- Mar 27, 2009
- Troutdale, Oregon
Amen.. baby Jesus approves...a person should do what makes them happy... if its legal, frankly if an all foam hopper or using a plastic strike indicator is fly fishing who cares about a jig.. we all have our own personal constitution we choose to fish under. now add a worm or a prawn to it and you are shaming and cursing your rod and your unborn children in my book!
It's not the use of jigs that is wrong here it's hauling in a poor little rainbow on an 8wt rod.
Set your own code and don't expect others to follow. They should follow their code. As long as you measure up to your code you will do fine. Fishing is a competition between you and the fish not you and others.
I spent most of last summer fishing for bas & panfish using Trout Magnet micro jigs - and they were deadly on everything from bluegill to bass, along with the occasional trout. I got both large and smallmouth on them out from Hagg. I tied up the fur & feather micro jigs to fish the smaller Artificials Only waters, since I can't fish my Trout Magnets on my favorite trout streams. If I find myself down that way again this year - I might just try tossing some of these on the Umpqua for smallies & trout, to see what I can dredge up
I fish almost strictly with ultralight gear anymore - except when I'm fishing for the big silver fishees. 7-7'6" (looking to get a couple longer than that) spin rods, 4lb line is my standard anymore. I don't think I've even touched any of my medium action spin rods in a couple seasons, except for my steelhead spinning rod.
a 1-2lb smallie or largemouth on an ultralight setup is pretty scrappy - and when you get the occasional BIG fish (for me that's anything approaching 4-5lbs) it's a real blast. Fighting a carp on said setup is about the most fun you can have with your pants on.