Captain Haddock

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About Captain Haddock

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  • About Me:
    Lifelong angler from Blighty (UK), been across the pond for almost 20 years.
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    Plus lover of Herge cartoons (hence Captain Haddock).
  1. My wife works with kids in a school district in the greater Wachusett area, which of course at the moment has additional challenges. There is one kid (17years) who has a special education disability, but is reasonably functional and loves to fish. His mother is able to take him to locations and sit in the car while he fishes by himself. I have a couple of areas I'm investigating: Are there any organized fishing organizations for young people in the area that maybe do group fishing days? (clearly such would have to wait until after the COVID crisis) Anyone have any suggested activities for the kid while he's stuck at home? He's not a fly fisherman so fly tying is not an option. thanks in advance for any thoughts, Haddock
  2. All .. about to purchase yet another set of waders. Previously Ive purchased LLBean goretex stocking foot waders, but they as others have leaked in the surf. Yes I know there are hundreds of similar posts, but just trying to get an up to date poll on the most robust stocking foot waders (or pointers to any new wader technologies). Budget is around $250. Currently the fav seems to be Simms Freestone .. but I'm open just dont want that wet pants feeling after a years use. And yes I always hose down with freshwater after each use. Please no subjective responses. thanks very much, Haddock
  3. Another angle .. based on experiences with regular fly boots and stocking foot waders. My issue with all hiking boot size wading boots in the surf is the amount of sand that gets in and then rubs the tape off the stocking feet (since wader manufacturers are lame and cant make a wader with seamless stocking feet (despite such booties being available)). So my best solution has been to buy an oversize pair of muck boots. The sand has a harder time getting in, they are easy on/off and easy to wash the salt out after a trip. 2 cents
  4. Jun 11th I have to attend a one day conference at Wylie Inn, Beverly. Might someone suggest a local spot for wading/fly fishing in the area for schoolies and/or shad? Not looking for spot burning, just any well known public location that might work (use message if that works for you) Many thanks, Haddock
  5. Any chance you'd be willing to post a step-by-step on these very nice flies?
  6. my go to line also .. other lines I fish with are Wulff TT's of various flavors .. with Rio feel its a line I could cast all day (good match for my rod) and I can chuck some decent sized flies with it
  7. Since its a bit of a drive for me, have new schoolies arrived in the area yet?
  8. Well I found a vendor of seamless neoprene socks in different sizes, now I just need to find a wader manufacturer to put them together! LOL
  9. I am looking for stocking foot waders that have no taped seams in the wader foot. Online I search for seamless stocking foot waders, but everything I seem to find in fact show photos with a taped seam. Do waders actually exist with a 1 piece foot construction? If you know of something please post or PM me. thanks for your attention, Haddock
  10. Whats a good weight for a jig head to bounce off the bottom?
  11. Thanks for the replies guys. Just up for a couple of days with family so no time for freshwater excursions and well aware of striper opps south of Acadia. We will be staying at a friend's in downtown BH. Messin with macks will be just fine! Haddock
  12. Will be in Bah Haabah early next week and wondering about any saltwater FF opps? Not worried about fish size, anything you've got would be helpful I did find refs to harbor pollack and mackerel) .. is it too early for even those hardy guys? thanks, Haddock
  13. I have a Sage 7wt .. but I upped my land rate by about 80% by moving to a softer 5wt and taking my time to land the fish. I found that with the stiffer/heavier 7wt, I lost a lot more fish when they get up on top of the water and tail walk. More than the rod I found the line is important .. a heavily weight forward line really helps in smaller tribs with sheer walls (I think its a RIO specialty line I use).
  14. Fellow SWFFers .. I have to attend a company meeting at Foxwoods on June 6th and am looking for opportunities to FF for stripers in the early morning (just have to get to Foxwoods by 10:30-11:00). Anyone interested in meeting up early morning (weather permitting) at a fishable/wadable location on the shores/estuaries south of Foxwoods to sling a few flies? regards, Haddock
  15. Yeah well they all say their waterproof .. just wondering if folks have practical experience with such backpacks I'm looking for one that can take a real dunking and keep my stuff dry (and salt free!) thanks, Haddock