isleomaniac

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    Worm Hatch Inspector
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    fishing, diving, surfing
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    Retired

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  1. What's up with the boulders blocking access to Hoxie pond in Sandwich? Another shore access point gone?
  2. I recommend a buff plus a very extra-wide brimmed hat, I found one from gottahavahat.com
  3. I like Tyger Wire because it is knotable, just use a simple Davy's or double Davy's knot. Loop to loop to 30 or 40 lb mono leader. Between fly and loop, about 4" more or less. You can also tie some bluefish flies on a 1/0 or 2/0 4xl long shank hook. Tie the fly back at the hook bend and the long shank becomes the bite tippet.
  4. One important consideration: If you are right handed, then your right hand will be on the cork grip out of harms way when you hook up with a big fish. Automatically your left hand will come up to tighten the drag, and it will also be out of harms way from the reel handle which if on the right side won't be able to rap or cut your fingers and knuckles. Fight the fish on the drag until it tires, and then switch hands and reel with your right hand. If it is a small fish which is most of the time, you strip the line back in anyway with your left hand instead of reeling.
  5. I have tried the flashlight inside option, but it did not find the tiny pin hole leaks of which I had many. With water inside the leg, you can see all the wet spots indicating tiny pin holes.
  6. Well, so far, the 6 hatches that I have found are below my average of 10 per year. I hope others are doing better? Here is what I have had to go through to find those 6 since May 1. During the 26 days of looking, I have visited 74 locations, with a few days searching as many as 8 different bodies of water. The sunny stretch leading up to the new moon on Wednesday 6/13 kept getting interrupted by cloudy days. For my last location, my one record from 2011, told me that I would need a stretch of 3-4 sunny days in a row. I usually end my season here and move on to other things, but might venture out to check on things during the next tide cycle for my area starting on Friday 6/15. By contrast, during my best year in 2014, out of 44 days of looking, I found 28 hatches. During this season, the weather with all the factors and variables were all near perfect in alignment.
  7. I use a can of Geocel elastomeric clear. It won't harden up on you in the tube like aqua seal and will last a long time in the can. For old waders, hang them up and fill one leg at a time with water, then mark the tiny leaks with a marker, empty, let dry, then repair on the outside. You can also repair from the inside instead, just pinch the marked spot, then go inside if you have more patience.
  8. Just a heads up, today's (Friday) full day of sun puts us just over the minimum required of 2 days of sun to stimulate a hatch at 2-1/2. The late evening high tides combined with this sunny stretch will be prime time, and especially so leading up to the new moon on Wednesday for the larger and deeper bodies of water.
  9. Well, you can buy it easily, on Amazon. See the title at the top left of my post. It chronicles all (85) of my outings since 2010, and more. Available locally at Bears Den.
  10. 5/31, Worm Hatch #6: Thursday evening turned out successful thanks to the 3rd day of sun. I launched my kayak at the harbor location, and headed to the southwest corner where I have had luck in the past beginning at 6 pm. At 6:15, stripers began swirling in a small concentrated area, there must be a mud hole there that the worms like, as it was the same exact spot that went off 2 years ago. So I anchored upwind of the spot to aid in casting with the wind. I did not see any worms until 45 minutes had gone by, but the swirls were unmistakable, and the bass attacked my floating worm fly, and I was able to catch and release 14 fish. I am sure the bass were gobbling up the worms as soon as they appeared. So far, I have not seen any major hatches anyway, just small to medium, and a mini hatch. With today’s weather, I don’t think I will risk launching the kayak again at the same location. The areas I have checked lately have all been 72 degrees, so even if the temp drops 4 degrees there might be at least some mini hatches. So this evening I will probably check some areas closer to home for future intel, that I can just use waders if I find anything. I will give it one more week and end my worm season for this year.
  11. Worm Hatch #5: Dug deep into my notes to figure out where to look for yesterday's outings, and came up with 2 locations based on the time of the early 2pm high tide. With Wednesday being the 2nd day of blazing sun, the water temp was 72 degrees. However, I did not find anything there, so that led me to believe that they already happened. The sun what little we have have seen of it has been heating these locations up quickly, causing them to happen sooner, and the sun has also been out of sync with day time tides during the mid-May tide cycle. I missed 4 locations because they either heated up sooner than expected, or happened on night tides. So I changed plans for my next location, and went to a third site that usually starts a few days later, and found the hatch just beginning at 6 pm. This harbor location is usually a consistently reliable spot, and could be considered a larger body of water, and so was kick-started the day after the full moon. This hatch should last a couple more days if the sunny weather continues and spreads to the lower end of the harbor. While wading next to a bridge, I caught a dozen stripers and 2 shad. If the weather goes cloudy and rainy, I still expect to find some mini hatches like I did last year.
  12. Managed to find a 1-hour mini hatch on Saturday evening that started at 6:45. The 3 factors were in alignment, with a 7 pm high tide, 3-1/2 days of sun, and a surface water temp of 70 degrees. This took place in a medium to deep backwater (harbor/salt pond or bay), the furthest removed location from the influx of colder ocean water. This has been a lousy year so far, but slightly better than my worst year, as I actually caught a decent number of fish. The next few sunny days coinciding with a new tide cycle will last to about the new moon in mid-June, which should aid in stimulating the larger and deeper bodies of water. I am hoping to pull off a couple more outings to distance myself from the skunk.
  13. And not just anywhere, the shallow muddy backwaters have already happened, and the larger and deeper bodies of water will happen later during the next tide cycle during late May and early June. So you will need to look in specific in between locations, and avoid areas closer to the influx of colder water as well. It can get specific and complicated. Sometimes it is easy but rarely, and you can spend a lot of outings finding nothing, myself included. If you enjoy the mystery and challenge, then it might be for you?
  14. Finally some sunny days to start things up again. The Cape had only a half day yesterday, plus today's probably full day, making it a day and a half. Mondays full sun might count for something, even though it was cancelled out by Tuesdays rain and clouds, I might count it for another half day just in case, when in doubt, check it out, usually 2 days needed, but that could include one full and 2 half days. Problem here is the high tide is really late at 9:30. So I might be fishing in the dark. RI has a high at 6:30, so there it is prime time, and with sun on Friday and Saturday, it is almost a guarantee there will be something happening somewhere.
  15. No program, just old fashioned pen and paper, but not as much as you would think, just the important stuff. I outline what is needed in my schedule, usually just one line per day within about 8 or so columns with brief notes. I have a sample schedule of what you need in one of my chapters in my book "Fly Fishing the Worm Hatch." You could learn it all on your own, but it could take you 5 years or more, a lot longer if you only find a few hatches per season. The more you find, the more you learn. What is it worth to read a book, well, you could learn a lot and cut down your learning curve to a couple of seasons. I am 8 years into it, and still learning. There are 3 different factors and as many as 9 different variables you need to figure out. Good luck.