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  1. Hello SOL community. Being new to the fly fishing sport, I was wondering if anyone had some input to what they feel is the best Intermediate coldwater line for NE striper fishing. I currently have Orvis' 10wt coldwater intermediate sinking line on my fly rod. I have no idea how it stacks up against the competition. Stopped by my local fly shop yesterday and peeked inside a couple of fly line boxes to get a look at them. I noticed the weight forward section of the Airflo CI seemed a bit more supple than my Orvis line. I know the water has been pretty chilly up to now, but the Orvis line seems a bit stiff up front. Being new, perhaps this just might be the norm for coldwater lines. Any opinions would be appreciated. Thanks.
  2. Thank you all for the great advice!
  3. First year newbie learning the ropes experiencing the highs and lows of learning a new sport. Having a nice day and feeling like my casting is improving, I'm starting to find fish. Nothing great, but pretty inspiring all things considered. Fished the last two hours of incoming at one of my favorites spots and the fishing is good. While attempting to land my largest fish of the season (mid 20's), I snapped the rod tip on my 9ft 9wt rod. The spot is a rocky ledge with a sizable water and wave action. I had the rod under my armpit and reached for the leader (poorly) while attempting to land the fish. The incoming waves were making it difficult for me to position the fish for me to reach it. I tried to keep a reasonable amount of line/leader out in hopes of not putting excess strain on the rod. Then came the snap. Rod tip section. I know I have hit the tip of the rod with flies while learning how to cast. I'm sure that may have lead to the rod's breakage. Sent the rod back to Orvis for repairs. This board has been great with advice for newcomers like myself and I was hoping to learn how experienced fly fishers land a fish properly in these conditions. This site has been a great help with my new found passion. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  4. Congratulations! Nice fish. Oh, and best of luck with the "other" stuff...
  5. Great news! That sounds like a blast. In your opinion, does the black clouser effectively imitate brit herring? Thanks.
  6. Pretty sure I know where you're talking about. It looked like Montauk out there Tuesday morning... Got there around 5:15am and there were seven guys there already. Wind was brutal (especially to a newbie fly guy such as myself!). Every year I like that spot less and less because of its easy accessibility. Soon enough they'll be off the beaches and more spots open up that are more difficult to access. Good Luck!
  7. Water was gin clear this morning. Had a few decent sized stripers follow my green mac sp minnow all the way back to the ledge I was on only to turn away at the last second. Tried a couple of different lures/colors, green mac was getting most of the attention. Were they getting too good of a look at the plug?... I usually fish that lure with a pretty slow retrieve (speeding up when waves dictate) and throw in a few twitches here and there. Would a little quicker retrieve help fool the fish into striking? Thanks!
  8. Water was gin clear this morning. Had a few decent sized stripers follow my green mac sp minnow all the way back to the ledge I was on only to turn away at the last second. Were they getting too good of a look at the plug?... I usually fish that lure with a pretty slow retrieve (speeding up when waves dictate) and throw in a few twitches here and there. Would a little quicker retrieve help fool the fish into striking? Thanks!
  9. Finally on the board. Just a slot 25". But felt great. Threw him back and told him to hit the buffet!
  10. From the album 2014 maine striper pics

  11. Had a cranky, old, well-to-do fly fisherman get bitchy with me because I rolled up at most 25-30 yards from him fishing the one spot on the beach that's productive. THis spot usually has 3-4 people fishing at any given time. He left in a huff and in a short while a few more guys came and we all fished, introduced each other, and had a nice time. I like to use common sense when fishing and respect other fishermen. However, some people think they own the beach.
  12. Awesome fish! Did it take you on a sleigh ride?...
  13. Tried them for the first time last year and got nothing. Went lightweight with 3/4oz white and blurple Andrus and Blue Frogs with an Uncle Josh rind attached. I know people swear by them in NY & NJ. But what about up here in Maine/NH? Have you guys had much luck? I heard it takes a while to get the hang of them so I'm eager to give them another try early on next year. Hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday season.
  14. Thanks again for the help last month with the hand. Same sp minnow, better result.
  15. LOL! Ill tell the wife you like the gardening.