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  1. Pros and cons of each are largely a personal preference. To me wind is the most confounding factor to enjoying a fishing outing. In my fishing this is most prominent at the surf. Fly casting can be very challenging in moderate to strong winds, though can be overcome with the right setup (rod, line, fly) and practice. I know some here are set up and experienced to cast into very rough conditions, but that is not me. I always bring a spinning rod with me as a back up when I fly fish the surf should the conditions not agree with me. Obviously if long distance is a consideration surf casting would have the advantage.
  2. There's a group of guys fishing very heavy lines, some over 1000 grains, for inshore bass in Southern California. They posted a series of videos on their technique. I found the videos very informative and entertaining. This is a link to their youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheCalicoSyndicate/videos In this particular video they discuss how they create their lines:
  3. I use solarez (thin/hard) formula and it usually becomes hard and dry after a sit in the sun. When still tacky, some recommend wiping with alcohol to remove the tack, which it does, but to me it leaves the finish a little dull. So I go over with Sally Hansen- dries hard with nice clear shine. Never had any problems doing this.
  4. I couldn't imagine winching in a tuna on a fly reel with the tiny handles they have relative to conventional gear. Hard enough with conventional reel with big handle/grip.
  5. Wow, would love to hear how this trip goes. I'm from southern California as well and have been on many tuna trips over the years. Have always dreamed of how it would be to hook up and fight a tuna on a fly rod. I've had captains recommend 20 lb flouro and #2 hooks when the bite is very picky, so you should be good with 25 lb for the smaller models. Also no bite leader needed. If your guide has had success I would just take his advice. As stated above, bleed and ice quickly and filleting is pretty easy. No bones, 4 loins, trim blood line (many videos on youtube). Good luck!
  6. Wow. What an amazing tutorial start to finish. Awesome plug as well.
  7. I guess appreciation of art is very subjective. I hope the creator is not offended . They do vary in color and intensity depending on where you catch them. This fish was caught in a small crystal clear stream. I my eyes I have never caught more stunning or vividly colored trout. I recall being in awe of just how beautiful they were. I grew up and lived most of my life in the northeast and have caught countless brookies there. I would say that the brookies I have caught in this area are generally darker and more saturated than their east coast counterparts.
  8. How about $150 shipped?
  9. Would probably avoid the fluoro (or mono). Would be more fragile and will probably degrade over time. Though they are used to extend large flies, they are only supporting feathers and fur. I'm guessing you meant to write 0.032 wire in your post, but I would go with a thinner and more flexible wire for the body, like stainless wire leader, something like 80 pound. As well you may need something up front (like a lip) to impart more action. Would love to see what you come up with.
  10. They are stunning and fun to catch. This model was caught in the Eastern Sierras of California. They were introduced there over a hundred years ago and have established themselves in the higher elevation lakes and streams. This was caught at about 8,000 feet elevation.
  11. Very nice. Looks great in and out of the water. Served up right should be irresistible.
  12. Awesome!!! What was your rod and line/leader setup?
  13. I have this same basket and have been using it for at least 5 years and it has served me well. Don't remember where I got it from but pretty sure I paid way more. If you do get it I reccomend drilling some holes in the bottom to allow for drainage.
  14. I'll take it. PM coming.