No Bull S

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  1. You probably don't have to set THAT hard with a no.10 hook, but you still have to set! I must say I really don't use many small, thin wire hooks for my streamers. Even for trout.
  2. One thing I've learned in streamer fishing both salt and fresh is to SET THE HOOK! I do it harder than most and usually multiple times. Put it to those fish when using steamers. Don't use tippet too light if you can and don't let it bother you if you pop a few off. You'll end up hooking and landing a lot more this way. I lost too many fish after the strike at the beginning so I learned to jab and pull real good. And remember, no matter WHAT you do you're going to drop some. You can also experiment with the "popper" strike. Capt. Joe LeClair taught me this. After the fish takes the "popper" (for you fly) pull on that line with a straight constant static pull with the rod bent heavily. Take the stretch out of the line and hold this. Works like a charm with poppers, and on tarpon too! With poonies I oftimes don't use much or any rod bend. Mark
  3. If he REALLY has the interest I would put a fly rod in his hands now. You teach him to use it. Instruct him often when you're practicing or fishing. See how he gets it or doesn't get it and proceed from there. If he can consistently pay attention, listen, and learn (adjust) you'll be there. It'll happen or not happen. If it doesn't you (and he) still have a lot of time.
  4. My friend Jay Bobowitz first explained to me, in the late 80's, why a much shorter fly rod would be better for boat fishing. How standard rods (which were long) were originally designed for trout and salmon fishing, wading, and mending, and that boat fishing had it's own specific needs - and that the time had more than come! When I became casting columnist for Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine (defunct now for years) in 1995 I essentially got access to all rod companies and their rod makers. This allowed me to pursue a practical short rod and experiment! I asked all around and the guy who was most in tune with what I was looking for was Kenny Karmen of Biscayne Rods in Miami. He told me that his grandfather had built 6 ft. fly rods for sailfish in the 60's. He built me 2 rods (specifically designed for what I wanted for my Northeast boat fishing needs) in the mid 90's (both one piece, FAST action and powerful - all short rods I'd heard of or seen before this had been SLOW and exactly what I DIDN'T want!). A 7 and a 7 1/2 footer. Both for applying max pressure on a 15 lb. tippet also. I found that a 10 wt. (for the 7 ') and a 12 wt. fly line (for the 7 1/2) worked well. I used these two rods exclusively for two seasons for all my northeast saltwater fishing. They casted well and fished REAL well. The reason I went back to 9 ft. rods is that I found a very few 9 footers that casted better, and I liked that. No one would continually experiment on short rods anyway. Aside from Ken, no one would even start. Then I went on the Scott Fly Rod Pro staff so I stayed with their rods. They wouldn't build me a short rod later on either. So I put it on hold. So even later on (2015?) Capt. Ian Devlin and Steve Rajeff came along and allowed me to resurrect the old short rod concept. Hence G. Loomis Shortsticks. Mark
  5. I never got to field test the Loomis Shortstick ( I know it's surprising) the way I wanted to. In fact I didn't get to field test it at all! But recently I've been able to put it through some great and at times pretty rough fishing. Lots of big False Albacore, Blackfin Tuna, Cobia, and muchos big bluefish in shallow water too. Here's what I have to say. Shouldn't have discontinued this rod. But of course they did! This is because of the universal axiom in fly fishing which states: If you find an article of fly fishing tackle (or related) that you like, and it is REALLY good, buy a few of them because the better it is, the shorter the time it'll be available. This has been proven to me again and again! I've used the 10/11 and the 11/12 models lately. First off, the shorter rod (7 1/2 ft.) fights the fish faster, easier, and better than the 9 footer. NO QUESTION. That shorter lever makes a big and very noticeable difference. Add shortening the lever even more (like pointing the rod at the fish or having it mostly horizontal when pulling) and you simply kick A with that fightn' combination. Shorter rod and a fly line to pull through the water tires fish faster than even a spinning rod! You can just about hear the fish crying "uncle" through the bubbles. You even shorten the rod (and lever) more by using your hand on the extended foregrip provided on the rod! It makes a difference. Was asked if I thought these would be good fighting tarpon and I didn't know. Now I can say I think they will do a great job fighting them. And probably fishing them too. But I still have to try on tarpon. I have to see how they are with the repeated pick up and cast scenario common to the poonie game. The rods cast great in a boat, store great, feel so light. I almost got to the point asking why you would even WANT to use a 9 footer in a boat anyway?! Such disadvantages! Note: If you have a 9 footer and it CASTS GREAT, then why stop using it? Rods that cast great for YOU personally are SO hard to come by regardless of length. I should know, I've had to work my way through what seems like millions to find the few I really like (and have liked - may those fine rods and their wonderful memories rest in peace!) These two Shortsticks cast better than the VAST majority of rods I've casted for their line weights. And if I wanted to cast using mostly my wrist, these rods will excel! Try doing that with any of your rods! I don't know about you, but I certainly know of a few casters out there who might be using "just a little too much" wrist. Or maybe thousands! Good Casting, Mark
  6. The first flies I saw for pike made all or mostly with flash were from Scandinavia and they were sent to me from a tyer in Sweden in the late 90's. In the early 90's American pike flies were made of rabbit. I had flash flies from the Howe's, had tied the Flashiceiver as a result of those, had written an article about flash flies in Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine about the Howes and flash flies, and was thinking flash flies would probably do great on pike (like the old time spoon maybe?), way better then rabbit flies, and couldn't understand why these weren't popular (let alone even EXISTED) for pike in North America. Hadn't fished for pike with flies yet too. Up to this time had only used flash flies for Northeast saltwater fish and freshwater trout. The Howe's had used them for many species. After this, with some research, I contacted a tyer in Sweden or he contacted me, I don't remember which, and he sent me some of his flies. Loved them. Even after all this and that, flash flies just took SO long to catch on here for pike.
  7. Jabster, those are REALLY beautiful flies! Man, will they take pike! The bottom fly of those three is essentially an elaborate Flashiceiver (or looks very much like it, but more aesthetic) and the orange one above is even more elaborate. Those flies will take many species of fish in salt and freshwater! Those bottom two will also be incredible squid flies for stripers as is the Flashiceiver!
  8. Yes I taper it. Pull it into a taper with my fingers. Learned about tapering flash from Bill and Kate Howe.
  9. I'll be giving a fly casting seminar at the Bears Den in Taunton, MA on Saturday June 1 from 1-5 PM. I'll improve your casting quickly, work within your style, have you make, at most, three small, easy to make changes, which will most likely result in dramatic improvements! You'll have some time to burn it into your muscle memory as well! The road to great fishing success couldn't be easier. It's wonderful to be at the Bears Den again! Mark
  10. If you want to cast better at night OR in the day you have to PRACTICE your fly casting! Almost every fly fisherman DOES NOT do this. Seems like they want to chat their way to better fly casting. Doesn't work. You really have to do it again and again and build that good stuff into your muscle memory. Do it enough and you WILL cast well at night. Now, besides the practice you have to fish at night too. And do that a lot of it if you can. Same for the day. Gotta do your practicing AND your fishing to become a good fishing fly caster! It takes time and effort, and you may not perform well quickly. Have some patience and you will get there. You have to put in the time. Mark
  11. A Rabbit Strip Jiggy. A Bob Popovics fly. It's a 2 1/2 inch piece of Zonker strip impaled on a #8 or #6 nymph hook with a big tungstun bead at the head. Color is your choice although I like dark brown for bluegill and black bass. It's actually one of the greatest streamers of all time. Don't believe me? Try it! Haven't thought about Wooly Buggers in decades.
  12. My favorite pike fly by far is the Flashiceiver. Easy to tie too! Instead of the feathers (in a Deceiver) you tie in REGULAR (NOT the wide "saltwater" stuff) pearl flashabou. Tie in a very modest clump of bucktail down in the back before you lay the flash onto it. If you want to put a little flash on the flanks do so. Clump of bucktail on top and bottom in front and that's it! Tie in a weighted eye or use the fly without. Tie eye in on BEND and hook point side! NOT like a Clouser! Better action! I like the fly 9 or 10 inches long. It casts incredibly! This is AN EXCEPTIONAL fly for many species of fish. Awesome for pike. It's also perhaps my favorite "search fly" for Northeast saltwater. The fly IS THAT GOOD! Casts so well its stupid! If you don't put too much material in, the fly collapses when wet to an extremely thin shape. All you need is a 3/0 or 2/0 saltwater hook in there. I used to call it the "easy casting big fly" and would do casting demonstrations with a 10 inch Flashiceiver. I'd first dunk the fly in a glass of water, then take an outfit with a 4 weight floating line, and cast that fly the entire length of the fly line! I'd hear gasps from the audience! It was the FLY and how EASY it was to throw!
  13. I love the Golden Gate Casting Club and have been there a number of times. Mostly when I've been out in the Bay Area doing the ISE and The Fly Fishing Shows, but also when I've been out there just fishing. I've done fly casting demonstrations at the Club. One time they had a big lunch for me at the Club House and then after I went out to do a demo on the ponds. It was great meeting many of the members and the comraderie was great. I had a great time and was treated very well. The fly fishermen in the Bay Area know each other well and have a "club like" group relationship like no other group of fly fishers in the Country. They "do" things together besides the fishing and club meetings, often having dinner at someone's house, or at a restaurant where many come to meet, eat, and socialize. It's a very, very nice thing! I wish we had something like that in the NY Area. Mark Sedotti
  14. What a wonderful fish! Congratulations! It's awesome that you got good photos and released the fish in good shape!
  15. What is a big fish? I'm told it works well for tarpon. I haven't fished for tuna or tarpon with it so I don't know. M.S.