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  1. Seems like quite a few people liked the custom atom 40, too.  I feel slightly overwhelmed by the different makers, sub-brands or plug types that im hearing on here lol. 

    Haha! Don't feel overwhelmed! There is a lot of good information here. Most of us have seen or fished all kinds of different custom plugs some fancy, some maybe not so fancy...they all work. It's important to narrow down your arsenal to plugs that you have success with, and that you will regularly fish. Beachmaster Atom40's are great, but they cost a pretty penny. Put up a WTB thread for old original Atom40's, and JR's. They are great plugs, not many colors to choose from, but they're cheap and they work great, and they are also the best plug to put an eelskin on (IMO). There are no right answers in this sport. Experiment, and experience is the best way to crack the code.

  2. A lot of good answers here. Based on my experience, there is one plug that I never hit the water without....a white Atom40. I prefer the old plastic ones, which you can quite easily conjure up in the BST forum. The modern custom Atom40's work just as well. These are pretty big coming in normally at 3-3.5oz. I bring this plug EVERYWHERE...river mouths, open beaches, rocks, etc. Big fish, small fish....Perhaps it's just a good luck charm for me

  3. Anvil --- worth every penny


    The Anvil USA Fly Tying Scissor model: 




    [TD]Back Up   -   Fly Tying List   -   Next Model[/TD]








     4" Super Sharp STRAIGHT Fine Point - Rust Resistant Stainless Steel -



    ^^^I'll second that^^^


    Another great alternative are Fiskars. I have several pairs, and on of them are more than 10 years old. They work just as well today as they did when I bought them. You can find them in the sewing isle of any craft store for under $20, and in many sizes and varieties.

  4. Wool is a miracle fiber.  You can wear your wool socks while you are traveling to your fishing site.  The magic of wool is that if they are slightly damp or even wet, they will keep your feet warm.  I generally wear wool "over the calf" socks under my heavier wool socks.  The important part of the equation is to have enough room to wiggle your toes.  Tight boots equals cold feet :confused:

      Adios Philip43

    True! Wool is a great material. I wish it were more available. 100% wool is getting harder and harder to find. I have noticed alpaca gaining popularity and availability. Anyone ever try it??

  5. New Greenpoint 8" school bus- $35 SOLD


    Test swam, 69 8" darter (it's a monster), blk/prpl- $35


    Used, ligtly...Tattoo darter, the larger size- $20 SOLD


    New, Afterhours small needle- $28 SOLD


    (Redfin not available. Used in photo for scale.)


    Prices include shipping. Paypal only please. Will combine shipping for multiple plugs. [img=1000

  6. If you're dry fly fishing, which it sounds like you are, I would fish two flies. I do this often when I have to fish small flies. My vision is pretty bad. I'll usually fish a bigger, bushy fly up front, and then tie my small fly off the back of it. And don't be afraid to tie on a third. Use the bigger fly just as an indicator, or sighter. I use a larger griffith's gnat in maybe a 16 or 18. It's a universal fly that is easy to see, and it often produces strikes. It's an effective fly just about any time of year. But basically you're using the griffith's gnat just to have an idea of where you smaller flies are.

  7. I usually go with a thick synthetic fiber sock, but the absolute key for me is silk sock liners. They wick moisture like nobody's business and my feet stay dry next to the skin. Huge difference, no matter what material you choose.



    Tried this today. Water temp was about 33 degrees. I wore a thin pair of silk dress socks with a thick pair of 100% wool socks over them. I fished for about 4 hours and never lost feeling in my toes. My feet were cold and slightly uncomfortable, but they never began to hurt or lose feeling. What a huge difference! I highly recommend trying this!

  8. I've seen videos on this. It used to be called "pointless-fishing". I think it was back in the early 90's there seemed to be a growing group of yuppies, purists, and conservationists (not that there is anything wrong with these groups of folks) who began the fad of fishing dryflies without a hook. It was about the thrill of the strike, not the thrill hooking and landing a fish. The job was done if you fooled the fish into taking your fly. I can kinda dig it. I have considered trying it on the Housatonic during the white fly hatch.


    Anyhow, strange addiction??....not so strange to me as long as you're enjoying the outdoors!


    I learned to cast with my dad's bamboo rod, and I taught my 11 year old with a fiberglass rod. I think slower action rods where the student can really feel the rod load makes the learning process significantly easier.


    What Steve said. It's much easier to learn on a slow rod. I have learned a lot from watching instructional videos on Youtube. None in particular. Most of them are very similar in what they cover and how they demonstrate it. Happy casting!

  10. I've been eyeballing a Commando bag for quite some time, but I couldn't justify the money. My current bags can't handle another season. I'd be better off carrying my stuff in a plastic shopping bag at this point. Commando seems to have closed up his site. Who else is making bags? Where can I see them? Where can I order them? Thanks!

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