South Shore Fly

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  1. An update on the F3W 7ten, as I go quiet when I’m fishing. Have caught 4 stripers, 3 over 20” and one good slot size since I’ve been fishing this reel. Two spools rigged with Airflo cold water one in intermediate, one floating. Perfectly balances my rods, and works as expected. To some, calling these value reels implies lower quality, but that’s hardly the case with Danielsson. Noticed the price for this model increased by $25 since I bought it a couple months ago. Love having insurance of 2 9wt rods and 2 reels, and calling this reel a backup is inaccurate as it’s the first one I reach for currently. Getting up to the South Shore of MA early was a good move, as the stripers have been here in numbers so far. I’m hoping to test the drag on this reel soon.
  2. When fishing trout or most anything else in fresh water, a vest is fine and all I need for full day's fishing. Pockets accepting fly boxes with dries, nymphs, wets, streamers enable you to access what you need packed small and easily accessed.
  3. Simple answer for me: While I love to fish flies, I enjoy the journey, and casting leads me to proficiency better than any other element of fly fishing. I can learn about everything else, but the physical element of casting is something I can do with water or not, and I enjoy casting, making course corrections, and experiencing improvements along the way. Of course, none of us ever has to deal with correcting bad habits after an active fly fishing season no matter how proficient . . . . .
  4. Thread keeps getting better . . .
  5. And . . . his rod tip must be lower, it's starting too high. ETA: In the first group of pics.
  6. Much I can relate to in these recent musings. I have a Sage ZXL in a 5 weight, and it's one of the sweeter rods I own. I've brought it on several fishing trips to MT, WY, ID and locally. I also have a Zenith 6 weight in my stable which is quite nice. My favorite trout rod is a Winston LT 8'3" 4 weight. Initially, I was very skeptical of a shorter, 5-piece rod until I had an opportunity to try one on the Gunpowder River in MD back about 20 years ago. Spigot ferrules make it feel like a one-piece. That one experience seared it into my mind. I never forgot how easily it handled and when Winston announced they were discontinuing the LT, a fly shop near me had that same model at a reduced price. I've caught browns, cutthroats, and rainbows on this rod and always look forward to fishing it. Great for travel. Checking today's prices for used LTs, if you can find one, it's been a good investment and one that I'll never sell.
  7. Exactly. I don't want to spend time at the vise tying larger (over 6") flies unless I know I can get them where they need to go. This season, I'll test some smaller flies with masses of fibers, bucktail, and feathers with some weight added to counteract the mass. When I prove that it improves my range, I'll start tying bigger flies over the coming winter. But we all know the feeling when we've got fish feasting on big pogies or bunker and wish we had some flies equal to that size.
  8. Weight-balance flies. Posted in the Fly Tying Forum that I was experimenting with them. A large, heavily dressed fly acts like a sail. Weight is used to counteract the negative effect of the mass to make it move better with the fly line. I'm still experimenting starting with smaller flies (not 13") and working up to larger flies. Gunnar is right in that it takes some trial and error to get it right, so I'm weighing the lead I'm attaching to each fly, record it, cast and adjust. Thread keeps getting better, and casting well in all conditions is the focus.
  9. Ditto as well in a full sink for my 9wts. Works well.
  10. Fishing SH, only. No wax, tape or oil??? anywhere salt or fresh, and after making some beautiful casts of rod tips over the years, I check all joined pieces often. Usually, that takes care of it. Never had this problem with my S glass rod.
  11. Upon closer examination, that looks exactly like an Adobe Bass. Very prolific since early 2000s.
  12. Those look good, and I like the sparse ties.
  13. That's my primary reason for going fishing . . .
  14. Aaahh, the differences of our lands and customs. We've discussed this before, and while we have much in common, it's the differences that make our interactions enjoyable. As we typically tip to recognize good quality services in the USA, I quickly learned during my first visit to London many years ago when I almost got thrown out of a pub after trying to tip. Never made that insulting gesture again.
  15. Good points. I'd add Bob's Bangers along with the Gurglers and a simple blonde-type pattern tied with sand eel colors or a brighter version using chartreuse or yellow. You can crank out many of these if you're tying your own. When stripers are hungry, you don't need precision in matching bait. Good fishing.