Broadbill

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About Broadbill

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    Surfcasting/flyfishing & tying/canoe & kayak/decoy carving
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    South Coast, MA
  1. Very nice guy. I used to enjoy talking to him at the RISAA show in Providence each spring. On one crazy fall day on Nantucket (decades ago, before the seals) I had a mini-slam on a chartreuse Ranger--striper, bluefish, and false albacore. The striper was improbable, but the albie was inexplicable. Told Pete about it at the show the next year and he said he had reports of guys catching albies on Rangers every year. Amazing lures. Sad news. Condolences to his family and friends.
  2. An observer on a Massachusetts birding website reported his first-of-year osprey sighting on Wednesday in West Dennis on the Cape. Closer to RI, the two nests visible to me on Slocum's River in Dartmouth are still unoccupied as of yesterday, 3/19, and the fish ladder at the old millrace at head of the River--about 3 miles from Buzzards Bay--still had no herring before yesterday's big rain.
  3. Ditto. Lots of features.
  4. Joe--I think this has been asked before, but I couldn't find an answer. Are any of the used tackle vendors buying as well as selling? Got a few reels I'd like to unload. Thanks in advance.
  5. Why go to India when you can go to Lancaster County? Think Harrison Ford in Witness. You'll look plain.
  6. Love those Sherman Denton fish prints over the tying bench. What club is that?
  7. Bob -- Are the openings south-facing? Most birds don't want direct sun. Turn the entrances north or toward shade. Are there natural perches nearby--trees or bushes? Most birds like a little cover to land in going in and out of nests. How close are the boxes to one another? Bluebirds for instance are pretty territorial. Can't recall without resorting to goog, but you need some serious yardage between poles/houses. Swallows are a little more more neighborly. As Ditchbag asks, what kind of houses are you using? The diameter of the opening is fairly key; a quarter of an inch either way can mean the difference between bluebirds and trashbirds.
  8. New guy (not to SOL or gardening, but to this thread) checking in. First an answer, then a question. Answer: On sources for potatoes (and I haven't read the whole thread), a favorite of mine is Fedco Seeds in Clinton, Maine. This year, they're offering about 40 varieties. They're Maine Certified, and the prices are much better than Johnny's, my other Maine potato and seed vendor. Gnarly black and white catalog, but great to deal with. Question: What creative solutions have you guys come up with for tomato cages, especially for long-season sprawling indeterminate varieties like Sun Gold? Even the largest of those inverted wire cages braced with stakes isn't supporting/containing the plants. Anybody fabricate PVC cages? Wire mesh trellis 6'-8' high? What have you got? Thanks in advance.
  9. MitchellNJ won this thread in post #5
  10. Just had a male bluebird at the suet feeder. I'm in Dartmouth, two miles north of Buzzard's Bay. Down here we have Great Blue Herons year 'round. Saw one flying up Slocum's River on Sunday. Same for Turkey Vultures--see 'em in every month. What's interesting is that this is the second year I've seen wintering Black Vultures. Never used to see them much north of Pennsylvania, nevermind in winter.
  11. Thoreau said "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." Gunner gets it. Nice essay.
  12. Noted. Thanks, HillTop.
  13. Dick et al, is the Bear's Den show at the shop or a nearby location? I couldn't find an address or venue identification on the show page on the Den's website. TIA.
  14. In the past, The Saltwater Edge has run, in tandem with Orvis, one-day fly fishing courses, but typically in spring, after the season starts. SWE usually runs some fly-tying courses and tying nights over the winter, but I haven't seen anything yet in emails from them on schedules. Call the store. Same for Bear's Den, pretty sure they have tying classes. Worth a call or visit to their respective websites.
  15. Sheila Hassan is a a student and colleague of Joan Wulff, one of the best fly casters of all time, male or female. When Sheila was teaching with George Roberts ten or so years ago, I took the course and worked with her. Can't speak to the book but she's a terrific teacher in person and her husband is a member on this board. So. . . recommended.