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WbranchAugust 13th, 2007, 5:19 pm
York & Starlight PA

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Here a couple of pictures of some wild browns I caught today in a little freestone within fifteen minutes of a bustling metropolis. The water temperature was 62 degrees. I also landed a handful of 10" - 12" stocked browns. Most all of the fish took a little # 20 nymph "hand twisted" retrieve back to me and one took a # 12 black beetle.

Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
SmallstreamAugust 13th, 2007, 6:57 pm
State College, PA

Posts: 103
nice! thats what its all about. Whats a hand twist retrieve?
WiflyfisherAugust 13th, 2007, 7:20 pm

Posts: 663
Hand twist (my rough definition):

Using the hand holding the fly line, extend the fingers (pinky finger first) forward and grab the fly line and tuck it in under the hand. Repeat it over and over again to slowly crawl the fly in about 3 inches at a time.

BTW, nice looking fish! I hope that little freestone stays unmolested.
John S.
WbranchAugust 14th, 2007, 10:26 am
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2733

Ray Bergman coined the phrase "hand twist" retrieve. If you have a copy of his book "Trout" turn to page 22 and he provides a description of the mechanics of this line retrieval method. The "Wise Fishermen's Encyclopedia" has a description and five line drawings depicting the hand movements and the orientation of the line on page 536.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
IEatimagoAugust 14th, 2007, 11:38 am
Spring Mills, PA

Posts: 97
beauty's WB thanks for sharing.

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