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  1. Flyfishing

    You are right: each year we are seeing them in spots we never saw them before. That may be due in part to the pressure of the sheer number of them now, forcing them to expand out or maybe, in some cases such as close in in shallow water along the outer beaches, to avoid contact with sharks. Who knows... I don't really see much of a solution other than universal forced catch-and-release and even that might not be enough. Striped bass have clearly been around for a very long time in spite of seals, so there must have been some sort of natural balance (tho maybe a constant pattern of increase-decline) which we upset in a number of ways. It is likely untenable to absolutely protect seals without doing the same for striped bass (that's in spite of seals eating a lot of other fish as well). Yep. It can also be very startling in the daytime. I was standing in about 2 feet of dead-calm water on Pleasant Bay very early one gray morning, a few days after someone told me about a shark siting in the Bay, when a harbor seal suddenly popped up no more than 10-15 feet from me. We saw each other; I jumped (my heart much more than the rest of me) and it dove. It popped back up about half a minute later, now at least 40 feet from me, with a small bass in its mouth. It looked at me for a second, maybe to say "this is how you do it," before it went back under and swam off.
  2. Flyfishing

    I think that if the hook is debarred, it's early in the fight and you let the fish run, there is at least some reasonable chance that the fish will come free from the fly and escape.
  3. Flyfishing

    If it wasn't for "environmental clowns," there would be very little fishing anywhere.
  4. I personally would appreciate seeing this. The more recent "pages" in this thread have been very interesting!!
  5. The several other Tight Lines recommendations that I've seen also seemed on the high side.
  6. The problem with tailing loops, mine, at least, is that they tend to create knots in leaders and tippets. This could cause the obvious problem if the fly ends up in the face of a decent-sized fish. For me, there are two options: worry about tailing loops or constantly be checking my leader for knots and dealing with them when I find them.
  7. I have the older 9/10 Beulah and I agree: the heaviest line that I felt comfortable using it with is Beulah's 500g Serum line. I feel that the tip is softer than it could have been.
  8. They are pretty solid and when something goes wrong, the company fixes them no questions asked for a $25 shipping and handling charge. And they handle Lake Ontario kings just fine (at least in the condition they are in by the time they're running the rivers. I'm not sure what would happen if you got into one in open water on the lake in June, for instance).
  9. Doesn't your Ridge Line have a longer head than the Rio?
  10. For anyone interested, Simms's Freestone waders have zippers this year (this season?). Simms seems to have problems on settling on which waders they should include zippers (my vote is for most of them!)
  11. Only one line? My default line used to be an intermediate but for the past 3 years it's been a floater. I think that a floater works better in short to moderate surf (3-4 ft) than an intermediate. Also, I fish poppers a lot of the time when conditions allow, so having the floater on makes it easier to switch from a streamer (almost always weighted) to a popper and back again. But I do use other lines as well, usually sinkers or sink tips.
  12. One factor that I think excacerbates this is money and technology: a lot more people have much more capable boats, a lot more people have access to alternatives such as fishing kayaks, and technology such as course plotting, underwater imaging and GPS/mapping keeps advancing. If you mean a moratorium on intentionally killing stripers, yes: I don't think that you would be able to stop people from targeting them. But that should be accompanied by a rule of one hook per line (ideally barbless but that will never happen!) and one line per angler. I strongly believe, thinking back to my own early days striper fishing with spinning gear and watching conventional gear fishermen nowadays that a significant amount of damage is caused by multiple hook rigs. There are too many of us on this planet consuming too much of it day to day to be sustainable. I used to think that the lifeless world of "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (basis of the movie Blade Runner)" was too far out of the possible but there are constantly hints and signs that it may not be.
  13. Yep, another F/I at 600gr. That one was over the top for me but I know a few people who probably wouldn't mind seeing it now.
  14. I wish I had picked up a few more of those before they disappeared! I accidentally trashed the only one I did buy.