The Graveyard Shift

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    Fly Fishing, Surfcasting, Bass Fishing, and Fishing in general
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  1. If your new to the sport stick to three seasons at first. Fishing can be hard enough without dealing with extreme cold. A breathable wading jacket is a good place to start. Had very good luck with my Orvis mid price wading jackets over past two decades. Get a larger shell with room for layers. I wear large normaly but in fishing jackets go XL so I can layer with up to three layers. next to skin smart wool is awesome and so are many silk weight antimicrobial fabrics. I like 100 weight fleeces as my mid-layer. If you get into moderate to heavy surf fishing a wading jacket wont cut it. You will need either a semi-dri or dri-top. I find them less desirable if you really dont need them. Also wetsuits start to come into play. These are more advanced areas I dont recommend you start there, but you should be aware they exist.
  2. Can you clarify conditions? Are you asking about fishing below freezing temperatures to 40 degrees or 41 degrees or warmer. It matters at lot because below 40 degrees I would recommend boot-foot waders with insulated boots. Above 41 degrees you can do okay in stocking foot waders.
  3. The economics of spare spool pricing is often hard to swallow. No disagreement there.
  4. All good points for adding to discussion. I had forgotten about Frank mentioning targeting big fish with flies on sandeels. He also much to your point mentions that fly fishermen often lose those big fish by failing to use stout leaders and hooks. I believe he said something along the lines of fly fishermen might actually hook more big fish than they realize but lose them at the very beginning of the fight. There are plenty of anecdotes about small teasers in-front of big plugs being key to catching large bass up to 30lbs plus during fall run. I do agree in the fall fish seem to group by size when moving when the prevalence of bait along beach is small. Find those pods of big fish and a smaller presentation will catch the predominant size of fish which can be quite large. On surf gear if you would throw tins or smaller bucktails then standard flies will work probably better than the lures. Assuming to your point you can range the fish's feeding area and get right presentation of fly which may take different line type and fly weighting schemes. I keep rereading Ed Mitchell and Rich Murphy's books they are treasurer troves of information too. I am not saying rule out fly fishing sources for your search for big fish just saying we should pay more attention to what has been written by guys who catch them with much more frequency from shore.
  5. Great that will be helpful. I like learning new casts. its always best to have multiple tools available to you. What you are explaining has me intrigued.
  6. I am super confused. Are you actually hauling or two hand casting? I cannot conceptualize being able to do both. either my left hand is on bottom of rod or its hauling on the line. I don't haul at all I just feed running line out during the rear stroke of false cast. all power and line acceleration is from my bottom hand powering the TH rod. I honestly am completely self taught other than watching "Andrew Moy: Two Hand Rods in the Salt" video on YouTube. I cast the same way he shows in the video. No idea if my casting stroke is correct or not but no issues with distance so I assume its good enough. Mike Oliver fished with me he can probably comment on if I am casting correctly or not. I have the thomas and thomas exocett surf in 10wt and 12wt. I have the Outbound Short 10wt in floating and S6/I. I have the Rio Levithan 26ft sink in 500 grains on the 12wt. Because I am fishing at night I only use 3' leaders of straight 25lb on the 10wt, and 40lb on the 12wt. At this point I have about one year experince with TH OH casting on these rods. Both rods I will throw a 12" beast fly the entire fly line plus 15' of backing in no wind practice casting on the water. The line bangs in to the reel and fly turns over. Not sure the real distance I dont cast on grass and measure. For wind the sinking line is substantially easier to cast than a floating line. basically 10mph wind I can cast 90' with the 10wt sinking line and 70-75' with the floating line. If wind is forecasted over 10mph I take the 12wt it works well into 15mph out to 90' with the 500 grain sink line. As wind increases distance drops off substantially. When wind was over 20mph last fall I could only get about 40-50' cast with the 12wt. over 25mph I use the surfcasting rod and fly rod stays home, even in 20mph its only a 50% chance I choose to fly fish instead of surf-cast. So I would say 20mph is a decision point for me on whether I fly or spin fish currently. My assumption is since I am not measuring on grass my fly is landing shorter than I actually think it is. I don't measure wind I just track what the weather report is saying during my trip logs. In general at night I prefer 50-75' for casts unless structure is so far out I have make casts further than 75' to range it. I wear a hood always it saves me from hooking myself in ear, neck, or head.
  7. agree get a crab out in front. On the bayside back when I got to the cape more that was ticket on bigger fish I spotted. Barely move crab to get their attention and to take.
  8. So I started this thread prior to reading Zeno Hromin's "The Hunt for Big Stripers". I finished it and now I am rereading a second time. Its a surfcasting book but its invaluable information on real strategies to get cow bass from shore. I learned a ton and most of my personal observations were echoed throughout the book. You should read it. These guys know way more than I and its clear I am walking the right path but have another decade of effort to get close to these guys level. Trying to convert surfcasting success to fly success is not easy to do but it can be done if you leave your comfort zone.
  9. One of the smaller sizes of that reel would be an ideal small tuna reel for albies from shore on a single hand 9wt or 10wt rod. Wish I had time to try and chase albies from shore.
  10. It fishes well. I have not hooked anything large enough to really test the drag (37" was largest striper). The drag adjust quickly and precisely during a fight and its very smooth on startup. I have the 11/12 model. Its surprisingly light weight a fact that is almost a negative on my two hand 11' 12wt. A heavier reel would balance the rod better. On a 9' single hand rod it would be ideal as the light weight is an advantage to help with casting fatigue.
  11. I agree the average king is larger than a lot of schoolies people encounter. I would only point out you dont need a sealed drag for freshwater. In the salt and sand I think its worth spending the extra money. I tried a Behemoth the salt was quite harsh on it. Redington actually was super helpful gave me a great credit and I got another. Its on my freshwater spey rod the drag is more than adequate for kings or stripers but in the rough surf it did not like getting drenched in salt water.
  12. I agree its not necessary mid priced reels can get the job done adequately for sure, but after finally getting a high end one after five seasons of making due with $250 reel I wish had got a better reel sooner. I upgraded to a Ross Evolution R Salt and I love it. Its not a need to have, but it is very nice to have.
  13. I am certain my casts are pretty ugly. I get the distance I need so I don't worry about it. The heavily weighted jig flies plus 500 grains gets my total delivery weight to 2 ounces. I have not blown up my 12wt yet and I am happy I can get 85-90 ugly casts out there which gets the job done. The sink down is still not nearly as efficient at a 5-6 ounce bucktail, but I am now getting down deep enough consistently in 3KTS to catch fish. If current gets over 3.5 KTS I cannot get down. How do I decide if I am getting down: If I snag the bottom and lose flies. No flies lost means not getting down deep enough. The casts are still using the line loop to deliver the cast not the weight of the fly, but I can tell going any heavier will make it no long fly casting and also risk breaking my rod. It seems the limits of current line and fly combo is 15-18 feet at 3KTS or 25 feet at 2KTS. So I try to focus my efforts on inlet structure that is within my capabilities to get down effectively with this fly gear. My use of TH rods is not so much focused on wind, but I can certainly say I really don't worry about what the wind is doing anymore when I fish from a casting perspective. I do pay attention to the wind from a fish patterning point of view.
  14. Wow I learned a lot thanks RJ!
  15. Oh one other scenario came to mind that does not happen to me but through other friends I know of. If you are fishing clousers and sunddenly start catching scup frequently along with schoolies mark the area. come back at night withs scup sized flies. Big fish will be there