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  1. I've kept 2 stripers in 30 years. Both times it was someone else who I was with pleading with me for the fish. In a similar vein, I've kept 2 coho and zero steelhead in all my seasons in the Ontario tribs. Winter fish don't come out of the water and barbs get pinched. It's still the majority of fishermen who keep fish to eat and propel the laws and conservation efforts in many fisheries, especially stripers. I'm with Oakman 100%.
  2. Many of the extremely effective methods of using chuck and duck and indicator rigs were developed on the SR and other GL tribs. It's not a question of what is "fly fishing", they are valid , good technique for catching lots of fish. C&D is one of the easiest ways to hook steelhead in the winter, and using indicator rigs lets you effectively fish the "hole within the hole", or the very specific seams that steel choose at times. Using a noodle or centerpin is arguably easier, but it's essentially the same, but with a little less feel and "hands on" to it. I've heard these arguments numerous times and seen forums specific to trib fishing blow up and end over it. Screw snobbery and fish your own fish the way you fish as long as it's legal. A cheap fly rig, is cheaper than noodles and centerpin rigs, too. A cheap Cortland combo works just fine for beginners.
  3. Look up chuck and duck. GL steel and salmon are another animal entirely . I'd suggest reading a whole lot more literature. Early in the run, salmon and steel can be taken on the swing with no weight added, later with weighted leaders added in. See my post about leaders. Not all fishermen in this region are trying to entice a real bite, whether it's a feeding or aggression reaction. Indicator fishing is productive; with fast currents and larger flies, big indicators work well. Some weight is added to get the flies in the zone, along with mends to catch the fly up to hang straight below. High stick nymphing is productive, too.
  4. It's illegal to chuck and duck in the upper fly zone. Line must propel the fly, and the weight limit is 1/8 oz. The DEC limits your tippet to 4' beyond your weight and the overall leader to 14'. Some guides cheat with long light tippets to floss more. There's one that's been ticketed for this and has a reputation for it, though he use to have a tremendous reputation for his Monomoy trips. I occasionally C&D out of the fly zones in the winter, but I readily admit that some fish are flossed. A lot of weight with a long tippet running parallel, then whipping around towards the tail of the drift is the recipe for snagging. That's why people rip and lift at the end of their drifts. It's very hard to get a direct contact to your fly without forgoing a lot of weight and placing the weight closer to the fly. I'm not accusing you of being a snagger by any means, just pointing out some facts. A lot of guys are using very small dark flies, this is not because steel are eating midge larvae and winter stones, it's because they don't move out of the way when they see them. As for leader length, I use 10' most of the time on the SR. using single hand Spey casts with 10' 7 and 8 wts.
  5. A good indicator, long tippet, and mend, mend, mend. As soon as the indicator hits the water throw several hard upstream mends directly at the indicator to stall the indicator and allow the leader and flies to straighten out below it. Mend as needed to get a good drag free drift. Placing a small amount of shot or putty in several places helps, too. I generally put a small shot above the tippet connection, then one about 18" above the fly. I tie my own leaders with thinner material than extruded leaders and use an elliptical cast to smooth things out on the turnover. Thinner leader-quicker sink. Deep pools are tough to high stick, as you'll miss most of the takes, using a high floating indicator helps to see subtle movement . I must admit abandoning this for cutts, as I like exploiting them for their propensity to rise to dries. Not always the case, though. This technique worked for me in numbers of rivers in the west, I adapted it from winter steelheading. At the moment, I'd rather be fishing for stripers that would eat trout like a Ritz cracker.
  6. My wedding reception was at Farnhams. BEST clams there are.
  7. 28 years, 1/4 mile away. Out in front of the resident parking.
  8. Good story. I travel to the coast, so can't do lunchtimes, but fish all light conditions. Early in the season calls for a trip to RI with the full knowledge schoolies are all I'll get, and I'm glad for them . I got married on our favorite beach on Cape Ann and caught a schoolie 15 minutes after the ceremony. Wife was not released.
  9. Thanks!
  10. Some. You have to weed through many to find the right ones. I tie a fly that uses a bead off the rear of the hook on a mono loop for steelhead and salmon. Kind of a reversed egg sucking leech. I have found some good glass beads for heads that come in tubes. I can't think of any flies for the brine that I've used beds. A length of solder lashed on as a keel to get crabs hook up, though.....
  11. There's a product called e-z sparkle body I use to make heads over thread and protect clouser heads and color popper bodies. The craft stores have a product called Scribbles that is used on t-shirts and fabric. Comes in many colors and is just over a buck. The fly specific was six and change . It's exactly the same.The rest of the craft store inventory mentioned above, with beads thrown in, and cadging all kinds of fur and hair off hunters.
  12. I've taken some pretty good fish out of holes in the 'sqaum . Lamsons are decent reels, I'd get a 4, as I've used numbers of their higher end series on my 6-10 wts. A 4 will work for 8's thru 10's. An intermediate line is easier to learn to cast with, but a 350-400 integrated shooting head line will do you better from the boat fishing the rocks and in the deeper spots. Most fly guys target schoolies and aren't out dangling whole macs and pogies. You may want to incorporate more of the fishing you know into choices of flies than the usual small stuff that gets thrown. I've taken a 30 lb'er off Coffins with a 3" clouser, but that's a rarity. By the way, you may be one of the luckiest people on earth. I love where you live and if I won the lottery would try to buy a house near the mouth close to Wingaersheek.
  13. You might consider a Sawyer or Sawyer mini. They can be easily backflushed with a syringe in the field. I used a Katydyn Pro for many years until a glacial lake seized it up in the Sierra. I've used the mini for about 6 years now on extensive trips and it's never failed. It also helps to pre filter water through a bandana or buff when it contains heavy amounts of sediment.
  14. I leave it to the striper's preference, and what line it's attached to. I've rarely gone over 10', though.