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  1. There you can kinda see the 9-10w vs 7-8w Sages next to each other. The 9-10w is a good 1/2" or more larger and a bit heavier and with a 9w line in it would hold a whole lot more backing than I think you would need for stripers, blues, and the occasional albie.
  2. I run the Sage Spectrum Max on the 10ws and Spectrum LT on the 8ws. The size difference is pretty noticeable. When I go back to the boat tomorrow I'll take a pic of them next to each other so you can see the difference. I wouldn't be concerned with either of them stopping even large stripers or blues on a 9w. The Spectrum Max is a really nice reel for the money and silky smooth, even after the abuse I put them through almost daily. Stripers don't normally make long runs. Sometimes the larger ones will make a run that will bring you into your backing, but not much. A 37" 30# striper took me maybe 60 yards into my backing and that was on a Lamson Liquid 3.5 on a 8w in a strong current. Blues will sound and run further, but are still controllable with an 8w. Albies I've only ever caught on 10ws and they do run a good bit, but I've never felt like we were getting close to getting spooled - and I underspool the backing so the line doesn't crowd the spools too much when it doesn't lay evenly. They have maybe 150 yards on them, with the floating lines spools having less than that.
  3. I've never been able to buy it at the booth, maybe I hit it on the wrong day? If you stop at the refuge headquarters on the way there, walk in and just to the left of the information desk is a door with the EPO/DFW/??? officer inside. You can buy the season pass from there as well as the parking permits if you need it. Every time I've been she's been super friendly and helpful as well.
  4. We've been consistently finding schools in both Buzzards Bay and the lower cape that have been more than willing to hit a fly. 2-3 weeks ago they were all in the teens to low 20s and yesterday we got into at least one school of fish averaging in the high 20s to low 30s for an hour or so. All white deceivers with green krystal flash has been outproducing most, but they've hit everything from gurglers to clousers to hoo flies and even a 13" beast fleye. That white snake will definitely produce. Last week I landed a 22" black sea bass on the fly and found a school with some small blues mixed in as well. The fishing is pretty good right now if you can get out there.
  5. Patagonia waterproof backpack with the detachable (and packable) vest. I leave the backpack on the beach or hang it in a tree and wade around with just the vest, then when I'm ready to move further I'll grab the backpack and move. Get worried about people stealing it from time to time with my back turned, but so far hasn't happened.
  6. Fore river bait and tackle had them yesterday.
  7. 42.5 roughly.
  8. We were able to find some today. Couple shorts and a couple keeper sized with the biggest being 14". Kids fishing for them and not as diligent as most of us would be, so likely more out there.
  9. Was in Dunedin last week and got out fishing. Breezy and kinda rough but we got on some reds, snook, trout, and flounder. Blown out for tarpon though and the water was really churned up making sight casting a no go.
  10. Most of the same concepts apply whether fishing with spin gear or fly gear. The terms and sometimes mechanics change, but the end goal is still the same - to get something that looks natural and yummy close enough to the fish to give them a chance to eat it. The terms you'll be looking at are as follows: Rod Weight / Line Weight = rod power and rating. Sometimes you choose a weight based on the wind, the size of the flies being cast, and the species you're targeting. Just as a spoon will cast further than an unweighted crankbait, the heavier the rod and line weight the better it'll cast into the wind. Casting a 3oz pencil popper on an ultralight would be a recipe for disaster, as would casting a 9" fly on a 2w. Big bait = big fish = heavier rods sometimes. A 9' 6w will be good for SMB and trout. It might be a little light for some larger LMB, but it'll still land them. Fly line ~= weights. To control depth in spin fishing you choose heavy lures, lures that have mechanisms to dive, or put weights on the line. In fly fishing, you start with a line for the depth you want to be in the water column then you can add weight to the flies to further tweak. The only 3 you'll really need to know is :floating lines for fishing topwater like poppers, intermediate line will get you just below the surface and under the waves, they usually sink about 1-2 inches per second, and sinking lines (sometimes the whole line sinks, sometimes only the tip does, matter of preference) which sink around 7 inches per second. Strike indicator = float/bobber/etc. It wouldn't be super productive to cast a spinner into a pond under a float and just let it sit, the same is true with a fly. Generally if you're using strike indicators you're fishing rivers where the water is giving your fly action or moving it along. Leader/Tipper = Leader. In fly fishing they're broken out for a couple reasons. First the leaders are generally tapered, with the line being heavier weight where it attaches to the fly line and lighter weight where it attaches to the fly (or tippet). The reason for this is when you cast a fly rod, you're casting the line and not the fly - which is inverse of a spinning setup. The fly line will have a loop at the end and the fly will follow it out. The heavier line helps to "turn over" the fly and push it out with the clear part of the line closest to the fish. Since leaders are tapered and either expensive or take more time to tie up, most people use another small section of leader called tippet that they just change out as they tie on more flies. Think of it as a spinning rod with braid and 6' of flouro tied directly to the braid. If you don't use a snap swivel, you'll keep cutting 4-6" of flouro off of the end every time you tie a new lure on until it's really short and you need to start over again. Instead put a small swivel at the end and tie on a 3' section of flouro, and when that section gets too short just replace it. That would be the spinning equivalent of tippet. So now you're out on the water and you want to target some LMB, and you want to put a minnow impersonation at roughly 3' deep in the water column. In a spinning setup you would search through your tackle box of lures to find a minnow looking jerkbait with a lip that'll get it down around 3' deep (think a rapala). You'll tie some flouro onto your braid, attach your lure, cast it out, let it sit for a second to let the splash/noise settle, retrieve slowly and let the lure create the action for you. In a fly setup you would search through your fly box and find a nice small minnow looking streamer. Grab your reel with sinking line, tie on a 6' section of leader/tippet, tie on your fly, cast it out, wait roughly 5-6 seconds, then start retrieving the fly in short strips to give the fly action. For you I would suggest grabbing a handful of wooly buggers in black and olive in different sizes and weights. Cone heads will be heavier than bead heads which will be heavier than no head at all. If you're fishing from shore, search youtube for videos of how to roll cast and practice a little. If fishing from a boat or kayak or standing in the water with waders, look for overhead casting and practice a little. Wooly buggers will catch trout, SMB, LMB, pickerel, panfish, almost anything. I've even caught a 10lb alligator gar on one before. Pick one fly, cast it out, and vary your retrieves until you get hit. Start with short slow strips, then long slow strips, then short fast strips, long fast strips, etc. As long as there's fish where you are, you'll eventually figure out what they want. Good luck, it's awfully addicting. I brought my brother out who's never fly fished a day in his life, and he caught ~20 rainbows and browns on an olive wooly bugger. That evening he went and grabbed a fly rod and reel and started tying some wooly buggers and the next day was catching them on flies he tied on his own setup. If you have any questions or something I missed let me know and I'll be happy to help.
  11. For trout fly fishing, the Millers is by far my favorite river in MA. Can get dicey with high flows but there's plenty of access and a lot of really nice fish!
  12. Don't discount the Charles river... Plenty of access and a big variety of species and it can be really productive. There's also kayak rentals in several places along the Charles you can rent and fish along bigger stretches.
  13. They announced it on their facebook page and it's supposed to come with a flor grade cork (which I did not receive and am in contact with them about). The blank feels nice but the ALPS reel seat is regretfully on backorder
  14. Looks like they're the same blanks as what is in the edge rods. Same question, anyone cast one of those? Specifically looking at the 10w.
  15. Yes you need a license. They offer 3 and 7 day licenses for non residents: