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  1. Like Herb I use Fluoro - but 4lb. It acts a intermediate sink tip and I feel I get better fly control with it. There are LOADS of info on the net but most is geared to freshwater dryfly. Here is my formula based on a 2-leg jig. I haven't made one in ages as they last longer than flylines! If you PM me your email I can send you a bunch of info. These are my notes, hopefully, they will make sense? It is a learning curve and you will go through quite a bit of line until you get a feel for the correct amount of reduction for the material you are using. 5 1/2 foot (66 inches/168cm) Saltwater Furled Leader - for 8wt/9wt. Material - 4lb Berkley Trilene Fluorocarbon to 4mm tippet ring. Two Legs gives 5 step downs: - Leg1: 57cm - 119cm - Tip Peg: 184cm - Leg2: 87cm - 150cm Leg1 *57cm *119cm tip 184cm Leg2 *87cm *150cm Standard Config 1: Wrap Step Downs - 4 1/2 - 3 1/2 - 1 1/2 This gives total strand taper of = 17 - 16 - 14 - 10 - 6 Heavier Config 2: Wrap Step Downs - 4 1/2 - 3 1/2 - 2 1/2 This gives total strand taper of = 17 - 16 - 14 - 12 - 10 Leg twist stage - about 5% reduction Power Furl stage - about 5% further reduction Start with left leg first. Make sure tippet wraps go on outside of peg - from outside to inside Use braided loop for loop connection / 3mm tippet ring. Use threading needle to pull leader butt loop back through braided loop.
  2. I have the older 2018 Outback. Brilliant for all-day comfort afloat and roomy whilst not being too big to car top. But if I were travelling longer distances (4 miles+) to my marks I would get a Revo. They are noticeably more efficient in the water. But you lose initial stability, space and comfort. I could easily justify having both ...
  3. Flicking through a 2006 fly catalogue the other day, I realised there haven't been any meaningful improvements in fly rods/reels/lines since. I'd happily fish with the stuff available back then today and be no worse off. In fact, I'll be much better off given how much stuff costs these days.
  4. I've used them in the UK also. No issues. I used them in Exmouth, WA in 100+ degrees, they worked there too. The BTT is my go-to wading bonefish line. No idea how they do it?
  5. Nice work Cary. I found an old and unused original Airflo Coldsaltwater 40+ Intermediate when having a clearout the other week. This is the original version with the teal smooth running line and clear head (black join). It is still, the best cold-water intermediate ever made in my opinion.
  6. Last week in the UK. On the water at first light. A special time.
  7. Is there a type of fly hook preference for bluefish or doesn't it matter?
  8. When you see them burst onto a flat all lit up green. I'll inevitably be fishing without wire but I'll still cast at them, hook one for 5 seconds - I just can't help myself! I always have flies rigged on wire but it happens so quickly you normally don't have time.
  9. Thanks for posting. I'm getting VERY excited about my cape visit next month. I really hope the bluefish show up.
  10. I loved the old Recons. I can't get over the fact that I never paid more than $400 for one and I have 4. Now they are $600 for a 'mid-priced' rod that is heavier than the old version puts me off. But I have never cast one so I could be talking c**p?
  11. And how do you know that there were more seals back then? As I say, without data its assumption. Rats have been around before humans but I guess you would want them controlled even though they have been around since back in the day? With less fish about - due to whatever reasons (human consumption, pollution, global warming etc) the impact of unchecked seals is greater. The argument that humans shouldn't manage the environment is crass and ignores reality.
  12. Yes, seals have been around for a long time.... but what was the population of seals back then?
  13. I use a bike lock through the scuppers and to my roof rack. It's more of a deterrent than a serious anti-theft solution.
  14. Smaller 3" Sandeel and Silverside patterns mainly, especially in daylight. Backed up with a few shrimp, crab and squid patterns. Sparse clousers and baitfish patterns (smaller BT deceivers and synthetics). Out front in the surf or in inlets then some larger/heavier patterns like flatwings, BT deceivers, sempers, half/halfs, bunny leech and synthetic baitfish patterns. A few surface flies and you are covering most scenarios.
  15. Thanks - its so I can predict when the surf has flattened off so I can sight cast it (fly fishing).