Steve Schullery

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About Steve Schullery

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  • About Me:
    Retired chemistry prof.
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    Besides the obvious, Model A Ford, trains, & guitar
  • What I do for a living:
    retired. deal with Parkinson's

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  1. Boy, I thought I was prone to get off on tangents.
  2. Well said, Mike. I don't feel superior to gear fishers or that fly fishing is reliably better than gear--sometimes it is; sometimes it's not, although fly fishing IS generally more difficult/challenging. If my life depended on catching fish, I would dust off my old Heddon Sonics (actually, Herter's knockoffs thereof) and hang an utralight spinning reel on my Berkeley Parametric fly rod. But, it doesn't. I don't even like to eat fish. I don't begin to understand it. I got to a point where it was like a switch flipped in my brain, and I was just not interested in gear fishing any more. I still love the gear. I like playing with the gear, getting out my old tackle box and inspecting all my swell plugs and spinners, etc. For me, it's kind of like sex. Once you've tried it, you just sort of lose interest in the old way, even if it is a bit more reliable
  3. Don't even own a spinning rod. Never have. Went directly from cane poles, to casting rods, to fly rod, to fly rod with spinning reel, back to fly rod for good after a friend bought a place on the Au Sable and I discovered what it really was all about. I'd rather not catch fly fishing than catch fish not fly fishing.
  4. Yes, I don't doubt that every once in a while a mullet will take a #4 clouser, but in my experience, I would never think of suggesting mullet fishing that way. I think it's happened to me three times with pink/white clousers, probably because that's all I use, Local66, Do you have a sense that mullet are particularly attracted to BLACK clousers?
  5. scoleen, yes, some of them grunted or croaked, but I think lots fish do. ccb, Hey, it never occurred to me to get offended. I forgot which photo showed what details better (i.e., less bad).
  6. This is about a fly pattern for catching mullet, not about a pattern for imitating mullet to catch other stuff: I was looking something else up in The Standard Book of Fishing when I came across this mullet fishing lore, I would encourage someone who's going to Florida soon to try it out and report back. I've heard of catching them on little fluffs of green stuff (algae fly) but not on a real fly. Sounds like it was no big deal back in the day. This could be a big deal. Mullet are hard fighters and well known jumpers, and (unlike carp, for example) unquestionably good to eat. The book : Editor, Ira N. Gabrielson OR Bruce R. Tuttle; publisher and date, and Stackpole and Heck OR Greystone, 1950. (???) I've shown a picture of a black gnat, given elsewhere in the book, and I assume shows, roughly at least, what the author had in mind for the pattern.
  7. HEre's the only other photo from the exciting day. Stripes are more visible in fish #3 and #8 (from left). I do recall that they were not all the same species: a mixed bag. Also, they were caught fishing a piece of shrimp on the bottom. I believe that Corpus Christi, TX qualifies as "down south". I can't tell you what a thrill this was--to fill up a stringer! We had recently moved down from Pennsylvania and my parents couldn't get over how people used shrimp for BAIT!! Dad had taken Paul and me fishing several times in PA but neither he nor Paul had ever caught anything. I had caught one trout and a few bluegills on my new fly rod (aka. "Stevie's dude pole") back in PA and countless bluegills on worms fishing with my batchelor uncle in Buckeye Lake, but this wasa a whole new world (that only lasted two years til we moved again.)
  8. Jon, I knew I sensed more of a shared heritage than just fishing when we met. I believe that 1955 was the last year that Nash featured those enclosed front wheel wells, making tight turns impossible. Although only the Statesman model, this one was somewhat of a sleeper (on the Nash scale) having a two-barrel carburetor on it flat head six. Dad was somewhat of a Nash sustaining patron. He had a '49, '51,'53, '55, and 1957--the last year they used the name badge. Then, he had several Ambassadors, AMC, and Ramblers before they finally gave up the ghost completely. Now, all that's left of it is the acronym for nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a form of fatty liver, which he may have sustained too.
  9. It never occurred to us that there was a difference between fresh and salt water tackle. We were thrilled to catch any thing stringer-worthy. I had a metal casting rod, and rinsing your gear hadn't been invented yet, like the word "gear"..
  10. another opinion on the stripedy one is black drum.
  11. My brother and I are trying to figure out what those fish were that we caught as kids. We were newcomers to saltwater and to Corpus Christi, TX. I think that's a seatrout on one end and a sheepshead on the other end; can anyone provide likely ID of any of the others? I believe that at the time we were calling some of them croaker and drum. (The year was 1955, 56, or 57. Car is a 55 Nash)
  12. when conditions permit, using a full intermediate line I put my rod tip on the bottom (full rod except for reel submerged!) and strip untill I feel/hear leader knots in tip top.
  13. I don't think so. Sick fish don't wallow randomly; they typically make the same repetitive movements as they labor to stay upright or get away.
  14. Before he invented his loop knot, Kreh (& Sosin) recommended a 3 1/2 turn clinch knot when using heavy leaders. Unlike with trout rigs, never had it fail (with 40 lb test fluoro leader), even on way too big tarpon and sharks. Don't feel like I'm in control of flies with loop knots. Baitfish don't wallow and flop around.
  15. well, I guess I learned my lesson: don't try to delete a duplicate post; it will just be copied yet again. Help, Brian??