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  1. I find gel spun thread to be slippery when working with bucktail. It also can cut through the hair when tightening down. Waspi’s Ultra Thread in 140 denier has worked for me. It is supposed to have a breaking strength around 2 pounds and holds the hair well. you can also look for threads in the 3/0 range like Uni thread waxed, which is about 240 denier making it thicker and stronger than the 140.
  2. Fish Bites: i found using the bag the products comes in devolves into a mess, ends up with wasted soggy bait, so here is what I do - Save tiny zip lock bags that smaller tackle comes in (like hooks, beads or fly tying thread), or get small zip locks from Amazon or a Craft Store At home, cut-up Fish Bites into pieces or strips Put the pieces of fish bites into those small zip locks with some uncooked rice (acts as a basic desiccant) put a few small bags in small plastic jars (again, from Amazon or Craft Stores) similar in size to the jars that bucktail trailers come in then the bait stays very dry and can fit in a pocket while strolling on the beach, and one jar can have a few bags in it of cut-up strips the jar helps to both keep it dry, easy to find in a pocket and floats if you drop it! then it is easy to quickly re-bait a hook by just reaching into a chest pocket some think the jar is overkill, but I find it helps more than hurts some other stuff: Got to keep moving along the surf shore line to find them. So don't want to carry too much stuff Small backpack or shoulder bag with a few extra rigs or leaders if needed plus a few small bucktails, plugs and tins in case other fish show up. Maybe a soft cooler with ice packs for any keepers. kings are delicious Use circle hooks for quicker and better hook ups; sizes 4 or 6 Keep a finger on the line to feel taps, and set the hook early and often; as a guide once said "hook sets are free" Retrieve the rig slowly and up to the lip of the beach. They can be very close to the shoreline as they like the white water as waves break
  3. Check out a YouTube video by Dave Anderson. He is an editor/writer at Surfcaster journal. Does an excellent job of breaking down the retrieves. But also follow Seadogg's advice above and get it in the water to see how it moves. A plug like a spook can be worked in so many ways depending on conditions, your rod/line/leader set-up and what the fish want or expect to see.
  4. Thanks again for the info and for sharing the picture of your rigging approach time to take what was shared and experiment on the water!
  5. @BillZ how do you rig your teaser? Dropped loop? Other?
  6. thank you all for your input. most of the time I tie in a dropper loop into the leader and then thread the loop through the eye of the hook. but I recently saw a video from On The Water where a pre-tied teaser rig used a smaller TA clip to attach the teaser to the eye of the barrel swivel. my next question: when surf casting, how do you prefer to attach the teaser to your leader?
  7. Excellent pattern. what brand and size hook do you use? And how do you prefer to attach the eyes? Goop? UV resin?
  8. Thank you all for the feedback!
  9. I read about Red Gill teasers in several surf casting books. from searching the net it looks like they were manufactured by a UK company but are now hard to find. I tie my own fur + feather teasers, so not looking for fly patterns. so my question: what soft plastic alternatives are recommended for the Red Gill?
  10. Very cool. Reminds me of Bob Popovics' Beast Fly
  11. adding to the above list: Entertainment (and some how-to info): The Big One: An Island, an Obsession, and the Furious Pursuit of a Great Fish by David Kinney How-to info (and some entertainment): Striper Pursuit: Surf Fishing Beyond the Basics by John Skinner
  12. After trying and failing to figure out the "reverse return" method (and leaving scratches on my new Charlie Graves tin) I tried some Wolverine Triple Split Rings. Using split ring pliers the ring (size #5 in the pic) went into the eye of J series tins without a problem. Started with the split ring pliers to get the ring around and into the grommet eye of the tin. then quickly grabbed needle nose pliers to work it through. no gaps I can see, and the TA clip I tested with swings pretty freely when attached. Have not fished them yet, but looks like it worked. hope this helps others who like to fish tins!
  13. Tins made by Point Jude, with a dressed tail hook (bucktail or feathers). Size of the tin depends on wind and current but mostly the 1 to 1.5oz in weight; long and slender lures to “match” any smaller baits swimming around. dropper above it on a loop tied into the leader, with either a single fly (deceiver style) or a gamakatsu bait hook with a gulp on it. retrieve is medium to slow depending on depth and current. occasionally stopping to let it flutter. Trying to keep the tin just off the bottom. Some twitching but if the current or sweep has some pace then the tin will naturally wobble giving it good action.
  14. An older thread, but was wondering how the configuration of a single belly hook and hair/feather trailer shank (no hook) worked?
  15. In OC been picking fluke in the surf using a tin and teaser combo fished slow and swinging in a good sweep. All in the 12- 16 range. Gulp tails falling to snappers.