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  1. Travis Smith has also already been super helpful. Maybe I can pick your brain as well. Speaking of which, is there any reason I can build the hull during one winter, run the skiff over the summer, then finish the interior the next winter?
  2. For some reason I have really resigned myself to fly fishing in shallow water by sight. I'm certain that if I was yanking in 40# bass my feelings would change but for now that's where I'm at. Even compared to guided albie trips I like wading the shallows for schoolies far more. There are some other non fishing factors involved with my decision as well. I have "fishing" funds that I can use Even though I could finance a JB or big flats boat and still be within my annual "fishing" budget, if my wife ever got wind of the total price of something like that...I'd be sleeping in the boat. For that reason I think something small and subtle will work best and then when the family is ready we can pull the trigger on a Maritime, JB, Parker, Panga, etc. What my wife will really want is capacity. The cool thing about building a boat is that I can stay involved without leaving the house. I am starting to get depressed thinking about the end of season. I have three kids under three and a half so I'm limited on time away from the house. At night, instead of an hour tying flies I could be building a little skiff. If I do the Conchfish 16 I would take baby steps venturing out. I can find plenty of fish within a few miles of the launch. After all, guys do great with kayaks, SUPs and wading. I see this as the next step.
  3. If I go small I’ve messed around with the idea of building a Conchfish 16. A few month ago, when I was seriously thinking about financing, I called East Cape to get their thoughts on what would fit up here. The model they recommended was...not even theirs, it was a Maritime. He said get a bare hull ship it down and let them rip it up. He mentioned dropping the freeboard, adding an entirely new fore and aft casting decks, new cockpit, platform, etc. It’s a cool idea but it would be expensive by the end and I could just slap a poling platform on a Maritime and call it a day. Its funny you mention wakes. That’s what I’m concerned about. I’ve had two wakes end up in my kayak this summer. Not a great feeling.
  4. Which microskiff are you running? I'm leaning towards something like that for now.
  5. Which general area are you fishing?
  6. Thanks for all the input. I think I'll get into something small to start, learn the ropes, and stay confined to the protected areas. I can always fish within a few miles of the launch when fishing more exposed spots. I have three kids under three and a half. When they are ready for a boat I'll jump to a Panga/Maritime/Whaler/Eastern/flats boat and be able to cover more of the exposed areas.
  7. I think it's because I've had my best success locally when the water is very shallow. There is great fishing with about a foot of water on the flat. There is not a lot of exposure and I can fish it more frequently than a trip to the Cape. So I wouldn't want to give up this fishing just to have more access if I fished the Cape for a week once a year. I also believe there are beach side sight fishing options around me that could yield better fish. Don't really want to brave an inlet on the wrong tide in a Gheenoe.
  8. I've spent the last year going in circles thinking about a good fly fishing machine to us in New England. It used to be that I was looking for a skiff that could do the flats and rocks out front. I don't think the rocks out front are really my thing anymore although all fishing is fun for me. So, between Boston and the NH border I'm finding some fun sheltered flats. In these areas a kayak/SUP/microskiff/Gheeneo/dory will be fine. My new concern is how these options would fair on the largest flats that the Cape has to offer. They are so expansive that a 20 mile run wouldn't be unreasonable. Certainly I can wade right where I put it but I'd love to have some range and the ability to zip around. Can this be done in a microskiff with zero deadrise and little freeboard? Or do I really need to look a skiff that can handle a bit of chop. This question specifically pertains to that big flat in the Cape. If I'm fishing Nantucket, MV, or Monomoy I'm going with a guide.
  9. Did you have a fish on or were you just casting the rod?
  10. Also, the Sage Method and Winston BiiiX are both on closeout. Why are you looking at the H3 specifically as your high end choice? Would it be the H3D or H3F?
  11. Here is one issue I have with the Exocett and other true to weight rods. These days all manufacturers are pushing the envelope to produce lighter rods. If a rod is true to weight, you are no longer comparing it's weight/swing weight to other rods in that class but the one below. For example, I throw a 9 wt permit on my Method 9, Asquith 9 and Exocett 10. At that point they are throwing the same line but the Exocett is MUCH heavier. Love the action with the right line but it's a bit heavy.
  12. How’s it working out?
  13. For the flats I like a clouser or crab. For the clouser or crab I like a 9 wt. For the clouser or crab on a 9 wt I like a RIO Permit. It is a heavy line but it allows me to control a large lead dumbbell better. I prefer a floating line that I'm going to have to recast for a second shot. I might try a Rio Bonefish over the next few weeks with some smaller crabs and other flies. It has worked other places and I'm sure it will do well on the NE flats.
  14. I enjoy being in the serene ocean environs that have been described above. The most savored fly fishing situation, the one that has negatively affected many aspects of my personal life, is the visual stimulation that comes from sight casting to happy fish. Dry flies to rising browns, high stick nymphing to rainbows in gin clear water, tossing crabs to tailing permit, and most often, chucking clousers to cruising stipers in a foot and a half of water. It is in these situations that all my excessive thinking stops and it's just me and the fish for a few seconds. When I step back and describe these moments I feel like I am describing a cat being tempted by a ball of feathers on a string.
  15. Hmm. I always use a tropic line in the summer.