The Fisherman

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  1. I'm out, too. I'll leave readers with a few of Bill Peabody's words from the article. Steve Culton
  2. I love you Ray, but the modern striper flatwing was not the product of a group collaboration among Rhody Fly Rodders in the 1960s -- or anyone else. Ken Abrames is the sole founding father. Steve Culton
  3. To clarify for historical accuracy, there were no modern saltwater flatwings before the 1970s. That template is the brainchild of Ken Abrames. He didn't start experimenting with them until the 1970s, and he did not share them with the public, whether giving away samples to fellow anglers (like Bill Peabody) or writing about them, until the early 1980s. As we all know, Ken has been supremely generous over the years in sharing his patterns and knowledge, for which we're all grateful. Ray, I treasure that article you shared on Peabody's patterns. I love fishing patterns that others developed years ago. They still work. :-) Steve Culton
  4. Please respect the no spot burning rule and respond to the OP via PM. Thank you. Steve Culton
  5. I am honored to be contributing to Dennis' second book...which reminds me I still have more to write. :-) Steve Culton
  6. I like the "Breaking Skein Glitter Fly" which is a Crystal Meth variant. You can probably find it by doing a search. Steve Culton
  7. That's Ken's pillow technique, as taught to me by the man himself. :-) The Countermeasure is more of a "land with a splat and create movement while motionless" concept. It drives smallmouth crazy. I borrowed from multiple patterns to build that one. Stay safe, be well, Steve Culton
  8. Thanks. A consistent high-confidence fly in my box. To your question: no. That's not what those patterns are about. I've probably caught more stripers over 10 pounds on the Big Eelie than any other fly. The bass like it just the way it is. :-) Steve Culton
  9. Your site, your rules. I get that. What I don't get is why it's OK for people to post links to YouTube on SOL. What about YouTube isn't a website or social media channel? Please help me (and the rest of us) understand. Steve Culton
  10. A fun little story written by Tony Lolli, featuring one of my favorite sand eel patterns. Enjoy! Steve Culton
  11. ...you learned at last Tuesday's Striped Bass Board meeting. Here it is in a nutshell, from Tony Friedrich of the ASGA: "At one point, Justin Davis from CT reminded the board that the public is losing faith. His words went unheeded. We would like to point out that there are some great commissioners and that the staff at ASMFC is very good. However, the process is shattered. Certain commissioners spend most of their time horse trading for votes that are important to their respective states rather than managing the resource. We talk about accountability for states using conservation equivalency. How about accountability for ASMFC?" Fellow SOLer Charles Witek wrote: "In terms of priorities--where the time and effort was spent--this may have been the worst fisheries management meeting that I ever sat in on. Blow through the PID [Public Information Document], which begins a process that could impact how bass are managed for the next 20years. Spend 2 1/2 hours debating how many angels could dance on the head of a pin. And I've been doing this since the stock collapsed the last time." Despite ASMFC's perpetual dismal performances, I encourage everyone who feels passionate about striped bass conservation to not give up hope for change. The ASGA is the single best hope for effecting change within and for the ASMFC. Please support the AGSA in any way you can. Steve Culton
  12. I'm writing a series of articles this year for The Fisherman magazine (merely a happy coincidence with my SOL forum name) and the first one is out now in the February issue. It's called "Stacking the Deck: The Little Things," and it's about seemingly insignificant things you can do that will have a big impact on your fishing success. Plenty of striper references in this one. You can read it in print or find it online. Coming later this year: late winter/early spring trout and low-water smallmouth tactics. Thanks to everyone for reading! Steve Culton George Daniel tells you how a bright pattern like my Hi-Liter, pictured here, can improve your streamer game.
  13. Sorry for the delayed response. These questions are all answered in A Perfect Fish, which I believe you have. :-) Steve
  14. Here's an example of what I would consider to be good flatwing saddles. Good webbing, nice tapered shape. Note that good flatwing saddles don't have to be long. Steve Culton
  15. I can try to answer best as I can. He chose that tie in point because: - a thinner stem is easier to tie in over a pillow, especially when you may be tying in many saddles; - that's where the stem provides plenty of flex, enabling that seductive flatwing side-to-side swimming motion; - he specifies webby saddles because in essence you're creating a wing; a non-webby saddle won't provide connectivity between fibers, nor will a saddle section that's composed of marabou-like fluff; - one of the core principles of flatwings is that they create the illusion of mass without adding bulk; all that fluffy stuff at the base only adds bulk. I hope that helps, and I appreciate (as does Ken) your interest and enthusiasm for flatwings. :-) Steve Culton