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  1. My wife and I are new to kayaking and just bought a tandem kayak. It is 33 inches maximum width. I have looked about what to buy online but would like some personal suggestions. Since we are in our late sixties it will be recreational with some fly fishing. I am six feet 175 pounds DW is five foot six 130 pounds. Budget is around $140 each. Thank you.
  2. Thank you for all the good advice. We got a good deal on two Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Hybrid paddles. Weight is around 30oz. and 250 cm for me and 230cm for DW. Thanks again.
  3. Cheech: "You never got back to us when you were looking for a kayak, which tandem did you get?" I apologize for not posting my choice. We bought a Hurricane Skimmer 140 tandem. I like the weight 65lbs. and also was told it was very stable another plus.
  4. I think we'll be ok but you never know!
  5. I am thinking about buying a kayak and would like a recommendation. My wife and I are an active 70 years old. We would like a kayak for mostly recreation use but some fly fishing. It would be used both in fresh and salt water (stripers). I am six feet two inches tall she an average height five feet six. We would like it to be open and as stable possible and light enough too put on the roof of our VW van. Price limit if possible under $1,000. Suggestions? Thanks BF
  6. In the small bay that I fish for stripers in Maine the fishing dropped off considerably once August arrived. Mentioning this to a friend he said once the poggies show up in numbers (which they did) they will deplete the surrounding water of oxygen and in a small bay like the one I fish this will drive the stripers away. Make sense? If so where do they go, farther out or do the move on?
  7. 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
  8. Every year I have to replace the lights on my trailer due to corrosion from the salt. After installing the lights this year the small lights at the front of the trailer work but the main lights on the rear do not, no side lights, no directional, no main lights. I find electrical issues challenging. Suggestions?
  9. Since I had lights up front I was sure it could not be the ground but I had checked most everything else so as suggested above by Captain Ahab I took off the ground wired cleaned with sand paper and I had lights, it was the ground!! Thanks Captain!
  10. I will be on Assateague Island form April 7th. trough the 10th. any reason to bring the fly road along? BF
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. You're going to have to tie those on behind a tree! Nice.
  15. 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
  16. Thanks for the info, I'm booked into Nickerson the last week of May.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. Where did you find the box?
  22. 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.)
  23. I plan on purchasing a new rod and reel for my striper trips next summer. I will be catching mostly schoolies. With a modest budget in mind I have narrowed the rod choices to: Echo Boost, TFO Clouser, and Redington Predator.The reels are: Allen Kracken (not sure what model), Orvis Hydros V, and Nautilus X Series (not sure what model).The rod will be a 9wt. Looking for recommendations for these choices or others. BF
  24. 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
  25. Thanks Mike Called them the other day they have some interesting tying classes and other stuff which I plan on taking advantage of also signed up for their newsletter.