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  1. @Seadogg - Nice work. What hooks and what size are those?
  2. I tried one years ago and liked it but being 3 piece it was impractical. Pity they didn't do a 4 piece version back in the day.
  3. I recently bought a 12wt (Hardy SWS) for pelagics and maybe GT's. But after practice casting over a few days I swapped it for the 11wt version. Casting 12wt lines was too much for me. I couldn't get any distance and I suspect I would get tennis/golfers elbow after a days fishing it. The 11wt version is still a beefy rod but so much easier to cast without killing myself. All the 11wt's I tried in the proper saltwater ranges definitely felt a big step up from 10wt's. The way I see it is if you can't get the fly in front of the fish you are wasting your time anyway. I doubt that I'm missing out much on the fishing fighting front either from what I can tell - time will tell I guess?
  4. I tried the Take Stripping basket when I was bonefishing this year which was excellent. Its super light and has an very comfortable elasticated belt that worked well. So as long as the basket is light I don't see why an elastic belt won't last for a few years. I'm not sure why more people don't use them bonefishing either, especially on coral flats?
  5. I will be tacking some fly fishing guided days to the end of a miami business trip in september. What's hot at this time? Should I head for the keys or north to get my string pulled?
  6. The made in England ones are good (made by BFR - British Fly Reels) before Orvis moved production to China - The Chinese ones corrode in my experience.
  7. Very sad news. Like many on here I have never met Dick but enjoyed his posts and reports and through those feel like I do know him. Thoughts and prayers to him and his family.
  8. Update - the Nautilus Big Handles work great on the larger Dani’s and fit the original handle internals and screw. Slightly longer and a much more comfortable shape IMO.
  9. Correction, I had a reply so well done SA. 40lb apparently.
  10. I had a 7'11" Recon and liked it, but ended up exchanging it as I prefer the line management that a 9ft rod gives you and I can cast further with a 9ft. But those short rods are insanely light and fun to use with the right line.
  11. It's a pity manufacturers don't share the core strength of their lines. I'm interested in the Scientific Anglers 'Sonar Sink 30 Warm' and their 'Sonar Sink 30 Clear' lines but I've emailed them twice with no response. Buying lines at $80-$100 a pop is a lottery these days.
  12. I'm guess the optimum fly line for this sort of fishing is a tropical fast sinking head (preferably with a high core strength) rather than an intermediate?
  13. Is there any hard evidence that opening areas of the outer beaches to ORV's impacts plover populations?
  14. I've got a thing about reels so I can't blame anyone for dropping their hard earned cash on them. But once you start buying spare spools for these top end reels it starts getting exponentially expensive. Typically spare spools are at least 50% the cost of the full reel. I simply can't justify it. Now if Abel SDS had spools for $150-$200 each then I'd seriously think about it.
  15. Well I really hope the lack of decent inshore fish this year is just down to them staying offshore to munch squid.