: 2001 and first salt experience
12-21-2000, 06:24 PM
Well, it looks like I've pinned down a weekend at the end of May to fish the salt and, hopefully, meet some of you fellows. I know it's early but with a job, wife, and three kids if I don't plan early I don't get to fish!
I'll be driving downt to Cape Cod or thereabouts on Friday, May 25 and will have the whole of Saturday and Sunday (May 26 and 27) to fish. Leaving Monday. Just thought you guys should know in case you feel pity for this freshwater fly flinger, and want to show me how it's done.
In the meantime, everyone have a great Christmas.
Very glad to hear your plans! Consider it a definite that I will meet with you. The spring stripers are bright, feisty, and willing. There should be trouble in seeing what sweetwater doesn't have, with all that it does have going for it there's a certain raw predatory excitement to the regional fishery.
Don't worry about rods and reels if it's any trouble to bring them, I will have a spare Sage 9wt w/ Lamson LP4 ready for action. We also need to present you with a peculiar device made by Rubbermaid - a dishpan affixed to your waist with a nylon web belt to hold the line you retrieve and to keep the shooting line out of harms way. You're covered there too.
As far as waders and shoes, the traditionally stout river shoes are fine for some places but if there are long walks on soft sand dunes they will be a burden. If you have a shoe size of 9-11 I can offer the use of neoprene flats boots to you if you have stocking foot waders; or depending on your height you could use one of my three extra waders in the medium large category (guiding loaners).
There is a distinct possibility we will chase them by sea, in which case the waders are not a concern.
In any case, it will be a fitting kick-off conclave for the 2001 striper season and I really look forward to your arrival in May.
12-22-2000, 07:55 AM
thank you so much for your kind offer. As far as gear is concerned I have a 7, 8 or 9 weight rod and an Abel 2. Would that work? What kind of line does one need with that (intermediate, full sink?).
I wear 11 or 12 boots, so I'll see if I can get flat shoes from somewhere. The waders I have are the Simms stockingfoot breathables. I'm excited already even though we're 5 months away...
i'm so outta here
12-22-2000, 09:15 AM
I take a size 11 and will most likely have an extra pair of flats botties by then. An intermediate line will cover roughly 80% of your coastal experiences. A full sink (type VI or above) is critical if we venture out to Big Girl Bar.
My 14' skiff is at your disposal.
How are you set for accomodations? We have room for one or two on the pull out bed and would enjoy your company if you need a place to stay. We live about 30 minutes from prime striper waters.
Looking forward to seeing you!
12-22-2000, 11:12 AM
Wow!... you guys are incredibly generous. My next question was going to be where to find cheap accommodations 8-)
Thank you so much. I guess I'll be asking all sorts of questions throughout the winter. Here's the first one. What do you guys drink?
12-22-2000, 11:24 AM
Lodging in May should not be too bad, check out this web-site
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Then click on Towns like: Chatham, Dennis, Yarmouth, etc.
As far as gear goes, many of us have extra rods, reels, lines, waders, striping baskets, etc. We should also get you set up with some Staple Flies.
I have no Idea about work or family obligations for that particular weekend (this far in advance), but my boat should be in the water by then.
We'll figure out where you can get rest between sortie's to striper blitzes. Will you be with your family or alone?
12-22-2000, 01:11 PM
>We'll figure out where you can get rest between sortie's
>to striper blitzes. Will you be with your family or alone?
Ohhh, I'll be alone. This is my biggest outing of the year. A weekend in the salt and then back through New York State and NEC VIII. From stripers to browns 8-)
I would be more than happy to offer accomodations.
It could be the Luis Clave!
12-22-2000, 08:43 PM
My place will be open April first and I will probably be down that weekend.. So, my offer is open also( Not selling yet..holding on to dear life)
01-03-2001, 08:57 AM
I'll also be a first timer 'salter' this May and although I'll be further south than you I just wanted to echo the sentiments you expressed about the help these guys give you. I'm coming across from Scotland and have loads of trout experience but nothing in the salt. They have helped so much it's amazing. I've had flies sent over the Atlantic, magazine articles mailed to me and loads of info.
I aint gonna meet the 'clavers' this year but I have high hopes for 2002. If you're interested in fly fishing in Scotland and how we go about winkling oot the troot, let me know.
i'm so outta here
01-03-2001, 12:10 PM
<blockquote><hr>winkling oot the troot<hr></blockquote>
Scottish has always been my favorite foreign language http://22.214.171.124/images/flytalk/Wilk.gif
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01-03-2001, 12:25 PM
>I aint gonna meet the 'clavers' this year but I have high >hopes for 2002. If you're interested in fly fishing in >Scotland and how we go about winkling oot the troot, let me >know.
Muchas gracias Phil. One of these years... one of these years. So many places to fish and so little time
01-04-2001, 09:23 AM
Gee Al, that's a coincidence.......Americain is wunna mine!!!
PS How do you put the wee smiley faces in replies??
01-04-2001, 09:28 AM
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i'm so outta here
01-04-2001, 09:48 AM
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