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About Highlandsaltyfly

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  • Birthday 04/29/1965

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    Fishing, music,luthiery
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    Fisheries biologist

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  1. Hi Late to this topic. Fished last fall in NJ ,with SOLer Veitiero. Was much impressed with his casting with double handedsaltwater rod. He could punch a line right out a ridiculous distance and cover much more water than myself with my 8 wt Greys. I have an old ,hardly used ( maybe 3 or 4 times ) Diawa whisker fly 2 salmon rod . 15 foot #9/11. Any use for salt? Jim
  2. Hi The fines won't stop them Theyhave a market for their fish, it's down to money at the end of the day. The restauranteurs and ultimately the customers probably don't give a fig about the legality of the fish on the plate. Perhaps you need to police the restaurant, whack them with a fine when food inspector s find under sized fish in their kitchens? Jim
  3. Hi Started at the age of nine. I had an uncle who fished the River Coquet in Northumberland, England. I would join him for weekends, trout fishing with wee spinners or mepps. He often used the fly which fascinated me. Sadly he had a stroke and could not fish anymore . The following christmas he gave me a fly rod and reel and his old fly tying kit and books. That was it! I still have the rod and reel , books and kit. My eldest son inherited my uncle's old Hardy fly rod and reel and spinning rods when he died a year or so back. Keepin it going! Jim
  4. Hi As a biologist I spend quite a chunk of my time with sea trout (sea run browns). I have watched on a number of occasions sea trout post smolts in the sea feeding on wind blown insects coming off stands of pine and birch. So even in the sea they never forget the goodies they enjoyed in freshwater. Food is food! Jim
  5. I guess either no ones used them or they are less than good .Will tie up a coule of flies and try out Jim
  6. Hi Its a woolly ash aphid or similar , adult winged stage. Caddis and sedge flies are both the same , interchangeable names ,order Trichoptera (hairy winged flies). The name caddis refers to the case building larvae and harks back to caddymen ,pedlars who pinned their wares to their clothing, The term Caddy ,as in golf , comes from the same origin. Some Trichopterans do not build cases , they spin a net instead and use that to capture food Jim
  7. Hi all Been given a couple of packs of Partidge Sea streamers CS11/3 hooks. Never used them before . Bizarre looking hook .Any of you guys tried them?Does the reversed barb cause any issues? Heres a pic from the internet. Jim
  8. Hi Not a tackle or technique tip .Many years ago I hurt my shoulder , reaching around for my sea belt! Did it again more recently reaching arround to hand sweeties to my kids in the back seat!. The first time was a real bummer as I'd managed to get get myself a day on the Spey courtesy of a promostional day for my company .I took along my brand new 15ft double hander .By the end of the day I was in agony and could hardly move my arm ( I did however get my pb sea trout which was some degree of releif) I have a freind who was a physio (ex physio to Britains ladies hockey or net ball team, cant remember which ) .She treated me with acupuncture and the results were great .The second time it happened I went to my local chinese clinic and was treated just a sucessefully . I know it sounds like mumbo jumbo to some but give it a try. Jim
  9. I see a couple of different parasites on this fish. The long stringy things are a skin fluke. It's probably a Lernaeenicus species. I've seen similar on herring but a species which attacks the eye. They are a Pernellid parasitic copepod. What you are seeing is adult females, the body is the long thin red bit and egg chains brown. The egg chains contain many embryos which hatch and go through a series of planktonic stages before attaching to the fish. Mid flank and down and left of the black spot are a couple of female caligid sea lice, probably Caligid elongatus. You'll be more familiar with this as they are generalist marine parasites, I've seen them on stripers and Atlantic salmon too. These are also parasitic copepod, you can see thier much shorter egg chains if you zoom in. Jim
  10. Thanks piratkey I've done quite a bite swff for euro sea bass but have never caught one of their spotty cousins. Would you recommend I try the wilder surf's on the west coast or try the beaches say Coralejo ,before the tourists wake up? Weather and surf permitting of course! Jim
  11. Hi Bonefishdick Thanks for that. I'm ordering up some smaller salt water hooks #2,4,6 ect for smaller fish such as the palometa pompano and spotted sea bass. Need to stock up on wee clousers, gurglers and candies. What sort of leader would you recommend for the Pomp's? Jim
  12. Ive used the wee mustad fastach clips, especially at the end of a wire leader eg for pike. They are much slimmer than the ring type clips .Seem to let the fly move https://lurelounge.co.uk/product/mustad-ultrapoint-fastach-clips/ Jim
  13. Hi 20Lb cod on a 5 lb wild eye shad, on a 5 and a half foot spinning rod with 13lb test. Sisimiut, Greenland 2008. Jim
  14. Hi I get what you say ,but am limited by quiet times with my job and tight budget. Beggars can't be choosers! I'll make the best of whatever presents itself. Not expecting to get to fish every day. I'm familiar with the coastal terrain, big seas and wind! Ill be mobile, so will keep an eye on wind direction and choose accordingly.If conditions are favourable some of the deep water mark s might produce, I'll hopefully get a shot with my depth finder line. I've got a Cortland predator line and a good intermediate. I should be good to go when conditions allow. I'll have my 11foot spin rod for when things don't agree with the fly. Will be happy even with a few garfish or palometa! Jim
  15. Hi all Havent managed to make it over the water this fall due to work and and general disorganisation. However, by way of consolation, I've managed to secure some leave in January and have booked a cheap getaway to Fuerteventura in the Canaries . A lot of the fish they get will be familiar to you guys; bluefish ,altantic bonito, barracuda and the like . Plus some species related to fish you get in the states. They have a relative of the pompano called the palometa (Trachurinus ovatus) which basically does the same things as your Florida species. I Plus big Grey mullet'm putting a fly box toorthree together for the trip and wonder if you guys have any experience and suggestions re patterns hook size etcs Heres my thinking Bluefish ;Baitfish patterns, Clousers ,poppers, bangers ,crease flies Bonito ; candies and crease flies Baracuda, poppers bangers , ,not sure what else Pompano; small crabby things! Grey mullet; bread flies I visited FTV a some 20 odd years ago and pretty much skunked badly on the fly. I wasnt mobile and only fished with walking distance of my apartment. I raised a lot of big barracuda, up to a metre long but couldnt get them to commit .They'd zoom up to the fly and then back off . I think the problem was probably my retrieve as I tended to slow down to a slow twitch rather than maintaining my pace. Jim