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  1. Daiwa SLSH 30 ("SLOSH 30") is a time proven smooth casting reel and IMO the perfect reel to learn on. Centrifugal and friction braking, kind of old school, but a rock solid reel. They can be bought cheap used, and they are fairly easy to maintain. Not as sexy as some of the newer designs out there, and they don't have a mag brake system, but I highly recommend. (I frequently consider hanging myself for selling my Penn 525 Mag a few years ago.)
  2. Hey Kirona; Interestingly, the nautical chart under the fly in your photo is where I lived for a year-- Ft Adams in Newport. It was an incredible year of fishing for me. Also, a couple years ago I assisted a Project Healing Waters fishing day on the Rapp at Falmouth Flats. I couldn't believe how much it had changed since I fished there in the 90's. Remember the deep hole by the big rock? 2 feet deep now eh? On the balance, I think removing Embrey Dam was a good call, but it sure messed up some prime striper water. I wonder if a good flood would scour the river out, but with all of the development upriver over the past decades, it would probably just make it worse.
  3. Palomar will work just fine up to even 80# but it must be pulled completely tight. As others have mentioned, spit, using pliers, gloves and other tools to do the job are very important at higher pound tests. For me on terminal knots, anything above 40# I use the San Diego Jam Knot, which is a version of the Uni Knot.
  4. Hi Gork. Good gouge from Worc Boy on the Rainshadow blanks. They make a very wide variety of high quality blanks that could suit your purposes, and by going custom you can cut the blank on either end and set up the handle and butt lengths the way you want them. I fish several steelhead rods that I bought from Edge Rods / North Fork Composites, Gary Loomis's company, that I've been very happy with. You might note that there have been a couple of threads on this forum that have complained vigorously about Edge and their customer service, lengthy wait times etc. My experience has been completely opposite to that, but I did want to mention it, just for truth in advertising. These are their steelhead rods that I fish: STR 865-2, (8'6" 2 piece) rated for 3/8 oz - 1 oz SSPR 828-1 (8'2" 1 piece) rated 3/8 oz - 4 oz. This is a side drift rod, hence the very high lure weight rating that I mentioned above. I wouldn't throw more than 2 oz with it, and I'd be very careful doing so. Both are exceptional rods for pitching hard and soft plastic baits & topwaters for redfish and speckled trout out of the surf and for our resident striped bass in our local rivers, and for throwing metal at false albacore, atlantic bonito, spanish macks & kings. Casting distance is exceptional with those rod lengths and actions. The rods are super light but extremely strong, and I can put a lot of heat on fish and end the fight very quickly. I absolutely love these rods, but since purchasing them, I've opted for a couple of their inshore rods that I prefer because the butts aren't so long. But for long distance casting of spooks and other small to medium sized topwaters, the 865-2 is still my favorite. The other one I fish is a niche rod, STR 962-2 (9'6" 2 piece) that is a steelhead float rod rated 1/4oz - 1 oz with a very soft action. It's very good for pitching small hard plastics like a mirrolure mirrodine (MR-17) or light jigheads with soft plastics long range in the surf for speckled trout. I also fish small soft plastics under floats with it in tidal creeks. Note that this is not the same as a popping cork, a very popular technique down south for reds and trout. This rod is too limber for that. As I mentioned, this rod has a time and place, but I've found that I can get about the same distance casting with my inshore rods using 10# - 15# braid, and those rods have greater sensitivity for detecting light bites and a lot more backbone for fighting larger fish. I hope that helps you some. Lamiglas, G-Loomis and St Croix all make a variety of steelhead rods and in some cases blanks that are first rate, as does Rainshadow. For me anyways, Edge makes a rod that is a cut above anything I've ever fished with, but they are sold at a pretty high price point. Considerable bad press on SOL for them recently, but I've never experienced any trouble with my orders.
  5. "Steelhead rod" covers a very wide gamut of different rod actions and lengths, and depending upon what you buy and for what purpose, a "steelhead rod" can be a very useful addition to an inshore angler's or striper fisherman's arsenal. Most of the "steelhead rods" that are marketed by the well known manufacturers and outlets are relatively long, slow action rods designed for float fishing. They can be useful for tossing lighter lures in backwaters or even on the beach, but they generally lack the backbone necessary to turn a fish unless you're in very open waters or to pull one over a hump or sandbar. They can be really useful if you want to fish a float 'N fly rig (modified with a small light plastic lure) or if tossing very light lures (small plastics and plugs around a 1/4 oz - 3/8 oz) but they don't perform nearly as well for casting or fighting fish compared to comparable fast action light to ultralight inshore or FW rods, at least in my experience. On the other hand, there are "steelhead" and "salmon" rods designed for side trolling and back drifting that have much faster butt and mid sections, but soft tips, that can be exceptional for tossing mid-sized lures either in the sound or surf. Just note that most of those rods have ridiculously high lure weight ratings, say 1/2 oz to 3 or 4 oz, sometimes 6 oz and higher. They don't have anywhere near that strength in a surf casting application, and you would blow one up if you tried. That is because those ratings are for a trolling application, not a casting application if that makes sense. I have several of those rods that are absolute dynamite for surf casting for red drum and sea trout down south here with lures in the 3/8 oz to 2 oz range. They are in the 8'2" to 8'6" range, very fast action with soft tips. They can cast lighter lures way long, but they still have the strength to really put the heat on fish. Their only drawback is that they are designed with very long butts and handles (again,for trolling) and that kind of gets in the way for light tackle lure fishing. IMO, similar rod blanks and lengths designed for inshore fishing are a better choice for that reason.
  6. Wow. I never would have guessed they'd be there like that in March, but I guess they follow the bait and the water. We've caught albies mixed in with Atlantic Bonito in April off of New River and Bogue, but usually on the troll or by throwing hardware. Great way to kick off the 2020 season Capt.
  7. Hope you like them and they raise a bunch of bigguns for you Jim. I'm guessing that the stripers ought to be biting in Santee Cooper pretty soon eh?
  8. That's the French Broad River that flows through Biltmore. There's fish in it, but there are better opportunities nearby. The Davidson River is a good bet. If you've got wheels and some time, there's some excellent trout waters a bit west of Ashville.
  9. X 2 on Colton. Great machined reels made in USA for a very reasonable price. Mine have all performed flawlessly. Bob really takes care of his customers too.
  10. You FW guys aren't so wise when you're lying face down on the cabin deck with what's left of your chute while the crew chief is pulling prickly pear spines out of your arse.
  11. Agree. Same with throwing a good mend with a lot of line out in the current. Most of the modern cannons aren't real good at that. Not all fish live on the flats 105 feet away from you.
  12. Double post.
  13. The book: "Castro, you bearded fag! I'd like to fly an F-8 to Havana, chase you down main street and blow smoke rings up your a$$!" One of USAF's all time badasses: Robin Olds. Triple Ace from WW II and Vietnam. Masterminded the operation that basically blew the N Vietnamese air force out of the sky. Played football for West Point back when Army had some of the best teams in the nation and was named "Lineman of the Year" in 1942. A real American hero and badass. How 'bout that 'stache.
  14. That photo of Dick with the big snook is hanging on the wall in Norm Zeiglar's fly shop in Sanibel. Dick was very kind to me by sharing tips for fishing that area.
  15. Those bad monkeys look great.