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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. 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
  12. In the National Collegiate Poetry Society Competition a few years back, the two finalists were the teams from Harvard and West Virginia. Each team was given the same word and had to compose a poem incorporating the word. The judges would select the winner. The word was "Timbuktu." The Harvard team was to go first. No sooner had they received the word than a young man jumped up and said : Desert skies, azure blue We trekked across the sand dunes on camels, two by two Destination....Timbuktu. The crowd was impressed and gave a hearty round of applause. Next it was time for the West Virginia Team. The Team Captain slowly rose from his seat, shifted nervously from foot to foot, cleared his throat and began: Me and Tim a fishing went We came across some girls, camping in a tent They was three, we was but two I buck one, and Timbuktu.
  13. 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
  14. I'm trying to figure out what would be the best set-up for mostly OH casting on the south side of Cape Cod from the beach. Rio recommends the Outbound 9 wt. line (375 grains) for the Sage TCX 7126. I am thinking of starting with an intermediate line as the first line for this rod. Another option that seems to be recommended is a Skagit head between 520-560 grains. When a tip is added to that, you would be overhead casting in excess of 600 grains. That's quite a difference in payload between 375 and 600+ grains. Do I need to scale back the size of the Skagit head and tip for overhead casting? Should the Outbound line be increased in weight to a 10,11 or 12 weight or add a versitip or a MOW tip to further load the Outbound 9 weight. The more research I do, the more I seem to get confused, since some people are talking about spey casting the Skagit head and not overhead casting. I would sure welcome any advice on what you've found to be the best set-up for overhead casting the Sage TCX 7126. Thanks for the help. TIM
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I spoke with David at Tight Lines today. He said that for 2 hand overhead casting on the beach, that they generally recommend a Skagit setup. If I wasn't going after salmon and steelhead, then an intermediate running line may be the best choice for my saltwater needs. That would be combined with an intermediate Skagit head (510-540 grains) and a 10' intermediate sink tip....After talking to Tight Lines and reading many of your recommendations for similar set ups, I am very interested in this set up. I also called Rio and talked to Chris Anderson there. He also has a Sage TCX 7126. He uses it mainly for spey type casts, but has done some overhead casting with 20' skagit short heads. He said that for overhead casting a skagit line that you should lighten the recommended grain weight of the skagit head used for spey type casting by 75-100 grains. If a skagit head of 520 was recommended for spey type casting, then 420-445 grain weight was probably about right for overhead casting. We started talking about the Outbound lines and he thought a 10 weight (425 grains) would be about right. He thought that the 11 weight might be on the border of beginning to take away some of the lively action of the rod. He said that either an Outbound or an Outbound Short would both be good choices for that rod. After I hung up the phone, I realized that an Outbound line at 425 grains would be lighter than a 425 grain Skagit head set up because of the weight of the tip used with the Skagit Head. If the 11 weight Outbound line might be too much at 465 grains, then the tip for the Skagit Head would weigh even more. I may have to call Chris again for some clarification. I'm bouncing around so much on this that I feel like a tennis ball on center court at Wimbledon this week! Tim
  19. GregPavlov,....Yes Greg, its was in Rio's 2013 Spey Line Recommendations Chart. Also in Rio's Understanding Spey Lines tutorial under Other Style "Spey" Lines, they mention Outbound lines for overhead casting and uplining 1-2 line sizes for 2 hand rods. They also say that the Outbound Short lines with the 30' head are a better choice on shorter spey and switch rods of less than 12'. I've been lawn casting the OBS 9 and 10 weight lines and I like the loading of the 10 weight better. Though I haven't tried an Outbound line with a 38' head yet, it sounds like that may be best for this length (12'6") of rod. From the responses I'm getting, I'm not sure if the Outbound 38' head would be best in a 10 weight (425 grains), an 11 weight (465 grains), or the 12 weight (510 grains). Mike O., I think that I will heed your advice and stay with the Outbound 38' head at this stage in my learning curve. Now I just need to figure which weight to try next. JrzFlyGuy, Thanks for your recommendation. I've seen from other posts that Henry Cowen also uses a 520 grain SA Skagit Extreme Intermediate head on this rod. Have you tried the Outbound 12 weight at 510 grains on your TCX 7126? Thanks, TIM
  20. Thanks guys for all your replies.....WOW!....This is why I've been so confused with all the searches I've been doing. Based on on your responses, the Sage TCX 7126 will handle a large range of line weights. I've only had the rod a couple of days now and until later in the summer , I'll only be able to lawn cast it. I have the OBS intermediate lines in 9 & 10 weight. I've tried both of these and I think I like the 10 weight better so far. These lines only have the 30' heads and for rods 12' and longer it is suggested that the regular Outbound with the 37.5' head may be a better choice....I've been thinking that maybe I would get a Outbound 37.5' head as the next line, but now I'm thinking should it be the 11 or 12 weight since some of you guys are using much heavier weights overhead casting on this rod. Then there is the Skagit setup for overhead and I'd also like to experiment with that. My brain is overloaded for this evening. I think I'd better give it a rest until tomorrow. Thanks, jnicosia, Mike O., Mike Z, and JrzFlyGuy for your help....I sure need it! Tim
  21. Eirik, .....Try Austin Canoe and Kayak in Texas. They list the Captain's Perch on their website and it looks like they ship internationally. I've purchased from them several times here in the USA and they were always very helpful and shipped quickly. There are probably other dealers, but these guys are the only one's that I have experience with and I would not hesitate to recommend them. Tim
  22. A couple of months ago I purchased a reel that had a used shooting head on it. The head is 30' long, light blue in color, with a welded yellow front loop and a welded black back loop. The loops appear to be factory made or else someone did a really great job of constructing them. There was a sticker that said ST 5/6 F on the reel. I've looked at the SA, Wulff, Rio, and Airflo websites and I haven't had any luck yet in figuring out more about this shooting head. Does anyone have an idea as to who may be the manufacturer of this shooting head? Thanks for the help. Tim
  23. Esa, Thanks for your advice on the uses for this line. I think that I'll get a couple of poly leaders and play around with this. I also have a TFO Deer Creek 11' switch rod in a 6 wt. that I might try this on. I recall other posts where you mentioned turning the head around to throw larger flies. I haven't done that before and it will be interesting experimenting with that too. Thanks again Esa for the help. Tim
  24. Finally found it!....Airflo Scandi Compact......That looks like what it is.....Now that I know who makes it, I can call them if necessary. Thanks for taking a look. Tim
  25. I think that these bluefish have had their fill of bait fish and have switched their focus to terns.....a more challenging target!.....Another possibility is that they have been communicating with the asian silver carp that jump so much when they are spooked! Lets hope that these 2 species are never able to interbreed!