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About charliestriper

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  1. Interesting you mention Bruce Chard. He was behind the design of the SA Grand Slam fly line. I actually like the way this line punches out and penetrates the wind for tarpon, but I thought he had to be kidding using this splashy thick head for spooky bonefish and permit. And hence not really a “grand slam” line. It was only on watching his construction of 12 foot bonefish and permit leaders that it made some sense. Rather than having a longer tapered fly line, he was using a thick butt section of mono as his extension of the fly line. And that a long clear mono butt and intermediate section of a leader has more stealth than any fly line taper. I would bet that even Bruce Chard would admit the Grand Slam is not the best fly line for a calm sea with no wind. But how often does that happen on his home waters in Florida? And I doubt that the multiple step downs in his leader designs are needed for Northeast fishing. Although the thinner diameter of the middle section of his leaders may help the leader sink a bit faster, if that is your goal. Anyway, it was on watching his leader construction videos using a thick butt section to match the diameter of his fly line that it made sense that fly line and leader construction had to be thought of as a continuous unit to deliver the fly, rather than the line and leader are separate entities.
  2. Some food for thought. I like saltwater fly lines with a very short front taper. I would rather use a thick butt section of the leader for turnover and stealth, rather than a line with a longer and thinner front taper. But there are fly lines out there (especially bonefish lines) with a longer front taper that would do better with a thinner butt section. Cary somewhat covers this when he mentions the best is to measure the fly line with a micrometer for the best match for the butt section of the leader, but I doubt most do this. In the Northeast, those who fish back bays and estuaries with seven and eight weights may notice this more with the longer, thinner diameter front tapers.
  3. Sadder still, I fear they are being cut up for bait.
  4. Cary, Thank you for responding to my question about a longer head floating line. It is much appreciated that you provide so much expertise to us SO users. Being in the industry, and with many years of using so many products, your opinion is invaluable. (I have a bunch of fly lines I don’t use, having bought them thinking the tapers and fly shop advice were good, but being disappointed.) I am going to get the SA infinity Salt, as it won’t go to waste for summer/early fall here, or for winter trips to Florida, Puerto Rico, or the Bahamas. And I will probably get the Rio mid head Spey as well, as my 10 wt. NRX+ feels like it can handle extra weight, just as the older NRX’s did. And I can always use it on my Sage One two handed 8 weight. Again, thank you so much.
  5. I rarely fish a floating line until September, but started using one last year for Albies just because it is easier to haul a fair amount of line out of the water and recast it without wasting time on an extra set of false casts. I am more used to an intermediate with a long head (SA camo) and am in the habit of really hauling on the back cast to send line back there. So although I have used the Airflo cold salt water (and it is a good line) I have a tendency to get into the running line on the last backcast, and have a frustrating time with decreased distance when the line hinges.
  6. What’s better than having a vacation home in Montana? Answer: having two brother’s with vacation homes in Montana. They spend spring, summer and fall scouting out all the best spots on the best rivers, knowing the hatches and what flies to use. And they insist at being at the oars in their drift boats, so for me it is non-stop fishing. I just have to show up and start catching. I guess I was born under a lucky star.
  7. I am a sucker for research and hard data. A dozen years ago Berkley did a series of tests and called it “knot wars”. They tied knots and pulled on the line until the line/knot broke. In 2010, in the seventh and final round for “Knots tied to hook and swivel”, the Berkley braid knot won. If you do a google search you can 1.) watch the knot wars test 2.) watch a separate video to better see how it is tied. My only warning is that for braid 20 pounds or less, and/or for coated slick braids to make at least 10 turns of the doubled line rather than just the 8 stated in the video. (And a special thanks to you, Albacized, for all your helpful posts.)
  8. Albie fever. It runs high this time of year. For those who don’t have a boat, and spend a fair amount of time blind casting, I am in search of a long head (50’) floating line that casts similar to the SI camo intermediate line. Right now a Rio technical tarpon with a 60 foot head seems to be working well, but when water temperatures drop, I doubt this will be a viable choice. I am thinking an SA Amplitude Anadro may be an option, and I do have it in a 10 weight, but obviously is a freshwater line, and although Carey mentions it, he doesn’t give a definite opinion, other than the general opinion to avoid freshwater lines in the salt. Carey, do you, or anyone else have a 50’ plus head floating line to use in the salt for water temps down to 60, and slightly below? (For what it’s worth, I spend most of my time blind casting from a long jetty similar to what is in Cary’s moniker in Rhode Island. And have caught many of my albies with long blind casts rather than targeting individual schools. Using a Loomis NRX + 10 weight.) Or am I better off blind casting with the SI camo intermediate line?
  9. I just bought the Fishpond Thunderhead fully submersible chest pack, but mainly for trout fishing, although I might use it in the salt. It has a 5 liter capacity. Haven’t used it yet though. It just came out this year, and I was attracted to it being waterproof. I often fish “light” with just a fly box in the front pocket of my waders and a wading belt with a Boga grip (bluefish teeth), small pouch and pliers, and tippet reel in my shirt pocket. Usually a stripping basket as well. (I have the Thunderhead sling pack, but fall into the temptation of cramming too much in it, then deciding to leave it in the car in case I really need something else.)
  10. First, divers found parts of the landing gear, then the "fuselage" was found. I'm not sure how badly the plane broke up on impact. I am not aware that there has been speculation that it was very unusual that the pilot's body was not found in the parts of the plane that were recovered.
  11. More likely he had a heart attack or stroke, lost consciousness, steep descent. Sad. Condolences to his family.
  12. Love the consistency in the reports. I suppose it will take a third opinion to break the tie.
  13. Seems like I read something similar in Kenny Abrame's "Striper Moon", and several other places, and nodding my head and thinking that sounds right. I guess "Great minds think alike." (Wish I had one.)
  14. Very innovative repair. My only concern is for this drive to break down again when you are further out than you'd like to be without the drive. (The new variation of "Up a creek without a paddle.")