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. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I have instructed my wife to toss my Herters catalog in my casket with me.
  4. The Wise Fishermans Encyclopedia and the Herters catalog.
  5. 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.
  6. I wonder what happened about 20 years ago that caused so many of us to stop partaking of the Hendrickson hatch? I too was planning a return (to the Au Sable) this Maya after a looong break.
  7. Last week I caught 1 ladyfish and 1lizardfish at Bird Key Park just across the Ringling Bridge--woohoo!
  8. This guy was maybe 6"--that's a #4 clouser it ate
  9. About terminology: a SURGEON'S KNOT uses two overhand turns, so a DOUBLE SURGEON'S knot should use FOUR overhand turns, and a TRIPLE SURGEON'S should use SIX overhand turns. A surgeon's knot tied with three turns should be called a THREE-TURN SURGEON'S KNOT, which has no ambiguity. When I hear someone say triple surgeons, I usually can assume they mean three-turn because no one is going to use six turns. However, when I hear someone say double surgeon's, since some people do use four turns, I have to clarify whether they really mean that or are they talking about a regular surgeon's knot, which happens to use two turns. A two-turn surgeon's knot is redundant; it's just a surgeon's knot.
  10. Hard to imagine, huh? and this all happened BEFORE Parkinson's robbed me of my dopamine. THey're just such nice reels.
  11. I stubbornly use pretty much only Litespeeds. Great if you don't get them wet, especially while fighting a fish or otherwise rotating the spool under tension. O-ring apparently pulls away from metal it's supposed to be sealing against and lets water in, which then oh so slowly evaporates and diffuses out, leaving salt behind. A casual rinsing off after use is of no help. This is only a problem on the very first day of your first trip of the season--after the reel has had a long time to "work." Another issue if you reel right handed (the way God intended right-handers to) is the reel somehow unscrews itself and comes off in your hand, the boat, or the drink, but in my experience (three times) this only happens during the heat of battle with the biggest fish you've ever hooked, so, again, usually it's of no concern. The second photo is an early non-stainless bearing after having the worst of corrosion wiped off. In my experience, neither bearing can be rescued. Once a little salt gets in the new ones, they are as toast as the ones that look like they're toast!
  12. Well, that's not exactly the ringing endorsement I was hoping for. I really like clear intermediates but haven't been able to find a CLEAR clear intermediate since Cortland's SL 444 line. Rio's clear tip are milky white.
  13. I wonder what you guys think of the airflo clear delta line. Has an even longer head - 46 ft.
  14. Thanks for the kind offer, but the deal is, I need nothing but my wife needs something she can buy for me, if you know what I mean. So, some commercial product that can be ordered ... I'v e decided on the fiskar variation on the Linekurv. Thanks all for the input!