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About bhorsley

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  1. Sarah has the Patagonia roll tube and it works very well
  2. Like I said I use the SIMMs roller bag. But the SIMMs rod Vault is nice and would be my second choice
  3. I am just lucky to have some amazing oportunities over the years --think pound for pound albies out fight yellowfin. I could not even imagine a 40 pound albie
  4. I use RIO 65 pound braid of most of reels. My billfish reels, it is 50 pound power pro before they changed the formula or western filament tuff. I have no idea how much is on a reel. I just spool it up and go. Only a few times in shallow water with big albies (20 to 25 pounds) did the fish get more than 200 yards (estimated). We caught a ton of yellowfin tuna from 30 to 60 pounds in Columbia SA and never had one take 200 yards. Blue Marlin can take lots of backing and in most cases you are doomed after 400 yards---water drag will break the 20 pound tippet. 99% of my fishing is in a boat. Many years ago I fished the surf with fly for stripers and bluefish but not lately. I fish 16 or 20 pound tippet most of the time. The exception is for our old drum-big reds. I use 25 pound for them. You need to pull hard and release them quickly as there are always sharks around.
  5. like I have stated in the past it is all braid for me. I dont really need the extra capacity --even the biggest albie not going to take more than a 150 yards on a good day. There is a few cases where the diameter of the backing makes a difference ---line drag in the water. (bill fishing) Being able to pinch the line/backing to the rod grip can give that second or two of extra pressure which can shorten the fight. Dacron will burn you, braid not as quickly. I dont know how long I have been using braid maybe 20 years and I have not been cut so far. But is is nice to have choices
  6. I check all my rods and reels. have been doing it for over 20 yrs. I have been lucky and have not had any problems. I currently use the SIMMS roller bag. In the past I used and loved to FishPond roller bag. In the SIMMS bag I have a piece of light 6" (2) plastic pipe. I think is drain field pipe. It will hold four rods. coming back from Brazil this Fall some of my group carried on their rods with no problems. They were using the Sage rod tube that hold four rods. We were flying COPA airlines. For me it is either check my cameras or my tackle --I always carry on my cameras. forgot my wife checked her two hand rods for the last two years when she was guiding in Alaska ---no problem except the extra bag fee
  7. It has been pretty decent
  8. we did it back in mid 90s off of Hatteras NC. We were record chasing so we fished 20 and 16 IGFA class tippet. The fish were eating chunks of menhaden we were tossing out of the back of the boat. Pretty similar set up to our billftshing set up. 30' head and then a 60 pound butt section and class tippet. We set the 16 tippet record (Raz Reid) with a fish of 101 pounds. My buddy from Finland Jari who posts on here has a ton of experience chasing BFT in the France and Spain. They are fishing to breaking fish --much like in New England. That would be fun to watch--I have no desire to fight one. There are times here at Cape Lookout we have possible shots
  9. I had had one around 6 kilos and several of my guys around then same. One angler had a Paca almost 7 kilos of course there are always big fish lost to snags
  10. This was my best fly
  11. No wire you maybe get bite off maybe twice a week. colors were fire tiger Chartreuse and white chartreuse, yellow/red, yellow or all white were equally effective
  12. Pre covid it was very easy to get to Manaus. American and Delta flew the non stop. Micheal Williams did a lot of work to find the easiest way to get to Manus. Here is how I got to Manus --I left form Norfolk VA to Dulles VA then non stop Panama City Panama and a long lay over and flew over night to Manus. We arrived in Manus about 3;30 am (?) All of this was on COPA airlines. An agent of Nomadic Waters met us at the airport and to a near by nice hotel. We slept in and had breakfast and lunch at hotel. About 2;30 boarded a 10 passenger charter plane and took 1 hr 10 minute flight to a town on the Uatuma River. Micheal met us there and it was on to the boat. We steamed up river most of the afternoon and night. Return trip about the same except we had a full day in Manus before we flew out at 3:50 am. Yes it is long days travel but over all pretty damn easy. Bitting bugs are non issue--there are none. Water is too tannin for mosquitos. There are plenty of non biting bugs around the lights at night. We even had a may fly hatch. Lots of bees but no worries. One night we had Cabo Wasp invade the boat. We moved to the upper deck which was inclosed. Cabo Wasp come out at night and they are nothing to play with. I had one land on my forearm and stung and bit me ---it put me on my knees and hurt for about three hours. Next day like I have never been stung. Glad it was me we had there folks who were sensitive to bee stings. You don't leave the boat unless you visit a village. Photo is of a Cabo Wasp nest
  13. The shad like fish is called an sardinata they have a local word for it the other is piranha
  14. Forgot to mention--this is the hardest/technical fly fishing I have done. Think 50 to 80' casts trying to get into the brush. Casting is pretty much non stop in 95 temps.