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  1. Posted the following a while ago...may help you pick out the hook you want: A while ago I posted about my frustration with the Mustad S71 SNP-DT hooks I was using for stripers on a recent trip to the Cape. I broke the points off of several hooks and had a couple open up on stripers that were not very large...mid to low twenties. I got many good responses with many hook recommendations. I decided to do some home testing to help me make an informed decision on which hooks to tie on in the future. This was for my own edification, and the testing method is pretty crude, but I think I have the information I need to make my choice. To test the amount of pressure, or weight, required to open each hook (all 1/0), I clamped the hooks upside down in a vise, catching only the front length of the hook; from the point to the beginning of the bend. I tied one end of 40 lb mono to the eye and hooked the other end to a small, lightweight bucket. I then added water to the bucket in 4 oz increments and measured the deflection or bend of the hook with increasing weight, recording the weight at 20, 30 and 45 degrees. It was interesting to note that all of the hooks, after bending to 30 degrees, sprung back to zero if the weight was removed. This surprised me as there have been many times that I've lost fish and checked the hook and thought it looked fine. I may, in fact, have been opening the hook enough to lose the fish, but not enough to put a permanent set in the hook. After a deflection or bend of 45 degrees, all of hooks had a permanent set. I sacrificed two hooks of each model and took the average of the two measurements. Both measurements were, for the most part, very close, within 0.2-0.3 lbs. 20o bend 30o bend 45o bend make model length (mm) gape (mm) (lb) (lb) (lb) Daiichi 2546 35.5 12.0 3.1 5.0 7.3 Tiemco TMC811S 34.8 12.1 2.1 3.7 5.5 Dai Riki 930 34.5 11.5 4.7 7.0 9.9 Mustad S71 SNP-DT 35.2 11.8 3.7 5.7 8.3 Gamakatsu SS15 33.1 11.0 2.9 4.2 6 Gamakatsu S11-3H 34.8 11.2 7.5 10.2 15.8 I also did a subjective test of the “out of the box” sharpness by doing the thumbnail sticky test (four hooks of each model). The two Gamakatsu hooks were the sharpest, the TMC was also quite sharp. The Dai Riki and Daiichi were less so but still OK. The Mustad was the dullest of the lot and would require sharpening before use. No more Mustads for me...I won’t be scrimping on hooks in the future and plan on using Gamakatsu S11-3H hooks from now on. Bruce
  2. Have always wondered about that...I only have nine footers for the salt but have been tempted to buy a 9'6". I'm really interested in what the wisdom of the group will provide...
  3. Mayfly emerger...sparkle dun or sparse parachute. Caddis emerger...tough to beat the LaFontaine series of emergers...
  4. Real Eyes here as well...base of thread, superglue, many x-wraps over the top and then more superglue on top. Then when I flip the fly over to tie in the bucktail under the shank, I put another dollop of super glue on the underside. I use either Zap-A-Gap (preferred) or Krazy glue. Seems to do the trick...
  5. Started with an Orvis guide sling...loved the fit but kept getting stuff wet in the surf. Last year I bought a Patagonia Stormfront sling pack, waterproof, great in the surf, easy to access with a stripping's the bees knees, just love it
  6. Started with an Orvis guide sling...loved the fit but kept getting stuff wet in the surf. Last year I bought a Patagonia Stormfront sling pack, waterproof, great in the surf, easy to access with a stripping's the bees knees, just love it
  7. Thanks gents....never thought of hockey tape. Think I'll give it a try!
  8. The cork on one of my rods had gotten pretty chewed up and I've filled in the holes/gaps so it's smooth and functional but really looks trashed. I'd also like something a little softer to grip....easier on my arthritic hands. Last year I tried a Winn grip over wrap that worked for a while, looked and felt great, but unraveled after a long rainy saltwater session. I've recently seen heatshrink grip tubing that seems OK...anyone have experience with these???
  9. I've been using Loon...always a little tacky. I just put a coat of Hard as nails on top and it solves the problem. Never had yellowing issues.
  10. During your time frame you should see some Hendricksons...may have to go up or down the west and east branch to find them but when you do, the fish are willing. The early season big bugs are much easier to fish than the mid summer sulphurs. Have always found friendly fish around the junction during that time period.
  11. Thanks Chicky, Have a bunch of Zebras tied up and plan to use the tandem rig. Planning to do additional midge patterns as well. Any idea how small I should be tying these?
  12. I'm headed to fish the Watauga and So Holston May 3-10 this spring and am looking for hatch/fly information. Have called several fly shops and have gotten some conflicting answers. One shop mentioned a huge cinnamon caddis hatch during this time, the others had no knowledge of it. Another told me of great invaria emergences...two other ssaid we were too early. So far I've tied a bunch of #16 sulphurs and X-caddis, some #16 split case pheasant tails and some #20 midges. Do anyone have additional info regarding hatches/flies I can expect to see/use? Any help will be greatly appreciated!
  13. West Yellowstone, MT...many, many options from there...
  14. Usually go to the Cape for a week in early June and every few yrs a week in Oct. Usually catch one or two keepers but plan to catch at least a dozen in 2019. Never from the shore but plan to catch at least one in 2019. Have caught several from a boat but hate the boat thing. Always pass on fishing on my feet, the sand under my wading boots, the surf on my legs, the magic of isolated, empty beaches. Nothing better on the planet.
  15. I have the 905 Superfine. My favorite rod for top water fishing to selective trout. Med-slow action with a really soft tip. Great rod for dries, protects fine tippets very well. Not sure it would be so magical for LMB...not a ton of backbone.