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Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 03-08-2006, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 743
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Well TL your in luck (or not) because I have lots...

Well TL your in luck (or not) because I have lots of experience tarpon fishing, in Belize and in Florida, ...and I'm not without an opinion.

I fished Sage and Kennedy/Fisher1090's in Belize and at...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 03-07-2006, 09:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,413
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Well Pesca, don't feel bad or good depending on...

Well Pesca, don't feel bad or good depending on the case, I live in an area that is about the 15th largest metropolitan area in the US and we don't have a viable fly shop. It's pretty bad when I have...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 02-27-2006, 09:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 615
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Try rajeffsports.com

Try rajeffsports.com
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 02-20-2006, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,013
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
More and more I find myself expressing my...

More and more I find myself expressing my opinions based on my experiences, like 36 years of steelheading with a fly (sometimes doing that while living out of the back of my car), on the Umpqua, the...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 02-19-2006, 07:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,013
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Snook

I don't know what you are comparing catching a Snook to, but I grew up in Oregon and have fly fished for Steelhead from the Grande Ronde to the Umpqua and also in Idaho, Washington and British...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 07-18-2005, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,282
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
The moon phases are almost all important to...

The moon phases are almost all important to saltwater shallow water fishing. We must have moving water created by the high and low tides. The fish will feed into the tide and move into or out of...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 07-14-2005, 12:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
SMR, Right now all the beaches are pretty...

SMR,

Right now all the beaches are pretty much wiped out because of the redtide . The Tarpon fishing will be over by then but there is still some very good redfish and snook wading up in Old tampa...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 04-02-2005, 07:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,334
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Just got back home from 2 weeks in the Keys, huge...

Just got back home from 2 weeks in the Keys, huge bonefish in the Upper Keys!

Will fish in my neighborhood for the next 4 weeks for redfish and snook and then leave for my 2 months of fishing for...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 03-16-2005, 06:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,421
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
And a roll of TP, for when you get the sh*ts out...

And a roll of TP, for when you get the sh*ts out on the flats, from drinking all that cheap beer the night before! :chuckle:
Forum: Getting Started 03-16-2005, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,186
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
M. sax, A little late in responding...almost...

M. sax,

A little late in responding...almost a week, but this is how I see it:

The prey is well worth the best you can offer them,

It is so much easier to tie with really good feathers,
...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 03-13-2005, 02:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Deschutes Dream'n

Deerhawk,

Just got thru sending my $$'s off for my annual trip to the Dean and then later the Deschutes. After 25 years away from Oregon and the Deschutes, I don't think I could make it through a...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 03-03-2005, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Fl Clearwater, Sand Key, QUE

SteelBoneguy,

Check your private message.

Mel
Forum: >> Archive: Bonefish/Tarpon Flies 02-04-2005, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,971
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
When I'm snook fishing at night the antennae are...

When I'm snook fishing at night the antennae are an important part of the fly, just as the eyes are.

I use the "saltwater chrystal flash" in pearl because it is larger and stiffer, oh and it...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 12-07-2004, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,148
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Erik, In April is when our Giant Tarpon...

Erik,

In April is when our Giant Tarpon start showing up!

Why would you want to blind cast for 5# to 10# Tarpon instead of sightcasting to 100# to 150# Giant Tarpon?

It's like camparing the...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 12-07-2004, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,087
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
I 2nd B's $.02 on a 2 hander. I would also...

I 2nd B's $.02 on a 2 hander.

I would also add that it is not fun to pole a two-hander. :whoa:

As a sightfishing guide I think I need to be focusing on finding fish not where the caster's...
Forum: Worldwide Flyfishing Discussion 12-05-2004, 06:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 500
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
undefinedThank you, Thank you!!

undefinedThank you, Thank you!!
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 12-02-2004, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 736
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Miami guide

Bill,

Try Jimmy Weber, 800-982-3110.

Hands down the best guide you will ever find!

Mel
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 11-28-2004, 01:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,515
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
The 4G is about 13 oz or about the same as the...

The 4G is about 13 oz or about the same as the Pate Tarpon.

I wouldn't hesitate to use it on a 10wt and on up thru a 13 wt. Probably your best bet is an 11wt; ok for the Keys, a little big for...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 11-26-2004, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,515
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
....or if you fish for the World Record Giant...

....or if you fish for the World Record Giant Tarpon here on the West Coast of Florida you need a big reel to go with the 12/13wt rods we use. I personally use the Pates and Tibor's but some use...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 11-03-2004, 06:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 971
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
Scottsman, This is simple, get a couple...

Scottsman,

This is simple, get a couple dosen 9' 15# tapered bonefish leaders (not Flurocarbon) then get one spool each of 8# and 12# flurocarbon leaders.

Use the flurocarbon as tippet material...
Forum: >> Archive: Salmon & Steelhead Flies 10-25-2004, 10:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,426
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
It has to be Edward L. Haas. His devotion...

It has to be Edward L. Haas.

His devotion to the function, design and the fishability of his steelhead flies is beyond reproach. And then they were tied to perfection.

I watched him tie a fly...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 10-08-2004, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,178
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
nevada, Thanks for the info. I no longer...

nevada,

Thanks for the info. I no longer have access to the SA spec sheets and their web site dosen't have the needed details but as I remember there was a concern with the running line breaking...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 10-08-2004, 10:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,178
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
"Overlining"

Interesting question, and I like to think of it this way;

An 8wt line is probably made for all 8 weight rods, slow, medium, fast, and extra fast actions,

If that's so then they are probably all...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 02-11-2004, 12:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,051
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
On my many trips to Andros, fishing the Middle...

On my many trips to Andros, fishing the Middle Bight with guide Ivan Neymour, I had the best luck with the #4 Tan Charlies. More recently I added a small tan grizzly to each side of this fly and have...
Forum: Bonefish, Tarpon, and other Obsessions 02-07-2004, 11:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,318
Posted By Capt. Mel Simpson
JWW, Del Brown spent many years fishing 200...

JWW,

Del Brown spent many years fishing 200 days a year chasing Permit with some of the best guides in the world, I would say that he caught over 500, (he said) by mostly being persistant.

I've...
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