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About Bobonli

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    Bob K
  • Birthday January 21


  • About Me:
    Inquisitive mind. I like learning new things particularly if they involve being outside in nature.
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Fishing, cycling
  • What I do for a living:
    Healthcare professional focused on education

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    Western Nassau County NY
  1. Wow. That's impressive
  2. You're right. Seems I haven't participated enough since joining to have the PM access activated. I'll work on that and be in touch.
  3. I didn't intend to come across as a know-it-all. Definitely not! I just wanted to redirect the conversation to the specifics of best time. I'm that guy that thinks to schedule something the last 3 days of the season and then finds out everyone is engaged. I'm trying to change! I know that booking a guide is not the same as me driving down to the beach.
  4. I should provide more detail. I'm on Long Island, NY. By out east, I'm referring to eastern Suffolk, Montauk etc. I know how to cast and I know how change my casting direction to move around the clock face. I practice that when I wade from the beach. But I know there's much more to learn about fly fishing from a boat and there's only so much you can accomplish watching YouTube! My question was specific to what time of the year is best to take a first trip with a guide and to see if anyone had specific recommendations. Traveling out of state is a no-go. I think most of the country is now on our restricted list, meaning you have to quarrantine when you return.
  5. I'm doing my research in preparation for a first guided trip "out east." Fly fishing. I haven't fished from a boat, so a guide who is a good instructor as well as capable of finding fish is important to me. I have some leads from the Orvis website and social media but if anyone has a strong recommendation, please share. But my main question is: When is the optimal time of the year to do this? I'm not after a specific fish so much as the learning experience and opportunity to catch something to reinforce the learning experience. Thanks
  6. I'm new here but not entirely new to fly fishing. You'll help us and yourself if you can be more specific about what you're fishing for and where. There's really no such thing as one rod that catches all fish. Basically: you pick your species, which helps you determine fly type and size, and from there you go to line and rod weight. At some point you just have to decide on a rod weight and get started. I will say this, having started with a budget fresh water outfit: you get what you pay for. There's a reason that a rod, reel and line combo kit is priced so reasonably: because no one part of the kit is very good! I just started in salt and decided to purchase something mid priced and it clearly outperforms my cheapo fresh water rig and the build quality is much better. If you're on a budget, I'd suggest buying a good quality rig used rather than a starter kit.
  7. I’m a little west of you and also just got started in the salt. Basically grab a map and look for a beach. There are spots up in Glen Cove (Welwyn Preserve) and closer to the Queens border (Manhasset Bay) that have active fishing spots if you want to try going west for a change. Although I haven’t been there yet, I think the west end of Jones Beach sees a fair amount of fishing. You’re literally surrounded by fishing! Target Rock NWR is north of you in Lloyd Neck. Good beach access and free....and a short drive to plenty of great restaurants in Huntington village. Campsite is a good referral. There’s also a small shop in Baldwin, Riverbay Outfitters and then you’re sort of out of luck for fly specific shops until you’re way out East or up in CT. The big box stores are hit or miss depending on the experience of the person working that day. Welcome to NY.
  8. I settled on a 9 weight after casting rods at the not-so-local shop. For what I'll use it for, 9 was the best starting point. And being able to compare rods was worth the car drive to the shop because not only did one rod stand out as easier to cast from my perspective, the shop keeper saw the difference and said "you definitely cast that better." Thank you all for your assistance.
  9. Thanks everyone for suggestions and feedback. Yes, I know there's no one-size-fits-all for most things in life. I was just hoping to validate/verify some of the information I was getting before making a purchase. To Mike's point about getting instruction, I completely agree particularly since my line of work involves coaching. Better to learn right the first time (and get follow up coaching) then to start with bad habits. I'd say I'm a mediocre to average fresh water caster based on what I see from other people where I fish. I know I'll need different and better skills on the beach and I intend to get some help. I'm open to suggestions if any of you know of a good casting instructor within a reasonable drive of western Long Island. PM me if sharing publicly violates forum rules. I'm always willing to learn something new, which is what brought me to salt water in the first place: new skill set to learn and experiences to have.
  10. I was looking at the Salty FR site this morning. Last meeting was virtual in May. I couldn’t find a ‘contact us’ link to post an inquiry as to where people meet to fish etc, just a membership application. Sort of reminds me of an invitation only type hunting club. It does appear however that someone is keeping the website current so that’s a plus. Some of the LI freshwater clubs haven’t updated their sites in quite a long time which makes me wonder if they are active clubs.
  11. Thanks. The common theme I’m hearing from shops is “9 weight Is a good all rounder but the 10 would be nice in wind or if you eventually fish from a boat.” This is a lot like asking “what car should I buy?” in that a shop might suggest the item they most want to sell you! I just want a good starting point for the places I’ll most often fish, and not be caught under or over lined for the fish and conditions.
  12. Hello. This is my first post here and I thank you in advance for helping me get started. I’d like some suggestions for a fly rod and line for striped bass. I live ridiculously close to salt water fishing on Long Island (North shore of Nassau County) and never gave much consideration to it, focusing mostly on streams and ponds. Earlier this week I went wading off the local beach and it’s pretty cool though my 5 weight doesn’t quite have enough oomph to cast bigger flies. What a treat to fish 5 minutes from home and not have to drive 90 minutes to a river, or worry about snagging on branches and rocks. I’ve made a couple of inquiries at stores and have variously been steered toward 8, 9 and 10 weight rods, with some suggesting a traditional floating line and others a sinking line. I suppose this is very salesperson-dependent. The #10 seemed excessive on its face, but then the shopkeeper spoke about the need to overcome wind. I don't want to rely solely on a shopkeeper's advice. Hoping to get some practical guidance from those who are actively fishing in the area. Almost all of the application will be from the shore ( I don’t have a boat...maybe at some point I'll go out with a guide) on Long Island ( including Queens) maybe CT. Thanks, Bob