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About gadabout

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  1. I like hookkeepers on freshwater rods, and always include them on the rods I build. I don’t understand all the hate. I always hold the rod by the grip, so the hookkeeper never gets in my way.
  2. The hoopla is they can be fun to catch under the right conditions. If you locate some off the beach and they are close enough to reach on light tackle and light sinkers, you can have a blast. And it will be steady action.
  3. Could be a couple a reasons for that. A full-sized mole crab from this area would be too big for Kingfish. You might try cutting them into smaller pieces. Also, I've never caught any Kingfish east of Jones Beach.
  4. No, not really. I lived near Jamaica Bay as a kid. No mole crabs (sand fleas) there.
  5. Interesting. I’ve never seen anybody do that here. I suspect they’re not as plentiful.
  6. Yeah, but bait shops don’t sell them. I’ll occasionally snag one in the surf, but they are a lot bigger here. Too big for kingfish bait if you used one whole.
  7. I have caught them in NC as well. They are actually a different species. Almost identical to the northern ones, but don’t have the barred pattern on the sides. i don’t doubt that worms make a good bait, but it’s not necessary to spend that much $$. When the kingfish are around, I have caught all I wanted on small pieces of fresh clam.
  8. I suspect there were more nuggets than are shown there. I love catching kingfish from the beach. They could be all over the place, but you will not know they are there unless you specifically target them with small hooks and small bait. Fresh clam is ideal.
  9. It’s a spinning rod. Many were made that way so you could position the reel wherever you preferred. A possible manufacturer is Horrocks-Ibbotson, aka H-I.
  10. Yes, hitting hitting the rod repeatedly with a fly, particularly a weighted one, will surely traumatize the blank. It will break at one of those spots when under stress. I once lent a rod with sentimental value to a co-worker who wanted to learn on his own and was too much of a tightwad to just go out and get a beginner outfit. It was trout-piece rod and came back as a three-piece, fit exactly this reason. He kept batting the flies. I’m still bitter about it.
  11. One of my favorite trout rods happens to be an 8’ 6 wt. I never fell for the lighter-is-better crap. You really don’t need 9’ rods for most trout fishing. My most used trout rods are 7’6”, 7’9”, and 8’. I’ve been doing this for 40 years. I wouldn’t steer you wrong.
  12. I rarely fish less than a 5wt in Roscoe. When I was there couple of weeks ago, I mostly fished an 8’ 6-weight. It was pure joy. Over the last couple of decades, people have gotten fooled into thinking that lighter line weights are the way to go. It’s really a foolish idea, mostly promoted by the rod manufacturers so they can sell you yet another rod. if you want a delicate presentation, use the right leader, not a lighter line weight. If you want to enjoy playing the fish more, pick the right rod action, and, consider trying glass or bamboo.
  13. I agree. Not what it used to be. So sad. They have no trouble taking your $25 though.
  14. If I had to choose only one fly for panfish, I could do it all with a #12 McGinty wet fly.
  15. This used to be one on my favorite places. It’s where I first learned to fly fish 40 years ago. It’s still a beautiful stream, but geeze, no fish! I fished it two times this spring. Each time, I had exactly one encounter with a trout. That’s it! No rises anywhere. All the spots that used to hold a bunch of fish are now empty. In the old days, people would “stretch” their 4-hour time limit as far as they could. Now, it seems people are leaving within two hours after they start their session, presumably because they have given up any hope of catching a trout. I’d like to understand how this place is being managed. I’d heard the Connetquot is coming back, so I thought the Nissequogue would follow suit, but I guess not. I understand that they might be stocking less to avoid the issues that the Conny originally had, but it must be much, much less.