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  1. I have the Atlantis 11’ 8/9 wt. I like it for certain conditions, but i also have a 9 wt SH and my version of Redgreen’s 13’ pac bay build. The Atlantis is the one I use the least, but could see where it might be a good choice on super calm dark nights where the heft and long heavy head on the 13’ provides less pay-off for me, given my skill level.
  2. I think it's possible I got lucky with long blanks twice in a row. Both of them were within an inch of 14', so I was able to cut nearly a full foot off the tip.
  3. Stripsetter, very nice. Way better than mine, even after my second build. Have you measured the IP? Mike - The one I brought with me last spring was one of those Pac Bay builds (Redgreen's design, cut off at 13'). I checked and rechecked the IP, even measuring the weights on an analytical balance, and it came out around 735 gr (AA around 72 if I remember correctly). Then, the one I just finished (literally, today) after losing the one I made last year came out with the exact same IP, even after redoing the measurement multiple ways. The line I had on there when you saw it was about 715 gr. I am pretty sure DantheBassMan tried it on the grass and, unless he was just being nice, found it very smooth with that line on it. Not sure who else tried it. Jason
  4. I think the word "addictive" is what captures most of it for me, but pretending to be rational for a moment, here's another place to add to Redgreen's list of good spots for TH casting. I am at Gulf Islands National Seashore near Pensacola, on the Florida panhandle. Only here for a few days for a work trip and didn't want to pay the extra airline fees for extra gear, so I played it safe and brought my 9 wt SH as carry-on instead of putting my my TH in checked baggage. Big mistake! The beaches are wide and open. There are bars close enough to reach with a long cast,... pelicans are dive bombing further out,.... and here I am on the beach frothing at the mouth. Supposedly the bars are loaded with big redfish, but the wind is turning to the SE tomorrow and will kick up the surf. Local fly boys say the fish will still be there, but they also say I won't be able to get to them with the surf and wind in my face. Sight fishing will shut down either way, but if I had either of my TH rods, I'd be telling those fly boys how it is.
  5. Doc- I built a copy of Redgreen’s 13 TH overhead build last year. I lost it last fall, and now I’m building another because I loved it so much. I live in Wakefield RI and found that setup very useful and fun in most places and conditions I like to fish. When I finish my new build, you are welcome to check it out if you’d like, since it sounds like you are close by. I’m no pro, but can show you what I’ve learned from Mike, Redgreen, and others on this forum. J.
  6. The first seals I saw along the beaches over the past week or so were on a day when there were shad showing. Could be coincidence, but I’d bet seals eat shad.
  7. Thanks all, and thanks for the quick fix suggestion flyrad10. Gannets are already over head here in Rhode Island and air temp was 34 F on the beach today, but I've seen bass seasons continue here into December. Either way, looks like I'll be doing without the TH option until I can build another one this winter. J.
  8. Friends, Last spring on Cape Cod, some of you saw my version of Redgreen’s PacBay 13’ build. Consensus seemed to be that I had done a decent job with the build, thanks in large part to guidance and advice from Mike Oliver and Redgreen. So, last night, after catching stripers on a Rhode Island beach under a 12-14 knot breeze in the forward quarter of my casting side, I was cruising home on US1, and began scheming for some time off of work to hit what I’ve been preparing for all along: wetsuit fishing a November run of decent stripers and gator blues. At that moment, i looked up through my windshield and noticed my rod WAS NOT THERE ON THE ROOF RACK! Yes, folks, I put it on the rack but neglected to strap it down. After much searching, it’s gone, totally gone, reel, custom line, and all. I am not the sort who owns five versions of every piece of fishing gear, so this is a real bummer. I am back to the SH 9 wt that caused 8 months of elbow problems for me last year. Damn ! Damn ! Moving on and getting to the point, I’ll be bugging those who will listen once again for tips and advice on another painstaking build, if I can find the time and stomach the thought of doing it again. J.
  9. Will try to follow this advice now that I know I am a space cat. In any case, sorry to clog the airwaves with this screw up. I had just gotten to where I could sling 735 line wgt confidently in 12-14 knot side winds, so it’s a bummer to be suddenly out of commission.
  10. After much tossing and turning, I now recall putting it in the cradle but didn’t tie it down. I travelled directly to route 1 North.
  11. Thanks Castafly. I had been at Blue Shutters, and then home to Wakefield. I scoured the lot and roads last night and this morning and am also giving my contact info to the bait shops in Charlestown and SK so it can be turned in anonymously if needed.
  12. Lost fly rod, SOCO beach: After catching a few stripers in the surf this evening (Monday), I left my 13' two-hand fly rod at a SOCO beach parking lot or forgot to strap it down on my roof rack. I built this rod last winter and it is as precious to me as it is irreplaceable commercially, so please let me know if you hear of such a rod being found. It is black with no markings, has a 16" upper handle and a 7" lower handle with alternating composite and natural cork rings, and is completely unmistakeable. Thank you, J.
  13. The reason prisons are filled with minorities is because cops and jurors think the way you do. Please do not embarrass the good people on this forum with your hate speech.
  14. Seems like a drop in the tip during the drift would be a problem when combined with line feed on the back cast, in theory. One thing for sure that I discovered last night: wading up to my navel in the dark brings back my bad arm flailing habits and makes drift difficult.
  15. I am reluctant t chime in because I’ve only been on the TH for about a year, and I’ve been overseas for three weeks, but here is my experience thus far. I started with the same CND 11’ TH rod that Greg mentioned. I love it, but had trouble with it in rough conditions (i.e., surf and wind). Could be my crappy technique and I don’t know the loop jargon, so I won’t try to analyze it here. However, with advice from Red and Mike, I built a version of Red’s 13’ “pac bay mod” last winter. With a few minutes of casting instruction from Mike, Red, and Dan, I am now doing WAY better in rough conditions. I now use only the 9’ and the 13’ and I am able to fly fish more area more often than before. That was the whole point for me. JfromRI