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06-12-2000 07:47 PM
RE:Can't Take It Anymore - What did I miss at the Monomoy Clave

Roop -

That near-keeper (last years K) was gorgeous and what a battle! Please post the Prince of Tides in the archive.

I am really impressed with the design of that fly; it provides a hookless look while allowing the fly to work thru more junk in the water w/ upward point. It will also allow 'on the sand' use making it very suitable for flats work.

I'll probably experiment with synthetics for transparency and maybe a few other variations but the basic design of the fly is very good, and I will definitely put some in the box the way you tied them.
06-12-2000 10:04 AM
RE:Can't Take It Anymore - What did I miss at the Monomoy Clave

As I was racing to the camp site Friday afternoon, I was excited with anticipating a weekend of high qualtiy fishing with high quality people who share my love of the sport. Needless to say, I was not disappointed.

On Friday afternoon having Randy Jones stop by for a beverage and to share some wisdom on Monomoy was greatly appreciated and only served to fuel my desire to get out fishing. With continued apologies, I bailed on Jay & Diane's dinner to take advantage of my first chance to fish Race Point with Estey bros., Al & Greg O. Lot's of fish, lots of fun, a great group of guys.

Saturday South Monomoy was getting to me as Bigcat (John) Juro & I headed back out on the flats thinking the additional drop in the tide would open up some more water & fish. We were able to wade to the edge of the flat and cast to the drop off with the wind in our face. My karma definitely changed as I was rewarded with an enegergetic just under legal fish.

Satuday night - Skunk. Sunday AM - skunk. Met up with my wife & jkids at the in-law s in Pocasset and was sight casting to 36" fish on the falling tide - skunk but fun.

My thanka to Greg & Mike, Al & Greg O, Jay & Diane, Chuck, Jim, Terry and Mr. Powers for showing up & sneaking silently into camp Sat. evening. I'm sorry I didn't get to spend more time with all of you.

Special thanks to Juro for organizing and Bruce Peters & Randy Jones for being so generous with their advice and Flip Pallot for the hot fly - THE PRINCE OF TIDES!

I should have the photos Weds. evening.

06-12-2000 06:14 AM
RE:Can't Take It Anymore - What did I miss at the Monomoy Clave

Off the water, we had two very special highlights...

A fireside visit by Pro Monomoy Guide Randy Jones and Capt. Bruce Peters.

Randy was very generous with his time and information and we owe a percentage of our insights and fishing success to him for his great advice. He is a first class guy and a great guide, I haven't yet fished with him (hint,hint) but I'd recommend him to anyone. Thanks Randy!

Bruce came straight off a job to join us at camp. Good thing because we needed him to help us work on the incredible eats that the fabulous Estey bros put together for us. His wit and knowledge of the rips, sharing of adventures and discoveries while chartering or exploring the waters were inspiring and I can't wait to get out there again. Don't forget to read Capt. Bruce's article in this month's On The Water Magazine!

Actually, there were numerous off-water highlights... I am sure we'll see them posted today and tomorrow!
06-11-2000 09:16 PM
RE:Can't Take It Anymore - What did I miss at the Monomoy Clave

Most of us are sawing wood to recharge the badly overdrained batteries before work... needless to say it was a crazed hardcore session if ever I have done so.

Short version:

The wind was blowing 30+ out of the west southwest "in your face"... it was just as much work as fishing. Nevertheless, John got a 35", Chuck landed a 34", Roop a 28-29"... all on flies at South Beach flat near the edge or trenches. Pretty much every one was getting into the action one way or another. I hooked into three fish at or over 28", although the best one (approx 30-32") spit it we did get a photo of the fish about to be fondled before it spit and ran. The above was a "just under" striper that was my last cast fish before heading back on Rip Ryder. Bluefish and a few schoolies were around and pretty much everyone was getting into the action.

Gotta love it where there are more big fish than schoolies, saw several cruising over the flats; many times more than that busting on bait just off the edge of the flat. Best luck was had working the edge of the flat near the drop offs.

Also spent time fishing adjacent estuaries near Monomoy, literally dropping our forks and running to the water. Racoons, skunks, squirrels, they all loved our site!

I am so tired my nose is almost on the screen - look for a FULL report article / photo journal in the days to come.

My most sincere thanks to all who made this yet another kickass clave!


BTW - the Sunday crowd left on the shuttle as I headed home to tend to family affairs. I can't wait to read their reports too. Great croud to camp and fish with! (Gorgeous site as well)
06-11-2000 04:23 PM
i'm so outta here
RE:Can't Take It Anymore - What did I miss at the Monomoy Clave

Saturday was tough fishing with winds that were strong but at least on our left shoulder's. Though the group did manage to take a few elsewhere, the fish were NOT up on the flats.

We arrived at about 6:20 AM and made the short walk over to the ocean side to catch the last hour of incoming. We were rewarded with a few decent hookups right away and the sight of seals crashing pods of bait, bass, and blues left and right. A highlight of the day (related to me later around the campfire) was the release of a decent sized blue and the immediate arrival of a very HUNGRY seal. With one furocious slap that blue became seal breakfast! Quite a sight to behold.

Several more fish to 29" by various clavers but then the action died as the tide turned and the group decided to head back to the bay and dredge the channel. The Estey brothers continued on down the coast to fish on and around the southern point. (They did better on the lower end of the tide with 20+ fish between them).

The larger group headed off for less walking and more casting, dredging the channel on the West side. Groups formed and scouting parties covered the expansive flats from the boat drop off to up near the refuge down to the big bend. I witnessed many memorable items during the next six hours: Juro's hooking of a legal size bass 50 feet off the boat drop off, Chuck's crab pattern blitz and subsequent hemostat retrieval show, the wave off micro I finally got, the eel-grass beds at the North point across from the refuge, and - best of all - horny horshoe crabs and their preference for sand colored wading boots (I was violated several times )

The most telling thing we saw throughout Sat. was 10 inch sand eels in the mouths of turns. The big fish were definitely most responsive to bottom dragged deep sandeel patterns. Clousers a little higher also seemed to work.

All in all a great day on the water and another awesome clave! We really are getting good at this. Excellent company and killer camp chow. Gregg, Mike, you two are the greatest. Terry, you're right. We're slobs!

Can't wait for Washburn!!
06-11-2000 12:07 PM
Can't Take It Anymore - What did I miss at the Monomoy Clave

Couldn't make things line up to make the Clave myself - just thought I would see some reports from some of those who made it yesterday (Saturday). Hope you guys are slammin' em!



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