The Graveyard Shift

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  1. I use the Owner Saltwater Jig Hooks. They have a good anti corrosion finish and are XXX wire so can handle a big bass. They only sell them in 3/0, 5/0, and 7/0. The flies pictured are tied on the 7/0 hooks. I have been pretty impressed with hook durability and penetration on fish up to 37 inches. I have yet to get a 40 inch fish this year so no field test yet on a truly large fish. Also due to the straighter nature of hook point they are easy to touch up in the field to keep points very sharp.
  2. I sure hope fall is good. Usually, August produces a good amount of large striped bass for me, but despite a lot of effort I have been unable to find any keeper sized fish since July 30th. The grind has really been grinding back this month.
  3. A couple of new patterns tied this summer
  4. @thaistick had a blast out there in Oahu the bones were bigger on average than what I was used to in Florida and Belize. We were primarily fishing flats via kayak out 3/4 mile off shore. The coral made landing them tough and I destroyed two fly lines by end of each trip. Lot of fun have not been back in a decade fun seeing your adventure I will have to get back some day! I used a guide named Kevin with Nervous Waters he was awesome but no longer guiding out there.
  5. awesome glad to know they are in range. Will continue the search!
  6. Nice thats awesome! From shore? Will keep the night wading grind going
  7. 100% if you consider boat ownership versus using a guide the economics all boil down to how often will you realistically use your boat. 10 trips at $6000 per year gets you 10 years of 10 high quality fishing trips per year. You could easily spend $60,000 on a boat over 10 years or much more money than that. If you are going to get out 30 trips a season then boat ownership is probably the way to go. Not sure in-between 10-30 trips the economics favor one vs the other. Also depending on level of boat you want this cost equation could be much different. My little 14' row boat that I got to take kids on the water is all in $4000 total and since I can keep in my driveway and trailer the costs are very low. So boats for fishing can vary greatly in cost. I wade fish because its low cost and easy to jam short 3 hour trips in frequently. I fish typically 70-80 trips per year with 60 being for stripers during the 6 month season up here. In the winter through spring I chase wild trout in some tiny creeks near my house when I see a break in weather that will get fish actively feeding. Because I have to do those trout trips in daylight the frequency I go is 6 times less than my night striper trips. I forgo sleep for fishing, but I don't forgo family time for fish very often.
  8. Well was hoping August would pick up on quality fish like last year. But from shore this has been my worst August to date. Will keep grinding as always but I would be happy to break 28" this month let alone anything truly large. Hope people are finding better success than I am.
  9. I would say 1-4 times a year for the average fly guy I know. Its definitely considered a luxury. Some guys just wont use them for different reasons. I have several people I know through my work that use guides 20 plus trips a year. It all depends on your financial resources. I would say most people I know do 1-2 trips solo trips a year. Or they do 4-5 trips if they are splitting cost of a boat with another angler friend. For me personally I go on 2-4 trips a year depending on my budget constraints. They are different trips: 1. Saltwater with a guide who I can learn a lot from. I do a kayak flats trip every year with Steve Kean. Steve's price is more affordable in terms of guide costs and I learn a ton from him on every trip. He introduced me to night fly fishing for striped bass. I am very picky on who I use and I think of these trips as investing in my striped bass education. I have been just as happy on my skunk trips because I learn 1/2 a seasons worth of knowledge in one day. A recent guide I tried and will continue to use going forward was James Browne in Maine. He was excellent and I cannot more highly recommend James or Steve even for an experienced fly angler. 2. Western mass trout: I love big brown trout and they are hard to find. Plus I usually only get one day a year to go out and chase them. So I try to do one trip with the Harrison Brothers. I have a 50% success rate on trips with them finding brown trout over 20" long. I highly recommend Dan and Tom to anyone who wants to target large trout in Massachusetts. 3. New Species: I take trips every couple of years to chase something new. I consider it worth paying for a good guide to have the best shot at success. My next target is a musky on the fly rod. Ways to make trips more economical: 1. Share a boat and split trip cost with another angler. You wont get every prime shot but it is a good compromise. 2. Per person charters. I am wary of these they are often four people and depending who is on boat it can be a bad mix. 3. Go on the off peak periods. Unfortunately there are plenty of guides out there who are not worth what you will spend. So getting personal references is ideal.
  10. This looks like an ideal solution for a wetsuit fly fisherman.
  11. Fishing them slow on the bottom in areas of low current is very boring for sure day or night. Fishing them under the indicator is the same as nymphing so if you like nymphing you would like that approach. It only works in very specific areas though preferably with lots of current, active mussel or oyster beds, and rocky structure or sharp drop undercut banks with sod chunks to help provide holding lies. As mentioned before as I move around with red light as I see crabs I stop to check if they are molting or not. If they are then I will attempt this if they are not I stick to more standard approaches. As you get more and more familiar with what to look for you don't need to touch crabs you can visually identify a molting crab using white light. At this point I am still grabbing them to be sure, but 9/10 times my suspicions that they are soft have been confirmed. Some green crabs are actually red in appearance this is less common where I fish and I am still not 100% on identifying their coloration differences that indicate molting.
  12. Well worked hard last night and thought I was gonna get the skunk but I noticed an area with five pairs of spawning green crabs. Grabbed one pair confirming bigger sized soft female crabs. Switched to crab flies and saved the skunk, but only got schoolies to hand. Blind fishing crabs in inlets only seems to be effective if you are observant and choose to do it when you start finding molting crabs. The molting green crabs cannot swim well or hang onto rocks well so get dislodged and tumble. So a tradition nymph indicator approach works well in areas of good current. When all the crabs I am seeing are hard shell I have found its a poor approach. So its really turning out to be more of a match the hatch tactic. Fish searching sliders or streamers in the inlets but if you find a crab spawn switch it up and capitalize. Tightline keeps snagging too much so indicators with unweighted flies and oval shot to keep it near bottom has been way to go. UV light to charge the glowing thingamabobber is key I messed around with crabs on beaches and flats at night since fishing with James Brown in Maine. Fishing them blind slow along bottom on a sinking line worked at night too.
  13. Good Advice thank you!
  14. A friend and I are starting a club next year. Goal was help more guys get into fly fishing for stripers. Its our way to hopefully give back since we need new blood becoming fly fishers in general. Still working out details but there will be no cost to join. I have secured a location for monthly meetings and working through legal night access to a large private property that is closed to public at night for club fishing trips during striper season. Meetings will be in Hull, MA. Goal is have first one in February. Marc and I are funding the meeting location costs and getting tables and chairs maybe a few vises so we can have some fly tying available. If people live in area and might be interested in coming let me know. Its going to be very low key for a while as both Marc and I have young families and limited resources. But it should be nice people and opportunites to learn how to fly cast better, tie flies, and about striper fishing in general. We hope some experienced guys join too we dont have all the answers hoping to create a nice club so people have fun and learn from each other
  15. That is definitely market pricing. With all the costs they bear I would stay that is a pretty fair price. If you went and did a fresh water trip you could spend that much money on a drift boat too these days.
  16. We have been talking to other clubs. At some point we have go formal and set up a non-profit with legal structure, financial structure, and a board of governors. That is a lot administrative work we are not ready to take on yet so avoid any financial liability we are not charging for the club and trying to run it through end of 2020 at a low cost. We are slowly identifying who can be helpful too, but as you said its a very low percentage of those that actually join the group. I am actually looking for presenters for the meetings in October, November, December and January. Would love recommendations or if any SOL members want to present that would be great. Any saltwater fly fishing or fly tying topic would be a great presentation option.
  17. I will have to come back with gloves there was tons of broken glass, but I learned the hard way not to try and pick that up with out leather gloves. Needles, broken glass, and poison ivy are bad hazards to run into best to keep the young ones clear of them. When my kids are a bit older (2 & 4 Y/O now) we will adopt a similar routine of picking up when we go outdoors not just on fishing trips.
  18. Went rock hopping to access some deeper water. Pretty treacherous footing out there glad I had the spikes. Found a couple bigger schoolies fishing top water sliders on a slow waking retrieve. Sun came up on my trek back to car. With full daylight it was apparent that others had been littering the pullout so I took some time to clean it up. People take our access for granted keep making a mess and those local spots will get locked off forever.
  19. TH is the way to go for consistent blind casting. I use my TH 12wt a lot because it is easy to power casts with TH OH style. Four to six hours of blind casting a night tide is easy work though I typically keep my trips 2-3 hours for sake of getting some sleep before heading to work. I can still launch casts fine on the 12wt SH rods, but I with bad joints its not much fun the next day when my arthritis flares up. For me its the range of motion required in the SH cast vs TH cast not a lack of strength. TH avoids the range of motion that my joints can no longer tolerate. For SH rods I stick to sight fishing these days and I am only 36 but according to my doctor my shoulders are in the same shape as someone in their late 60s/early 70s. I also surfcast 4-6oz bucktails which is why I probably think casting a 12wt is not much work. Surfcasting heavy lures does bot bother my arthritis but is physically harder than fly fishing for sure.
  20. I enjoy it while I can. I usually drive to work but have been able to avoid it this year. M-W-F I am on the 6am ferry and T-Th I am on the 7:15am
  21. An 11wt that throws 475+ grains would be fine to meet any striper needs. You don't need a 12 if you have that in my opinion. I have 10wt then jump to 12wt. There is no 11wt just 10 and 12 wt options for those two hand overhead rods. The 10 is not always enough so I got the 12. 10wt is my 55% rod these days. 35% is the 12wt and I use my 9' 9wt about 10%. Hoping to take it for beach tarpon to FL next year. But it sees plenty of use here.
  22. I use a 12wt for stripers quite frequently. I have the T&T exocett surf two hand 12wt. For inlets throwing flies in the 10-14" bracket at night its awesome. Also its great in fishing when wind would normally keep you off the water fly fishing. Its not much fun when you hook undersized fish, but when you get big fish in serious current the 12wt with 40lb leader is clutch. So reasons to own one are: 1: Your want to fly fish wind over 15mph 2: You plan to use 12" or longer flies regularly 3: You fish from shore targeting larger fish in inlets with current 2 kts or greater If you chase striped bass from a boat you can most likely make do with just a 10wt. You can do a lot of things in a boat I cannot do from shore to compensate for having lighter tackle.
  23. Bring them along. More the merrier!
  24. Found a bunch of stripers in feeder creek to estuary during a 7 mile kayaking trip. They were in clear, skinny, mainly freshwater eating juvenile herring. There is tons of bait all over the main estuary so I wondered why all the stripers were up here in the middle of summer. I think the answer lies in water temperature the creek must be spring fed as it was 67-68 degrees when i took water temps. Down by the ocean inlet water temps were around 77 degrees. Cool discovery on vacation.
  25. Next club meeting is Wednesday August 21 at 8pm. At the Weir River Estuary Center in Hull, MA. We have a guest speaker for this one who is a must see: Joe Cordeiro has in the past 15 years focusing on teaching fly fishing and presenting at shows and marketing saltwater flies. Joe will be presenting to the club on August 21st his tips on estuary fishing. He will also be demonstrating tying the patterns that work in the estuaries. Joe has been fishing his entire life growing up near Cape Cod. Fly-fishing has been his main focus for many years. His salt-water fly patterns have been tested in waters for their imitation to the bait they mimic. Fly Tying is not just a hobby for this man it is a passion. Joe has been tying flies for over 30 years. Many of his patterns are lifelike imitations. The materials used are natural and add to the authenticity of the product. Joe’s style and tying technique have caught the attention and admiration of many seasoned fly tiers and his passion for the art is evident. If you can make this meeting it will be a great one. To help cover the cost we are charging $10 per person. Currently the club is free my cofounder and I pay all expenses out of pocket but for this presentation we are trying to break even if we can. Club update: We currently have over 100 members. This will be our 7th meeting attendance has averaged around 20 people. Each meeting has been half repeat attendees and half new attendees. Club has got one person to catch the fly fishing bug and brought three long time fly fishermen from sweetwater to the salt. Happy with progress so far.