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  1. I tied this over the past week with two fibers new to me. Devlin Blends and Squimpish Hair. I know both developers of the materials, saw them tying and decided to use a collaboration between materials to tie this 11’ x 1.25’ thick Bunker. Still have to swim it but it feels light for a 6/0 hook and 11’fly. I tied the “structure” of the fly with Devlin Blend and added a layer of Squimpish hair over it at first. Half way through I started to reverse tie with Squimpish hair.
  2. If you don’t mind something slightly larger than the usual paddle board but much more stable, silent and spacious, this is a wonderful option. I also own a Pau Hana Big EZ which is lighter but also very stable but is not as stealthy and spacious.
  3. In my opinion this is just like cars, motorcycles, bicycles or any performance equipment. “Will I be faster driving a Ferrari than an Indy 500 pilot on a 10yrs old Corvette?” For sure, not (nothing against Corvettes, pls). BUT, if I can afford and it makes me drive a little faster and a little easier... why not have the latest and faster Ferrari model? For the Indy pilot or the ultimate fly caster in this case - does it make a difference? I believe it probably does when he is competing against other good casters or if he is fishing in extreme conditions, for example casting 100 yards with wind for a big permit or bonefish...
  4. Great event. Spent some time with the fly tiers and on the reel and material booths. Was great! I wish I could spend more time there. A few years ago it was about the “new equipment”. Now I care more about meeting the people and exchanging information than the consumption part.... but I always go home with a couple bags. Had a great time talking to Wes Seigler from Seigler reels and after seeing his dedication, passion and attention to details, I expect his product to soon become a reference on fly reels.
  5. I would also like a few Albies on the fly caught from my boat, on my flies and on my local waters in CT. In 2018 I managed to catch them on the “spinning rod” (OMG) but not yet on the fly... A 30 pounder Striper on the Fly would also be nice. I feel like it will be a challenging season...
  6. They are between 3 and 4 inches long. The foam is close to 3/16s thick.
  7. Those two have been very successful for me especially on Scholies up to 20 inch. They cast very well and are very resistant.
  8. My favorite, lightest and smoothest rod is a GLoomis GLX one piece in #9. It is 8’10” because the extra 2” come in once you cut the same blank in 4 and add the ferrules... I guesed. I did cast the same rod in 4 piece and even thought there is no loss in performance, the one piece is still more smooth and lighter. All sales people swear the 4 sections is as good as if not better than the same rod with fewer junctions. I don’t think this is fisically and mechanically possible but as long as they allow people to travel and cast well, everyone is happy. For my day to day fishing for trout and strippers in CT, I have a Hardy Cintrix #4 and a cross current #9, both one piece. They fit in the car and go back and forth to the water. If I could, I would have only one piece rods.
  9. I will be in NJ on Saturday ...most probably.... and I would love to shake hands with a few of the personalities that I have been following on the multiple threads since 2014. BUT... l have a problem... I know only the nicknames and avatars (except a few that sign their names and will be presenting). Anyway, reading about such a passion of all of us and all the subjects on this site I feel like you are all close friends and we will probably bump into each other without knowing who we are. SOL should have a coffee desk at the show... or maybe a bandana color that would identify the members like a secret cult... just an idea... LoLoLoLol
  10. I got this last year. Expensive but it is a LOT brighter than any cheaper ones. If you tie a lot and want to cure the resin within the fibers of streamer heads this is the way to go. I did not change my batteries yet since I bought it. Someone told me once that the UV length has to match the resin you use but with this light I cured 3 different brands without issues. All that is left is a bit of “tackiness” some times.
  11. If you asked me today to pick any reel I wanted, forget about the price “it is a gift”, I would pick Nautilus NV-G 8/9. I am a bit obsessed with drag so for me a reel has to have a sturdy and hopefully sealed drag and be light.
  12. I am at that stage where my only “fishing outlet” is to tie... if I don’t it feels like my head will explode. Last year I promised myself I would only tie as many flies as I lost but without Bluefish I lost way less than I was expecting. Those are prototypes for the next season. A week into Winter and I have 12 new flies already...
  13. I think the last time I bought them was from
  14. Revisiting this thread... I am now fishing with a Seigler MF. A reel that is not sealed but uses a composite disc system just like the one on the sealed reels and has a lever to engage and desengage the drag and it is awesome. I still have to try a day wading on the flats to say if it is or not a good setup when sand is involved. Fly fisherman are all 2/3 fisherman and 1/3 engineers and we tend to over think and over debate because this is fun and exhaust any questions about the equipment. I think that just like automobile break systems evolved to composite disks and powerful hydraulic calipers, it is expected that fly reels evolve too. 15 years ago when cork was at the peak of its exitance sealed drags were the inovation and reels were lighter and I believe more predictable just like a disk break on a car - the breaking capacity will not change with water, elements or temperature. Those reels came out as the sport expanded into a new frontier with sail fish, milk fish, tunas and trevallis. The demands changed and even though it is nice to fishva vintage, if you want better performance, the evolution is on composite breaks and not on conventional cork disks ... it is just the evolution of the sport and the gear. That said, what is best to me might be horrible to another person and some people might be as happy to fight fish on a 7 weight and palming a reel as another one on a Mako and a ultra fast carbon rod.
  15. I would say that geografy and communications and faith played a big role on my late start FlyFishing. I started fishing when I was 3 years old. Grandpa took me to the stream at the back of his farmhouse, sitting on his shoulder I caught my first fish. It was such a magical moment that I peed on his back. I was hooked for life. Growing up, wherever there was water, I was fishing. Cane rods, spinning rods, later casting rods, salt, fresh... I did it all. By mid 90s fly fishing was something almost anecdotal in Brazil. The geographical isolation from places where one would fish for trout, the early stage of saltwater and tropical fly fishing and with TV shows and movies being the only way to spread the sport I had no idea what was that thing that guys were swinging to catch trout but it was ok, because there were no trout in Brazil anyway... Once again my Grandpa comes to change everything when he told me we were going to experiment the “ultimate fishing experience”! We were going to reach the pinnacle of fishing... we were going to become Fly—Fisherman! I have no idea how Granpa learned about it but as the conversation progressed I felt like a Jedi apprentice on a StarWars story learning about a new reality, a new dimension of fishing. It was very difficult to buy fly fishing equipment over there and impossible to get any tying materials but we managed to get some gear and a few trout flys and I started to scratch the surface of fly-fishing. It all changed a few months later when my Grandpa died. I was at the beginning of my finance career, trying to be a triathlete and I just did not fish for a while. Years later, then living in Chicago and pursuing my MBA, I would watch the water during my morning runs and I started to see massive Salmon cruising by the lake, Bass bedding at the shallows inside the marinas and it was just enough provocation to awake the fishing spirits that still inhabited my mind. I went to an Orvis store and the journey started again... I was lucky to meet a few people in Chicago that were like mentors to me. Even though fly-fishing was their business, they were kind enough to take me fishing, teach me how to cast, tie flies and open the doors to “the ultimate fishing experience”. I was a student and a “Fly Shop Bum” for a while. I joke that during my two years in Chicago I also got a MFT - “Masters in Flyfishing and Tying”. For the past 15 years Fly Fishing has been a passion and my greatest hobby and I have been fortunate to learn about new fish such as Trout, Salmon, Tunoids, Blues and Striped Bass and to meet a number of very nice and experienced Flyfisherman. SOL certainly has been a reference and a source for me.