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About PATroutGuy

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  1. Real men don't wear anything under their waders. They're the aquatic equivalent of a kilt.
  2. Just an update on this thread. I was on the Cape last weekend, and it was very windy for two of the days I fished. The Chromer performed OK w/ the Loop GDC head's I'd been using w/ the CPX. I switched running lines from Miracle Braid to OPST Lazar line in 50 lb test, and I have to say, I like it a lot. It does require stretching, but if you get it well stretched, it doesn't have much memory at all. It shoots as well or better than the Miracle braid, and it seems not to blow out of the stripping basket as easily. It's a little harder to grip. It also seems to knot up a little less than the Miracle Braid, but is slightly harder to untangle when it does, so I view that as kind of a wash. I may still try to build a dedicated beach TH rod and mostly use the Chromer for swinging for Steelhead, etc. But it is more usable than I originally thought. It kept me fly fishing on a trip where I drove 11 hours, for which I was very thankful!
  3. It was a ~20 mph crosswind. My cast was certainly partly to blame. But when the wind is blowing that hard and one is getting tired from fighting the wind and trying to keep one's running line from blowing out of the basket, in a couple of hours of fishing I think it's a safe assumption that some of those casts are going to be a little less than film-worthy :-D
  4. Especially in very windy conditions. You will get hit w/ the fly occasionally. I got a fly stuck in my cheek on Friday (fortunately for me, didn't go in very far).
  5. Nice spot.
  6. Yeah, March is good in the Keys. I've gone in April, March and January, and I've done worse in April than either of the other months. Still, aside from the middle of summer heat, I think the consensus is that you can't really go wrong.
  7. I "fished" at Loggerhead on Bahia Honda on 4/19. Fished is in quotes because I had all three of my kids with me and the fishing was very abbreviated. Didn't see bait, or birds, or fish. Fun was still had by all. Trying to figure out how to get back to the salt with no little people in tow...
  8. Talk about adding insult to injury!
  9. I have a couple of Badger UNCs, and I'll be bringing one to the Keys next week in case my kids want to try their hand. There are people who land small snook on those rods!
  10. He was after Dick's Dunkins, obviously.
  11. Most of my small stream fishing these days is with a tenkara rod, and even my fishing-averse kids love pulling sunfish and small bass out of a local pond we go to when the weather's nice. The simplicity and ease of transport can't be beat. As far as tips: the casting stroke is different (backcasts are more like "upcasts") and you have to be very careful not to try to pull snags from trees and bushes the way you would w/ a western fly rod. Other that that, go have fun!
  12. Yeah. I am going w/ my kids next week as well, and I'm very disappointed that Sandspur Beach is still closed, and as of a month or so ago I was told by a park employee that it will likely be a year or two still before it reopens. That said, Calusa beach is open, and I gather they're letting people access the ocean side on that end as well. And, fishing-wise, I've generally had better luck at Long Key and Curry Hammock. Bahia Honda to me is just synonymous w/ natural beauty, and that's all about Sandspur Beach.
  13. I like the Rio Flats Pro line, too. It ain't cheap, though.
  14. It was a while back, but I don't remember it being super bright or super overcast. Just kind of a normal day.
  15. I really have the hots for a micro skiff. The Beavertail Micro and Solo Skiff both look incredible. The Beavertail because theoretically I could also put my kids in it. The Solo because theoretically I can't