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  1. So far the beach fishing has been slow at the north end of Longboat Key. Last year this fish was taken April 4th along with a couple others.
  2. These are the reels I started out with, all have been retired except for the 1492, which I still use on my bamboo rod for trout.
  3. If it were my wife or lady friend, I would recommend a TFO Mangrove 8 weight paired with an Airflow Coldwater Striper blue intermediate 8 weight line. This is not a heavy rod and is very forgiving for a beginner. As for a reel I think that any inexpensive reel with a moderate drag will do the trick, even a Pfleuger which will do the trick if rinsed after each use, at least for the first couple of years to see if she really likes to flyfish. An outfit like this will probably run about $225 if you play the sales and shop around. I would also consider good used equipment that would be more than adequate. I would not compromise on the line however. I agree with Esa, a 9 or 10 weight would be too much for a lady, especially a beginner.
  4. Would you care to share the guides name?
  5. Hey Hook, Thanks for the report. I was wondering what was going on in the Bay. I am leaving this coming Tuesday, and looking forward to getting out of New England. Still hoping we can connect at some time this winter.
  6. Saltfisherman, Where are you located?
  7. Hey Oakman, what are you sailing on an where? My last boat was a. Cabo Rico 38 we sailed Maine to New York. Great comment but today there's too much dependence on electronics. When. I started sailing you had to do Dead Reckoning for navigating.
  8. Saltfisherman, Glad you finally are able to get out and catch something. You spent a lot of time putting out a great deal of information on this forum regarding the red tide, and you now deserve to enjoy nature as it should be. Thanks
  9. Dick, I just reviewed the pictures taken of your beach in 2012, and guess what, the beach looks like it does in 2018, no structure. It took 4 years until 2016 for that structure to form. So if winter storms or storms in general remain the same as in the past, we may not see that same structure or any type of structure return for another 3 to 4 years. I think your right we may have to find new beaches with structure. I looked on Google at beaches further east along the same coast and found little structure as we had for the last couple years at Bonefish Beach. There is some structure, of a different types, but not like those bowls we had. Also some of these beaches are like you said not easily accessible.
  10. Of course my favorite picture of the year would have to be the one of the largest Snook I have caught to date, taken on Longboat Key in Florida. I never get tired of catching native Brooktrout regardless of size.
  11. Heading to Florida on Nov 27th for the winter. Usually fly fish the beaches on the Gulf side of Anna Marie Island south to Sarasota. Has anyone had any action for Snook on those beaches lately, or have they started to migrate into the rivers for the winter? Thanks in advance.
  12. Try Harrison Anglers.
  13. Just a few more pictures from today's adventure. The casting stroke remains. The Bonito were small, but the tug was the drug.
  14. Beautiful fish, but what is SF?
  15. Hey saltfisherman, Thanks for your reports, did that storm that just went thru have any impact on the conditions down there??
  16. Yes in Florida
  18. I spend 5 months in the Tampa Bay area in the winter and have been quite concerned with what has happened south of there. I came across this video which precisely sums up what is going on regarding the Everglades. I thought it was concise and to the point in explaining what the problem is. I have no dog in this fight, but to date never knew who was at fault, and am unsure of the information's accuracy. https://www.wtsp.com/video/news/what-does-big-sugar-have-to-do-with-floridas-red-tide/67-8232133
  19. Being provoked by a friend to search and find an island beach on my own, that holds Snook, then actually fishing it and being successful, hooking on a fly what may be the largest Snook I may ever catch. At least till next year I hope. It was very fulfilling to do this all on my own with the help of Google Earth, and a little push from my good friend.
  20. Kinigit, Sorry for the delay, I was fishing all day yesterday. I will take the TFO Hayden 1 for $110.00. I may have your info from our last dealing, but you better update me via PM. Thanks MJM
  21. Your up early, waiting for Stan to go to the Swift.
  22. Kinigit, I respectfully offer $100.00 for the TFO Hayden 1. Via Paypal
  23. Hey Kinigit, What is the difference between the NSI and the I Hayden reels. All I can come up with is the NSI is a wide arbor, is this correct?
  24. Hey Dick, I have never seen you use a wading staff, but perhaps this would at least be the time to think about using one. Maybe to just help keep you balanced if you slip on something in the water. MJM
  25. Yesterday my friend Stan and I were able to visit Bonefish Dick at the rehab facility he is currently at. Not exactly knowing what to expect, we were pleasantly surprised to find him looking terrific, and having a very positive attitude. We brought him some magazines to keep his mind occupied with his love of fly fishing, and the hour and a half spent with him, was filled with talk of fishing. Dick communicates using an e writer. He even made some wise ass comments, and was able to smile a little. He still has a tough road ahead but is in extremely good spirits, thanks to everyone of his well wishers on SOL , his family, and friends here at home. Hopes are that he will be in rehab another week, then he will go home. I asked him if I could post a picture of him on this forum and he agreed, so here it is. .