The Fisherman

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  1. And then the bottom fought back... One thing's for sure, this Farmington River Survivor Strain brown has been eating well. Look at that tummy. Look at those shoulders. Look at that tail. What a beautiful sparsely spotted brute. Taken yesterday on a size 14 Frenchie variant. Steve Culton
  2. Thanks everyone for the kind words. Tight lines and be safe and well! Steve Culton
  3. My star pupil. :-) I love what you're doing -- starting with a solid knowledge base, then adding to it by going out and exploring/discovering on your own. Now, to turn you into a dangerous wet fly machine... Steve Culton
  4. Gators, baby! I scored a brown today -- indicator nymphing -- that should be measured in pounds rather than ounces. But well done, you. Great job! Wotta tail on that beastie! Steve Culton
  5. I come from the "It's the archer, not the arrow" tribe. Here's a Farmy truttasaurus from a couple years ago, taken on a streamer, quickly whipped on my 10' Hardy Marksman II 5-weight, in water that I would call high (750cfs). This is a fish that could be clearly measured in pounds instead of inches. As luck would have it, I caught a similar sized pig today on the Farmy, also quickly landed on the same rod (photo coming tomorrow!). Perhaps it's my half-Scottish background, but I often try to make do with what I have. That Hardy is a dedicated wet fly, nymphing, and streamer rod. It gets plenty of streamer action, mostly on the Farmington and the Housatonic. The smallmouth I target on the Hous see a lot of bulkier streamers, so I use a Sci Anglers Anadro taper floating line, 7 or 8 weight. It handily casts the bugs I favor. I also use it for mousing at night. The heavier line is excellent for handling a heavier payload. That's not to say you can't or shouldn't get a 6-weight rod. Whatever makes you happy. But the OP's question is about articulated streamers. We can all understand the protein payoff. However, bigger isn't necessarily better when it comes to productivity in streamer fishing. I wrote a piece for American Angler a few years ago called "Streamer Kings." It's worth finding it online (good stuff from George Daniel, Tommy Lynch, and Chad Johnson). George makes the point that big, articulated flies move more big fish, but he gets more hookups with smaller stuff (the fish above hit a fly that was under 4"). Also, flies that are killer out west don't necessarily translate to rivers back east, and vice versa. Lastly, some articulated streamers cast like a wet sock. Others don't. YMMV. As far as leaders go, the question to first ask is, "What do you want the fly to do?" I use a full sink integrated line, mostly in winter, but the leader length depends on the above question. If I want the fly deep, it's a short (3' or less) leader. If I'm fishing it in September (as I was for the above trout) trying to get a neutrally buoyant effect on a deer hair head fly, my leader is 7' or so. Most of the time, I fish the floater. 7'-8' leader, sometimes just a straight shot of 8#-15#. I hope that helps! Steve Culton
  6. That is a monster hickory. They are a blast on the five weight. :-) Steve Culton
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  8. I learned to fly fish with my dad's old Tonka Queen cane rod. It's still one of my favorite sticks. This thread is a perfect example of the inevitable conflicting information that results from asking an opinion question on a forum. What's right for me may be only OK for you and downright awful for Fred. There are no wrong answers. Only the ones that are right for you. Steve Culton
  9. Yes, that's true. My opinion of flies matters little compared to the opinion of the stripers. Still, I have my opinions... ;-) Steve Culton
  10. Ray, a lot of the flies I see these days make me think: why not just grab a spinning rod and a Bomber or Mag Darter or Sluggo and just be done with it? Steve Culton
  11. Hi Rich, For situations with multiple small baits (worms, grass shrimp, crab larvae, matchstick sand eels, etc.) I use a basic three fly team with dropper tags. If you do a web search for "three fly striper team" you'll find reference. Hope that helps, Steve Culton
  12. Here's a tying video: Steve Culton
  13. Here, here! I'll drink a cup of tea to that! Steve Culton
  14. That's the way to do it! Steve Culton
  15. Yes, you have permission to use my photo of Joe. :-) Sounds like fun. Enjoy! Steve Culton
  16. Those flies are breathtaking. Yowza! I appreciate all the love, too. Here's another view of the same fly. I generally fish much simpler shrimp patterns, but there is something inherently satisfying about catching a fish on a proper GP. I'm looking forward to hearing about titleguy's experiences. Steve Culton
  17. My money's on the Spey flies, particularly in estuaries/current where there are shrimpy things or small baitfish. It's not a traditional Spey fly, but this Black General Practitioner does very well for me. Steve Culton
  18. Mike, That's a true story, and when we asked around in St. Andrews for the best chippy in the area, they all recommended this shop. Easily the best fish and chips I've ever had. Now, if I only had a private jet... Steve
  19. Nothing. There's a reason the Monaco royals send their private jet to Anstruther for take out fish and chips! Steve Culton
  20. I came across this fly a few years back when I was searching the web for some new patterns to explore. I liked the look of it, so I tied and tried some. The bass dig it, and so do I. One of the nice things about patterns like the Rhody Flatwing are the endless color/length/sparsity variations you can play with. (I also like all white and all black.) This is the one I fish most often; the original recipe I found calls for an olive saddle. This tie is about 4" long. Someone PMed me a while back asking about curling the peacock herls with a pair of scissors. I hardly ever do that (but everyone can and should tie to their personal preference), and I didn't do it here; this is the natural curve of the herl coming out after I ran the fly under hot water to shape it. The Rhody Flatwing Hook: Eagle Claw L253 1/0 Thread: White Support: 30 hairs white bucktail Pillow: White Tail: 2 strands gold Flashabou under yellow saddle hackle Body: Pearl mylar braid. Collar: 30 hairs short white bucktail on bottom, 30 hairs long white bucktail on top. Wing: 15 hairs yellow bucktail under 8 hairs light blue bucktail under sparse olive Krystal Flash under 20 hairs olive bucktail. Topping: 5-7 strands peacock herl.
  21. FBW, I was excited to see you resurrect this thread as I'd long forgotten about it. The great old patterns endure. To clarify: Ken Abrames, the creator of the modern saltwater flatwing, didn't start experimenting with them until the late 1970s -- and didn't share those patterns and ideas with the Rhode Island fly fishing community until the 1980s. So Bill Peabody, who has credited Ken and his flatwings as being the inspiration and template for the Rhody Flatwing, likely developed the fly sometime in the 1980s. That still makes it an oldie and a goodie. For those who are interested in flatwing history and some hard-to find Peabody flatwing gems, do an interweb search for Tom Keer's excellent article "The Art of the Flatwing" and for "Bill Peabody's Flat-Wing Patterns." In the meantime, here's a better shot of a dozen Rhody Flatwings as today's Blue Plate Special. Steve Culton
  22. I've been fishing a 10' 5-weight Hardy Marksman II for Housy smallmouth for years. It is currently mated with an 8-weight Sci Anglers Anadro floating line. I'm throwing everything from size 12 wets to Woolly Buggers to Gurglers to bulky deer-hair head streamers to dumbbell-eyed crawfish. Hope that helps, Steve
  23. 'Twas a rousing success! What a great group Dan has helped to create: passionate anglers, nice people, and I had a blast with the presentation. I'm told over 50 people were in attendance. If you were there, thanks for coming out. If you're in the area but haven't yet joined, this group is worthy of your time. Thanks again for having me. Steve Culton We had not one but two Q&A sessions after the presentation. Good stuff, people. (Dan's photo.)
  24. Raffle swag for tomorrow night's meeting. These tie in neatly with my presentation, "Trout Fishing For Striped Bass." Hard to go wrong with a properly presented team of three when the bass are keyed on small stuff. Four options here, clockwise from top: Deer Hair Grass Shrimp, Micro Shrimp Gurlger, Orange Ruthless Clamworm, Eelie. Hope to see plenty of SOLers there! Steve Culton
  25. Live in CT but do plenty of bassing in RI. Comment already sent and logged. It only takes five minutes, folks! Steve Culton