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  1. @Mike OliverI dont really understand why this topic creates such passionate disgust when we are all brothers in this sport. We are all in this forum because we have a passion for flyfishing and want to learn or share insight. If we all shared the same philosophy, there would be nothing to learn or discuss. There are plenty of things that I do as an angler that are dramatically different than anyone else. I do not try to impose or demand my philosophy on soneone else, but I might share it. I am thick skinned enough to not care if people dont agree. In this world, we are lucky to meet a handlful of people in our lives who share the same philosophy on any one specific discipline. Expecting more than that is just not reasonable. I feel it is important that we have the freedom to enjoy the sport how we wish. There are fly fisherman that chum water for sharks, tease them, and then drop a fly in the water. I dont think its sporting, but I bet it is fun. Point is, different strokes for different folks. I will say this, with our differences I would 100% jump at any oppprtunity to fish a tide with Peter, Yourself, or anyone who has a different approach than mine. So much to learn in the field and often what we discuss here has incomplete context.
  2. @Peter Patricelli I consider your notes and experience with high regard but also feel that you have misinterpreted some of my points. The biggest were about successful fishing and noting successful fishing really has nothing to do with distance. I would say understanding the behavior of our target fish and reading the water are probably primary. In fly fishing, I absolutely know that skill and practice is paramount. As an example, I did my first bonefishing trip recently and it perfectly illustrates how casting distance and square footage is not a factor. Casting form, efficiency, and experience were major factors. Only in my second season, I recognize I have low skill and every year it is something I am working on. I am not accepting my current status. We dont know each other but I get the sense that you are a devoted flyfisherman, a flyffishing purist. I appreciate that. As noted, I have only been flyfishing for two seasons. There is a huge gap in our skill levels, but I can say without a doubt I am committed to improve and learn. There are several week long trips I take that I am only flyfishing. Flyfishing is so much fun!!! In terms of fishing all conditions. There are some conditions/environments that the utility of flyfishing just drops to zero. I can say with certainty that I fished conditions and stretches of shoreline with spinning gear that I have never seen a flyrodder ever fish. There is a reason for this. Even with a spinning rod there are some spots I can just barely reach the fish, or the conditions are so rough it rides the line of what is fishable with any gear. In my first season I tried wetsuiting with a flyrod out to some of my favorite rocks with some light whitewater and it was just a mess. The incoming water was faster than my strip combined with the bubbleweed /hazards proved to be conditions out of my skill level. Fishing that water with a flyrod at this stage of my development is not smart, it is just being stubborn. That water was loaded with fish, but I could not present to them. In general most popular flyfishing spots are low of hazards and are conducive to converting fish. I know some flyfisherman fish heavy structure and rocky shores....I just have never seen them. It is probably a short list of folk here in the NorthEast. I suspect they have more experince than 2 seasons. I have to work with what I have. I have also noticed the reality in fishing popular flyfishing spots that I was elbow to elbow with other flyfishing peeps one day, then I have to my self the next day because the wind peaked over 15 mph. These are flyrodders with far more experience/skill than I do. Yet I am making the best of it with my lower skill. I am noting this to illustrate, making assumptions about folk we dont know personally is never a good idea. I do not take offense to it, because it is the normal nature of forum discussion. For the record, flyfishing gear is also just hardware. It is a tool that has strengths and limitations. With spinning I can probably chuck a 12" needlefish in a 20mph head wind over 180 feet. If the fish are on big baits a flyrod's practical range presenting bigger profiles is significantly diminished. There is no method that is perfect, it is best to use the hardware appropriate to the task. I think these discussions are important. I hope I did a better job explaining my view.
  3. Same here. i just use larger flies and accept the fish I am missing.
  4. Size and how you bend materials to present in th water column are probably the considerations. Trout do not have great vision so dont get caught up in realism. presentation and size is everything.
  5. Yes, that was a tough habit to break....I doubt I ever got low enough. I am a slow learner but the fish definitely let me know when my false cast was high. Sort of a tragedy. So much time and expense and patience to arrive at the moment I have a shot, and I might as well set off a box of bottle rockets with a high casting stroke.....hahaha.
  6. I recently did my first bonefishing trip and it was humbling. Most shots were within 20-60 feet. This is where form and speed are critical. I had neither. I blew more opportunities because of false casting, low accuracy under pressure, and often casted over fish. I am in dire need of lessons and probably a mentor on the water. In the northeast I am functional, striped bass are easy for a sloppy caster. All my flaws instantly revealed themselves on the flats....but it was a ton of fun.
  7. I find traditional nets to be overkill and heavy. Some guys carry ridiculouly large nets. For a few years i used the paknet which is a tradtionally sized folding trout nene * Since then, i have moved onto tenkara style nets. they are long handled and are extremely light. That net above my daughter is using is a 24 cm diameter mankyu tamo net. My favorite net. Really nice nets. I dont own one but sam lacina makes a beautiful long handle tenkara inspired net.
  8. Not sure what to think of those prices. I guess it makes sense. Hobie has a pretty good foothold on the market. Supply and demand coupled with the inflation and general increase in everything. Recently I priced two paddle kayaks with a rudder. One was just shy of 2k the other shy of 3k. If you consider the engineering and the mechanical design of the pedal drive it is pretty amazing and nothimg else really compares. It is still a deal. The cool thing about hobie is that they continue to move the ball forward. That has an overhead. Shame about the OK prowler and the trident. Back 15, those were some of the best. I suspect hobie crushed them. Frankly as much as I dig the pedal drive, I miss the simplicity of a paddle boat. I hope Hobie and the like dont put all the fishing paddle kayaks models out of business, but ot seems to be going that way. Soon all these boats will have electric motors. My brother in law bought one of those crazy foils and was buzzing around on it like the goblin. I bet in 15 years folk will be buzzing off of thier fishing foils. Set your gps, set the snooze alarm, and have it wake you when you hit the target waters. I may still be the guy paddling in the background.
  9. I dont know your area, but even the smallest of estuaries can hold striped bass year round, but like trout they may move around and find deeper pools when the water gets too warm or too cold. I feel striped and trout share feeding behavior and will hold on similar structure. Small bucktail streamers like ray's fly might be a good choice for most of the season. good luck....and like trout consider barbless hooks.
  10. It is often the long and wrong route to try to compensate for poor enginering. There are some kayaks that are just poor/challenging fishing platforms. It is fine to fish ftom them, but one is best to embrace the faults. Sort of like people, it is unlikely to make them into something they are not. If you want a stable kayak, buy one. Most fishing kayaks these days are crazy stable. The hassle of setup/take down of out riggers on a kayak just does not sound appealing. It wont make any kayak faster either. Consider those factors, never mind fish landing challenges.
  11. This is critical. Early bird gets the worm. In short, trails adjacent to fishing water are high pressure from amglers and non anglers... and getting there brutally early and hiking remote cuts down on the "hows the fishing?" small talk. We go to theses destinations to be emersed in nature. The irony is that some of these locations are as busy as grand central in nyc.
  12. That seems like an uncomfortable portage length to me for anything I have ever seen or used. Your criteria are in conflict. 1. light 2. inexpensive 3. Ocean/Sea worthy 4. Fishing platform a. stable b. durable You may need different kayaks for different purposes. Buy a used kayak that you can cart into places. Buy a lightweight canoe or kayak for longer portage. I would opt for something like a canoe for longer portage....because you can yolk it and use a backpack to haul your gear at the same time. Pakboats has foldable canoes and kayaks, but personally I would go for the Stellar dragonfly because it is not fabric and roughly the same weight.
  13. When you say hard to reach, how far is the portage? can you use a cart? I own a lynx, it is great but realistically it is awkward to carry and you would need multiple trips to carry all the gear. if it is significant surf or ocean, i would rather be in a legit kayak. The lynx is a peddle boat, not a kayak. The lynx is a wonderful platform. If it is a long portage might look into the stellar dragonfly. 27 lbs paddle canoe/kayak.
  14. I would find some local flyshops and ask those questions. I would suspect that water temps and runoff would be a big consideration. I have no idea about yellowstone but below are some notes that might help. My appology if what I write is obvious. When I fished cutthroats in Colorado, it was August and some rivers were still cranking with snow melt. On the edge of fishable. My buddy who lives out there notes that every year is slightly different in terms of timing and generally there is an ideal calendar window that may slide a couple weeks. For that reason speaking to a local who knows the snow pack and the impact it may have in the spring is valuable. i would even suggest checking in a couple weeks prior to your trip so you dont waste time on unfishable water. We also fished a number of mountain lakes, so that may be a good thing to focus on if the rivers are not fishable. Snowmelt is pretty cold water so depending on the conditions you may consider packing up some wading gear to put on when you hike to you destination. Also, be careful at higher altitudes, in the seirras I had an incident one august. Valley, was 90, trailhead was 70, we only went up 2000 feet from there and got caught in a storm that progressed from freezing rain, to hail, to snow and the temps remained at 32 overnight. we had frost and frozen puddles in our campsite. It was so cold and we were not prepared..mountains have their own weather.
  15. I have been considering an eddyline. I would dig hearing more about the durability and the sucess of your repairs and how you repaired areas. Feel free to offline in a new thread or pm me, if you want to keep this thread clean. Regarding spray foam. unless it is marine grade or a marine product I would be concerned about its functional floatation properties and about long term utility. Like, if for some reason it degrades and absorbs water vs holding air, it would be a mess or impossible to remove. Personally, I would opt for material i could remove, and control the threshold of boyancy vs added weight. Pool noodles or some foam bricks used on docks. Eddyline is prided for their light weight design. If you close the gap, you might as well just get a used polyethelene kayak. I dont know the volume of the kayak but it seems there are marine foams and the 2 lb variety provides 300 lbs of floatation per gallon of material, question would be how much volume does that expand to? a gallon seems to be a lot of material. It might expand out to something ridiculous or hulk out of your kayak splitting it in half....hahaha.