Steve Schullery

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About Steve Schullery

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    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. Guys, thanks for the concern and interest. I'm OK, but Parkinson's has pretty much shut down my fishing lately, although there is hope that some combination of meds and electrical setting of my deep brain stimulator will let me get back at it in the future. The DBS totally fixed the tremor but necessary reduction in dopamine therapy has brought out other PD symptoms, including balance problems that make wading too risky and fatigue that makes any sustained activity impossible. But, it's been a hoot, from my first sunfish on a cane pole and worm in the Ohio canal, through all the carp on doughballs, a childhood spent dreaming with the Herters catalog, the beautiful Michigan trout, the astounding Florida saltwater fishery, and, of course, those wonderful stripers!!
  2. squammer, cheer up! these are dumb fish. they will take a clouser fished like a crab for a crab, in my experience, whether it's pink and white or olive and white! once upon a time, 3 or 4 of us were fishing over scattered rocks and bare sand where there was lots of crab fragments-litter in the water. we were catching squat, until I started letting the fly settle and drift on the bottom on a snug line with only the very occasional short tug. then a fish on every cast, first for me and my PW, then for my colleagues using the traditional olive/white clousers.. btw, the crab fragments were orange/white. Also, in my experience, the PW works well enough when the bass are feeding on squid.
  3. I only have three: pink/white clouser (Pink Wonder) pink/chartreuse clouser olive/white clouser
  4. Did you try Gamakatsu SL 11-3H hooks? 3x heavy, really strong and sharp.
  5. I've had a big tarpon and a spinner shark scoop my clouser off the bottom. The tarpon while I was sorting out a line tangle, and the shark while I was daydreaming.
  6. In case anyone's interested, I'm trying to recreate a Kauii fishing report of mine from 2005 on a long dead forum. I'll first copy/paste the dialogue and then try to find the pictures, in no particular order. Sorry, getting lazy in my old age. May help someone with their expectations management though. Also, this all happened before I learned about the bonefish. If I had it to do again, I would book time with Louie the Fish's son, Juaquin deNolfo. "" Several folks over the years have asked about fishing in Hawaii, so I thought someone might be interested in my recent experience. We spent most of our time (7 days) on Kauai, which is supposed to be one the least developed and more laid-back islands. It was the week around Christmas time and the temperature was in the 70's mostly, with partly cloudy days and only one rainy night. We stayed in the Aston Islander on the Beach on the east shore. The sand was about 40 feet from our screen door and another 30 feet to the water. The temptation to fish was overwhelming and my wife was wonderfully understanding, considering that formally we were celebrating our 35th anniversary. I am a relative newcomer to saltwater fishing with mainly Florida flats experience, but I am gung ho and easily amused. The first thing I noticed is how beautiful the water is, then I noticed the size of the surf, finally, after lots of driving around, I concluded that there is absolutely no wading-friendly place and that the surf never really lays down. We checked out the south coast around Poipu, which is reputed to be sunnier and calmer, but I could discern no difference in fishability. The surf on the north coast, by contrast, looked like it would go not only over my head but over my 2-story house as well! No place seemed better than right at our door. I could wade out maybe 8 feet max from the edge of the water. I waded wet a few times but was generally glad I had taken my waders. When in much over my knees, occasionally a large swell (breaking over my head) would literally pick me up and sit me back where it wanted me; that part was not much fun. Another little surprise was Hawaii sand; it is large grained so you sink in and it gets washed away from around your feet a lot more than you would expect. However, much of the shoreline seemed to have sort of a lava shelf at the edge of the water, on which you could fairly confidently stand, at least at low tide. Unfortunately, the rock has lots of places to catch your line; since I was using an intermediate density line (a floater would be hopeless in those waves) it was forever getting tangled on the rock. Ta da! I got out my handy dandy collapsible stripping basket I had been saving for just such an occasion. What a disappointment; it is a little too collapsible, plus, the line hangs up on the ends of the little inserts that are supposed to keep the line from tangling, plus, when it's not collapsing it is giving the waves way too much leverage against me. I wonder if I can get my money back from Feather-Craft? But, the water was beautiful and irresistible, and, being careful to check for beach walkers, etc. before EACH back cast, I spent a lot of time chucking as far as I could a variety of #4 & #6 clousers and other things that work well in Florida. The wind really wasn't as bad as I had expected, and sometimes it was even behind me. I used a 7-weight clear intermediate line, mostly on a 6-weight rod, although on the last day I risked wrecking my shoulder or elbow by switching to my 8-weight for more distance. Alas, there were precious few fish to be had, at least within my casting range. However, those fish I did catch were incredibly beautiful or, at least, odd, yet small. The biggest were some 2-foot long cornetfish, eel like things with a long tubular mouth for inhaling food, revealing their kinship to the seahorse. They are too thin to fight much. The rest of my catch could be called, generously, panfish. Actually, as a former aquarium keeper I felt a little guilty sometimes because that is really where most of them belonged. They included manybar goatfish, stocky hawkfish (aka. rockfish), jacks of some sort, lizardfish, the ubiquitous needle fish, and the most beautiful fish I have ever seen, a Christmas wrasse. The fly pattern did not seem to matter much, although, of course, pink-and-white worked the best. Some pictures are attached below. Apparently there really is not a significant shoreline sport fishery. My second clue was when I searched the shops for a sport fish identification book and all I could find were books for snorkelers, divers, and aquarists, generally with pictures taken UNDER the water, not a lot of help for fishermen. I bought two. My motel neighbor, who had been snorkeling out around the 2nd surf line, said there were some bigger fish out there, maybe a foot or so long; that was at least three times my best cast distance away, oh well. I tried high tide, hoping the alleged bigger fish would come in close, and low tide, hoping I could wade out farther and cast to the alleged bigger fish, and in-between tides, just hoping, all with same meager results. Other interesting stuff we saw, in addition to spectacular scenery, included several rare and endangered monk seals napping on our beach and flotillas of dolphins and (separately) presumed humpback whales cavorting in the distance. What about fresh water fishing? We noticed a large mounted rainbow trout in a museum gift shop on Kauai. The nice lady said that there used to be trout on the island but they had stopped stocking them several years ago because it was decided the non-native trout were eating the damselfly nymphs...duh! Otherwise, the freshwater streams I saw were not at all inviting, at least what I could see from major road crossing bridges. In fact, it was a while before I realized, based on more reading in the tour guide books, that these must be their streams; I had assumed from their appearance that they were canals. I mean, I REALLY like to fish, but I would prefer to just look at the pretty ocean water than to fish in that so-called freshwater. I talked to a local who I had watched standing out in the surf with a casting net for quite a while (unsuccessfully). He, like everyone, was very interested, if not amazed, that I was using a fly rod. He told me about a good pond for catching bass; I declined to investigate. So, is it worth taking your rod if you go to Hawaii? In my opinion and limited experience, it is borderline. From what I have read, the other islands are no better than Kauai, which is the oldest of the islands and has had the most time to have its volcanic rough edges worn down. We also spent two nights on Oahu at Waikiki, and the conditions there were not the least bit tempting, although I did see a big moray eel that some kid had caught around one of the artificial breakwaters. Personally, for me almost any fly-fishing is better than no fly-fishing and the water is just beautiful, so I would take my rod again, and maybe do some more exploring, hoping to find one good spot. But, if your fishing might jeopardize a relationship, you will not miss much and will be way ahead if you forgo the fishing opportunity and concentrate your attention on your shared experience, which almost certainly will be swell. EDIT NOTES: . I make no claim to have thoroughly searched the inland part of the island; apparently, there are some prettier stream sections than what I happened to see while just driving around, which is not surprising. Thanks for the report, Steve. Pretty place, but you are not the only guy who has caught Magie's Drawers there. It's the shared experience that really matters, to be sure. Without someone who also enjoys the experience it is the "ultimate loneliness." At age ~70+ my mother proposed that she and my dad go...from Florida. He managed to stay home using their dog for an excuse, but my mother was determined and went anyway. When I picked her up at the plane, I asked, "Well, how did you like it." She replied, "It would have been cheaper to go to Miami." As you know, there is good scenery, and fish "in" ~Miami. Bob I have been lead to believe that there are, in the mountains and hills of Hawaii, a few populations of Rainbow Trout. That the case anyone????? "Perhaps a century ago, the Reverend Canon Greenwell of Durham, England, bought faith to his congregation. He also brought a trout fly, Greenwell's Glory, which is still used today. His sermons, however, have been long forsaken to the passage of time" - Unknown INCLUDEPICTURE "" \* MERGEFORMATINET The fly fishing from shore in Hawai'i is tough. First you have to contend with the lava, then the coral. All the locals eat the fish they catch. When I lived there and went fishing with a local bud I caught a goat fish. I was going to throw it back he looked at me in an odd way and said "You nah gonna eat dat Brah?" When I told him I practiced catch and release he shook his head in disbelief, I handed him the fish. As a result fishing can be slim pickin's as you expereinced. Big game fishing is another story! Rainbow Trout are stocked in Hawai'i but I never got to fish for them. Hang Loose! If you can't laugh at yourself, you are missing the joke everyone else gets. Yes, I agree. I believe the net fisherman I talked to was after goatfish. He referred to them by their local name, moana, or something like that. I caught several of the "manybar" goatfish and am sorry I don't have a picture of any because they too are amazingly colored. A couple of local hotel employees were amazed when I showed them my stocky hawkfish, which at the time I had no idea what it was. They said it was a rockfish and could not believe I had caught it on a fly. They kept repeating "Are you sure you didn't have a piece of worm on there?" and "I've never heard of such a thing." and "It's good to eat; there is a barbeque over by the pool." The picture really doesn't do the hawkfish justice; the overall effect was bright reddish orange. Here I wade; I can do no other. Over the last 30 years the shore fishing has declined to a point that even the locals are asking the legislature to ban gill nets. This may be the year. We're working on it. A friend of mine takes fly fishermen out on the flats here on Oahu. They take some nice bone fish. Nervous Water Fly Fishermen. There is a link from my web site. These last 5 or 6 years I've totally given up on inshore fishing and only go for peacock bass in the lake. Great story, looking forward to your about the next fishing adventure, Aloha, I thought I saw some flats from the airplane as we were approaching the Honolulu airport runway. Are those it? If not, can you tell me about where they are. I saw nothing approximating flats while I was on the land, although I didn't explore Oahu to speak of. Also, for other readers, my pictures are no longer showing because for some strange reason their URLs keep changing for no apparent reason. They are stored in an album at The pictures really aren't all that much of a deal, but I've sort of taken this as a personal challenge. Steve Here I wade; I can do no other. Nice fish, but Steve... why the hell are you wearing waders in Hawaii? Richie Yeah, I know. It looks a little fruity, but I figure I'm old enough to do what I want. The fact is the water was kind of cool; you'll notice in that first picture there weren't exactly a lot of sunbathers on the beach. It's nice being dry (at least mostly dry) when you're done. I tried it wet a few times and discovered I really couldn't get out any further due to the surf, shifting sands, undertow, and rocky bottom (no wading shoes), so why not be dry and comfy?
  7. The lucky boy is your first cousin, twice removed. "Removed" refers to number of generations between the persons.
  8. and they are great when there are no bluegills to be had!
  9. Lefty recommended heavy and soft butts. Heavy to provide enough momentum so the leader is in charge of where the fly goes; soft so it turns over in a tight, least-wind-resistant loop. Years ago, Swisher and Richards took the same point to an extreme with their flat butt leaders, which gave extremely tight loops but which, in my inexpert hands, led to hellacious tangles with the least little bit of tailing loop. They also and perhaps to minimize the tangle problem used Mason hard mono for the tippet and lighter segments.
  10. Here's a typical pile of used clousers after a Florida trip. You can see the small proportion that had eye issues, after an otherwise pretty hard life. I see one or two out 50 or so that have actually lost their eyes (a few bucktails were tied without eyes). Most of those that came loose and twisted around the shank were the victims of over-vigorous forceps use during release. Fish were mostly ladyfish and Spanish mackerel. I recently read in his book that Mr. Clouser does NOT recommend using X wraps to fasten eyes. In my experience, Softex is best.
  11. I have instructed my wife to toss my Herters catalog in my casket with me.
  12. The Wise Fishermans Encyclopedia and the Herters catalog.
  13. We were there about 10 years ago for our son's wedding. There was a nice school of snook residing in the trough about 75 feet from the shore.