JCH

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  1. I was a big fan of the Orvis Clearwater series, even before they redesigned them. I haven't casted the new ones, but I am told they're great. I don't think they're particularly fast-action. I know many are a big fan of the TFO BVK - which should be in your price point. Also, I am a big fan of used rods. You can find good deals on primo rods - here in the BST section and on the auction sites.
  2. As a 20 year ad guy, I'm interested in the reaction to advertisements in print publications. A magazine's health can be judged by ad load - generally, the more ads, the healthier the book. Conventional wisdom (in the business anyway) is that print ads are often some of the best received - they are generally well produced and often beautiful. I really enjoy something Nautilus does where they profile different guides - it's like a survey about their fishery and guide service, biggest fish ever lost, funny client stories, etc. I read it like I would a feature. Also, print ads are some of the easiest to avoid. Perhaps turning a page is too much effort for some, but I vastly prefer it to sitting through 2 minutes of commercials or flashing web banners.
  3. I agree. In general (not just fishing mags), the print titles that are thriving are those that publish long form, shelf stable, high production value content. Anything timely (eg. news, seasonal copy) or instructive (how-tos) has moved online. There are very few, but those that can provide an escape - think long, well-written lifestyle pieces, big glossy photo spreads - are the ones that survive. Something you'd want to take to the beach, say, if you have two kids that are wonderful but don't understand that you work all day and won't let you get even a second to cast to the trough even though its the outgoing tide and the water's starting to move and you can see the onshore currents and the rip pretty clearly and know there are stripers stacking up in there and you're pretty sure you saw sand eels when you got there and have a box full of flies that would match them perfectly and your loomis in the car and if you could just get ONE SECOND to string up your rod and take a few casts before your son starts kicking sand everywhere and your daughter gets sand in her eye and starts crying and your wife who also works all day shouldn't be expected to handle all of that herself because she packed the beach stuff and got suntan lotion on the kids and even though you packed the lunch thats still a lot but the fish are RIGHT THERE and JFC, so you read a magazine instead.
  4. Race Point (ish) Flat Wing.
  5. I recommend tying your own leaders. Much less expensive and gives you control. You also don't have to worry about having leaders - I carry a spool each of 30#, 20#, 15# and 12#, plus 20# wire and can build any leader I need in saltwater. (Rarely I add some 60# shock tippet for tarpon.)
  6. You might try leaving your hauling hand stationary on your backcast - it will naturally pull some line as your reel and rod come back. You'll feel the line pull at your haul hand - that's when to haul.
  7. Really nice. Any tips on trimming?
  8. @HillTop - I think they look great, and will definitely catch. A couple tips I've found helpful: - Less is more. When tying it on, take what you think you need and divide it by 3 - Puglisi himself told me that. On the best EP minnows you can read a newspaper through them. Bulkier at the head, for sure, but throughout the body and tail, it should be almost transparent. - When trimming - and this is true of all trimming - you can always cut off more, you can't add it back on. It's what I told my wife when she gave me my quarantine hair cut. - A comb is very useful. I use a little plastic lice comb, but any fine toothed comb will work. Tease it out and you can see better where you need to trim. A few other examples:
  9. Is that a parachute post on the front? What's that for? How does that work?
  10. For sure. I encourage anyone who is interested to check out Fly Tyers Dungeon. They have gift boxes - there's enough fiber, flash and eyes in there to last you a lifetime, for under $50.
  11. This one seems not as popular. Too bad, I love EP Minnows: You can mimic the profile of virtually any bait fish They land very soft, great for flats/sight fishing They push a ton of water, so they work well for blind casting / prospecting too They use one material (and an inexpensive one at that - especially using Congo hair from Fly Tyers Dungeon) It's easy to tie when traveling (packs easily, don't have to worry about wildlife import/export laws with hides or capes) The color combos are limitless They're extremely effective They're extremely durable I admit that tying them lacks some of the charm of using natural materials, and they're not beautiful in the same way a flatwing is. But I caught my first tarpon on an EP minnow, and probably 90% of my snook and redfish. Great for all kinds of bass. No question they are a confidence fly for me. Anyway, here's my take on a peanut bunker.
  12. Welcome and congrats on your first stripers. They are my favorite quarry - partly because there are so many different ways to fish them. I don't have access to a boat - particularly nowadays - so I've been dialing up the shore fly game. It's tough - really forces you to understand tides, structure, bait, etc. But, I will admit, I am falling in love with it. My fishing club has a year long derby, and there are only two rules: fly only, boat fish don't count.] To build off of what Gibley said, the key to becoming a great fly fisherman: don't get married, don't have kids. I guess greatness isn't in my future because I've done both.
  13. We're back! The EP minnow is one of the finest flats flies there is. I caught my first tarpon on one, and it's been my most productive snook fly ever. If I had to bring one fly to the Everglades, it would be an EP Everglades Special. Lots of ways to tie them, color variations are endless. Let's see 'em!