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About isleomaniac

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  • About Me:
    Worm Hatch Inspector
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    fishing, diving, surfing
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  1. First try, I used a heat gun instead of a propane torch, and it worked very well. I had some 4" pvc sewer pipe that was 3/16 inch thick, so I cut out several 3-1/2" by 14" strips. I heated it up 3-4 times and after each time, held it tight to the keel with a thick welding glove on my left hand, and held it until it cooled into its new shape. It is diy, so i did cut 2-1/2" slits at the very end where it curves upward to make it form tight to the keel. I have some thicker black irrigation pipe, and will try that as well.
  2. Don't know if this is the same one? Seamonster Fishing D.I.Y. skid plate, May 15, 2018, he heats up thin pvc irrigation pipe with a propane torch to form it, and attaches with Scotch 3M outdoor 2-sided 15lb tape. You can also make thicker ones. I will be making a couple of these. Awesome!
  3. I was thinking of major abuse, dragging on an abrasive surface. I might look into black pvc pipe cut in half to see if that fits up tight to the keel. I have been using a piece of plastic sign form fitted that works to some degree, but there is the problem of attaching it and keeping it in place (4 strings) without shifting.
  4. Any suggestions for keel guards. My Eddyline carribean's keel needs protection. The material they use is light, but soft, and can wear a hole through it easily if dragged.
  5. The next step is to try and tie a tiny # 22 fly imitating a high floating aphid, then the final challenge would be to actually catch some of those rising trout.
  6. I am closing in on woolly alder aphid which has a bluish head. We have smooth alder shrubs growing around the edges of ponds, and the aphids alternate between alder and maple trees. When colder weather happens as in November, a winged generation is produced.
  7. You are a brilliant man, so I bestow on you the Woolly Aphid Award for 2018.
  8. You would never know that I took at least one entomology course in college? So i dug out my bug book, and had I looked before, I would have found it in the first of the color plates. I didn't expect to see aphids on the water, so these tiny aphids most likely flew out of the trees and landed on the water. Probably from the willows along the ponds edge, other than that, there are pines, oaks, and tupelos, along with some shrubs such as blueberry, and sweet pepper bush. But there are many species of trees that are hosts for aphids. The next time I see aphids on the water, I will give the trees a closer inspection. There were also midges hatching that day, and on the water along with the tiny aphids. I have fished many midge hatches, and so I am quite familiar with these. The white cottony threads on the body are secreted from wax glands.
  9. That is it, very cool and thank you.
  10. Yes, Originally I thought it looked like a tiny version of a house fly, only it was mostly white with a blueish head.
  11. I saw these during a hatch on several Cape ponds this November. They are tiny, 1/8 to 3/16 long, looks like a white fluff ball floating high on the waters surface. Also have a blue head. The trout were rising on them. These got wet before I took the photos, so the white didn't show up as much.
  12. What's up with the boulders blocking access to Hoxie pond in Sandwich? Another shore access point gone?
  13. I recommend a buff plus a very extra-wide brimmed hat, I found one from
  14. I like Tyger Wire because it is knotable, just use a simple Davy's or double Davy's knot. Loop to loop to 30 or 40 lb mono leader. Between fly and loop, about 4" more or less. You can also tie some bluefish flies on a 1/0 or 2/0 4xl long shank hook. Tie the fly back at the hook bend and the long shank becomes the bite tippet.
  15. One important consideration: If you are right handed, then your right hand will be on the cork grip out of harms way when you hook up with a big fish. Automatically your left hand will come up to tighten the drag, and it will also be out of harms way from the reel handle which if on the right side won't be able to rap or cut your fingers and knuckles. Fight the fish on the drag until it tires, and then switch hands and reel with your right hand. If it is a small fish which is most of the time, you strip the line back in anyway with your left hand instead of reeling.