stormy monday

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About stormy monday

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  • Birthday 09/04/1955


  • About Me:
    I catch fewer fish than 17 years ago (aka the pre-kids era) but I enjoy them more.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, tennis, waveskiing and playing guitar.
  • What I do for a living:
    Same as everyone;sit & wait for the Chinese or Indians to replace me.

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    Seacoast NH
  1. A week ago I found out my supposedly waterproof phone in the supposedly waterproof case was neither. I left it in my pocket wet wading and it didn't last 2 minutes. I replaced it with a phone that I know is not waterproof and when I went out to make a few casts yesterday I left it in the car. No possibility of pictures and no buzzing for notifications or extended warranty calls - it was magical. The easiest resolution to this discussion is "just leave the phone home". The whole "if there is no picture it didn't happen" crap only supports the cell phone industry - the more corporate brainwashing we reject the better our lives - and apparently the fish's lives, will be. Just a thought.
  2. We hear them singing every night, in 26 years we've been through 3 dogs and 3 cats with zero negative encounters. Haven't heard of any other cats or dogs in this area disappearing either. The singing is calling each other or staking out turf, no coyote is going to call attention to a kill so other packs can come over. When they hunt in packs (which is not the primary way they hunt) they run deer down in groups, but it's not like they develop an attack plan in advance. To read some of this you'd think they're saying "Herb, you go make friends with that lab for a few weeks, then gain his trust and Bill, Fred and I will be hanging out in the alley waiting". Geez it's like "The Secret Life of Dogs". Keep your pets away from wild animals, that's all you need to know. They will definitely kill a dog, but it's more likely to be opportunistic than a meticulously executed sinister plan. Here in NH it's open season year round so no need to rationalize hunting for them, although killing one of the 2 alphas can actually result in the pack getting larger. There's plenty of science out there to read if you look for it. Searching "Eastern Coyote Myths" can bring you some information too.
  3. I use two flies for about 90% of my fishing; a pink over white craft fur minnow and an olive over white craft fur minnow. If one doesn't get them the other usually does.
  4. This week has been tough to get out, which is too bad because I had been doing pretty well. I did get out to one estuary spot, at what is considered the "wrong" tide. Got a few up to low 20s but then got a nice hen shad that was much bigger and fatter than the schoolies. Seems when I go out "shad fishing" with shad flies I never catch them, then once they drop down I get them all the time on craft fur minnows. It's funny the resemblance they have to baby tarpon, I'll never complain about catching too many of them, except for the hand stink from releasing them.
  5. We had a presentation from a coyote expert in my town 2 years ago (NH). She said a coyote will not only befriend a dog, they will sometimes even breed with them. Neither of these things should be encouraged, but the concern seemed more out of disease, etc. The luring of dogs off for pack attacks was described as very rare, as despite living in a pack coyotes tend to hunt individually and mostly eat things like mice, etc. Not to say they won't run down a deer, but it's less common than people say. So that's what they told us, they had lots of info about how coyotes limit their pack sizes (I think to 7), etc. They were clear if the coyotes are interacting with dogs get out there and scare it away with banging pans, etc. We have a pack out back I hear every night (they are calling to each other, not celebrating a kill), my dog and cat seem to ignore them mostly. The fisher cats cause me more concern than the coyotes even though we see them less often.
  6. I like this option a lot as well, especially fishing over the edge of a channel. How deep is the water you'll usually be fishing and how much current will there be? In relatively shallow marshes for example I use a Cortland Big Game taper that sinks really slowly, but the water is pretty shallow. Go out front and I like some more sink rate to it, like the I/3/5.
  7. Got one just under slot in NH marsh Friday. With the incoming tide it gave me a good tug on an 8 weight. Nice to see backing this early.
  8. I've reached an age where some of my favorite jetties are in my rear view mirror because what I went through to get out on them when I was younger just can't be done anymore (by me). So now I fish more often on what I guess would be called "groins". The ones I fish I've fished since the 70s so I have a pretty good feel for what tides are worthwhile and which lines are best. For one the water is relatively shallow for about 70-80' then you reach the channel; I like this one with an intermediate line, let the tide swing it into the money zone. At high tide the tip is underwater so I don't fish it then as it can mess up the line and also complicates landing a fish if they get in there. The other one is a lot deeper and I like a fast sinking head with braided mono. That one only fishes well at high tide. Footing is everything though, I've broken a few rods falling on the ones I avoid now and that was when I was in my 30s.
  9. LOL that's hilarious. Whitecaps were almost to the point where I could surf my kayak on our pond yesterday. Flat, yeah.
  10. I had one rocket out of the water less than a rod distance from me there, I was fishing alone, scared the crap out of me. Had to clean out my waders after that!
  11. I spent a day in the cath lab when I started with my current company, they have this down no worries. A while back in Europe they were also moving towards drug eluting balloons for the legs too. When you watch the screen and see the dye constricting at the blockage before, then see things open up and flow it's pretty amazing. You'll be glad you did it.
  12. Ah got 9 tonight, wading wet. After missing a few hits yesterday got my nerves settled lol. One dink, rest 16-18".
  13. Wish I hadn't either, I love the occasional sea run dinner. This is from the source of a lot of NH "sea run brown" fishery, the question is whether stuff clears up after they head out into the estuary/sea. I'm jealous of that one you got though!
  14. It's the polite thing to do! Down here in NH we have signs declaring them as C&R currently due to some serious pollution issues (but I see OTW mag is going on about them)
  15. I was late to the party this year. Went out yesterday just before high tide in the NH marshes, mostly to work on training my dog to be a fishing dog. I had a couple swings and misses where fish tried to grab the fly as I started a backcast, that was i saw one caught that was it. Back today, got on the board finally. A bit windy, not ideal conditions, but got what I needed. Now I need to train the dog to stop diving in the water to retrieve the fish when I get it to the bank, sheesh.