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Old 08-15-2004, 09:30 AM
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Seduced by the "DARK Side"

It happened slowly in an unsuspected way. The guide used sandeels. The the harbor filled with bait that could not be netted. The unused sabiki rig lay unused for three years. Kids in the boat so no flyfishing. Then I went out and neglected the fly rod and other artificials. Tinker Mackeral, the Dark Side had taken over.
I will struggle back.
HELP ME OBI WAN!!!
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:31 AM
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Old 08-15-2004, 09:32 AM
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Old 08-17-2004, 08:43 AM
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Balance is the key grasshopper.

Understanding and mastering one style can only make another stronger.
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Old 08-17-2004, 09:18 AM
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Balance is the key grasshopper.

Understanding and mastering one style can only make another stronger.
So true!

I recently picked up a copy of Robert Post's book "Reading the Water" which tells of the exploits of the legendary Marthas Vineyard anglers. It's a brilliant read.

Roberto Germani describes a "heave and haul" outfit he used in the surf complete with stripping basket, flyline "head" and a waist mounted reel to hold the excess mono. I have all the components and intend to fish the surf this way a few times.

Sinlge handed, double handed - who needs a rod?
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Old 08-17-2004, 11:13 AM
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Adrian, That is a great read, I have not picked it up in a few years but there are many jewels in that book. Maybe a MV tournament clave one of these years.
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Old 08-17-2004, 03:42 PM
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We would probably need to sign up for Navy Seal training to get into condition for the MV tourney. Total sleep deprivation, no food or water for a whole week and fish 'till your fingers bleed

Sounds good to me

San Diego is a cool town - or maybe Penguin could set us up a little closer to home?
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Old 08-17-2004, 06:30 PM
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I fished often with my grandfather who used tarred handline. I still bring some out now and again to make a few "casts". He very often outfished my spinning rod.
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Old 08-17-2004, 09:55 PM
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Balance = single hand | double hand. One makes the other stronger.
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:35 PM
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My philosophy is really starting to come around on this one. Golfers cary a number of clubs in their bag for a reason.

Fish in tight to the shore/most flats fishing = single hand fly rod

Fish busting a 150ft out or large flies in the wind = two hander

Bonito busting 150 yds off the shore (like this past saturday) = 2 ounces of metal and a fish for the bbq.

Why limit yourself. Every great athlete/team can beat you in a number of ways.

Now Juro, I think I know your point on this one and I agree that challenging yourself to achieve the result with a tougher tool is more rewarding but sometimes you just want to catch a fish. Especially after you just dropped an expensive fly reel down a crevice and it becomes apparent you are not going to ever see it again (also this past Saturday ).

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Old 08-17-2004, 11:39 PM
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Fishing is enjoyment - do whatever you enjoy! I was only trying to make a joke about the initial post on this here flie-fushin' sight. Please let's not go down the "defend your gear fishing" rathole again. I have no interest in changing anyones fishing preferences; I also have no interest in diluting the fly fishing content of this site.

However, for myself (and only myself) I hold strong convictions about my sport. As you know flyfishing to me is a pursuit, not of fish per se but of mastery of something that is not necessarily measured in pounds or inches but measured in wisdom, acumen, ability. Eventually, the fish are part of the equation again, and provide acknowledgement that the time invested is indeed well-spent. I get immense satisfaction from this pursuit, and frankly little from a fish caught by other means.

I am like anyone, if I want to eat and catching is the way to get some meat pass the chum bucket.

But as I have said many times, I fish for satisfaction not fish. The fish just help me go there.
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I am in total agreement with Juro . That's why I like this site.
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Chum Bucket!

If the master resorts to chum then I am not as far gone as I thought!

Part of the reason for the bait was my futile attemps at catching blues on the fly rod. I hooked into several reel burners but was unable to bring them to the boat.
Frustration is being in the middle of a bluefish blitz and catching stripers while nephew catches Blues.
I will continue the hunt!
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Old 08-18-2004, 07:36 AM
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Sorry Juro. Not trying to go down that road or change the content of the site. Just agreeing with a few others that its good to change it up every now and then. If anything I was more venting about my lost reel which was part of the reason for picking up the evil wand to begin with!! Looking forward to this weekend.

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Old 08-18-2004, 07:53 AM
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Sean,

Didn't mean to imply that you were going down the road at all, just making a general statement that we (not you but we all) tend to beat that horse historically.

Was it possible to see the reel? I hope it was not "that" reel that I was lusting over the last time I saw it, engraved etc.

I think fiber optics is called for to see into the crevice.

A cheap solution would be a wireless webcam on a flexible probe at low tide.
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