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  1. Baitcasters and float fishing

    Corsara check your pm's
  2. Baitcasters and float fishing

    Not that I don't like it, it does have a time and place for me on my coldest trips of year I just have other setups I generally prefer. I probably would consider selling except I'm always playing with projects on rods and the top 2 clarus piece fit perfectly in an old abu hell bender noodle bottom section that I had. I redid the bottom section and run this as a 10' small creek float rod that I enjoy. So really it's like 2 rods in one. I see clarus come up cheap 60-100 on Kijiji all the time. It's a easy swap for anyone with a rod building jig. Replace the 3 guides on section #2 with double foot casting guides using fourth that is on #3 section to complete transition. Replacing the sliding rings with a triggerseat helps but could be done down the road. Im all the way in london or I might take that on as a quick project. A decent 13' 2 piece would be easy to transition also. Lots of them available cheap. Streamside, quantum make decent ones cheap off the top of my head.
  3. Post Your Improvised lures!

    Try storm suspend strips for weighting your baits. They can be easily removed, replaced, trimmed, coloured, whatever. I use them on flutter spoons at times. Where u place the added weight is key to keeping a natural action. Weighting the trebles like that is not only Ugly but it's killing the natural action of the lure.
  4. Rod parts

    Johns fly material in london. His shop is stocked. Also will mail probably cheaply for what u need. Only walk-in store that has much for rod building I know of. Also a good guy to deal with
  5. Baitcasters and float fishing

    Yes easily. The 13' I have is actually a 13', 4 pc shimano clarus too. All I did was rewrap the 3 guides on piece #2 in a spiral pattern shifting the line gradually to the bottom guides, the 4th guide that is on piece #3 makes up the full transition to the line being on the bottom guides. I also cut the cork back from the top and put on a casting reel seat with a nice short foregrip. It probably took an hour or or so all told and I took it off the rod dryer and was fishing with it the next morning. Later on after a few trips I realized the guides were too small and rewrapped the 4-5 last guides with a larger minima style guide much better for winter. The whole thing was basically a project I wanted too try with a gift card I had, a rod on sale, and components I already had laying around. If you do go this route make sure the float rod you choose has medium or low frame guides or you won't get a nice transition or need to rewrap the entire rod. It does have a time and place but I prefer my 10'6 it's just a much nicer feeling rod.
  6. Baitcasters and float fishing

    I know you can get rods in the 11'6 range for the baitcast technique from Loomis, rapala, raven off the top of my head. It's becoming more popular so maybe some 13' or so are out but I haven't seen them from a factory. The problem with that length is you almost need to be spiral wrapped or the torque over that length of rod is going to want to twist the rod when fighting fish. . The line will actually run beneath the blank when you see this happen. Most that length you see are custom builds. It's pretty easy to have someone convert a 13-14 to spiral wrap in most cases. Might be the way to go. Also a word of advice a rod like this feels heavy in hand as you don't have a 10 oz centerpin on the bottom to balance it out like a traditional float setup. Try putting your baitcaster on a 13' with sliding rings upside down and you ll see what I mean. All that being said it's a perfectly fine alternative to centerpins if you find the right setup
  7. Baitcasters and float fishing

    No you can certainly still cast a rig. My typical winter rig would be 11-12 gram float with a 1/4 (7 gram) inline on top of a series of evenly spaced BB shot spreading a few feet. Than say 18-36" of floro depending on water. A good rule of thumb for casting is length of rig should be less than length of rod. If you want to go deeper you can spread say and 8 ft rig than have 5ft of slip float travel to get you to 13' etc. Just adjust float stop as needed. That being said I wrap my winter rods with oversized guides so I have no worries about reeling my stoppers past my guides. At times it seems there almost on my reel in the really deep slow pools I frequent in winter. 1 other huge advantage is the ability to switch it up to different technique if floating is slow. I have a nice hike I usually do starting with my float rod and hit all my pools. The trip back I switch it up to bottom bouncing, tube jigs or kwikfish and try to pick up some fish on different techniques that I may have missed out on floatfishing
  8. Baitcasters and float fishing

    I floatfish with a baitcasters all winter as my hands do much better with a baitcaster than a centerpin when it's cold and I can wear gloves. You re on the right track. Casting should get easier. With a top end baitcaster adjusted right I can out cast the same rig with a centerpin I believe. You definitely need a good quality baitcast for floatfishing. I'm partial to shimano and use a Calcutta te DC. The inline sinkers help a lot with casting and simplifying your rig if you can find them. I like them in 1/5, 1/4 and 3/8 size. You can also make your own with hollow pencil Lead. The thill stops should help if not than look up nail knot it is a float stopper knot you can tie yourself with mono line and trim. I have a 13 spiral wrap and a 10'6 for the purpose and I actually much prefer the 10'6, only use for the 13' is when it gets super cold and slip float no longer slides well than I run fixed floats and need the extra length. I have many centerpin outfits and enjoy them but on big River like niagara I'm just as comfortable using a baitcast outfit.
  9. Niagara River, water level changing so often...

    If you notice any winds out of West or SW over 25 km in the previous day or 2 you can assume low visibility conditions. 1 foot is not all that bad though I ve had many my best days in that zone after a blowout.
  10. Niagara River, water level changing so often...

    This has been the norm for 3-4 years now. Like said above its 100% green energy. Wind power mostly. The days of the big Nov. 1 drop are way behind us. As a kid we fished the queenston reservoir daily and you could set your watch to the level beginning to drain at 330 everyday. The power canal levels were always predictable too. That again is all behind us. Fisherman were spoiled with some good years of the lowest water levels I ve ever seen on Niagara during the new tunnel construction, which opened up some prime water but since the project was announced finished it's been completely unstable water levels.??? I've found some spots that fish nice even in the high water and see little to no pressure, just got to put some legwork in when conditions in the traditional spots aren't working
  11. SALMON

    I always found there's a short window right after dark where it's aggressive than dies off for a few hours. After that it's off and on in stages all night with another usual aggressive window just before daybreak.
  12. SALMON

    Farther east you travel along Lake O generally the earlier start to the salmon run. Late August is the time you just gotta get out and try. Boat can get you away from the pier gong show at the very least, probably in the casting zone of more fish too
  13. Little Pike Lake

    Little pike??!
  14. whats your nicest trout (s)

    Looks like 'The Fishing Corner' in the old Home Hardware. I remember weighing in derby fish there also
  15. SKI-ing

    Musky need a heavy setup not necessarily for their fight but for others reasons. I've caught a bunch on float rods and bass rods incidentally and none have taken overly long to get in or ran the way a big trout or salmon would. The reason for heavy braid is partly because the sheer size of the lures your casting. Anything less than 50-60# and any minor tangle whatsoever your lures gone. The thicker braid has less tendency to dig into itself and cause tangles.Also you can really put the brakes to skis in the fight but now imagine if you do break off and leave a big 3 treble 12" bait in the fish's mouth. That's a disaster waiting to happen and quite different than leaving a #10-14 hook in a trout or salmon.. Salmon rods will get you by but a specific musky rod is way more stiff mostly for the reason to hammer those big trebles into the bony toothy mouth of these fish.