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  1. A bit more information about the currents and types of water movement the rocks see would be useful. Rocky areas in surf vs rocky areas in more or less constant current fish differently. In churning water with significant wave action, like out front surf, if you want to get your fly more than a foot below the surface you need an intermediate head minimum because the waves will pick up and move your line around and plane your fly up. Mending over waves will keep them from pulling your running line around and planing the head up. One of my favorite ways to fish the surf out front is with a flatwing and intermediate shooting head. I just let the wave action tumble and move the fly around while I keep just tight enough to maintain feel and mend over waves as best I can. Inevitably you will have to strip line in to keep tight but it's a very efficient way to cover water.
  2. Dougie I spent the last hour restocking them, culling a lot more unnecessary flies. Down to a much smaller number. But I'll never stop tying more! I'm actually going to be getting rid of a lot of them if you're interested...
  3. What Chuck said. Think of it as a 12/13wt spey blank with an action approximating a saltwater proven 9' blank but with a stiffer tip. They just blast the beaches. I've got a 13/14wt MkIII that throws 750 grains overhead, any fly, in any weather. Where a windswept and frothy outer beach will rock a 9' 10wt, this rod will rock the beach. It just doesn't care about what the ocean is doing.
  4. I have an Alps triangle seat on a surf fly rod and it works great for that. Holds the reel securely, no wobble. However, I don't know how comfortable it will be in your hands if you fish with the reel seat in your hands while working your lure. Sand gets in the threads of the seat and while you can easily wash it out with a spritz of water it's a slight annoyance. That's mostly an aluminum seat thing. The biggest thing to consider will be how cold it will be in your hands. Aluminum is commonly used for heat sinks so if the seat is in your hands a lot a graphite one might be better as it won't suck the heat out of your hands. Another thing to think about is how easily will that rubberized coating come off the aluminum? I would be willing to bet it will wear off eventually, especially in high wear areas like the corners and edges of the seat.
  5. Lefty's deceiver from 4-7" long in olive over white or chartreuse over white, clouser minnow in olive over white 3-6" long, white gurglers and honestly that's really pretty much enough. There's lots more flies than that out there but honestly your presentation and angling skill makes a far bigger difference than your flies do.
  6. Just cast. It's the same thing, just bigger tackle. There's no difference in technique or fundamentals.
  7. You just should not be able to break a hook in a vise by clamping pressure alone. If you can then that hook is ****. Simple as that. Mustad 3407 will flatten a bit but they're soft as soap. Steel should bend or deform plastically before it breaks, especially in a fishhook. If they are just outright breaking then you got a bad hook. Very simple. You need to understand that the heat treatment of steel determines more of it's physical properties than anything else including chemical composition. Poor treatment results in crap. The kind of failure you are describing is most likely a result of overheating the steel and a large amount of retained austenite, which won't necessarily lower the hardness of the steel but will cause embrittlement and a much lower ultimate yield strength than a properly hardened steel. In a knife this situation makes an edge which is hard, but chips and rolls at the same time, indicating a reduced ultimate yield strength and failure points within the steel. We can go on like this or you can accept that you have had hooks with a botched heat treat in them. It happens, especially with hooks like those.
  8. If it's happening with those hooks the heat treat is junk, embrittled steel from soaking too long at critical temp or excessive retained austenite post tempering. Trust me if anyone knows this it's me after working with it so much from knifemaking. A properly hardened and heat treated hook should never ever fail in the vise. I'd suggest abandoning tiemco if that's happening with those hooks.
  9. Most likely it was an issue in heat treating. Small cross section (relatively speaking) means the steel cools fast, forms lots of internal stress which is relieved partially from tempering, may have tempered too long too hot or any number of a thousand things. Highly unlikely it was your fault it broke. Most likely an issue with manufacturing in that batch. Happens. Also 20# tippet is stronger than people give it credit for. I'd look for a heavier hook if I were you though. Big fly like that, obviously the fish won't care if the hook is a bit thicker.
  10. No amount of pressure from a fly tying should be able to get remotely close to damaging a hook of that caliber, given it's made of hardened steel.
  11. A gentle mix of soapy water and a wash cloth. Soak it, pull the line through twice, spool back up. Easy enough. For the guides a similar operation is fine. Just wipe them down. Snakes will wear out with use. I have some that are heavily grooved from use but the rods are too cheap to bother putting proper guides on them. Ceramics last several magnitudes longer than snakes do. You never see them on commercial rods though. If you have grooving or wear in your guides it's time to replace them. Ceramics basically never need replacing unless the ring cracks or comes out.
  12. Dan, if anyone's a tosser it's me. You've seen how I cast!
  13. You know what I mean. I haven't, though I haven't needed anything as my casting has quieted down a lot. Technique is better and I'm not hitting it quite as hard as I used to though it is still a pretty aggressive cast. It's weird seeing you post on here. You're normally a ghost.
  14. Not all of us are comfortable wet wading in 60 degree water though. I'm young like you and I wouldn't want to be doing that if I didn't have to! Parachute cord for laces. Best damn thing I ever did for my boots. Last forever.
  15. That's very rare indeed. What a fish story that fly will tell! Gamakatsu makes a live bait hook, heaviest wire I've ever seen on a hook that size. Straight eye, short shank, like 8x wire. You'll break your rod before the hook gives.