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  1. Tossed an email to Monic about their intermediate lines and they don't fit the bill for BFT fishing. They are on 30lb cores and even the #12's are very light. Or I should say pretty much in line with the AFTM which doesn't work for me.
  2. Good looking bug!
  3. Closest "hot spot" is about 5miles from shore. But of course it varies from day the day where the fish are so it can be 30mile hike too.
  4. Just checked out the MOnic lines. They seem pretty good for our use. a 36' taper is ok for this type of fishing if it's designed well. Thanks for the heads up. I have personally totally forgot about that company even though I still own a few Monic running lines. As for the stretch, I have not tested it, but it does stretch quite a bit. That's actually a good thing when it comes to using it in temperate climates and I'm personally not that worried about stretch when it comes to the fight.
  5. That sounds spectacular. I wish I could see something like that and of course get to experience that with a fly rod in hand.
  6. Dear Santa Claus, let me win the lottery so that we can manufacture our own lines. It's the most important piece of gear for the catching part of the equation and when it comes to fly lines for Tuna the existing line up of available fly lines is pretty slim to say the least.
  7. If that's the characteristics of Run&Gun, then yes, it is certainly that. At one point that term had a very negative tone to it so that's why I did not want to say that it is 100% run&gun. Quick casts are necessary and that's why even the longer bellied lines need enough mass to get them off quickly. More taper means more control however and that's what I like the most about them versus Leviathans or other short head lines. I do however use those as well and by no means am against them. The perfect set up for me is to have a intermediate and a floater with a longer belly on a 12 or 13wt ready to go and then a 13 or 14wt rigged up with a Leviathan. How long the fish stay up, no one can say. It depends on the bait, the size of the tuna school, wind, maybe the moon, Brigitte Bardot and who knows what. You just try to approach them as quietly as possible and to get a good shot or five in a way that you have full contact from the caster to the fly. I don't know what it is, but if you got slack or don't "feel" the fly you very seldom get anything done. That's why I like a intermediate the most, but a floater can be as deadly especially if the weather/conditions are good. Floater is especially good when the fish stay up and you got good conditions and can cast multiple times on the "meat". I personally like floaters with short sink tips the most and use those for albie fishing(which is basically scaled down tuna fishing) a lot, but the fly line selection for this sport is lacking behind a lot. If I had the money I would make a full line up of lines for this sport from 12 to 14wt's. Leviathans coating and core is perfect as it can be used in many different climates. and I have no issues with the running line on the Leviathans. I personally would not go lower then a 12wt for these fish. And I would choose a 12wt that has a good taper for fighting a fish. That means a rod that bends nicely to the cork under pressure.
  8. Sakke already answered but I will add my own perspective to it too. Running and gunning, i guess so. Although it depends on the definition of that term? Sure, at times you just need to get there and get there fast, but most of the time it's the more subtle approach that works. Fly fishing "free" feeding tuna requires moving you to a place where you can get your fly on the "meat". I personally prefer longer bellied lines. Your average tarpon lines and tapers are my favorites. Leviathans are good when using bigger flies and the fish let's come closer to them. On other situations i more prefer a line that gives me more line control over brutal force and speed. That's why I also prefer 12 or 13wts as they are nicer and more precise to cast. For me that is. All and all its very nice to share a boat with guys that can cast and fish well. You got 100% confidence on any one that gets that next shot. Everyone fails at times of course, but everyone also succeeds at times. It's just a matter of blind luck which happens next
  9. Brigitte Bardot land aka France
  10. I think you can see the thermocline on that sonar pic and not the bottom as the sensitivity was turned up pretty high. We found fish from 265ft to 3300ft. There's a relatively steep canyon that goes very close to shore and the fish hunt all around it.
  11. Thank you. 12-13weights mostly. When the fishing is like that I'm more concerned about catching them then the fight part and I can cast my lighter rods better then the broom sticks... 12 or 13wt with a good taper is a decent rod for the fight too even though a 14wt does give you a bit more uumph. I had my 14wt ready just in case the fishing got easier. The were mixed sizes of fish around. From 15lb babies to 230lb slobs. I had a very big fish on for an hour that just kicked my butt. Definitely an experience I won't forget in a while.
  12. The fish were mostly feeding on small anchovies. Really hard to feed. We got all our bites on small surf candies tied on small live bait hooks(like the ones in the picture). If they would have been feeding on bigger stuff it would have been a massacre.
  13. Howdy folks. Just wanted to drop by and share some pictures from our recent tuna trip. Great way to start up our "salty" season. Hard work that at times paid off. Lots of bites that did not stick, bigger fish that whopped our butts, some that just got away and a few that we got to the boat. A very very stupid genre of fly fishing. So hard, so desperate at time, but at the same time so rewarding.
  14. How does yours hold up? Do you have any specific tricks to make them last? Like said mine brake too fast and all your left with is the extra weight with no rattle.