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  1. Cabela's has them. Search for hook keeper.
  2. Yankeefisherman, If you are using clousers, you may want to try using the oval or Belgian cast. If you have any books on fly casting you can probably find instructions there. You can probably find lots of information on the internet if you try oval cast or Belgian cast. That is the cast I use when I'm using weighted flies like clousers. Good luck and don't give up on saltwater fly fishing. Tim
  3. Fly Time, Sorry to hear about your problem with your fishing elbow. When I first started fly fishing a few years ago, I managed to give myself a very painful case of tennis elbow. As soon as I began to get the basic casts down, I tried to get as much distance as I could with each practice cast. That was sure a recipe for disaster! My tennis elbow got to be so bad that I didn't want to go out and practice my casting since it hurt so much. I was pretty disappointed because I had saved fly fishing for my golden years and I was looking forward to collecting all the gear, tying flies, and fly fishing! I was casting with my right hand and I decided that using my left hand would give me something to practice while I rested my right elbow and gave it time to heal. It was very awkward at first, but each practice session it got a little better with the left hand. Now, I think I throw better loops with my left hand than my right. It's nice to be able to switch from one hand to the other depending on how the wind is blowing. Looking back, I'm now glad that the tennis elbow pushed me in the direction of using my left hand. I just thought that I'd share what worked for me. Wishing you a speedy recovery. Tim
  4. Thaistick, ..... I'm curious. For fly fishing would you prefer the leaning post or the leaning bar with your stand-n-fish? Thanks, Tim
  5. Red lights at night, Fisherman's delight !....
  6. If you google "Cape Cod Shark Hunters", you will see pictures of great whites being tagged around Cape Cod over the last couple of years. They have great pictures from their spotter plane. I bookmarked that site a couple of years ago and view it every once in a while to stay focused and grounded. I try to remember that as soon as I set foot in the ocean, that I just sank a couple of notches on the food chain! I don't hang my feet over the side of my kayak now quite as much as I used to.
  7. I have ordered from the 4 suppliers listed above and would recommend all of them. I also order from Feather Craft Fly Fishing and would recommend them too. Sometimes I am looking for a specific material or special color that is used in a fly recipe and I can't get everything that I need from one supplier, so I have to place orders with several suppliers. If I had to choose which one I like the best, it would be Bear's Den. Their store in Taunton, MA is a great place to visit. I am on Cape Cod in the spring and fall and I try not to miss a visit to the Bear's Den. One of the things that I really like about them is that they ship quickly and they e-mail keeping me up to date on when the order ships. They also only charge the actual shipping cost. If you order from them for the first time the shipping cost might be a little confusing. Your order may say something like $7.75 for shipping, but when they ship out your order they adjust the shipping to the actual cost and charge your credit card at that time. Scott, Sarah, and Amanda are all great folks to deal with. If you are looking for hooks, J. Stockard has a sale going on for January. Tim
  8. Stanb, I think that the "jiggy fly" is the one on the bottom row, far right. It's next to the three "Big Bass Little Eye Fusion Flies." BFD, as you can see, I'm really following your posts! Keep up the inspiring work. It's been a long cold winter so far and I look forward to your posts. Tim
  9. I've been using Tuffleye, Bug-Bond and Sally Hanson's the last few years. I tend to reach for Bug-Bond the most lately, especially when I'm tying surf candies. I keep hearing more and more good things about Liquid Fusion . I picked up a bottle the other day and am anxious to try it soon. I bought the bottle in a craft store. My wife came up with a 40% off coupon at checkout. I was delighted with the discount! I wish I could find discounts like that everyday in the fly tying / fly fishing world! I was in another craft store yesterday and they stocked it also. It is good to know that if I run out, that I can find it locally at several sources. I just thought that I'd share my recent experience with my fellow SOLers in case any of you are not already searching the craft stores for fly tying materials. Tim
  10. robtf, A couple of years ago I bought Skok's blind crab size 6 with orange dumbell eyes to see how it was tied and get a better idea of the materials used. It looks like the underbody was tied with EZee Bug tan and wrapped with a ginger hackle. This past year I was in Bear's Den and bought a size 2 with cream dumbell eyes. The underbody on the most recent one appears to be wrapped with a tan chenille and a tan hackle. The chenille is about 1/8" in diameter. The EZee Bug is more coarse and about 3/8" in diameter than the tan chenille. Feather-Craft was my most recent source for the EZee Bug. They list it under their chenilles and yarns. The legs on the one with orange eyes are barred an orange-pink and black. The one with cream eyes uses orange and black barred legs. I think that most fly shops will have some variation of these. The natural hare's ear magnum cut zonker strip may be 1/4" magnum cut zonker strips from rabbit in the natural color. That is what these flies look like they are constructed with. A couple of years ago, I was looking for this also and I settled on the 1/4" magnum cut rabbit zonker strips in natural. Most fly shops will have this also. If anyone here knows more about natural hare's ear magnum cut zonker strips, I'd be interested in finding out more about it. robtf, I hopes this helps. Tim
  11. Herb, I have been doing pretty much what you are doing, except that I only crush my barbs. As I'm tying my flies, I crush the barbs and check the hooks for sharpness. This makes removing the hooks easier and less traumatic for the fish. The other reason that I do it is that I usually am fishing alone and if I manage to hook myself, I should be able to get the hook out one handed by myself with minimal damage. sidelock, I'm interested in the" ketchum release". How does it do with something like the eyes on clouser minnows or the lip on a gurgler? It looks like this will work for many types of flies while the fish is still in the water without handling the fish and removing the protective slime coat. What has been your experience? Fisheye, I like the simplicity of your idea. It reminds me of when I was a kid and would find the right sized stick, cut a small notch in the end and use that to reach deeply embedded hooks. If memory serves me right, that seemed to work well. Today it seems like I'm not interested in such a simple design unless it is constructed of the latest carbon fibers or titanium and costs more than a good book! Ideally, what I am looking for is something that I can release the fish with while it is still in the water without touching it to preserve it's slime coat. It should work with all designs of flies and work on both shallow and deeply embedded hooks. It should be able to be used on fish with relatively small mouths to fish with lots of sharp teeth. ....It's Christmas!...We can all dream big at Christmas, right? I'm also looking at the "Unhookum", the "ARC Dehooker", the "Rapala Long Reach", and the "Baker's Tools Hookout". Some of these seem like they would work in many situations, but not all. Anyone else have a favorite tool or method of releasing fish that you would like to share? Thanks, Tim
  12. I'm trying to figure out what would be the best tool to carry to remove the occasional really deep hook. I'm looking for something that is suitable for use in saltwater and works well for small fish like scup to larger fish like stripers and blues. I'm looking for something that is quick and efficient and also as gentle as possible on the fish. Is there something special that you carry and would recommend I look into? Thanks, Tim
  13. I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for sharing your wisdom about lines to use for 2H OH casting with this rod. I found some bargains this morning that I couldn't pass up and decided to buy the Outbound 37.5' head Intermediate lines. I bought the 9-12 weights so I could gain the experience of how the rod handled the various weights. When the lines arrive and I have a chance to experiment with them, I'll report back here. With Sage discontinuing the TCX series, there seem to be some pretty good bargains to be found on this rod as dealers are reducing their inventories. Hopefully, this thread will help others who are purchasing this rod to find a good place to start when choosing a line for OH casting. Thanks again everyone, Tim
  14. fkrow, Frank, if you have any Outbound lines in the 9-12 weight range, I'd be very interested to know how you felt about these for OH casting on the Sage TCX 7126. Thanks. Tim
  15. I want to let everyone know that I really value and respect your opinions here. Thank you all for your suggestions. Currently, this is what I'm thinking of doing. I've cast an Outbound Short Intermediate (30' head) in a 9 and 10 weight on the Sage TCX 7126. I like the 10 weight OBS the best on this rod so far but I haven't cast anything heavier yet. I think that I will purchase an Outbound Intermediate 10 weight (38' head) so that I can compare the performance of the different head lengths. I am also curious about all the recommendations using Skagit heads for THOH casting. I'm also considering purchasing the SA Skagit Extreme Intermediate Head (520 grain) with both 10' and 15' Intermediate tips to experiment with. Several of you are using similar set ups and I think I'll start with this weight head and try it for overhead casting. If I find it is heavier than I like then I can use it for practicing spey type casts and get a lighter Skagit head. Esa, thanks for your recommendation of the Scandi head. As I progress with outfitting this rod, I'll probably add A Scandi head to play with. If anyone has any other suggestions, please chime in. I'm probably going to place my order in the next day or two. This looks like a good place to start. Let the adventure begin! fkrow, Frank, I really am interested in what you would recommend since you have this rod and have experience helping people match their rods and lines. Please let me know. Thanks. Thank you everyone for all your help. TIM