WeeHooker

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  1. While I can't speak for that exact vise sold today, I can tell you that I (and friends) have tied thousands of flies on cheap vises from Cabelas, bass pro, sunrise and other chinese builds. I have yet to see one "wear out" in years of "normal" use for tying in the #10-2/0 range. I still have 3-4 in the basement that I loan out regularly for teaching and all will work well enough with adjustment. I did go through an asortment ( 10-15 maybe) of other "better" brand vises over the past 30 years. Lets face it. A vise is a simple tool. It just needs to hold a hook. It's not a space shuttle. Buy what you like but don't be convinced spending $25-50 more gets you a significantly better built tool. Spending $100-$150 might.( FWIW, I tie on a pair of Renzetti travelers these days myself.) As for materials and paterns, there is nothing written in stone when it comes to fly tying. Once you learn what properties certain materials offer, you can substitute in / make up your own patterns at will. It's what makes it all fun and interesting! Enjoy!
  2. Cabelas makes a tool kit for $40 that will give you all the vise and tools you need to get started. I tied for salt, warm and cold water on a similar vise for years. Don't go crazy with special , pattern specific materials either. If you stick with older, well recognized patternsm, you can make do with a small collection of natural bucktail, hair, saddle hackle,feathers etc that can grow as you go along. You should be able to get everything you need to tie a good variaty of salt and trout flies for $100 or so. (I know this because I've set up others to get started along the lines of what you are looking to do.) p.s. Find a FF club near you and go sit with the guys( /gals) that have experience when they tie. Chances are they are willing to share their knowledge (as well as materials and tools if they like you)!
  3. I try to add a few new ponds/lakes/streams to my "to do" list every year. Prospecting new water keeps things interesting. I will mostly keep to my proven lures/techniques though. Maybe even downsize more to a selection that I'm actually inclined to use more than once a season. No point throwing 50+ years of learning down the tube.
  4. If used properly ( Read: with thought to safety) and anchor trolly is a handy tool. I tend to use mine with a ( Harkin Micro) Cam cleat to secure the anchor line. That way, I can instantly free myself from the anchor with one swipe of the hand. It's also a handy tool for adjusting your rode length .
  5. I had a friend that got tired of the sections twisting on his 10' 9wt Loomis XXX so he glued all 4 sections togeather to make a one piece rod. Thankfully the rod never needed warrenty repair :-)
  6. Fly rod with sinking line and a floating bug off a 6-8' leader.
  7. I run a 16' Mirrocraft Outfitter with a 30hp tiller Nissan 4 stroke. I set it up specificaly for fly fishing and it works great for my needs. It tows easily, can be launched /hauled (by myself) easily, goes in anything from super skinny estuaries to inshore saltwater. I will run it a mile or so off the beach in open water but need to watch the weather. I feel as comfortable/ capable in this boat as I did in my older 18' glass boat with 70hp. Aluminum boats are lighter than glass boats so they tend to bounce around when it gets rough. ( The upside is that I can fish it a 4-6 hrs on a gallon and a half of fuel and it costs less to buy/power.) Truth be told, the days I find it uncomfortable to fish it out in open water, I would find it not much better in a 19' CC. It's not a safety thing, it's a comfort thing for me.
  8. Beware, hen buying on line, it's not uncommon to get poor-midland quality when it comes to natural products. Bears Den is local to me. I'll add that I have NEVER seen a poor quality bucktail ( or any other material for that matter.) Scott, carries nothing but quality and his prices are very fair. p.s. They have their annual show coming up next weekend too. It's well worth a ride to the store if you can swing it.
  9. and don't forget a fine wire /heavy mono bite tippet. It's not hard to loose 4-5 nicely tied flies in a row when you find pickeral water. Been there- Done that
  10. I'd actually like to see a NO KiLL reg for a couple of years to let the fish catch up . That makes it easy to enforce. Any fish, any size is not allowed. I'd also like to see some real enforcement from the clam cops and courts. Of course, I have no expectation that any of this will happen until things get allot worse.
  11. The Bears Den is a show in itself on any given day. Scott packs some seriously diverse inventory into that shop!
  12. Maybe I'm a purist but I just don't get trying to make a kayak into a 200# overcrowded plastic barge. When you consider the kayaks limitations weighed against the money, complexity and weight involved in adding all this gear, why not just get a 12-14' aluminum boat and be done with it?
  13. Welcome, If you end up in Dartmouth for a bit, you might check out the Rhody Fly Rodders SW fly fishing club. They meet just over the line in RI at the Riverside Sportsmans Club (on the Third Tuesday Evening of each month) which is only a 30 min ride from Dartmouth. Friendly, knowledgeable and laid back folks in this club. I've been a member since 94'. I live in the next town over and would be happy to introduce you to the group. Just PM me if you want to know more about the club (or some decent local springtime spots).
  14. ....and Ray Bondorew's book is also a must have IMHO. That said, don't overlook some of the excellent Small and Largemouth bass to be found on the cape. Chances are you already have the rods needed.
  15. I test cast a 6wt Scott Tidal and a 6 wt T&T Zone side by side this year. The Scott was nicely appointed but I thought the Zone (at the same price) was a notably better performer. That said, rods are a personal thong. Your experience may differ. Cast before you buy!