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  1. I have a silver I'd be willing to part with. Won't be able to ship until after Christmas.
  2. I followed this on Insta. Looks amazing. Bucket list for sure.
  3. Loomis CrossCurrent GLX 909-4 with a 350g Orvis Depth Charge on an Islander No 3., 6-7 feet of 20# flouro and a chartreuse over white Half and Half. Deceivers, Clousers, Flat wings in olive/white, white/white and black/black also produce. If fortunate enough to fish top water, I sub out the Orvis line for a Rio Outbound Short WF9F or WF9I and throw gurglers or Strakele's poppers in white, chartreuse or black.
  4. I found one on an auction site. I'll close down this thread. Thanks.
  5. Hi guys - Thanks for the offers, nothing that tickles my fancy quite yet. Appreciate it. I'll keep this open in case there are others looking to offload.
  6. Hi all - I'm looking for a 12Wt tarpon rod. My only real requirement is that it be in good condition, happy to consider higher end models.
  7. Please let me know if you plan to relist this.
  8. I don't know that it's any windier in the fall than in other seasons, but in any case, you'd be far better served to focus on the line to beat wind, rather than the fly. The heavier the line, the better it'll be in the wind - and full sink lines cut the wind better than floating.
  9. I fish fly pretty much exclusively. I'm not snobby about it, I just enjoy it that much more. Fighting a fish on gear is not as fun for me, but really it's the casting. I love to cast a fly rod - so even if I'm not catching fish (which happens too often), I will stick with the fly rod. If a species can't be caught on the fly, I don't target them. The one exception is when I am fishing with my kids. For them I put worms on toy rods, and I bring a spin outfit with some senkos. I'll admit, it is a ton of fun.
  10. Not tiny enough, I guess. I tried a surf candy and a small clouser and a little epoxy albie fly. Nothing doing (except for the fluke who took the surf candy.)
  11. Yesterday was shaping up nicely - mid-October, light SSW breeze, cold front coming in the next day, and I was out before sunlight. A bit warm, but conditions seemed, dare I say, perfect. I walked North Beach at daybreak, and even though I could see a bunch of rain bait popping just past the break, which was right on shore. I didn't see any game fish, nor were the spin guys getting tight, although I did hook into a small fluke (more on that later). I was making my way back towards the parking lot when I saw a bunch of bay anchovy spray out of the water a little ahead of me. Suddenly, it was on - stripers busting everywhere, including in the wash at my ankles, back porpoising out of the water, bait spraying all over. Here are the weird parts: 1) I could not buy a bite. I tried different strips, different flies, casted far past and came back, flopped right into the wash: nothing. I suspect they had so much real food to choose from that they could ignore my fly. 2) I did actually come tight, which was a relief until I realized I had hooked another fluke in the midst of a striper blitz. 3) On both fluke I caught, I released them by grabbing the fly and shaking them loose, and both times the hook broke at the bend. Totally different flies from totally different places, so I doubt it was faulty hooks. I don't think of fluke as having crushing mouths like a sheepshead, so I was surprised. 4) At one point, I must have dinged a rock on my backcast, because I saw my fly go shooting off into the ocean and pulled my line back to find the tippet broken at the loop. The good news is, as I left the blitz I described above, I improbably found my fly washed up on the beach. Weird day.
  12. My beast fleyes from Andrew. They are great - cast easy on a 9WT. Haven't stuck that cow yet, but hoping to!
  13. I have a spool that I fish on my finatic 7+, but it's got the old ported style (round holes). I'll let it go cheap, $75 shipped. Works perfectly.
  14. Very informative post. Thank you. Can you elaborate what you mean by "greased line" swings? Do you simply put floatant on your floating line, or is it something else? Also, I think I know what you mean by "on the dangle" but I'd love to hear more.
  15. Personally, I'd spring for the Hydros. I've fished a lot of Clearwaters for stripers - they are certainly serviceable, but you'll find you may need to replace it. I've busted one by dropping it, one by getting saltwater into the drag. I think even the guys at Orvis would not recommend the Clearwater for salt.