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About secampb1

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  1. in theory there is a better transfer of energy with a knot vs the loop to loop but in my opinion the difference is minimal if you are using a decent line and the proper size butt section for the leader with appropriate taper. The benefits of loop to loop outweigh the negatives for me and I use it for all rod weights and lengths. It allows for quick change of leaders (I pre-tie knotted or furled leaders and keep them on me so I can swap fast and easy) It also is less likely to give way or slip apart. Though it is true a properly tied nail knot or albright shouldn't budge but I have had good ones fail and it does require cutting off some of the fly line if you do need to retie it. Eventually your weight forward isn't so weight forward if you have to do that often. hope this helps
  2. yeah, unfortunately that is the case with the cold in most places. It is almost a slot canyon at parts and the other areas are very overgrown. Thanks
  3. i completely understand that you can still catch fish but the question is more whether the river is accessible. If I can't wade it may make for a rough trip.
  4. I am not much help for kayaks because I don't have one but I know there are a lot of state parks along the shore just check google maps.
  5. I haven't had much luck with my timing this year so I don't have anything from the salt landed yet but I have started tying segmented flies (2 hook) bait fish patterns which I had never tried before. I needed something new because I was getting bored with the same patterns and these have been something fun to tie. I tie them for pike as well just in different colors.
  6. the material itself becomes very limp and harder to cast because of the warm water conditions hence the cold water (striper, trout) lines are designed for cold water temps. Some of this is gimicky and its probably not necessary to replace all your lines but test them out and see it they don't perform the way you're used to. I do feel like it matters more in hot conditions than in cold but i haven't fished more than 1 or 2 days in tropical climates so I'm not sure.
  7. has anyone fished out in the berkshires recently? I want to head out to the charlemont area but I'm 2 hours away and I don't want to be disappointed if the rivers are in rough shape. I realize the deerfield is a tailwater but I like the cold river and I know that is usually low this time of year so I'm wondering if it is high or at least fishable? I was at the swift yesterday and that was a waste of time where I went. Because of them letting water out from all the rain it was at least 2-3 feet higher than normal.
  8. once you have enough posts feel free to Private Message me and I can give you some pointers and places.
  9. I wouldn't say there is a lot but if you're ok with casting from shore at lakes and ponds there are some. good luck
  10. thanks, I wouldn't have assumed some of this. Much appreciated.
  11. thanks i'll do some research
  12. no knot. Either use the factory loop on the line or if it's lacking, add one using whatever method you prefer. Some of the options are welding one yourself, doing a braided loop, nail knotting the line itself into a loop or adding a loop out of mono etc but with that you are still using a knot for the attached loop. I prefer to use as smooth a connection as possible to clear the guides hence lines with factory loops are ideal if they are of quality. Otherwise the braided loop/dacron loop is the next best (some people will even cut off factory loops to add these).
  13. I was there on monday and it was practically hurricane force winds all day. I'm guessing that played a part. Not my rod though luckily
  14. the reverse blind splice is essentially no thicker than the backing and there is no knot so resistance is as minimal as it gets and it's 100% strength to my knowledge if done properly. This is why it's my preferred method but the bimini is a good second it just leaves a thicker chunk to go through the guides. It is still far better than a lot of methods in my opinion. Take it from a guy that has had his fly line disconnect from the backing while fighting a large salmon, its worth having the 100% connection/loop connection these offer vs a true knot. I've recently started doing all braided loops on the back end of the line to connect to two mentioned above backing loops as well if they don't have the welded loop already. It has never made sense to me that some people will have a weaker connection/breaking strength on the backing then they do on the leader. I would much rather break the fish off at the tippet then to have my $70-$100 fly line go with it.
  15. i saw one from sea eagle do you know of other good options like this? thanks