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  1. I've just purchased a stocking foot wader and now I need to find a pair of wading boots. My normal street size shoe is usually a size 14 or 15. These will be used mostly in salt water, so I would prefer rubber soles and a fastening system that won't corrode from the salt. I have tried on a pair of Korkers in a size 15, but they were too small. Korkers says you should go up 1 size to get the right fit, so I guess I need a size 16 which they don't make. Do any of you have any suggestions of a supplier of good quality wading boots with rubber soles for salt water use in a size 15 or 16? Thanks TIM
  2. Gilbey,.......Thanks for posting such detailed instructions on tying the Snake Fly. I was inspired by your post and tied 2 of them the other day in blurple. This was my first attempt at spinning deer hair. They were fun to make and I intend to experiment with some other colors over the next few weeks. I went to the hardware store today to purchase some Liquid Nails to glue the eyes on with. I didn't buy any because I wasn't sure which one was the best for this application. I went to the web site and Liquid nails makes a Clear Small Projects Silicone Adhesive (LN-207) that has a silicone pre-polymer base. They also make a Clear Small Projects Adhesive (LN-275) that has a synthetic rubber base. Which one do you recommend for gluing on the eyes? Thanks. TIM
  3. If you were going to be fishing Cape Cod from the shore between Woods Hole and Falmouth in May/June and in Sept./Oct. for stripers and blues, what weight fly rod would you choose?.....If you were going to take along a second fly rod, what weight would you prefer for that one?
  4. This isn't a fishing video, but i wanted to share it with all my friends here on SOL.......Enjoy....." target="_blank"> TIM
  5. Do any of you use Clouser Madtoms for stripers? After seeing sea robins in the stomach contents of stripers here on SOL, and observing gobies in the Chesapeake last Fall, I tied up a few in various colors. I guess my plan is to fish them slowly on the bottom from the shore when it's fairly calm. Have any of you used them or do you have a favorite pattern that you like better? I've also tied some Dave Skok's Blind Crabs and some Corbina Crushers ( Surfin' Merkins ) to use to imitate crabs and mole crabs. Have you had any success using these flies? I've seen some beautiful crab imitations in the Fly Tying Forum here, and I would like to tie some of them in the future. I do have the materials on hand for some Del Brown's Permit Flies and I may tie up a couple of them before I get to Cape Cod. Would an intermediate line work well with these flies when fishing up to 4' of fairly calm water and fishing from the shore? Is a heavier sinking line or a sink tip a better choice? If the wave action picks up a bit, would an intermediate line still work OK in water as shallow as up to 4' or would it be better to switch to a heavier line? Thanks for the help. TIM
  6. One morning the husband returns after several hours of fishing and decides to take a nap. Although not familiar with the lake, the wife decides to take the boat out. She motors out a short distance, anchors, and reads her book. Along comes a Game Warden in his boat. He pulls up alongside the woman and says, "Good morning, Ma'am. What are you doing?" "Reading a book," she replies, (thinking, "Isn't that obvious?") "You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her "I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading." "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up." "For reading a book," she replies. "You're in a Restricted Fishing Area," he informs her again. "I'm sorry, officer, but I'm not fishing. I'm reading" "Yes, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment. I'll have to take you in and write you up." "If you do that, I'll have to charge you with sexual assault," says the woman. "But I haven't even touched you," says the game warden. "That's true, but you have all the equipment. For all I know you could start at any moment." "Have a nice day ma'am," and he left. MORAL: Never argue with a woman who reads. It's likely she can also think.
  7. I'm going to be in the Wood's Hole/Falmouth area of Cape Cod and I'm interested in recommendations on your favorite Fly Fishing Shops to visit within a reasonable driving distance of maybe 1-1/2 - 2 hours. Actually it doesn't have to be exclusively a Fly Fishing Shop. I find it very difficult to drive by any Fishing Store without stopping! Thanks. TIM
  8. Beautiful flies saltydog.......I've seen custom rod wrappings that didn't look as beautiful as the wrapping on the hook shank of that red beauty! TIM
  9. Tidewaterfly, I'm glad to hear that you really like the furled leaders. I decided to give them a try and ordered a couple early last week. They should be here any day now. I'm anxious to give them a try. Jim, what is your preferred loop for attaching your tippet to the furled leader? Thanks, TIM
  10. Thanks Herb for taking the time to post the pictures. Your flies look great! I think that the Ray's flies that I tied are sparse enough, but my Clousers are a lot bulkier than yours. I'll lighten up a bit on the next Clousers that I tie. I really like your eels in the bottom picture. I haven't tied any like that yet, but I'll be sure to put some together before I hit the Cape. Do you ever make those with rabbit zonker strips? I may try some like that also. Seeing your pictures and how sparse your Clousers are tied really is a big help. Thanks again. TIM
  11. Albacized, The area where I have been fishing is the beach with jetties every couple hundred yards. The jetties may extend out into the water about 75' or more. Most of the jetties are posted as private property, so except for a relative's jetty, I just fish from the beach. I do have visions of a kayak in the future! I have to say, I don't fully understand what line is best for a given situation. As I mentioned in one of the posts above, I have an 8 wt. floater and intermediate. It sounds like with an 8 wt. fairly stiff fly rod, I could up-line with a 9 wt. line and get a little better penetration into the wind. When the wind picks up, the waves pick up, and the seaweed kicks up, so what type of line would be ideal then?
  12. All these suggestions are great for making the workspace a more ergonomic environment. Several of your suggestions were to put the bobbin down and back away from the table! That's exactly what I need to do. The problem arises when I'm focused and really enjoying what I'm doing. It can be at the fly tying vise or at the computer like right now. A couple of hours can easily just slip by and I"m still sitting here. I once saw a video by Dr. Janet Travell in which she said to set a kitchen timer if you are doing some kind of sedentary activity. I think she said to set the timer for 20 or 30 minutes and when it goes off, get up and take a break and move around before returning to your reading, computer, or fly tying......When you return to your favorite activity, don't forget to reset the timer!.......OK, so now it's time for me to get up, move around, give my wife a big hug, and tell her how I couldn't live without her.......and.... I think I may need a new 9 or 10 wt. fly rod by next Fall! We'll see if Dr. Travell's idea has any real merit! TIM
  13. Herb, Thank you for your generous offer to share some of your sand eel flies. I've spent many fun filled hours lately at my fly tying bench. I've tied up some Ray's Flies and Clouser Minnows that should work pretty well as sand eel imitations. I should be pretty well set now as far as sand eel imitations go. If you have a favorite pattern that works well for you, then I'd really like to hear about it. I really appreciate your recommendation about the 9 wt. Wulff Saltwater MonoClear line. I wasn't familiar with that line but now I've got my eye on it. I see that Bear's Den stocks it and I plan on going there when I'm in the Cape. Thanks again, Herb. TIM
  14. Thank you albacized, theshadow, flysully, pantherm, JEFFSOD, Mike Oliver, and greenie for all your recommendations. I'll see how many of these shops I can visit while I'm up there in May/June. From all the good things I've heard here on SOL about Bear's Den, I definately have to get there at least once! I've been to Eastman's and Falmouth Bait and Tackle. When we're out running errands, I usually stop in there a couple of times a week when we're on the Cape. Last May, I stopped by Falmouth Bait and Tackle and I heard a couple of guys speaking with an English accent. Though I wasn't a member of SOL then, I had been following posts here and knew that Mike Oliver was fishing over here on this side of the pond. I walked up to one of these guys and said: " You wouldn't happen to be Mike Oliver would you?".......The surprised look on his face.....priceless.....One of his friends said something like: " Here's one for the record books Mike!".....So, Mike Oliver holds the distinction of being the first SOL'ER that I met in person. It was really nice to meet you Mike! Thanks again everyone for all your recommendations. TIM
  15. I really appreciate all your responses to this thread....Thank you!...I bought my 1st, and so far only, fly rod this time last year. It's a TFO TiCr 9', 8 weight rod. I did use it a little last May/June on the Cape and caught my first two fish on a fly rod. I wasn't very comfortable using it and so I used my spinning gear for most of my fishing there. Since then I've done a lot of lawn casting and my comfort level with the fly rod has improved dramatically. I'm really ready to get on the water and start fishing now! My reason for starting this thread was that due to my inexperience and not being able to fish those conditions in the Cape until May, I don't know if I have the right tool for the job. After reading your comments here, it sounds like my 8 wt. may be OK as long as the flies are not too bulky and it is not too windy. The TFO TiCr seems to me to have a pretty fast action, but I don't have much experience casting other rods to know for sure. The lines that I have so far are a SA Mastery GPX 8 wt. floating and the SA Mastery Striped Bass Taper 8 wt., 1.25-1.75 ips sink rate. Are these lines suitable for fishing the Cape from the shore? Are there other lines that would be better for Cape conditions with an 8 wt. rod? Would another type of line allow me to cast bulkier flies or in more windy conditions?...I've been following the threads here on the new Rio Outbound Short line with a great deal of interest. Would a shooting head like that be a good addition? From many of your posts, it sounds like I maybe under gunned with an 8 weight. It sounds like a 9 wt. or maybe even a 10 wt. should be my next purchase. I don't think I'm going to buy another rod before the May trip, but I may have to seriously consider it before next Fall. I'm sure you all know already and my wife is just beginning to realize that this fly rod is only the very beginning of an extensive fly rod collection!
  16. WOW Sea Tea!......Works of art and you can fish with them!....Beautiful.... TIM
  17. I've been using Sally Hansen's Hard as Nails to coat epoxy and Tuffleye. When I first open the bottle it goes on thin and gives a nice smooth shiny finish. As I use more and more of it, it becomes thicker and thicker. When it gets down to the last 1/2" in the bottle it gets so thick that little whispy threads begin to form in it and it doesn't flow as nice as I would like. I checked with the "Chief Nail Polish User of the Household" and she said that she just gets a new bottle when it gets to that state. I tried adding some of her nail polish remover to the bottle, but that didn't work too well. It actually clouded the nail polish, so I threw it away. Is there something that you add to it that keeps it flowing smoothly for a longer time.....I think that the relationship that Sally and I have needs a little something to keep it fresh and flowing smoothly....Any suggestions?....Except for trying Dear Abby! Thanks, TIM
  18. Now that's what I call the perfect man cave!.... Great job!.... Just curious, did you put all those buck tails to good use? TIM
  19. Chris, This may only encourage your fetish, but have you also looked at the Anvil Slimline Long Reach Straight Scissors? One blade is micro serrated and the other is a little thinner. When I orient the thinner blade towards what I'm cutting, I can get a closer cut with those than with my Anvil Ultimates. I don't keep scissors in my hand all the time while I'm tying, so I mark one side of those scissors so when I pick them up I can tell at a glance which side is thicker and which one is thinner. One caution, if you're tying with mono, don't whip finish, pull real hard stretching the mono and then cut it real close. Often the whip finish will unravel. I've been doing two whip finishes, not stretching the 2nd one too much and leaving a little bit of a tag end. That has been working better for me. Now, for satisfying my own need for more fly tying tools, those Anvil Quick Snips are looking ever so nice!.....I may have to get me some of them!.. TIM
  20. I'm back in love with Sally Hansen! When I gave the tired old Sally some liquid refreshments (acetone in this case) she perked right up and started acting all young and fresh once again!....Thanks everyone for all your helpful suggestions. I added 8 drops to the bottle that had about 1/2" left in it. I tried it out on some Tuffleye and it went on smoothly. It's still more viscous than the new bottle that I just opened up this morning, but it's working fine. I may thin it a little more later. Peregrines,I've saved your post to refer back to in case I need to tinker with any of the adhesives. That was very informative and timely. I'm getting a little low on Flexament and I have a bottle of Flexament Thinner. I may just see if I can find some Goop in a tube and experiment a little. The label on Flexament Thinner doesn't say what it is. Based on Rogerstg's post I guess it's xylene. Does anyone know if that's the case? Thanks again everyone for all your help. All this good information is even better than I had hoped for. Thanks, TIM
  21. What bobbins are your favorites for tying saltwater flies?......Standard size or the longer ones?.......Metal tubes, ceramic tubes, ceramic inserts, titanium inserts?.....Rite bobbins?.......What one do you like the best besides the one that already has the thread you want to use on it?! Thanks, TIM
  22. I have a couple of the Rite Cermag Bobbins and I like them. They cost about twice as much as some of the other bobbins I have and I'm not sure I like them twice as much, but they are nice bobbins. It is a little more time consuming to change the thread with these, so I tend to leave the thread I use the most on them. I have an ecclectic mix of other bobbins.....a Tiemco with a ceramic tube, a couple of Matarelli's and 2 Dr. Slicks 4" with ceramic inserts that I just purchased. Actually, I like all of these too. I'm thinking of getting another couple of bobbins that are a little longer. I may get the Dr. Slick 4-3/4" ones with either the ceramic inserts or the titanium inserts. Has anyone tried the titanium inserts? They are more expensive. I'm not sure that there would be any advantage to them over the ceramic other than they might not break if they were dropped. Any thoughts on this? Also, are there any advantages of ceramic tubes over ceramic inserts? Thanks, TIM
  23. Do single rear hooks have to be siwash hooks? Is the shape so critical? I have some Mustad C68S stainless steel hooks on hand. Would they work OK for replacing rear treble hooks? They are 2x heavy and 2x short. The lures already have split rings on them, so I would probably use split rings. I searched here and found alot of information on replacing rear trebles on larger plugs, but I'm interested in replacing the hooks on smaller lures like Yozuri Crystal Minnows (3/16-3/8 oz.),small poppers, and Walk-the-Dog type of lures. What size hooks would you use for these little guys? Thanks, TIM
  24. Thanks everyone for your input.Finchaser, I appreciate your endorsement of the Mustad C68S SS hooks. I'm glad to hear that they're working for you. I think that I'll try using them, since I have them already and they can do double duty for fly tying and replacement hooks. I've been hearing good things in the Fly Tying Forum about the Eagle Claw 254 hooks in both the stainless steel and the lighter seaguard finish. I'll probably wind up getting some of these to try eventually also. Thanks cgg, for the tip about the eyes being larger on the EC 254's. If I run into a problem with the hook not swinging freely enough on the split rings, now I know the solution. In searching other threads here on replacing rear treble hooks with siwash hooks, some guys said that they had a problem sometimes when a striper hit the front treble hook and then the single rear siwash hook would hook them deeply in the body. The single hook had a larger gap than the treble hooks and was hooking the fish deeper and injuring it more for catch and release. It was interesting to me that whalerguy and billthe5th are using circle and octopus hooks. That sounds like a great idea and may reduce the chance that the fish would be body hooked with the rear hook. Is that what you guys have found? I have some Mustad C71S SS circle hooks and I will probably experiment with them also. Thanks again, TIM
  25. Do any of you use circle hooks on your striper flies? Last winter I tied a couple dozen flies on circle hooks, but I didn't try them out on the stripers yet. I was wondering if you used them and are there certain types of flies to which you felt they were better suited. Thanks. TIM