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  1. Agreed with Bev67 and Bill - put the cleats in and leave them in. You will tear up the soles if you remove and install them over and over and the holes will enlarge and oblong as you do so. If you want to swap cleats on and off all the time, go with Korkers or YakTrax or something like that. Otherwise just leave them in. Unless you're wearing your boots indoors I can't see a practical reason to remove them as there is no adverse effect on walking the beaches, marsh, etc with cleats in.
  2. I would say always have a stripping basket, regardless of fluke or whatever else you're after in the surf. I always wondered why river guys do not use them - it seems that the issue of your line being dragged down current would be as much of a problem as the line getting tossed around in the surf. I personally have no experience with the collapsible type but would definitely recommend the rigid 'dishpan' plastic style. The stable basket makes for a good platform to rest cameras, tools, flies, a fish if you have to, etc. I would recommend the Coastbusters stripping basket.
  3. nice to see the timing of this thread along with the other one about ultralight fly tackle for bass. Nice work!
  4. I will say that reading some of the replies in this thread, particularly The Fisherman and DanTheBassMan have changed my perspective and opened my mind to the possibility of lighter rods. So thank you all for helping me be more open minded.
  5. Echo Base 9' 8wt, Redington Behemoth 7/8 reel, and Rio Mainstream 8wt. fly line. The whole deal can be had for under $250 if you shop around and gets you a good rod with excellent warranty, reel with great drag, and user friendly line. Throw in a spool of 15 lb. flouro for leader and a spool of Spiderwire 30lb. braid for backing and you are still in it under $300. The Base is a very nice rod to learn to cast on. Forgiving for a beginner and you can still grow with it.
  6. I agree with everyone above, it may provide you with some higher level of intangible enjoyment to target and catch large bass on a light rod (I see this a lot in the south - guys routinely target reds with 5 and 6 weight rods) but it harms the fish and in turn the fishery as a whole. Give me a 10 wt. before you give me a 6. I'd rather be overgunned to the point where I am not concerned about the chances of a fish's survival after the fight than to gain a small amount of additional "sport" if you will. I have used a 5 wt. when fishing for holdovers where I am 99.99999% positive the fish will not exceed 18-20", and the cold water makes them lethergic at that. Then for other primary schoolie fishing I use a 7 wt in the shoulder seasons and even that is too light sometimes.
  7. I learned that I can use a fly rod in far more situations than I previously realized, and that I don't have to be so picky about fishing in the wind. I learned that I can probably do 90% of my fishing with a single fly. I learned a lot more about reading the beach and finding fish along a stretch of beach. I tried to learn one specific spot intimately and that paid off very well.
  8. BFD, why do you say both versions of the Battenkill are discontinued? Orvis still manufactures and offers both the Battenkill click/pawl and the Battenkill disc.
  9. If you are talking about the Battenkill disc, I would say good to go as it is a sealed drag unit. If you are talking about the regular click/pawl Battenkill, I personally wouldn't want to fish the click/pawl in saltwater and have heard concerns of rusted pawl tips degrading and reducing the already minimal effective drag to none.
  10. Don't give up on it yet! I bet if you move a little west you can get a December fish.
  11. Blues by John Hersey. Good read and lots of great recipes throughout the book that are integrated into the storylines. Keep some sticky tabs handy to bookmark them. Trash Fish: A Life by Greg Keeler. Funny and very entertaining. Also if you have not read it, you need to read the classic Richard Brautigan's Trout Fishing in America.
  12. Bear in mind you do not have to be able to cast far to get to where the big browns are at night. I have had good luck at night on the Cape with small mouse fly. Or big purple/black wooly buggers. Usually the fish are roaming around in 2-4 feet of water where I fish over a sandy bottom, so you can make out their silhouettes. The hardest part is presenting a bulky fly in a delicate manner that will not immediately send them packing. Give the fly rod a go for a night or two. Maybe you will surprise yourself.
  13. Hah well she is really getting into nit picky semantics there... whether they warranty it against defects or guarantee it against defects, it's all the same. What matters is that they'll replace it if you are not happy with it. Period. I brought back two pairs of Flyweight waders in 2016 and then when the third pair started leaking, I exchanged them for a credit toward a pair of Kennebunk waders that have (knock on wood) been great all season. My problem with the Flyweights was that I have long legs and am skinny, so I would be swimming in a large but the legs were slightly too short on the medium, so when I climbed around over rocks I would stress the seams where the legs and booties meet. Anyway to put the depth of their guarantee in perspective, I was given a Bean shirt jacket thing for Christmas two years ago. It was too big so I never wore it except for once or twice. Just out of curiosity I called and asked if I could exchange it for a smaller size. They said yes no questions asked and two days later I had one that fit. Also my company gets our logo apparrel through Bean's Direct to Business program and even when a custom embroidered jacket wears out, they replace it and re-embroider it no questions asked. That is why I am a customer of theirs.
  14. That would be a first. I have bought waders from their regular store and from a discount outlet store and both had the famous Bean warranty. Their website still maintains that they offer the same warranty as always. Maybe the salesperson just didn't know, as there was talk earlier this year of them changing it. And if you missed the sale by only a day or two, I would call and ask them if they can credit you the difference between your price and sale price. The worst they can say is no!
  15. Cut the line as far in as you can, leave the hook, and throw it back. Pretty sure it's illegal to keep a short regardless of whether you think it will survive or not. Granted I do not know where you live so cannot know your local regs.