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About jabster

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  1. Been using the 8' #10 weight Quickshot for a few years now. It's a good specialty rod for me. I only use it with sinking lines and on super rare occasions with other short head lines. Good rod that just needs to be "overlined" for it to be comfy to use. 400-450grains is a good line "window" for it.
  2. Let us know if you find any 10-12wt glass blanks that are cheap. I've been meaning to pull the trigger on the Epic blanks as they are top of the line when it comes to glass but with the limited use I have for them I've not yet done that.
  3. I like the XP. Great line for quick shots with smaller flies and a good allround big fly line. Like the core and running line a lot more on it than on the OBS. Not good in super cold conditions though. Taper is a bit more refined then on the OBS. Underlining is usually a good idea on lines like these.
  4. Excellent. Sure will miss you guys and the fishery down there.
  5. Ohh, you jumped on the mirrorless train! Yep, 7-12 frames a second is just right in my opinion for action shots. Those new mirrorless cameras have a lot going for them, but I'm not quite sold on them for certain stuff. Does the Nikon version work with the same lenses that you had for your d750?
  6. Thank you very much! I still think that sensei @bhorsley is a step ahead. He is my fishing idol. I've taken on many of he's ideas in fishing and in fishing photography. Great source of inspiration in both departments.
  7. @sms uses hybrid rods that throw a 11-12wt lines if I remember correctly. He is very good at fighting fish and those rods are really made for lifting. There are some good alternatives to the 14 and 16wt rods that are the traditional weapon of choice for this stuff. You just have to be a bit picky on what to choose.
  8. Flies like that work well enough. We use 12 and 13wt's for the most part. It's all about the taper of the rod. Some 12wt's suck at lifting these fish and some are good or good enough. You need a rod that has a progressive bend and a soft enough butt section so it's easier on your hands.
  9. France is a hot spot for tuna. The eastern Atlantic tuna stocks are something like 10 times bigger now a days compared to the western stock. France in particular has been on the forefront of strict regulations and allowing the fish to make a comeback.
  10. European Anchovies. Unfortunately the small ones which makes them very hard to feed. Getting the fly in the zone is a must and stripping it very slowly is the ticket.
  11. Glad you like it. I work at a windshield factory. No kids, live a simple life and save all my money for fishing.
  12. Yep. The bulk of the run are 37 to 80lb fish. Just perfect for the fly. There are however plenty of 80-120lb fish around and some occasional 200+ pounders. We actually saw a few 300-500pound fish around and actually tried a few casts at them. That was stupid but reflexes are reflexes:)
  13. Gotcha. Need to train more. I actually had a typo on my last post. I tried to keep The shutter speeds around 1/800 to 1/2000. But I guess you got my point.
  14. I couldn't figure it out as well as I hoped so I jumped around a bit. Aperture and shutter speed modes mostly. Just tried to keep the shutter speeds between 1/800 - 1/1600
  15. Me to:) . Thanks Brian. Most appreciated.