flyfishvt

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  1. Just returned from our annual pilgrimage to the Cape. Eight guys, 12th yr in a row...always big fun. We stayed on Sagamore beach...new place to us but worked out well. The first few days we fished our usual spots, north and south side beaches, west end of the canal, the Monomoy national refuge and a few unnamed estuaries. Took me until the third day to get a bump...very few fish taken by the entire group. Fished at night quite a bit and had some really good tides. Finally got into a few fish over the last few days, but overall the fishing was just plain dismal. I'm not a numbers guy but know that over the past three or four years, I'd guess that I caught 200-500 stripers each year on this trip. Don't think I made it to thirty this year....and of those, very few over 20". Same for the rest of my pals. Didn't see much bait at all. We had pretty brisk NE winds the first few days and then S-SW for the last few. Just don't get it...either the striper population has totally crashed or we're just the worst fly rodders on the planet.
  2. Hmmm...thanks for all the input guys. Figured the real reports might differ significantly from the OTW reports. Had really hoped the schoolies would be a larger class this year (fewer dinks) but still really pumped for our trip. Headed down Sat for a week...will post on my return.
  3. Headed down on Sat for our annual week in paradise and looking for some first hand accounts. OTW reports suggest that tons of larger than average schoolies have surrounded the Cape. Anyone confirm these reports??
  4. For big salty flies, I use either Hard as Nails, UV resin or liquid fusion..depends on the pattern. For freshwater flies, down to ~14, I'll use Hard as Nails. For small flies..16-22, I don't bother with anything. Can't remember the last time one unraveled...
  5. Devo, I did this a few yrs ago but for different reasons...my sinking head was intact but the running line had gone south. Spliced a new running line onto the head and have used it without incident for three seasons so far. If you google "how to splice two lines together Michael Bennett" the process is well described. I used a sewing needle rather than the tool he had but it worked out well. Took some time but formed a great link between the two lines. Last thing I wanted was for the lines to come apart with a good fish on. Good luck!
  6. Uncle Stu...agree 100%. I never use a floater in heavy surf...just a chocolate mess. Generally use an intermediate line. I reserve the sinking head w/ floating running line for big current situations like the canal. Without big current, my full sinks turn into "mollusk lines"...I catch more shellfish and crabs than stripers....
  7. Thanks much for the suggestions...I'll probably go with the SA Titan...always had good luck with SA lines...
  8. Have used a few different sinking lines for my shore-bound striper fishing and am looking for recommendations for a new one. I've had both full sinkers and sinking heads with intermediate running lines. In my hands, both are unsatisfactory. I find that if the line dumps out of my stripping basket (not an infrequent event in the surf), it's really tough to recover...tangles around my feet, real pain in the butt. Looking for a sinking head with a FLOATING running line.. Any recommendations? Thanks!
  9. Used an Orvis guide sling for quite a while for salty fishing. Worked great but was always getting wet when I waded in any surf. Bought a Patagonia Stormfront sling a few years ago and really love it. Light, easy access and most importantly, keeps the water out. Several of my fishing fishing buddies have followed suit and all feel the same. Another pal bought the Fishpond Thunderhead and loves that as well. We were all just sick of wet gear.
  10. Hmmm....really don't lose many salty flies w/ SS hooks. A few per year to snags?? Fishing trout rivers with nymphs (which are NOT tied on SS hooks) I lose more in a day than during an entire season of saltwater fishing. Don't think it's much of an issue for salty fishing.... My 2 cents...
  11. Have used Sally Hanson Hard as Nails for many moons. Quick drying, clear, strong and cheap. $3/bottle ......
  12. Do you remember where you bought it or the name of the product? Tons out there and don't know which are good and which are junk...
  13. The cork handles on a couple of my salty rods have really gotten beaten up. Tried to fill in and sand but the result looks terrible. Last year I tried using the Winn grip wrap...loved the look and cushion but didn't last a week before unraveling. Have seen heat shrink tubing used for this purpose...has anyone used this? If so, which specific brand? Have found may different brands: X-flock, Avantik X-tube, Fotag X-tube and others...all the same? Is any one better than the rest? Thanks!
  14. Thanks for all the great input...got what I need. I'll give the heat shrink a bid...
  15. The cork handles on a couple of my salty rods have really gotten beaten up. Tried to fill in and sand but the result looks terrible. Last year I tried using the Winn grip wrap...loved the look and cushion but didn't last a week before unraveling. Have seen heat shrink tubing used for this purpose...has anyone used this? Any other suggestions to cover my cork? Thanks!