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  1. This issue has been discussed before, I believe in the rod building forum. If your rod wobbles, it is because your choker guide placement is not matched to the reel. Notably, Shimano Tialejo rods do not exhibit this wobble, as their guide layout is specifically suited to the 5500 size for rods 10ft 6in and shorter and to the 10000/14000 size for rods 11ft and larger. That being said I use the 5500 on a hybrid S-Glass/Carbon Fiber rod that is 9ft 6in and wrapped with the Fuji NGC layout using BMNAG guides. I likewise use a 10000 on an 11ft 6in Zziplex Bass with the same layout/same guides. Neither rod displays wobble on the retrieve. The choker guide, which is the transition guide to the running guides, should be placed at a distance equal to 27 times the outside diameter of the spool lip with the spool fully extended. The spool being fully extended is a critical consideration for Long Cast reels. Hope this helps.
  2. CT Conversion Bar gets rid of the level wind, which will jam up on a grain or two of sand. Sorry, do not have any pictures of the inside, and I gave both reels to charity when I could no longer take hits from waves.
  3. Once upon a time I only fished Canyon Big Game Fly Reels, VS Spinners and Conventionals. I only enjoyed surf fishing if I was in the surf, and only enjoyed throwing metal with a conventional. I had two ABU 6600 Brute Baitcasters, known for having bronze bearings instead of ball bearings, and a dogged Anti-Reverse vice a IAR Bearing. I bought a CT conversion bar from a custom reel guy in South Carolina, removed the brake blocks in favor of a mono-mag, and packed the handle side with ABU reel grease. Those reels took waves with no issues what so ever, which freaked out guys using VS's next to me. When I could not take waves anymore, I gave them to charity.
  4. Your EverStart Maxx Group Size 24 Marine Battery is a lead-acid start/ deep cycle battery. I believe it is sealed, but could not find information as to whether it is Absorbed Glass Matt (AGM) or Gel. From the picture of your Minn-Kota Charger, it is not for use with either Gel or AGM batteries, likely because it does not monitor Battery Temperature, and as I posted earlier, could boil off the battery acid and create Hydrogen gas, thus risking the BOOM. You could call Minn Kota to confirm it's incompatibility.
  5. My current source is Waters West Fly shop in WA, as I am no longer able to drive to and walk the floor of the NJ Fly Fishing show,. My recent purchases have been of Harelin Dubbin UV2 Pastel Flatwing Saddles and Whiting Silver Grade Herbert Miner Rooster Saddles in Black and Unique Variant, which to me is more natural than dyed white. The Herbert Miner Black has a Green Metallic Glint to it, and I have caught many nighttime Stripers utilizing this in a 6 wing Blurple Flatwing. The UV2 Pastel Orange is a close substitute for Kenny Abrames' Cantaloupe color, although it is somewhat brighter (which the stripers might actually like, especially in the surf). I cannot speak to the modern era Whiting EuroHackle, but the saddles I have from the late 90's to mid 2000's were excelent for Flatwings that I tie. I have some Ewing Feather 'Super" Wolly Bugger packs, also from the mid 2000's that have hackles up to 7 inches long, but I am not sure they are still produced. I second Steve's position that it is best to have the saddle in hand, but Water's West folks (Ed & Alex) have always selected excellent saddles for me, as they know what is needed for Flatwings.
  6. I have used Chartpak AD markers for probably 15 years - it is hard to get a variety of colors in Danville Flat Waxed nylon thread, so I by white and color it with the Chartpak markers. I like to secure the Tail Hackles, as well as the bucktail ends with Loctite water resistant super glue and a few wraps of thread (before veiling the collar or wing of the Flatwing Fly). I have colored the thread with sharpie pens, but find that some colors are affected by the glue. This does not happen with the Chartpak pens.
  7. I lost the physical ability to travel in 2006, my last trip to Hatteras - took me 13 hours to drive from Buxton Beach to Toms River, what with having to stop and get out of the truck every 90 minutes. Now a 2 hour round trip (arriving at my destination in one hour) hobbles me to a cane for 2 days if I am doing well, two crutches if not. Drunk Driver (1988) , the gift that keeps on giving. I have yet to fish the beach this year, even though I fish out of my 4-Runner.
  8. Last Fall was notable for the lack of large bait in either the back waters or surf in Ocean County, NJ, so I started think about shorter flies for the coming fall. Plus I'm kind of house bound by the current heat wave, so I needed a fishing project to pass the time....1st picture is something of a bucktail deceiver variant with an epoxied Mylar Braid head to push water, Next couple of pictures are a Deciever variant that is tied with Flatwing hackles, a glass rattle covered with epoxied Mylar Braid, and a head formed by epoxying 3d eyes. Last couple of pictures are Flatwings with a spun dear head variant of the L&L Special and a Blurple. Also, my variant of any of Kenny's patterns where he palmered a soft hackle is to instead fold and palmer a large Marabou feather. Last picture is a standard Rhody Flatwing, the pattern that was my 1st (and at the time only) Flatwing and accounted for my 1st surf caught Bass (15lb's) on a fly with a cast of no more than 50ft. Been hooked on Flatwings ever since. I'll post more pics as the summer project continues. Hopefully others will post pics of their Fall arsenal to pass the "Heat Wave Days".
  9. RLS Sure thing as a Snake Fly, and suspending without fly floatant that I would normally apply to the head when doing a greased line swing.
  10. For correct level of sparseness, I depend on counting hairs. This also facilitates selecting only the longest hairs in the (small) bunch that you clip from your bucktail. As a rule of thumb, unless the recipe specifically calls for more (as in the skinny mack wing) i count 15 hairs for each quadrant of the head - so 15 bottom, 7-8 each side (so approximately 30 total for the collar) , and 15 for the wing. Note that the Skinny Mack calls for a 40 hair wing - 10 each turquoise, emerald green, yellow and black. but you are trying to achieve a more "humped-but-sparse" look under the peacock herl.
  11. for those interested who perhaps do not read the Fly Fishing Forum, I continued this tying effort, but posted under the Coronavirus Tying Thread (in the Fly Fishing Forum)
  12. Zak: I sympathize with your issues, as I myself have c2-c7 disc herniation with stenosis, and a repaired partial RC tear combined with calcific tendonitis of the right shoulder. I am not familiar with any TFO rods, except for their now out-of-production single and 2 hand fly rods. I can however tell you the surf rods I use that do not give me issues with extended plugging: Century Stealth s-1 11ft 1-4 oz Century Slingshot 10.5ft rated 2-5 oz wrapped conventional Century Slingshot 12.5ft rated 1-4 oz with 3inches cut off the butt (some cut off 9 inches) - best pencil rod I have found since the demise of Lamiglass S-Glass Blanks, easily works 2 3/4oz Gibbs Pencils in the traditional Glass Rod manner Fiberstar Composites Predator 11.5 ft rated 3/4- 4oz (out of Production) Shimano Tiralego in 10.5ft, 11ft and 12ft rated 1-3.5oz, 3-6oz, and 2-6 oz, respectively, The 11ft is an excellent eeling rod ( I throw riggers) and the 12ft is excellent for throwing and working 4oz pencils, poppers and metals. I strongly suggest that you adopt a "Hatteras Cast" style of casting, wherein your left arm pulls the butt of the rod, while your right arm acts pretty much exclusively as a guide and stop for the rod (at a 45 degree release point) . adopting this casting style not only greatly increased my distance, but gave new life to my right shoulder. Please keep in mind that the power of this cast mandates the use of a Braid Shock Leader of 60 to 100 lbs (assuming you have braid running line). The Braid shock leader needs to be stronger than the 10lbs/ounce rule, as it does not have the stretch of mono.
  13. RLS Skinny Mack as a snake fly
  14. RLS Skinny Mack - pg77 of "The Perfect Fish"
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  16. since I had one destroyed by a Spanish Mackeral last week, here is a new one. Helluva fish in the PP canal current - took all 30 ft of intermediate shooting head into the hole by the wall, and try as I might with my Sage RPLXi 10wt, I could not lift him more than 10 ft - he finally bent the shaft of the TMC 800s 3/0 hook and spit it. Would have been nice to see him, but he was part of 3 schools that headed south with the end of incoming and back north with the beginning of the outgoing full moon tide.
  17. this is how I both carry and store Flatwings and other 3d flyes, like Steve's Ferrar Blend Bunker. The hooks were bought years ago in bulk from TYZ-all Plastics - not sure if they still offer them. I use the smaller box pictured to carry them when fishing, and a larger box for storage. The eye of an EC 254-2/0 flatwing hook slips snuggly over the TYZ hooks with no modification - for other smaller eye hooks (i.e., Mustad 34007 1/0 or TMC 800s 1/0) I have sanded down the diameter of the hook with a black emery board.
  18. Especially during a cinder worm hatch, I would think - all but one of these are "worm hatch" single feather flatwings with palmered webby feathers or maribou (which I prefer) .
  19. the mono tag protrudes at a right angle, which is why it is melted down with the lighter to prevent hanging up on the tip during a fight. With the rizzuto, the braid tag end lays parallel - the glue is not for strength confidence, it is to secure the braid tag end to minimize fraying during repeated casts, retrieves and retrieves under pressure. After every trip, I check the knot and re-apply the water resistant CA glue as necessary.
  20. RLS Moby Dick tied as a snake fly - trying to make use of the shorter Flatwing hackles and the hair from the base to bottom half of the Bucktail. First couple of spins are hair up near the 1/2 way point, then I move toward the base for hair used in the forward spins. Also used the EC 254 in 2/0 (vice 4/0 used for my other flyes in this thread) so that the fly rides higher in the water column.
  21. I use this knot but finish the braid with a 7 turn Rizzuto - I do not apply heat to the braid, but put a drop of Loctite Water Resistance Ultra Gel Control Super Glue to the finished Rizzuto, NOT the mono.
  22. I wonder how true the 10 year deal is - I have 2 Aero-Technium 10000 XSC that I bought from local B&T's _ shimano dropped them after 1 or 2 years, and immediately deleted the Illustrated Parts Breakdown (Schematic) from their site. They never get close to the water - I have a step-in sand spike that travels with me when I plug, and use a 60lb Hollow-Ace Braid Shock Leader, spliced to the 30lb PP main line, as well as a 4.5 ft 50lb terminal leader - after I land the fish, the rod goes in the spike and I use the shock/terminal leader to control the fish as I walk down to the water for de-hooking. if plugging involves being in/near the water, or I am plugging at night, I am using either a VS150, VR175, VR200 or Daiwa Mag-Sealed Emblem Surf LC 35QD SCW reel.
  23. Take a look at Waters West Website - They have the Harline Dubbin Flatwing Saddles - very reasonable price. A more expensive alternative for some of the more exotic colors are the Whiting Herbert Miner Saddles in Silver (preferable) or Bronze grade - almost all of the flies I have posted in this thread incorporate one or more of these three hackles. As an example, the Whiting Herbert Miner Rooster Saddle, Silver Grade in Medium Grey Dun is an almost exact duplicate of Kenny's dyed Blue-Gray Saddle.
  24. collar and wing installed
  25. before the collar: