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12-02-2002 10:21 AM
steelheadmike
FANTASTIC

Best of luck... a real beauty!
12-02-2002 05:05 AM
FishHawk Good luck with the boat. Will make a great mother ship for those of us in our yaks. Fishhawk
12-01-2002 12:41 PM
juro Per the T-top and casting, I've never been on a boat (other than a drift boat) where people cast over the middle of the deck. We always cast one off the transom and one off the bow, but with the lines passing over the water not the deck. Therefore the T-top won't get in the way.

One symptom often faced is due to the wind... the outdrive always drags slower in a wind drift so a righty or lefty off the bow has the wind on his opposite shoulder - OK. The guy trying to cast off the end of the transom in this case is getting the wind onto his casting shoulder - TROUBLE.

In this case, I find it best to use a water haul to load the rod in place of the backcast and let the drift of the boat extend the fly line before stripping so you're really getting the same coverage.

Or the guy in the back can cast parrallel to the centerline of the boat along one side, making sure the guy in front is clear. This is a little more trouble and the cast cast to bite into the wind, but it works almost as well as the water haul method.

It feels like the guy in the back is disadvantaged because of the wind issues, modified casting, etc. Actually, because the guy in back does not have to pull the fly before it goes under the boat his presentation can make up on the back end what it lost in distance on the initial cast. I'll take the back if there is any drift at all, even when the wind is howling. Of course on a bluebird day nothing beats the bow.

Anchoring actually negates this tailgunner's benefit, and in most cases reduces the area you cover and the fish you catch. There has to be a distinct fish related reason to anchor or I prefer to drift.

Anyway, got carried away there - I just meant to say you need another excuse for the spin rod :hehe: (kidding)
11-30-2002 11:25 PM
MarkDoogue
My hero.....

Man that is a sweet boat.

Congrats Roop, you deserve it.

I've givin' up on the motorcycle so maybe there is a similar craft in my distant future. Let me know if you grow out of yours some day and I'll take it off of your hands.

I need a second job.........
11-27-2002 09:33 AM
Lefty YOu can tell it's off season when you start having fishing dreams. Last night I dreamed I was going out fishing with Roopster and Bob Pink. Can't remember which craft-they both rock! Best of luck. Remember, BJs sells big cans of beans cheap. That will help feeding the family while offsetting boat costs .
BTW Roop- when you are piloting your own craft across some flats and the fish explode- you can't just jump out and pursue on foot. Don't forget to kill the motor and toss and anchor.

Good luck and enjoy Cap'n.

Lefty
11-27-2002 09:22 AM
RayStachelek Congrats.... Roop or should I say Captain!

You now have a sturdy platform to build many lasting memories.

Looking out the window now... seeing the boat covered with the first snow, thinking about the first trip already.

May the sea goddas always keep you in her bossum safe and sound.
11-27-2002 07:30 AM
capt_gordon
T-tops and flyfishing

Not really much of a problem. It is worth a lot more than any potential problems. Do yourself a favor and get FULL spray curtains. You will be very happy and be able to fish in comfort on sloppy days with a minimum of rain gear, rather than covering all the way up and getting soaked on rainy and/or windy days.
Sometimes folks who are not very experienced flycasters may get messed up in rods that you have in your rocket launcher rod holders. I did it myself yesterday, but the benefits outweigh the problems by a thousandfold.
That Hydrasport is a good boat. Mu buddy here has the same one and he really likes it and it is a good ride.
11-26-2002 02:57 PM
jborkowski Nice!

Hey Admin, I think we need to add a jealously Smilie.
11-26-2002 01:09 PM
Striper Roopster,
Just wait till the first excursion you will be soooo happy you got the boat that you be hard pressed to actually fish! I had this problem once I got my new rig, first couple of trips I just ran the boat and fished very little it was so nice to just have the room,range, comfort, power, etc. that I could not concentrate on fishing at all. But this will fade quickly and you will be back to doing what we all love FISHING! I don't have a tee top and wish I did, I think you will grow to love having the t-top honestly, it gives you alot more versatility in storage and sun protection, the minor drawback being some casting room lost to the size of the top. But that can be worked around and you will decide that you did the right thing getting the t-top. I am going to be looking into getting one maybe next season hopefully, but there are so many things I want and need for the boat I just don't know what is going to be first. Probably trim tabs. Very nice rig and now you will be able to do your best impression of the Pinkster.

Tightlines,
Mike M.
11-26-2002 12:06 PM
ssully Congrats on the new ride! Beautiful looking boat. BOL with it.

Thanks Jim you spared me a good cry.
11-26-2002 10:52 AM
JimW Speaking of claves. When do we need to reserve the campsite on Washburn? At Sully's request I will not utter the B-word.
11-26-2002 10:38 AM
Hawkeye Awesome Roop! What a sweet looking boat. I'm thinking the claves will be taking a decidedly more nautical feel next season.
11-26-2002 08:12 AM
Adrian Congrats' Jeff!

My two words ....

Awe sum

I expect to see an energised Bluewater Extreme board next season!
11-26-2002 08:04 AM
Dble Haul Good for you, Roop. I know you've been looking for a while.

11-26-2002 07:55 AM
JimW Very sweet ride Roop. The hull looks perfect. I like that T-top. I think my 8' antena is as much of a casting hazzard as the top.

Please pass the wassabi..........
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