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Dear Meatball*

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Dear Meatball,

 

How are you? That was some wind last night. Cold, too, huh? The water was warmer than the air.

 

Technology is so cool these days, isn't it? Cars, computers, phones…even headlamps. I remember the first one I bought for fishing. It was little more than a stubby flashlight attached to an elastic headband. Now, you get multiple LEDs with spotlights capable of throwing 45 lumens. Or more. You can see everywhere with those things.

 

But you already know that. You and your buddies sure got your money's worth out of your headlamps last night. What's on the shore? Let's light it up! Gotta check my rig, or look at my reel? Light it up! Anything in the water in front of me? Turn on the high beams! Is that guy still fishing above us? Scotty, full power searchlights on him!

 

Here's the thing: that guy was me. When I'm fishing on the dark of the moon, I want my eyes, which aren't great in the first place, to adjust to what little ambient light is available. It's tough enough wading around after midnight without stumbling over submerged rocks and gravel bars. Your 600 candlepower light bombs in my face aren't making the job any easier. It's also rude as hell.

 

What's more, flashing bright lights in the water in the pitch black of night generally isn't good for business. Scaring the fish and all that. Which is why I cannot put into words the extent of my delight when you and your Vegas light show packed up and left.

 

Once you were gone, a funny thing happened. I started to catch stripers. Sure, it could have been a matter of time and tide. Personally, I think it was not having your group trying to replicate the total aggregate wattage of Times Square. The bass came in nice and close, and took my Crazy Menhaden flatwing on the greased line swing with confidence.

 

Anyway, I just wanted to say thanks for leaving.

 

Your pal,

 

Steve

 

*With apologies to Billy Lagakis, from whom I so shamelessly stole this wonderful descriptor.

 

Red lights at night, gentlemen. Red lights at night.

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Maybe because I had to learn to do a lot by feel when I worked on cars and had to get at was hidden behind something else, I've learned with a bit of practice that I can take care of almost everything I need to do on the water by touch and forming a picture in my mind of what I'm doing. So I've changed spools in the dark while standing in 2-3 feet of water, getting everything done up to the point of tying on a fly. I turn a light on for that, and that light is a single led set in the rim of my cap. It's really not difficult to do once you've tried it a few times and really concentrated on it. Steve is right about the benefits. Another benefit for me is that I feel more connected to what is around me, and having that sort of a connection is one of the big reasons I flyfish.

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Yes How many can use red light My peepers are not bad and I struggle. I hate lights to but confess to having to use white light at times of need.

 

What happened to Steve was not good. A lot of Guys just do not understand. Now if they did then that would be really sad.

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I like it when they show up with Q-beam spotlights and (literally) light up the whole neighborhood....... I can't bring myself to go back to some of these places as a result......

 

too many spotlights

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I fish a few spots in the bay where a car is very accessible and guys trying to play the part with their lifted f350s jacked to 4ft loud bad ass exhaust super dope fog lights and a gagillion running lights and super blue led head lights parked head on reving the engine yelling down to me at 3am did you catch anything? Or the one i really love is any bunker....even better no bunker huh? Don't hear nothing slapping" how the heck could ya.. when you have to yell over your exhaust and im standing next to you

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Originally Posted by GregPavlov View Post

Maybe because I had to learn to do a lot by feel when I worked on cars and had to get at was hidden behind something else, I've learned with a bit of practice that I can take care of almost everything I need to do on the water by touch and forming a picture in my mind of what I'm doing. So I've changed spools in the dark while standing in 2-3 feet of water, getting everything done up to the point of tying on a fly. I turn a light on for that, and that light is a single led set in the rim of my cap. It's really not difficult to do once you've tried it a few times and really concentrated on it. Steve is right about the benefits. Another benefit for me is that I feel more connected to what is around me, and having that sort of a connection is one of the big reasons I flyfish.



How the heck do you change spools in the water? Do you just dunk the reel in when putting the line through the guides?


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How the heck do you change spools in the water? Do you just dunk the reel in when putting the line through the guides?

 

That happens. I've been using Lamson Litespeed reels for a long time and have never had a problem doing that, tho you can avoid it if you want: break the rod down in two sections and use your stripping basket to keep the reel out of the water. Baskets with indents to hold rods help. This sounds like a lot of hassle but If you're wading and a ways out from shore, or if it's night and you're on a very uneven or rocky bottom, it's worth it.

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hogwash. i don't think the lights matter. dont let it bother you. its mental

 

If you're blasted by one in the face, like a guy standing 100 feet from you with a bazillion candle power head lamp turns towards you to ask "anything happening?," it sure as heck is going to bother you until you get your eyes back.

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I've used a mini Maglite for over 20 years, no red filter. I turn my back to the water grab my box of flys, open it then turn on the light pointed down in the basket holding it in my mouth. Swap out a fly and in less than a minute I'm done....bright moon lit nights no light sometimes. I can tye a knot in the dark like many fishermen that you never see. Fishing at Montuak in the late 60s where we only had those big neck lights I was schooled on how not to use the light or you would suffer the consequences.

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