bonefishdick

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    East Bridgewater / Sanibel / Born in Maine

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  1. 20 to 28 inches
  2. I have long since settled on a three piece leader that has never failed me. 4 feet of 30 lb mono nail knotted to 2 ft of 25 lb mono with a perfection loop to connect to 4 feet of 20 pound mono of tippet. this set up never failed and the 4 ft tippet allowed for fine tuning to Flouro if Needed for Albies.
  3. The army’s got longer, that happens when you use the eyeball method of stretching many sections butt material
  4. Casting at night should be more about feel than anything, if you think about it casting during the day so also about feel When I fished a lot at night, distance was priority, I felt confident enough that with a nice easy relaxed cast was giving me ample distance, that combined with knowing my target fish that the would be in close to shore using the cover of darkness as protection. All I can say is I did extremely well using that thought process. Trust your instincts and slow everything down and you will be fine .
  5. That is one beautiful cow. You did well on the release, many people like to tape their fish and some don’t care. looking at the pictures there are smome good way of getting a close estimate on the length of the fish that would be close. Just measure the distance between the butt and first striping guide or between the two striping guides. I did the measure using both and I came up with a length of 58 1/2 and 60 inches for what it’s worth. Again well done .
  6. I always like to see kudos for good customer service even if it's for a product I don't use.
  7. I never did fish 10 weight rods that often, my go to rod for over 20 years years was my 9 wt and over that 20 years I used the same line so when I picked up my 10 weight I just felt it was a simple choice to stay with the same line built for a 10 weight, never had any regrets with that decision. Good to seek suggestions but I always go with my own instincts first.
  8. People when first starting making clousers usually make the same mistakes. the first question I have is are you loosing your eyes just as quickly if they are lead or stainless, if the answer is yes then I would say you are not using enough wraps of thread and are using the buck tail to hold the eyes in places. Because the bucktail is so soft it just breaks and the eyes disappear. This is a big problem with commercial ties. when I do my eyes I make a bed of thread with two small pillows with a indent to cradle the eyes and then figure eight the eyes and then wrap under the eyes post style to cinch in the figure eight wraps. Once this is done then I tie in my bucktail behind the eyes and then wrap the bucktail in front of the eyes. At this point I do about 4 post wraps under the eyes. I make all my clousers with synthetics which allows me to use more tensions. hope this helps
  9. Spig, didn't I recently read that you were in the process of downsizing your rod collection. The best laid plans of mice and men as they say,with that being said "I think I would jump on that deal".
  10. Thanks all for the kind words, my wife and I have had cats for 50 years and I am sure my wife is already looking at the rescue sites. Dunkin was a rescue cat, he actually came with a sister who we lost last year.
  11. Mother Nature is the ultimate Boss when it comes to trips, When I was younger I would really get upset because I only had a limited of time each year for trips but I would never speak ill of her with the hopes of better conditions for my next trip. Never did poke the bear. I hope your next trip gets rewarded with fair winds. I admire your tenacity
  12. I guess it has come full circle, as many of you know I would almost close out my posts with a trip to Dunkin Donuts at the end of the day. This is Dunkin and it should be obvious that he was named accordingly. Dunkin was a great cat but I had to put him down yesterday, he also came down with cancer in his throat that made it impossible to eat, he was 14 years old and had a great life and will be missed by the entire family.
  13. Mine will go to my son’s library which is already far more extensive than mine.
  14. Brian, I know this was just you third time doing a trout trip. Sarah like me most likely grew up on trout and converted to the salt. What I find now is if I am on a trout stream I don’t even think about salt water fishing and now that you have experienced both my suspicion is the same for you as well. What I do find now when on the salt and I catch a fish is I admire the fish but more for the size while when I am fresh water fishing I admire the fish from a they look like like a jewel perspective. This is a great post and the photos capture the jewel aspect of fresh water fishing. It normally doesn’t take long to read the text of a post but when you find you spend a long time studying each individual picture you know what a truely good post is.
  15. If you’re going to be here for 6 months is only half the story, the other question is how much actual time will you be fishing. I have a friend who uses a cheap pair of Bass Pro flats boots when he is fishing sandy beaches with his stocking foot waders, he brought his waders to BP to make sure he got a pair that would fit properly. I think that is what I would do, surprisingly they cost about the same of a crocs. Just a thought, good luck on your search.