle. People can feel free to add whatever they like.
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  19. redneckdan

    redneckdan Hold my beer & watch this

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    Instead of a strike indicator I like to use a grass hopper or a foam ant. That way it is also another hook in the water. Several times I have had trout hit an indicator instead of the fly. Google hopper dropper.

    I had my own personal stocker fest this evening at a local pit. I forgot how much fun rainbows are. I was using a hopper dropper with a #18 pheasant tail on a 30" dropper. Also tried a bead head prince but nobody seemed to like it.

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  20. doorman

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    I started out using a large dry fly as my indicator, but it just wouldn't stay up long in the current. I'll have to look into some foam flies for situations like this. Thanks
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