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Old 06-07-2011, 02:08 PM
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Best day for years today

windless and flat calm on the Bay side - 20", 26", 29" and 30" taped fish all sightfished.

I also lost two more keepers, my first and last fish of the morning - first one took under the rod tip and i forgot to strike, the second was a cow of around 36-38" which broke the handle of the reel on its second run, as the drag was on full and i couldn't stop it by palming, so i held the handle and pop....

plenty of crabs, tiny shrimp and 2" sandeels around, some pods of 3" baitfish.

fish were in 2's and 3's of keeper size and small pods of the high teens and low twenties, even right along the watersedge - except for the cow which was on its own in about 2 feet of water on the sand bank.

All were taken on a flatwing sandeel of my own tying :

you can just see the fly below the boga in this pic of the 30" :



the 29" fish


and the offending reel sans handle mit eel fly :



am going back tomorrow

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Old 06-07-2011, 02:12 PM
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inspired by Jim Miller's simple flatwings
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:41 PM
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Nice.

So days like that still are possible...
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Old 06-07-2011, 02:52 PM
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Nice one Mark
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:40 PM
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awesome! Looks like fun!
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Old 06-07-2011, 03:51 PM
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Somedays I just hate my day job.... (well, except when the bills come around)

Nice work Mark! Glad someone enjoyed the bluebird day.

BTW - what reel?
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:05 PM
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On another bayside flat, same bait, lots of fish, frustrated fishermen, didn't see a single fish caught. Tried all the usual flies, no takers. Spectacular day.
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Old 06-07-2011, 04:54 PM
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Excellent Mark.

Wonder what you'll be catching after your apprenticeship is over.
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Old 06-07-2011, 07:51 PM
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Nice going Mark, good stuff!!!
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Old 06-07-2011, 08:04 PM
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ALL RIGHT!!!!! You did good! Nice to be in the right spot, at the right time, with the right fly and the right presentation. Now, hope you have a spare spool for that reel.
It is hell being stuck up here in Up-state NY for another couple of weeks.

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Old 06-08-2011, 06:55 AM
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Ditto what Pete R said.
Very nice ties Mark!.....and kudos to a fun fishing day OTW!
I'm envious and want to be there fishing too!

I will have to settle for trout on the Battenkill this evening.
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Old 06-08-2011, 06:57 AM
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Jim,
Where on the Battenkill? I have a place in Arlington. Fished it Memorial Day weekend.

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Old 06-08-2011, 09:26 AM
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Good going Mark;excellent flatwing sandeels.I haven't been out since I 've come back from M.V.,to many home projects that have been to long on the back burner and o.t at work is killing me,I need some me time,hopefully Saturday I won't be required to do any o.t.,anybody going to be around?
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:31 AM
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Sadly, no Cape fopr me this week-end. Tides look nice for the flats too

But I really mustn't complain - this season has been pretty good so far ...
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:32 AM
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Sadly, no Cape for me this week-end. Tides look nice for the flats too

But I really mustn't complain - this season has been pretty good so far ...
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