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Greenheads and heat. Hottest striper ever- heat index 105.  Sunday and Monday  morning on that bird-filled peninsula north of Boston.  The purple martins were doing their absolute best to put a dent in the greenheads. A good dose of schoolies, none bigger than 22".  Mostly on a  7-8"  epoxy sand eel.  I tried some big Deceivers and got endless  tails, though one 14" managed to attach.  The mackerel was a slight surprise , but the release even more so. Immediately after releasing it, there was a huge swirl and a large dorsal appeared out of the water. No, not that kind of dorsal, a big bass ate the damn  inadvertently chummed mackerel. I immediately tied on a big Deceiver, but no takes.  The bait chuckers and a few fly guys I talked to all had the same take- slow to non-existent.  I sent one fellow to a tried and true spot on the outgoing and he got zip.  I fished it immediately after he did and  yep, fish.  Was it the speed of retrieve?  Absolutely.  

    I didn't fish the rocks, as everywhere was a zoo and I was operating on zero sleep. I drove over  very early Sun, but didn't start til 6, and Sun. night was too damn hot to sleep and I was too tired to fish.  Glad for the schoolies considering the conditions. Not the pot at the end of the rainbow, but still fun. I did try out my new Colton Tradewinds XS 10 wt.   Don't ask me how it fights fish, it far  outgunned anything I caught. It does throw line though. For me, it''ll be  lines in the 400-450 range.  I threw big flies for a few hours, averaging around 90-95 '  and it  tired me out not in the least. It reminds me of old Orvis rods that were "progressive" or mid-flex, but lots lighter. The swing weight is excellent, and it's not that tip-heavy.  The rest of the time I used an 8. 

    

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Healthy fish from last night. I love the way they eat Caddis emergers. This one grabbed and turned with the current. Had me into my backing before I knew it. Took me by surprise. These redbands really do fight above their class. 

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Nice brown from yesterday. Lost two more that were confirmed would have made this one look just ok. And one more that I think would have made those two look small. Pulled hooks and the big big one got me in a snag. That one really hurt. It straight up man handled me. 

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Two productive trips for striped bass in last threes days catching mainly schoolies.  Two were close to 30" mark on rod, but clearly short.  Got another fly fisherman, Cam, to come out at night which was rare and fun.  

 

Lot of hits on the RM Quarter Moon special fished on  very slow waking retrieve.  Converted less than half hits between two trips.  Saw that crazy green fireball meteor on Wednesday night.  My friend marks herring fly did well this morning for me.

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Warm and low havent been getting out in the mornings so Ive been rolling the dice on evening thunderstorms and lost.  Went to another dam/impoundment spot and it was  a lunar moonscape.

But i did find something useful.

 

 

 

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Usually I am reading fishing books or writing on my commuter time as my new job has allowed me to take the ferry or train where as before I was driving into Boston daily.  Its been great from a learning perspective to have that dedicated reading time in an otherwise busy daytime schedule.  

 

Starting in July I decided to start a new routine: glassing for bunker and breaking fish.  I get a lot of weird looks on the top deck of the ferry, but its been a very valuable way to learn about the water.  Certain ferries are taller than others and you could not ask for a better perch to glass the water from.

 

It is tough seeing fish blowing up on your way to work and being unable to capitalize though LOL.

 

 

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Couple smallmouth on the paddleboard from Sunday.  Unfortunately the water is still really high from all the rain we've had this summer, so most of the spots I usually hit weren't really fishable

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21 hours ago, bigredgolf said:

@villeman which type of cat is that? I think they're pretty fun on the fly rod

It was a channel cat. He took me for a little ride in the kayak. 

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