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  1. Have a Yamaha 150 on one boat, an E-Tec 200 on another boat, and a Tohatsu 8hp on the skiff. Yamaha you see more because their business model is to get in with the boat vendors and get sold on a new boat. Some boat manufacturers won't even sell the boat without a Yamaha, regardless of what engine you want (at least that was the case when I looked at Parkers). Once people re-power the Yamahas get less frequent and you see a bunch more E-Tecs, Suzukis, Hondas, and Mercuries. My experiences having both now, and having several of each before: Yamaha: quieter, more mechanics and service centers around, easier to find parts, requires more frequent preventative maintenance (every 100 hours, which could mean pulling or doing it on the water depending on how much you use your engine), the maint is more expensive (~$300 per 100hr service if you just change fluids, seals, etc and not do the extras around water pumps, valve jobs, etc), I've had more problems with both of my Yamaha 4 strokes before 1K hours than my E-Tecs but they've all been relatively small (starters, alternators, water/fuel pumps failing, etc). On my old one I did have to get some exhaust work done that was pretty expensive. The current one has a stutter from idle to speed and is a little jerky. I'm on my 3rd Yamaha 4 stroke with 2 over 2.5k hours and the current one at close to 800. I haven't decided what I'll repower the Yami 150 with yet when it starts giving problem as I plan to actually keep this hull. I had too many problems to list on my 2 stroke Yamaha and my dad still has his Yamaha 2 stroke and has had to do major work every other year. E-Tec: noisier (but quieter than a normal 2 stroke), more torque, lighter (can be a problem as it may throw off the balance of the boat), you have to buy and refill oil (cheap online, expensive at stores), can be winterized right from the controls, slower trolling speed and more fuel efficient when trolling, maint required every 300 hours (~$900 but includes water pump, seals, engine flash, and a bunch of other stuff), had only 1 problem with a linkage that expanded too much under high heat and was replaced under a service bulletin, still required a tow and pull, that was all for the 2 E-Tecs one at 900 hours and another at 2.8k. They've all been sold (or are for sale now) before I've had to do any expensive or major work. They also seemed to be less fussy about ethanol in the gas regardless of if I treated or not. All of mine were G1s, no experience with the G2s. I would say all added up, the extra costs of the Yamaha maint vs the one expensive E-Tec maint plus burning XD100, they're about even in running costs. The small engines I perform all the maint myself but the larger ones have been certified mechanic/dealer maintained. It does suck to lose storage space to an oil tank for the E-Tec, but I think the 25HP is still inside the cowling. I can't give a real estimate on how much more fuel efficient one is vs the other, as when I repowered from Yami to E-Tec I went from a 150 to a 200 and the ones I have now are very different hull designs. The other think the E-Tecs have, which I'm not sure why every other vendor doesn't have, is that if you pull the kill switch the engine will kill but can be restarted. If you skipper falls off the boat and is attached, the people in the boat can restart to come around and get them out of the water vs being stuck of having to hold extra switches. That said, the Tohatsus in the smaller sizes (like 25hp) are bulletproof little motors and take a beating and keep on going. I've had 2 of them on my dinghies and 1 on my current skiff, and I've never had a problem with them. No idea how many hours each has had though.
  2. Taken with a grain of salt, as I'm a charter captain (but don't operate in those areas), but boat charters are great for this. The captain can put you into the middle of a blitz where as long as you can get the fly into the water, even if next to the boat, there's a good chance of catching fish on every cast/every couple casts/etc. If that gets slow or boring you can go to the spinning/spincast setup and start jigging for bait or ground fish and get a lot of action and keep it interesting. Many trips with young kids you can put them on jigging for mackerel and pulling up a couple at a time jigging straight up and down keeps them happy.
  3. @BillHassan You or Sheila teach TH?
  4. Macs are around but spread out and thin. Best bet is go north to find them more easily. Pogies are everywhere.
  5. Sorry if I was implying you were doing so illegally, didn't mean to if so. The info on the rivers needing permits is just what I was told by the local shops and locals. I didn't try to verify it or truthfully do much research considering I didn't expect to get much fishing time with the kids. We expect to go back so if you have any links to where we can fish without a permit/guide on the rivers there please share. What I have heard is that if you book a salmon trip vs a trout trip, the price for the same section of the river will be significantly lower if a trout trip.
  6. They have a list, but I think it's more than just fish diseases. http://www.mast.is/english/library/Eyðublöð/Help us to keep Icelandic rivers unpolluted and healthy.pdf
  7. Back already, but did talk to several of the tackle shop owners, guides, and recreational locals while we were there. The best we got was there was a $100 license you could use to fish the lakes (or it might have been a specific lake), but all of the rivers required permits for each section and most/all of those required guides. The guides were booked up about a year in advance. The AirBNB we stayed in the owners fly fished and called around as well and no river permits were available while we were there. The only gear rental I could find was a tackle shop that rented out surf setups per day, but nobody had fly gear for rent. Bringing my own gear would have been great, but was told the airport customs people don't always accept the vet signed disinfectant forms and will require you have it done there. It was cheap, like $25, but could take an hour or more and I was traveling with 2 toddlers and 2 infants. Not something I could have them wait for. I found out after I returned that if your gear had tags still on it and wasn't used, you don't need to have it disinfected. I had a new Orvis H3 and Hatch reel with both not used yet... We did see/spook fish in some of the rivers we hiked along, so had I brought gear and didn't worry about the permits I'm sure it would have been possible. I try to do everything above the board at all times though.
  8. Here and have been asking around to the locals. Essentially Salmon fishing is super expensive and has to be booked a long time in advance (they suggested a year in advance). Trout fishing is more affordable but also required in advance and all of the rivers are privately owned, so you have to find who owns that section of the river so you can go fishing with them. Locals have essentially been pushed out from fishing by tourists... Practically no saltwater fishing other than commercial. Have haddock, cod, pollock, iceland catfish, etc and you may be able to find someone to bring you out but not very well developed. Not many people even own boats, even on the islands. Too bad, the country is absolutely beautiful and it would be an amazing backdrop to fly fish against.
  9. Here in Iceland now. Stopped by a fly shop near the maritime museum to chat with the owner about options and all he gave me and the brochure for Fish Partners, the link above. No rentals and oddly walking around past the water for hours, no boats out fishing. Actually no recreational boats in any of the marinas we've been past so far, all commercial boats... Not a good sign so far but am determined to get out at least once.
  10. Hope you have better weather than is projected for us. We leave for Iceland on Monday and it looks like they've been having an unusually high amount of rain. It's supposed to rain every day we're there but 1.
  11. My current favorite is the C&F Design box that has rare earth magnets that hold the hook eye for vest pocket. I'll fill it with whatever I think I need for the day and go. If I'm far from the truck I'll throw a Plano in my backpack with more flies.
  12. You order the carbon grips from NFC for it? Keep me updated, worried about it being slippery once you've got fish slime all over your hands...
  13. Interested as well. Have 2 NFC blanks to build out and been looking at their carbon grips, but no feedback yet...
  14. I would say it depends on what you're throwing it with and what the conditions are. In light wind a 10" sparse hollow fleye casts fine on a 8w, but into a 15mph headwind I'm throwing it with a 10w. A fast action 9w will throw some pretty bulky flies but not in all conditions. I believe the "large fly" lines have a short front taper and carry a lot of weight up front. Think the Rio Big Nasty.
  15. I'm leaving in a week to head there and after reading some of the horror stories about the disinfecting stuff and prices, I decided to skip on fishing there this time around. From what I was reading even with the disinfecting certificate from a vet, many times they still require someone to meet you at the airport to do it again - which can take 4-6 hours. I'm traveling with a 5 month old and a 2.5 year old and there's no way that would work. I would be interested to hear how your trip goes as it'll help make my decision for next time.