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  1. @Suave the OP's A&F reel (shown in the first post) was made by Horton Mfg (Bristol, CT). Do a search on Meek 54 fly reels and you'll see a match. It's patterned after the Hardy Uniqua, but the latch is different (among other things, such as the handle post). Hardy also made reels for A&F, and the one you posted looks like it might be one of those (can't tell without seeing more details).
  2. Well, he asked on a Monday morning..... Thanks for your contribution, though - it was much more valuable than two cents
  3. On Sunday I saw some loons diving and coming up with what I'm pretty sure were sandeels hanging out of their beaks. Out front, Moco.
  4. How did you know it wasn't a fluke? Nothing wrong with keeping a fish, but before you do, you should be certain of the ID (how else would you know which regs apply?).
  5. Winter Flounder are "right-facing", so that's an easy way to differentiate. Both fluke and sundials are "left-facing", so it might be harder to tell between them. I think the lack of teeth would be a good way to ID as a sundial, as well as the thinness and that they're more "round" than "oval" in shape.
  6. Out front, MOCO from around 10 to 4. Saw a lot of boats and bird action mostly a few hundred yards out. Every once in a while, some bait would come close to the beach, but didn't see any blitzing fish. Early on, saw some loons with what looked like sand eels in their beaks, so I stuck with a chartreuse/white half-and-half fly and hooked up. After a nice solid surge, fish was gone. When I reeled in, I noticed the loop I use to tie the fly on was cut (not a failed knot), so I'm guessing it may have been a bluefish. Moved around to keep the birds and boats in sight, just in case. A couple of hours later, hooked and landed a nice chunky 21" schoolie on the same type fly. Didn't see anyone else catch anything, although a couple of guys did say they caught earlier.
  7. No, neoprene stocking feet. The grit from the sand will abrade the neoprene and they'll start to develop pinhole leaks. Even when fishing nowhere near a sandy beach, it's common practice to make sure you don't have dirt/grit on the stockingfoot surface or inside the boots as you're putting them on (for at least as long as I can remember, which pre-dates breathables).
  8. As @poopdeck mentioned, as annoying and uncomfortable as the sand build-up is, what's worse is that it will ultimately cause the waders to leak as the sand abrades the wader feet. Last year, shortly after the pandemic started and I wasn't going to visit stores and try boots on, I bought a cheap pair of boots on-line because my old ones were shot, and when they arrived, they were a little more roomy than I wanted (but for $50, I wasn't that concerned). What I found quickly was that a ton of sand filled in the gap. So I've been wearing neoprene socks over the waders to take up the space and protect the waders. Virtually no sand gets in the boot now. So, one of the contributing factors is likely the space between the wader and boot. Fill that up with an over-sock of some sort, and you might find it a better solution than switching to bootfoots, if you'd prefer to stick with stockingfoots.
  9. Banh Mi sandwiches. You mentioned pizza - we make a banh mi pizza, so that's another way to go.
  10. Congrats on your catch! You may already know this, but in case you don't, I thought I'd mention that wild browns and brookies both spawn in the fall, so if you're going to try to catch them in the next few weeks, take care to avoid stepping on or wading through their spawning beds (redds). This would hold true from now through the winter, until the eggs hatch in the spring. Also, it is considered poor angling ethics to target fish on the redds. Again, sorry if you already knew this. Good luck!
  11. Found this on-line. Not sure if it applies to your reel, but figured it might help:
  12. Just want to add that the delicata will likely have very thin skin, so you can just chunk it and roast it and eat the whole chunks (don't need to peel it first).
  13. I use a "popper" developed and popular for fishing for searun cutthroat trout in Puget Sound, called the Miyawaki Popper. It's more of a slider, and as @theshadow notes, the fish can't seem to resist that v-wake.
  14. Of course, if the darker color were on the bottom, that would suggest a fish swimming/floating belly up. Might stand out (and be targeted) in a school of baitfish. YMMV.....
  15. I'm guessing you were eating "true" albacore (Thunnus alalunga). What people are referring to here as "albie" is False Albacore, also known as Little Tunny (Euthynnus alletteratus), which is a completely different fish.