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  1. 1 hour ago, Bill de Brooklyn said:

    stay in your side of the ocean with your nonsense 


    I'm sorry, I was going to let this go, but Bill you have shown your true colors.  Unfortunately you represent the worst of what America can be.  Arrogant with no reason, disrespectful, and no manners.  Of course everyone knows history, but only a scrub rubs it in peoples faces.  I was going to stay polite but you ventured into the territory, as one American to another, shut the eff up you moron, you do nothing but represent the worst of what American has come to accept as normal behavior.  It's now plainly unfortunate that you chose to come back here and post.  Good luck with your lame A$$ youtube channel and you social media adventures.  Unfortunately as they say, "truth will out"

  2. Bill I second the comments of congratulations and welcome backs, it's been a while and as a 20 year Brooklyn resident I always followed your posts.  I also thinks it's fair to say that we can safely assume taking an animal evolved to live in a neutral buoyancy medium and suspending it's full weight by it's jaws is not a good thing.  Considering you are moving in the social media world where optics is everything, it might be something to think about.


    This in no way takes away from your achievement of catching said animal, great catches to be sure.  Good to see you back posting again here. I look forward to more.





  3. 1 hour ago, The Fisherman said:

    I love ya, Mike, but everyone learns differently. It may very well be that the OP would find a proper lesson invaluable. I say this not just as a teaching guide, but as someone who frequently hires guides and is always looking to pick up new ideas, approaches, and even discover that I'm doing something in a non-optimal fashion. You've taken in-person casting lessons and benefitted. Why would a fishing lesson be any different? Sometimes you need to see it, touch it, and do it under the supervision of a skilled instructor.


    I trust that given our long history of courteously disagreeing, this still keeps me in Kelly Kettle favor...




    Steve Culton



    You noticed he recommended a floating line. . . Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

  4. I find that for rocky situations such as the boulder fields and jetty/inlet situations you have to think smaller.  I'll work with a shorter cast, and try to work pockets.  You may have to pull a perfectly good cast and retrieve to avoid getting your line fouled on the rocks.  Sometimes you have to roll cast over two or three lines of white water in quick succession to get a cast where you want it. It's really more like stream fishing to me, focus on smaller areas to cover at a time breaking the beach up into little sections to work.  It certainly isn't like estuary fishing where you can get a nice long cast and beautiful drift, it's way more work, but can be worth the rewards.

  5. Ughh, can't wait for the epoxy river/ocean table craze to fade away into oblivion.  Sure they look good when they are new, if you like plastic and wood, but I want to see some of them after 4 or 5 years when the resin is scratched and faded and messed up from harsh chemical cleaners and UV damage.  And I don't believe they have any decent UV protectant no matter what they say, take marine varnish, packed with UV inhibitors, but you still have to re do the top two coats every year, because of UV damage. . .


    Sorry, the mixing of plastic and wood is a particular peeve of mine.

  6. 1 hour ago, 2sammich said:

    So, dry layout 10 or 12 tiles, and measure for square, yes?

    I can do 1/4" though. Safer.

    You can do that, I would also take several tiles from different boxes and measure the tiles from corner to corner to see if they are “square”. There can be variations in dimension which you need to think about as you lay your field. 

  7. My only thought is 1/8 grout line seems small for that size tile. If the client wants dead straight grout lines I'd check and make sure your tiles are square before you start setting.  Small variations in tile dimension with that size tile don't leave much room for correction with such a small line.

  8. 1 hour ago, milosh said:

    telling people that their experience is worthless because a "long time-well respected" member outranks them is lunacy!

    First of all, I did not say his "experience" was worthless.  I said his opinion was worthless because he provided no quantifiable data that would give us something to relate to.  His experience may well be worthwhile but how are we to know?  


    As for your own experience, fine, but again, how does that help anyone?  You may never fish in winds over 5 mph, and if you're unwilling to even take a guess at the wind you cast in then your point is worthless.  No one has any concrete information to gauge your experience.  So someone goes and drops heavy coin on a set up like yours, thinking it will get the job done only to find out it folds in any wind over 10 mph?  How does that help?


    I don't care how different you want to fish or with what gear you want to fish, but if you come here and offer unsupported opinion, how does THAT provide anything positive for the sharing of fishing information?  Again, no one can relate to unquantifiable opinion, so it's useless.

  9. 52 mins ago, changed said:

    I’m not going to get out my anemometer, nor am I going to get involved in some sort of casting duel at ten paces… 


    You can cast a rod that isn’t a 17’ 15 weight spey rod in the surf for stripers, with the wind in your face, plain and simple. 

    Have a good one.

    Then don't come tell a respected member that what he says isn't true if you're not willing to put up the goods.  You give no real field data to back up your assertions so your opinion is worthless here.  The reason no one is asking the other member to put up the goods is he has been putting the goods up here for quite some time and his reputation precedes him.  And furthermore,  many of us have fished with him and know what he can do.


    So go back to your seat and be quite please.

  10. 2 hours ago, changed said:

    I disagree.


    I used the Douglas DXF 11'6" 8 weight switch rod last year, cast around 500 grains like a cannon just fine in a stiff wind. I see you post this a lot, and I've ever read guys on other forums citing your claims on this, but it simply isn't true.


    The 9 weight Boost Beach would get the job done around here.

    Define "stiff" in something we can all relate to, like mph.  Measured on the beach with an anemometer or just a guess?  Next post a video of you casting this rod with 500 grains so we can see what you consider "like a cannon".  Once you have done that we will have some concrete information to evaluate your claims.

  11. 3 hours ago, Dorski said:

    Hi there,


    First of all, excuse me for my english since I’m not a native speaker/writer.


    I have got some DIY experience in Iceland.

    If you want to go fishing for Salmon DIY than this will be difficult, because all rivers with good salmon fishing is private property. And therefor quite expensive.

    If you would like to go fishing for trout and artic char there are lots of very affordable options.

    Most costly will be renting a car. If you want to fish the interesting places you need to drive the F-roads. To drive these F-roads you need to rent a 4x4.


    You can get the veidikortid, this is a fishing license for lots of lakes and rivers between these lake. This license is very cheap.

    if you choose the right places more than a 100 fish per day is a possibility.

    Of course these are not all monsters.


    Rule of thumb is, the less people/buildings/roads the more fish you will catch.


    Another important thing is that you have to clean your fishing material on the airport  or have a certificate that all your fishing gear is disinfected by a vet.

    ps I attached a foto of an Icelandic artic char

    Good luck and tight lines


    Welcome to the forum.  Beautiful fish and a very kind and informative first post.  Thank you from all of us for reaching out in such a polite manner.  There is a tremendous amount of information on SOL.  I encourage you to poke around and see what some of the other forums have to say.

  12. 8 hours ago, formula1 said:

    Wait, so can you do the Princess Bride fencing/sword fighting scenes? (PS I'm also am ex collegiate fencer lol). 


    Funny you mention brushing teeth lefty... I do that too, I brush with whatever hand is closest to the toothbrush at hand...

    Yes, I can.  One of the finest screen sword fights out there.  To be fair, I am NOT a fencer, we practice and choreograph in slow motion and build speed after hours of rehearsal, once the muscle memory has taken hold.  I have no where near the reflexes with a sword that a competition fencer has.

  13. 48 mins ago, Mike Oliver said:

    Nah don’t roll over.  He is deliberately hard to understand ,no that’s not fair it’s just his way. Mostly very funny when you get it. Okie brightens up Sol.



    It's only hard to understand if you don't speak American. . .  Shouldn't you be drinking tea or changing a grandchild's diaper or doing something useful???  I've got a wife you know, I don't need you on my case as well.

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