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    I enjoy fishing for almost anything, tying flies, building rods.
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  1. As CGG says, a longer rod may have advantages when you are wade fishing on the flats, near reefs. You may find the short stix rod ideal when fishing from a boat for Gas over a reef. Ted
  2. I think I am up to about 40 again. Sold about a dozen a few years ago, but have managed to accumulate them again. Several are self-made bamboo, that I don't fish much any more. I find that I do much better with longer rods in rivers. Ted
  3. I would look for a used Peak or Renzetti Traveler vise, if I were you. These occasionally come up for sale for around $100. You want to make sure you get a vise that holds the hook securely and does not allow it to slip in the jaws. Both of these vises are "rotary", allowing you to turn the jaws for viewing the backside of the hook or for wrapping materials on the hook. Many people also like the Regal vise, which holds hooks very securely, but does not have the same rotary features. Ted
  4. I have a TFO BVK 12 weight in excellent condition. This is one of the easiest casting 12 weight rods. Asking $190, shipped. Thanks, Ted
  5. I think they stopped making the 6000 series about 3-4 years ago. They brought out the 8000 series around that time and are now closing them out. I have several of the 6000 series reels and have been very happy with them. Ted
  6. I think it depends on where you are going and the size of the food that the fish are eating at that location. I know that size 6 or 8 is pretty standard in the Yucatan and Christmas Island, but larger flies are used in Florida and the Bahamas. Ted
  7. The best method I have found for finding the spine on a 4 piece rod... Find the spine on the tip section and mark it. Find the spine on the second section and mark it. Assemble the first two sections with the marks aligned and find the spine. It should agree with the original marks. If it doesn't, then twist the second section slightly so that the combined spine does line up with the marks on the tip. On very light rods, you can probably find a spine on the 3rd section, but I have not been able to do this reliably on heavier (7 weight or higher) rods. Assemble the first three sections and, by trial and error, check for the spine with different alignments of the 3rd section to the first two until a spine is found that agrees with the first two. Repeat for the butt section. Ted
  8. I agree that the caster is the most significant factor in casting accuracy. I also believe that some rods are inherently more accurate than others. A few years back, I built two Sage Xi2 8 wt rods, one for my brother-in-law and one for myself. On his rod, I built on the spine. On my rod, I built on the "straightest axis" alignment dots that Sage puts on the rod. Test casting the two rods, I found that the rod I built for my BIL was more consistently accurate than the one I built for myself. I was surprised that there was so much perceptible difference between the rods. If the rod is not built on the spine, then I don't think the rod tip will track as straight under load as a rod that is built on the spine. I also think that the amount of load matters. On some rods that I have built, the spine seems to vary depending on the load on the rod. It will be very close to that "straightest axis" under light load and move to a different axis under heavy load. This means that for short casts, the tip will deflect in one direction, but for long casts, which load the rod more, the direction will be a little different. I think that a good caster who uses a rod a lot will learn to compensate for this variation of rod tip direction with loading. It will be more of a problem for a caster who changes rods and has to adapt his casting stroke to the variations of each individual blank. Ted
  9. I caught one in 2002 from the beach, DIY, at the East Cape, Baja. It was small, maybe 3 pounds. I had been casting to boils, catching mostly ladyfish, when I got lucky and hooked the rooster. Ted
  10. Great! Thank you and thanks SOL as well.
  11. Hi Do, The shipping and PayPal fees will eat $25. How about $325? Thanks, Ted
  12. This is the first generation Helios rod. The brown one. I have uploaded 4 photos. Thanks, Ted
  13. That is a very nice reel and should be paired with a comparable rod. I have an unused Orvis Helios 908-4 that I will sell for $350, including shipping and PayPal fees. It comes with the original tube and sock. Thanks, Ted
  14. If I did not already have one of these rods, I would buy it. Definitely my favorite 10 wt. Ted
  15. I think your best access from shore would be from South Padre Island. This gives access to the sand flats from the east side. The west, mainland side, is muddier and more difficult to access without a boat. As mightyrime already said, this is a huge area, and you will have problems accessing much of it without a fast boat. When I fished the area with a guide a few years ago, the standard technique for finding reds was to zig zag at high speed over the area until reds were spotted, then stop and hunt for fishing opportunities. I had the impression that reds only occupied a very small percentage of the area at any one time. Ted