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  1. I do, but it isn't the production model. I have an Isla 3500H on mine. I haven't owned a VS in over a decade.
  2. I'm not trying to convince anyone to move here, the guy asked questions and I responded with some basic info.
  3. Both coasts have big snook, but you're not going to find alot of the smaller males in our surf (all snook under 26" are male). Our fish are also built a little different, much like the difference between Louisiana redfish and those found in our lagoons. Could be diet, could be habitat, but a 35" east coast snook is going to be 2-3lbs heavier than a 35" gulf side fish. That being said, we also have upwellings, and other natural phenomenon that shut down our surf entirely for weeks at a time. Right now it would take a 2oz bucktail to punch through the debris in our surf. Luckily, we have alot of water, there's always plan B, C, D...... So in a nutshell, fishing in the gulf is more consistent, while your chances of finding bigger fish are better here. So basically 25-35" fish in gin clear water, or 30-47" fish in angry, dirty surf. Pick your poison.
  4. You can call it whatever you want, but it's not a snell, it's a nail knot.
  5. You're talking about two remarkably different habitats, you might as well be comparing chocolate and vanilla ice cream.There are days when conditions allow us sight casting opportunities, but it's not the norm. We typically use density compensated lines and bigger flies, along with heavier leaders. Sometimes it lays down enough to squeek by with a floating line, but you'd be making things harder than they have to be. The shore break is going to eat your lunch. I would hit the gulf if I wanted numbers, east coast if I wanted to bend hooks.
  6. Probably a good idea to stick with gulf side fish. You'll work alot harder on the east coast. The waves are bigger, the current is stronger, and the water typically has more color. It's a rare day that conditions allow me to fish anything lighter than a 9wt. I fished Ft. Myers/Sanibel/Marco alot when I was a little grommet, it was crowded 30 years ago, not sure I want to see it today. I usually have the whole beach to myself here.
  7. I use a legend elite musky 9' (5M90MHF) for Florida jetties. I built mine as a spinner, handles 2-5oz nicely. Great rod for bigger spooks.
  8. 4hrs by plane, then 11hrs by car to my salmon water, and I usually skunk. Could be worse.
  9. A snell passes through the eye of the hook, a nail knot doesn't.
  10. It's also easier to carry a smaller profile on a larger hook. And technically, you would be using a nail knot unless your hook had an upturned eye. A snell passes through the eye, creating an offset (not functional).
  11. What? It's legal everywhere except the US.
  12. Every shop I've visited in QC has a pretty impressive selection. Most of my stuff comes from the Orvis shop in Montreal.
  13. Imagine if yak and bucktail made a translucent baby. That's polar bear. And the characteristics are all over the place depending on what part of the animal it's harvested from. Most of what I use is relatively long, 4" to 7", straight(ish) wirey guard hairs with a sparse underfur that dubs well. Other parts of the animal have short/stiff guard hairs with a dense underfur (excellent for surf candies), while some can be as long as 11". It's also not hollow, so any time you need a big streamer to get low in the water column, pb is a good choice. You can tie pretty much anything that you can use bucktail or yak for.
  14. This piece was 12$ Canadian, I've gotten 15-20 flies out of it and it's not done yet.