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  1. I just fished the Orvis Hydros Int. and a Rio in touch over the past three days. They performed similarly, both did well punching wind, not tangling much in the basket. I had reservations about the stiffness of the Orvis, but in the running line moreso than the head. I'd fish it first, then worry about new lines. I fished the Orvis in low 50's water in early May- it did fine. The head on the Orvis is thinner/stiffer/heavier and does a good job of punching big flies out. The 9 wt. works well on my 10, as the head is 3/4 overweight. I may pick up a 10 for even better delivery of the big stuff and wind battles.
  2. Thanks. I can easily adapt to different rods, as I can put almost anything into the backing from 3 to 12. Though I liked the recon, it's just another iteration of what I already own. Sounds like I'm pulling the trigger. It's a decent casting, fish FIGHTING rod I'm looking for. Price is VERY right.
  3. Anybody have experience with the 9 or 10 Tradewinds XS? I've had a number of 10 wts., all of which I kind of hated and have stuck with my 9's. My current 9's are a Sage XP and a Winston B2x. They've been fine for almost everything, with the exception they lacked power when it came to stopping big fish around obstructions and in current. I recently tested an Orvis Clearwater and Recon, but didn't fall in love, though I liked the original Helios. The XS sounds as if it might be a step up putting the butt section in play to keep the cows roped in. Is calling this fellow really an option? TIA.
  4. I fished with that size rod, albeit fiberglass, for years. Good size for throwing streamers to trout and poppers for big panfish and large and smallmouth if not in heavy cover. The shorter rod isn't as good as 9' at roll casting and mending, but is easier to be accurate and shoot under branches and docks etc.....
  5. First 20" smallie of the year. A great fight and a bear to land out in the current on a 6. Usually my stretch of the Hudson would give up at least one in May. Latest for this size in 20+ years. Draining the Great Sacandaga Lake has kept the water high and higher. I have landed a bunch between 15-18", just not made the 20" mark. It ate a 3/0 sculpin tied with black and olive raccoon fur. I also got a few walleyes , one around 25". Several other smallies rounded out the morning. I fished this fly dead drift with small twitches after it came straight down in the current. The area I fished gets pounded by spin fishermen throwing jigs and Rapalas. A bass this size is an extreme rarity. Guess they don't mind a natural drift. Shhhh.............
  6. Next time I visit the Norcal coast, I know who I'll ask some questions. Once again, I hope they show up for you.
  7. I've got lots of BSP's in Socal and just below Monterey. A blast on a 5. It's been a dream to get a striper out of the Pacific surf, but it hasn't happened yet. Hope you find some.
  8. Sept. is early for steelhead, so you can fish heavier tippets low on the river, say 15 lb. As it gets later in Sept. and farther up the river, salmon get line shy and going down to 10 lb. helps. I've never used a 10, have landed kings over 30 with a 9. Over 20 with an 8. Lots of places have no room to back cast, and even if you do, you'll be making short casts with weight. A rod that isn't real stiff will prevent break-offs and roll cast well. If you're just ripping lead with the largest hook possible (lifting, snagging, completely illegal) a stiff 10 will do the job , but so will a Shakespeare Wonder Rod loaded up with 50 lb. braid. Orvis Clearwater isn't bad, great for the money. A 10' rod is a help with rolls, mends and controlling drifts- as that's what you'll be doing. I single hand spey a lot and swing flies, but that's not common during silly season- more likely you'll be around people and fishing a small part of a run. A TFO BVK isn't bad either, a little more than 300 and change. I have a 10' 8 wt. BVK I use for salmon and steel, it's done fine. A 10' 9 wt. would be ideal for crowded conditions. A reel with a good drag , too. The lake has been on fire this year, the run should be good. A tip to the wise- coho are edible, kings are best left to complete their journey into fish zombies and river mulch.
  9. Definitely stretch the line before you get in the yak and fish it. I always use a 9' 9wt. , unless there's NO chance of bigger fish. I use a large piece of plastic over my legs. If I get the dreaded tip tangle , I take apart the rod at the middle ferrule. So much easier. Hope you get a good sleigh ride one of these days. My Wilderness Systems Pamlico is tough to get in and out of unless your very near shore, so I just stay in it with rare exceptions. I could see bringing a basket strapped on the deck. Might do that next week in the Merrimack.
  10. Thanks, but I was thinking more Nemes>Gartside to West Coast steelhead flies like Comets. Come to think of it, I've already caught stripers on Comets and even a Prom Dress. Use to catch enormous amounts of fish with rubber skirts on umbrella rigs, just fishing a single. More likely, I'll stick to water pushers ripped hard and fast, it sure has produced lately when all I hear is complaints. I tied up a small palmered fly to fool with on a 6 wt. if I get a chance mid-day.
  11. I've been using the Coastal XP this season and haven't found it any worse than other clear I's. Have fished it in mid 50 water, same air temps. I have older OBS sinkers, seems similar. Have Orvis Hydros , too - a little less kicky for smaller flies, easier accuracy when there's not a ton of wind. As they're sitting here next to me ready to go in the truck, I unspooled an XP, the Hydros and an older Sci-Angler. The XP didn't need any stretching, no coils to speak of. The others did, especially the Hydros. Though I like the Triangle Tapers, the Wulff's sucked for me. I sold the 9 wt. I had very quickly. So far I'm liking that XP fine. I had an Air-Flo that got trashed, if I had a shop that had one, I'd probably be fishing that. Now I've fished the XP, maybe not.
  12. Somewhere under all the long feathers and bucktail in my boxes,there is usually a very small wooly bugger-ish fly or 2. Olive or rust colored. Hasn't always saved the day with flying colors, but it has produced some fish when it was tough. I've run into stripers feeding on very small amphipods or copepods , let alone grass shrimp. I fished with a guide in Casco Bay, supposedly to sight fish, but clouds and drizzle canned that for us, and we ran into strange troutlike rising stripers out over deeper water. The silly small bugger got some to play and amazed the guide who wanted to us blow by, having had no luck with stripers doing this before. Trick is to have tippet light enough to fish them. Usually 8 lb. will work. If I lived nearer the coast, I'd occasionally walk up inside with a 5 wt. like looking for an evening sulfur hatch, swinging a partridge and orange. Speaking of new flies, anyone try any soft hackles for stripers? I've fished plenty larger ones for steelhead, bet they'd do for shrimp.
  13. Cool brace of shrimp. I occasionally use some patterns I tied to use in San Diego Bay sz. 4-6 that imitate small crustaceans. I like watching bobbers go under, reminds me of when I was a kid, so occasionally if I feel big fish aren't in the cards, I'll fish a couple under a Thingamabobber or two. Since biologists have found grass shrimp are the main forage in many estuaries, it's no surprise hook-ups are pretty regular. Great way to fish grass banks at high tides when wading is out of the question. Find a little rip and maybe an undercut and it's game on. I haven't tied any epoxy flies in quite awhile, so I tied some epoxy sand eels to fish this weekend when I get tired of throwing the big stuff. In the past they haven't outproduced a sparse, long , clouser, but I'll give it a go. It's strange that bass will dive down after a sand eel as they plunge into the sand to hide. When they are dense, they form balls like other bait and stripers eat them higher in the column. Clousers have worked in the past as I let them fall on the pauses, much like an escaping sand eel. Some fish inhaled them right off the bottom. Can't wait until tomorrow night.
  14. Like most estuaries, the outgoing seems to outperform, but don't discount the incoming , especially at low light or cloudy days. You'll learn the spots and when to fish them. I edited my earlier post to add a guide reference. He knows Plum Island sound like the back of his hand and can show you in a day what would take years to find on your own. Besides, he's a good freakin' guy. I only fish the Narrow early on as in late April/Early May. Did great there this Spring. I got some high 20's fish. Sprague's Bridge for your put in.