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: Help for a Westerner coming back East!

08-05-2004, 12:53 AM
My wife has just informed me that I should prepare to spend a week on Nantucket next July. We are visiting a friend of hers having a fiftieth birthday celebration. I have clearance to do just about any kind of fishing I would like during that week, even perhaps, out of the mainland. I would love to hear some suggestions--frankly the more specific the better--regarding what to fish for and where to go. I am from Sacramento California and have been fishing for rainbows and steelhead for awhile and can't wait to have a chance to dip a line in salt water for a change. All suggestions are appreciated. I need anything more hardy than a Winston 9wt. Boron IIx and a Lamson 3.5 or 4 Litespeed...this could be a great excuse to spend some time researching a new equipment purchase!

Nick in Sacramento

08-05-2004, 12:55 AM
Ladies--feel free to respond! I did not mean to exclude you...excuse my sexist salutation!


08-05-2004, 06:33 AM
That setup is plenty good just remember not to pop the spool off near saltwater and rinse well. You should have a fast sinking line e.g. Rio Deep Sea 350 grain striper line, and if the fish are picky a clear intermediate WF. Floating lines have an application as well, for poppers and other more steelhead-like swing techniques but the most productive will be to fish in rips where there's lot of bait with a sinking line or stealthy presentations on shallow flats and shoals in mid-day conditions with the clear line, crab patterns, etc.

Good luck.

08-05-2004, 11:13 AM
Nick -

Juro's line recommendations are on the money for Nantucket. My one additional observation is that there's a long fetch of open water around the island in every direction. Even in July, Nantucket is windy, routinely blowing 10-20. Your nine-weight is fine, but I reach for my ten weight more often than my eight--mostly to deal with wind, not fish-lifting. Don't use that as an excuse to buy a bigger rod for the trip; if it really blows, there are a bunch of terrific tackle stores on the island who can rent you a rod.

Use the search function on the blue bar up above and just type "Nantucket." You'll get a raft of good threads with useful local knowledge. For example, here's a question similar to yours from two years ago:

Depending on when in July your trip is booked, be prepared for beach closings while least terns and piping plovers finish fledging. When you have an idea where you're going to stay, and whether or not you'll have access to a 4WD vehicle (a very good idea), come back to the board ask for some updated knowledge. And happy 50th.