flyfishvt

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. West Yellowstone, MT...many, many options from there...
  6. 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 it...love 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Two of the best:. Trout Magic and Trout Madness by Robert Traver, aka John Voelker.
  9. I never saw those magical days of big fish from the shore with a fly rod. Only started fishing the salt with a fly rod ~10 yrs ago and only seriously for the past six. Each year, during our June trip to the Cape, we catch tons and tons of smaller fish...like mid-teens to mid-20's...rarely anything larger. For a long time I really thought that was the deal with fly rodding from the shore on the Cape. Sure, occasionally you might luck into a large fish, but mostly, it's smaller fish. In a way, I'm glad I missed out on those glory days as I've never known anything better than the current state of striper fishing. However, I keep thinking that NEXT YEAR these smaller fish will be larger and we'll start to catch larger classes of fish, but it never materializes. I don't understand what happens to all of these smaller fish and why we don't see the larger classes of fish as they grow. When they get larger are they mostly offshore? Caught and killed? What gives?
  10. Not a fan of the Recon... in my hands, it's not enough backbone for windy conditions. Prefer TFO's BVK for a mid-priced rod.
  11. Best wishes, Dick. Hope you heal quickly and get back on the water soon.
  12. As a side note to this post, we've recently been doing quite a bit of trout fishing in VT and NH. One spot in particular has had a ton of #16 caddis and an X-caddis tied in this size has been the ticket. Most of the flies were originally tied on TMC 100's. We had many, many hook failures on trout that were not that huge...hooks just opened up. Since we switched back to the old reliable Mustad 94840's we haven't had any hooks open up. Guess Mustad still makes their trout hooks pretty well. Really surprised at the failure of the TMC hooks...they used to be very reliable.
  13. 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
  14. Hmm...anything's possible but I think that's highly unlikely. First, it wasn't an InTouch..it was an older model. Second,I stripped that line off the reel several times (once I actually respooled from a second story window to get all the twist out!), stretched it many, many times. Also have had many other lines that didn't coil like that. I'm glad that you are satisfied with your line.....Maybe Rio has figured out a solution with the InTouch, but they still won't be getting my hard-earned dollars. It was a lousy line and worse customer service. I called several times and all they could tell me was to stretch it more often. I've since bought Airflo, Orvis and Cortland lines for my salty fishing and have been much happier.