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  1. I had copied the images from gmail and didn't realize that the images were hot-linked and only I would have access. Here are the images uploaded to SOL:
  2. My fishing adventure this morning was one I won't forget. I was fishing a deep and rocky pond in the Boston area in a Predator PDL. It was a slow first hour of fishing — I only had caught one 10 in. smallie on a drop shot rig, so I decided to find some water I hadn't fished. While working my way down a bank, I saw an overhanging bank with some rock that slid off to deeper water. I casted up on the rock and was dragged the drop shot back a few feet when I got a solid bite. When I set the hook, I thought I was snagged on a branch or something until it was clear that it was slowing swimming to deeper water. I get a look and know immediately that it is the biggest smallie I have ever hooked. After a big jump, lots of head shaking, and me trying to keep it from jumping, I get it in the boat. It is huge. Then things get more exciting. I reach behind my seat to get my phone out of my backpack. As I am taking the phone out of my bag, I lose my grip and into the drink it goes. Not thinking, I reach in to try and grab it. Next thing I know, I am in the water with the fish and the kayak is upside down in probably 8-10 feet of water. First time I have ever flipped a kayak. I swim the kayak to shore while holding the tip of my rod and climb up on the rock that I think the smallie was hiding under. Flip the boat over. Realize that I lost my prescription sunglasses, which then makes unhooking the smallie more difficult than normal. And then while shaking I try and get a rough measurement against the rod — 21" or so. The MA state record was 22" and 8 lbs. 2 oz. so it is tempting to stretch the fish tale further. Even without a weight or proper measurement, I am sure it was my personal best smallie. Besides coming up with a better system for handling my phone while kayaking, I think the biggest lesson is that I need to practice flipping the boat and climbing back in. It is crazy how quickly things can go south and you can end up in the water.
  3. I finally got around to writing about my adventure. The fishing was more challenging than I expected, but I did end up catching my biggest brown and some nice size arctic char. What is hard to capture in words is the experience is the spaciousness and serenity that is easily found. With so much of the water being privately owned and carefully controlled, while it can be expensive, it is easy to find opportunities to fish where you are the only one around. For example, I woke up one morning before the rest of the family to fish a lake in the north starting at about 5:30am. I didn’t see a single car during the 20 minute drive and when I arrived it was just me, a pair of loons, a bunch of ducks, and the water. The last night before returning I drove to Þingvallavatn, which is the most famous lake in Iceland and also probably the most popular to fish. I managed to catch a few very nice arctic char on a simple pattern that I tied called "the peacock." I purchased the Veiðikortið which allowed me to fish both the lakes and around 30 others. For the most part, I would have done fine with just the 5wt with floating line when fishing for trout and arctic char, although having a 7wt was helpful when it was windy. If I ever go back, I want to rent a 4wd and fish/camp the highlands. Here are a few other photos from the trip:
  4. I don’t plan based on the tide, but if I see ideal tide, wind, water temp, and light conditions in the forecast (based on past experience), I try hard to get permission to see if my hunch is correct. I also will decide where to go based on the tide if I can. I find that can be critical early in the season when water temp can make a difference.
  5. I and the family made to Iceland. Working a few days from here, so I haven't had a chance to fish. I can provide some insight into how the disinfection process went. Upon arrival, when going through customs, I went up to the window where goods are declared and said that I had some fishing equipment that needed to be disinfected. The guy working the desk called someone and within a few minutes a guy arrived that then took my equipment into a room and sprayed it all with disinfectant. He took my waders, boots, rods, reels, and fly boxes. I was a little surprised about the fly boxes because I read somewhere that it was no longer necessary to have them disinfected. After about 10-15 minutes, he came back with all of the equipment disinfected. Most of it was wrapped in clear plastic bags. The one thing that was a little strange was that one of the box of streamers had a brownish tint to the liquid that I didn't realize until I started unpacking and realized that it leaked out. To my eye, it looked like Iodine because the liquid was brownish and produced a yellow stain. Not sure what happened, but it could have been die in the marabou or something leaching out. After finishing the disinfection, I was walked through customs to a kiosk where I paid around $50 and received a stamped paper stating that my gear had been disinfected. I was told to keep that paper with me when fishing. I also have a friend who is Icelandic that helped me understand the permit system. Essentially, farmers that own stretches of the river can choose to license the fishing rights to angling clubs that then sell permits to fish those beats often online now. There are usually very few rods allocated to any given beat per day (often 2) and the beats usually cover a large area (can be the entire length of a river). The beats that angling clubs run often have some sort of lodge or cabin that is maintained by the club. The permit grants access to it. It is also common to share a rod and trade off. The system optimizes for providing the most pristine fishing experience possible, especially in the more remote parts of Iceland. For those farmers that are less tech savvy or that are not interested in working with an angling club, it is a matter of either calling them or just knocking on their door. In those cases, they often charge little. To find those sorts of opportunities, my understanding is that it takes a little leg work. The easiest way is to essentially ask around in nearby towns. @shad I would love to hear some of the beats you fished. I have a couple of plans, but would like to come up with a few more as we travel around western and northern Iceland. Feel free to send me a PM .
  6. You might want to try Veiðihornið. They have helped me out when it comes to options and offer various equipment for rent.
  7. Sad to hear her time has come. She sold me my first surf rod about ten years ago.
  8. I read an article titled “The Hard Truth That No One Wants To Face: Summer In Reykjavik Is Cancelled,” which made me think that the forecast when I am there has a good chance of being similar.
  9. Hmm...I hadn’t considered using the sinking line with the 7wt that I am bringing to fish the salt a little. I imagine it would work if there are fish around.
  10. I am heading to iceland in a few weeks and will have some time to fish some for both trout and arctic char. I am bringing 5wt and 7wt 9 foot setups with floating line and a separate spool with sinking line for the 7wt. I have one guided trip scheduled to fish River Holaa and then plan to use the fishing card that provides access to a bunch of lakes and also to fish a couple other self-guided beats. Should be quite an adventure. I have done a bunch of research, but would love any suggestions. Some aspects that I want to better understand are what size leaders/tippets to use, fly patterns that I can tie in advance or info on insects, places to try to explore in the western and northern parts of Iceland, and how to approach fishing the lakes. I also would love to find a vet that can handle disinfection in the Boston area before we leave. Any info would be appreciated.
  11. Good luck and thanks for all your wonderful reports.
  12. I was there during the middle of July last summer. We had a good time chasing around packs of Snook running along the beach lip. The key seemed to be bait (greenies and glass minnows). If there was a little bit white water, it was easier to fool them. For us, the northern beaches were better as long as you could find some stretches without too many people in the water swimming and goofing around. I also second C.B. Outfitters. We ended up booking a guide to fish the flats in the intercoastal for speckled trout, which was a lot of fun. Jim Neville Marine Preserve is also worth kayaking.
  13. It sounds like tying up some leaders with clips and some without is the way to go. The main reason that was curious about using a clip is that when using spinning gear, I have found that I am more likely to experiment with different lures when using a clip, especially in the dark. I guess we’ll see how it goes.
  14. I am getting rigged up for my first season fly fishing the salt after years of surf casting. Is it common to use TA clips to make changing flies easier? I going to be tying up leaders of various lengths and was thinking about adding 50 lb TA clips. What are the pros and cons?
  15. I discovered yesterday that "Running the Coast. 1,000 miles with the striped bass migration" was available on Amazon Prime Video and free to watch for Prime subscribers. It is worth checking out if you haven't seen it.