Uncle Stu

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  1. That sounds fun, Mikey. Too bad we live thousands of miles apart...
  2. I try to stay aware of the possibility of that close in strike. Fishing 2 hand, when the head starts into the guides, I will begin my lift to roll cast but keep fishing the fly. Keep fishing as you lift the head from the water. Turn sideways and drag the leader right up to you and then roll cast to get your head back out in front of you and you're all set to do it all again.
  3. We could start a thread "All Things Two Hand Fly" or similar just to share photos and tips. Under the West Coast regional forum, we have "Catch Anything Today?" that's been growing for years. Just a thought.
  4. +1 here. By the way, how are we supposed to pronounce "Gierach?"
  5. I love this story. Sounds like something they would show on Blue Planet or Planet Earth, the nature shows. The Drake magazine had a recent story on how they filmed the giant trevallies eating birds in the Seychelles. Amazing to me how much work they put into it for a precious few minutes of footage.
  6. I live in the county but I don't fish on that beach--too many people for me. Linesideslayer is correct in his post. Stripers are rare; perch are common and they run BIG in that area, compared to elsewhere. Oceano Dunes is Nirvana for anglers who pursue record size barred surf perch. Best season is winter/spring when they spawn. Bait is popular (sand crabs) but too boring for me. Best lure is a Carolina rig with a small curly tail grub, Big Gulp sandworm, or Krusteaz rubber crab. They will also hit flies and jerkbaits, with the Lucky Craft Flash Minnow 110 being a proven winner for big perch. My favorite spinning rig is the Riversider Steelhead combo from Dicks, loaded with 20 lb braid.
  7. Sorry I can't stay quiet on this one. Rolling them in DRY sand can't be good for their skin. It's possible to drag a fish up the wet sand, snap a photo on the WET sand, and release it without totally covering it in dry sand. I do it all the time. The wet sand doesn't coat them all over like corn meal. That said--I don't think my preaching is gonna change anyone's habits. I think each angler evolves at his or her own rate and gradually becomes aware of such things. I know I've done many things in the past I would never do now. Way to go Nubbins--nice fish!
  8. Squammer, I'm a west coast saltwater fly guy on a budget. Like Stormy, I have joint issues and recently got myself an Echo 11' 6w switch rod for 2-hand casting, which helped me a lot. Echo has great customer service and I think they make some of the best rods in the lower-end range. (under $200) My reel is the newer Pflueger Medalist 7/8 (I love clickers--no drag to fail) and my lines are Airflo. I find Airflo to be more durable than the other big names. I think that one can fish a non-saltwater reel if you protect it with Boeshield or WD40 and always rinse it. Of course, you can buy better rods and reels for more money... but I don't think you can buy better ones for under $200. Monitoring the Classifieds on this and other fly forums is a good idea, I got my reel brand new that way, for a low price.
  9. That's a fun fishery. I like the surprise of getting an occasional trout and tons of smallies. It's a good place to get started with flyfishing because of the way those bass jump on the hook. Yes, light gear is is order for sure... the lighter the better!
  10. Haha! Indeed, I fish in relatively polite conditions. Mornings only with zero wind. I can see where a stiff wind out front could be a real challenge that requires a badass rod. My hat goes off to you guys for even attempting to fly fish out there. The surf here can be dangerous. I've been knocked down more than once, and keeping on my feet is quite a workout. I am still curious though... do you guys begin your casting stroke with an underhand arc like Andre Moy does, or is the back cast overhead as i described? Does one need a rod longer than 11' to back cast underhanded?
  11. I too will sometimes use a casting egg with flies on a spinning rig. It worked great on some bright, fat coho a couple weeks ago in AK. Never tried it in rough surf but it should work. I would use a crappie jig with enough weight to keep it down but small enough to fit in a perch's mouth. Orange and red are the good colors, chartreuse as well. Who knows--we might be pioneers of an effective new West Coast surf technique! Here is a photo of my wife with a coho caught on a jig fly rigged under a casting egg.
  12. Great thread everyone. About a year ago, some of you remember that I got my first TH rod for surf fishing as a result of ongoing shoulder problems. I spent a few hours practicing on still water and I learned this two-step cast: first, roll cast to get the head on top of the water (sinking line) and second, a simple overhead cast while holding the rod with both hands. For me, the key to this cast is to punch my bottom hand toward my stomach on the forward stroke--the only way to get decent distance. I keep going back to the Andrew Moy video (page 2 of this thread) which shows him setting up the cast with an underhand motion. I've tried and I can't make this work. My cast is more back-and-forward like we do on SH rods, without hauling of course, all of it overhead. I've had no instruction on this and I probably have some bad habits. That said, I'm now able to send a big fly at least as far as I could previously on a double-hauled SH rod with MUCH less effort--keeping my old shoulder very happy. With my limited budget, I find that Echo products offer solid value for reasonable prices. I'm using their Classic Switch 11' 6w with Airflo lines that sink at 3IPS: the Sniper and the 40+ Extreme in 8w with short heads. I'm happy with my beginner setup but I realize, I am just beginning my journey into the world of TH fly casting.
  13. Yes, in fact I was not expecting these to be around. We usually find stripers around here (between Pismo and Big Sur) from April through August. It's always spotty with lots of skunk days. I was casting a very small perch fly when I got the first one, then I switched to a big striper fly and got two more pretty quick. They disappear in the fall and return in the spring. That's fine with me because fall marks the return of the bigger barred surfperch. The fat spawners will be available until spring, when the stripers return. I love being on the beach at the crack of dawn when the fog is thick and I'm the only person in sight.
  14. It's good to be back on my home beaches, where the Echo Switch 11' 6w rod is working for me. A great morning in the fog with 3 stripers landed and 4 perch as well. Kept these two for dinner. Thank you Mother Ocean.