Mike Oliver

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About Mike Oliver

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  1. Bob Which brand of whiskey bottle were you gazing through. Oly
  2. Cheers Jeff. It was good to meet up. Brilliant that you got into fish even if from a boat. The tug is just the same. We continue to slow pick. Last night managed one fish and dropped five on the bounce. Hook checked after first loss and last. It was fine. But contact was made. If only could live hear for a year might then be able to unlock some of the code. But the fun is tryingand searching for your own fish. O’Shays is becoming a good habit for us and beats having to cook. Hope we get that pint in. Mike
  3. Gluing cork Shives one by one is old news. Is it winter? Oly
  4. Taking a Partner fishing makes life easier. Did I just see a pig fly over the moon. oly
  5. Look up mass of a pint of Guinness and add a 32 Oz steak. Leave it to you to convert ounces to grams. Have you dried out from your three dunking yet. You need a wet suit. oly
  6. Mark No probs. I hear you. Rod balance. Most rod builders have a time honoured way of doing this as do guys working fly shops. If a TH rod is balanced this way you will mostly end up with a high swing weight outfit. Just trying protect your arms and shoulders and back. Oly
  7. Good man. Hope you had a good time with the Brit and American team. Great to have you Dan and IP Red with us. Fishing is still hard but we had a mini bust up of Blues. Right up your alley. Hissing down with rain plus thunder so tonight is beer and steak even more up your street. Cheers Oly
  8. Red The mass of those SL titanium sic centered Guides is not going to have any significant effect. They are very light. Are you kidding me that these guides are going to self load my rod to any significant degree. Compared to Line mass and wind I don’t think so. If I thought for one moment that wire guides would offer performance increases I would have used them even though they wear out way faster than sic. More important is the fly line. Especially head length and mass and taper. Guides are a very small detail. Mike
  9. Gremlin There is not always two ways to skin a cat. I come at this lark purely from an Out Front perspective. I use lines that will allow me to get the best performance from my rod in snotty conditions. It is not just about Casting it’s about line handling incurrent and surf. If it happens to be a ratio of 1:1 of line mass in grains verses IP ingrams so be it. One rod has an IP of 600 and on that one it smashes 750 grains. I dont theorise. I invest what money I have and try stuff out. I go fishing in the sea not ruddy lawns and yards and inland lakes. After ten long years I have Impirical solutions. Experience tells it how it really is. BS costs zip. It’s all over the place. Some might say I need some sleep. I do. mike
  10. Lawn casting is like internet dating. It usually fails to deliver. You only know what your rod is truely capable of when you take it to a nice windy beach. Over loaded rods can cast great with side winds and in no wind.. Same rod with a head wind forget about it. Rod and reel balance. Old hat. Does your rod builder know anything about TH rods to be used on beach. Has he ever done it. Most have not. Very few Fishers have done it even. If he is old school then good luck. I need lowest swing weight I can get. What you hang on a rod has to be moved. Heavy reels are a pain. Modern TH rods are light so a light reel makes huge sense. Forget about what you know with single hand rods. This is a new deal. You have static balance and then dynamic balance when casting. Mass is not your friend. I keep repeating myself but it’s worth doing it again. Yard and lawn casting tell us very little about TH rods for Out Front. Mike
  11. Esa Interesting. One of my favourite Rods has an IP of 547. My preferred line 530 grains . You like 750 grains on your rod IP 472. I just don’t get it. In the surf we dont have e time to make several false casts just to set up the cast. It is lift roll and deliver. 750 would turn my rod to mush. Or I would grow a beard waiting for the line to move. We are in the water waist deep. Line has to stay flat. Mike
  12. Cheers Jeff. It was good to meet up. Brilliant that you got into fish even if from a boat. The tug is just the same. We continue to slow pick. Last night managed one fish and dropped five on the bounce. Hook checked after first loss and last. It was fine. But contact was made. If only could live hear for a year might then be able to unlock some of the code. But the fun is tryingand searching for your own fish. O’Shays is becoming a good habit for us and beats having to cook. Hope we get that pint in. Mike
  13. Thanks guys. We are learning a new fishery to us season wise. So ok for us it’s tough but that does not mean we are not enjoying it. We are finding plenty of peanut Bunker and spearing. One day on north side we had fun fishing with Bass pounding them and in day light. We were on an all day recce and got lucky. It did not repeat in same spot. Never seen so many seals on outer beaches. Almost impossible to fish them. We have had several dish stolen by seals. When it happens at night it’s quite scary when just 6 feet away. A week left. So it’s thinking cap on and keep on trying. No one said it had to be easy. Met JeffS one evening and we might get to share a Guinness or three sometime in the week. Cape wonderfully quite with few Fishers in the week and roads empty. Water very warm and so it feels more like August fishing than September. Mike
  14. No probs Red. Appreciate you trying to help. I just found some time and my scratch pad. mike
  15. Slip It is very spotty. No Rime nor reason. Lot of bait but not molested. Trying to figure it out. Dog tired Mike