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About Bigfish25

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  • Birthday 07/06/1951


  • About Me:
    Retired and live on the mid coast of Maine.
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    Fly fishing, biking, swimming
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  1. I will be on Assateague Island form April 7th. trough the 10th. any reason to bring the fly road along? BF
  2. Some background about where I fish. I live in a small town in mid coast Maine. The beauty of it is its a pretty little harbor and the launch is less than a mile form my house. So when I leave in the morning around 5 AM I'm fishing 15 minutes later. At high tide the maximum water depth in the channel is about 25 feet as the water recedes the head of the bay pretty much empties out. To be fair I do think the fish density is small here. As I mentioned in my earlier post I rarely see fish busting or birds diving for bait. Although I have seen pogies and mackerel at various time during the summer. I have never caught a fish over 25 inches. On a good day I'll catch 6-8 schoolies most days less but I think I can do better. Along with better fly selections I'm upgrading my fly lines. I do not have a good intermediate line or a good full sink line so I know I'm not getting down. As mentioned above I now understand this can be critical. I'm also going to change some of my fishing times go out a little earlier or try some late evening fishing which I have yet to do. After reading some of the posts I will start fishing some larger flies as well, most of my patterns are less than 5 inches. Similar to HillTop i'm new to striper fishing so all thjis is very helpful. Thanks for all the suggestions. BF
  3. I always struggle a bit in fly selections when fishing for stripers. The area I fish is a small estuary near home. I have two rods set up, one with a floating line and one intermediate sinking line. I start early in the morning and cast along the rocky shore of the bay.I always tie on a gurgler or popper first, I like the top water action and these flies usually work best early and then I switch to a green and white clouser. I fish out of a small boat and rarely see fish chasing bait so its hit or miss and it takes awhile to find fish. I have a good selection of flies in different sizes and colors, clousers, deceivers, surf candy, crabs, poppers, crease flies ect. For some reason I rarely change flies, most of the flies in my box I've never used. I think I could increase my catch if I understood more about fly selection. So how do you work through your fly box and why? Color, size, pattern, time of day, time of year, type of water? How often should I move the boat? What role does the tide play if any? Lots of questions I know. Thanks BF
  4. Numbskiull Thanks for the comments and link. The main reason i need to get my casting in order is I'm making my first fishing trip to the Cape. I'll be there the last week of May and will be staying at Nickerson Park. Hopefully the weather and fish will cooperate.
  5. After more than 45 years of fly fishing I'm embarrassed to say I don't cast very well. I have poor mechanics which results in too much effort and poorly formed loops. I'm sure I have developed many bad habits but I "get by" because I only cast as much line as I can lay out straight. This worked ok until I started fishing the salt a few years ago which exposed my lack of skill even more. On a much anticipated trip to the Florida Keys and a costly day with a guide this became painfully evident. Red fish at 2 o'clock at 30 yards was impossible for me, a puff of mud and they were gone, not one hook up, it was a long day for both of us. So my resolve this year is to get better (double haul I hope). I will schedule some time with an instructor once the weather improves here in Maine in the meantime: any recommendations for an instructor, books, videos, or any other suggestions? Thanks
  6. You're going to have to tie those on behind a tree! Nice.
  7. Thanks for the info, I'm booked into Nickerson the last week of May.
  8. Thank you for the contact information I will give Steve a call this week. I'll be down to the Cape in mid April I'll stop in and introduce myself to Bob at Black Eel Outfitters.
  9. I am planning a trip to Cape Cod in mid May and will be staying at either Scusset Beach State Park or Nickerson State Forest Park. I would like to do some fly fishing for stripers and possibly spend a day with a guide and some DIY fishing (I will not have a boat). Is location of one park better than the other, or is one a better park? Will there be any stripers around at that time of year (I can change my schedule a bit if needed)? Any guide recommendations? Other suggestions? Thanks BF
  10. I hear ya! This is what I use $12 on Amazon really like it. It has 3 different levels of magnification. Looks a little cheezy but I've been using it for over a year and its held up well. BF
  11. Like a lot of fly fishermen this is the time of year I sit down at the vise and tie flies for the coming season. Although I have tied trout and Atlantic Salmon flies for a number of years I have spent very little time tying flies for saltwater fishing. Living on the Maine coast my target is stripers. I am hoping some of you will share your favorite patterns including size and color so that I may be well armed this summer. Thank You BF
  12. Where did you find the box?
  13. I'm looking at purchasing Cliff's Beast Fly Box to store my salt water flies, does anyone own one of these or use one similar or better? Thanks BF
  14. The first fish I caught that would take me into my backing was Atlantic Salmon a guide told me me to set the drag enough to avoid a backlash, that's all I've done ever since. Full disclosure I've never hooked a tarpon (but would very much like too.)
  15. Pulled the trigger on the Orvis Recon setup (8wt) couldn't pass up the 20% off plus the positive comments from others, now looking for a good 9wt rod. Thanks everyone. BF