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Cause And Effect

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson

I'll occasionally see a reference to "overlining" or "underlining" a rod. What is the practical effect of casting a line one line-weight heavier than the rod is designated for? And what is the effect of casting a line one size smaller than the rod? The answer depends not only on the designated weights

Explosive Combinations

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

I have heard that you should not mix nylon leaders and tippet material with fluorocarbon leaders and tippet. Is this true, and if so, why? I think the combination becomes explosive if placed in water... Seriously, mixing fluorocarbon and regular nylon can be a problem, but no more so than mixing two

Do-It-Yourself Dilemmas

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson

Topics: Testing home-built rods for the proper line-weight recommendation; probably better to enroll wife in fly-fishing school than teach her yourself; teaching your kids to fly-fish could create memories cherished for a lifetime

Too Old to Fly-Fish?

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

Topics: "Tips on not popping your tippet while getting the fish on the reel, information on the practical differences between 8-ft. and 9-ft. rods, when is one too old to start fly-fishing?"

Sex and the Single Angler

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson

Topics: "How to determine a fly line's weight, tying a double-loop weed guard on a bass fly using Mason hard mono, advise on how to ""hook up"" with single female anglers."

Tips For Fly Tiers

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

Topics: "Tips for tying biot tails, solutions for curing leader flop, women are, in general, easier to train at fly-casting"

Sticky Situations

  • By: Paul Guernsey
  • and Buzz Bryson

Topics: Remedies for stuck ferrules; buying a streamer rod that can throw full-sinking and floating lines; personal fishing by guides on the client's time and money

Reel Questions

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

Topics: "How to know when enough (backing) is enough, setting the reel drag for trout fishing, fly shop treatment of women customers, fly shop treatment of beginner"

Rod Repairs

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

Topics: "Cork grip repair, repairing a ding to prevent rod from breaking, which is it: Lefty or ""Righty"" Kreh?,tips on tipping fishing guides"

Got Questions?

  • By: Buzz Bryson
  • and Paul Guernsey

Topics: "Questions include enlightenment on when is it useful to use fluorocarbon leaders and tippets, why do heavier line-weight rods seem to load and cast similarly to lighter ones and when writers/editors go on a fishing trip, who pays? "