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Old 10-22-2001, 09:40 AM
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Encountered a first for me last week. Smashed window and everything of value taken from our vehicle. Included were Abel and Sage bags containing a variety of flyfishing equipment, i.e. 20 dozen flies, spare spools, shooting heads, headlamps, digital camera, etc.

For those unfamiliar with the area, this is the parking area administered by the Mass Audubon Society at the end of Bone Hill Road overlooking a flat. This parking area is normally occupied by both fishermen and bird watchers. It appears that the culpirts had a window of about 50 minutes when the parking lot was not occupied by other vehicles. This was attested by a flyfisherman that was there about 50 minutes after we left our vehicle.

If someone offers you bargain basement prices for flyfishing paraphenalia, please contact Det. Mark Delaney at the Barnstable Police, 508.771.6237.

Based on discussions with both fishermen and the police, this type of incident is not common on the cape. There are learned lessons from this incident:
1. Don't leave items in plain view in your vehicle that may be attractive to thieves.
2. Plain don't leave valuables in your car in somewhat remote locations.
3. My initial thought is leaving the vehicle unlocked without anything of value, but I guess you run the risk of the vehicle being stolen.

This incident tends to make you gun shy of leaving your vehicle in a semi-remote location, but the allure of fishing some of those locations tends to mollify the risk.
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Old 10-22-2001, 09:45 AM
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Wow, bummer. I hope you are covered by insurance. Doesn't a home owners policy cover that sort of break in? Good luck.

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Old 10-22-2001, 10:17 AM
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Jim -

Very regretful, in fact ashamed - to hear that you were victimized that way on the cape. At a time when we've all stood together so well it's depressing that someone could do that to a fellow sportsman. I assume this because of the list of missing items, but of course it could have been purely for greed without want or understanding of such hard-earned gear, just the value it presents.

Like Lefty, I hope you have some coverage thru insurance. Please email any differentiating details to me and I will keep my eyes open.

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Old 10-22-2001, 10:26 AM
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I am real sorry to hear that and I hope you have insurance.. I have always been concerned about that in Chatham.. at the Light, and particularly at the causeway.. But Have not heard about it at those locations in the last 10 or 12 years.. One car stolen from the light about 7 years ago.. Still ..I would never keep anything of value in the car.. best take it with you or leave it at a friends place if you have extra rods ..etc... and you are right.. never leave it exposed.
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Old 10-22-2001, 10:33 AM
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One of the items that I omitted in a learned lesson from this incident is that a comprehensive homeowners policy with replacement value is important. I have that as a result of an incident in 1991. Hunting grouse in Wisconsin, we were subjected to a cabin fire. The fire caused by an electrical short in the heating system occurred while we were away at dinner. It destroyed the cabin, its contents, which included three english setters (two were mine). If the fire occurred while we were sleeping, we well could be history. At the time my homeowner policy was not for replacement value; thus, I didn't receive total reimbursement for my loss.
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Jim,

I donít know what to say except I am embarrassed that such an act of cowardice would happen in our back yard.

I at least have some replacement flies that Iíll be sending your way in the near future.

Stay in touch,

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Roop (10-22-2001 11:37 a.m.):
Jim,

I donít know what to say except I am embarrassed that such an act of cowardice would happen in our back yard.

I at least have some replacement flies that Iíll be sending your way in the near future.

Stay in touch,

Roop
Roop, thanks for the note and I appreciate your gesture for the flies. While I know you like the deep eel, and it is a good one, I'm one of those weird guys that likes to tie his own flies and get the satisfaction of hooking fish on those flies.

Come on over if you get a chance. The steelies are starting to run now that we have gotten some precip for the streams. Visit your sister and spend a couple of days on the streams, and bring a couple deep eels for a pattern. I saw Juro's pattern, but firsthand observation is a leg-up for me.

Keep in touch, and am already looking forward to June on the Cape.

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Old 10-22-2001, 06:31 PM
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Jim -

To me the d/e is just a lure like any other fly and not any silly club mascot. It's just an effective sand eel lure, yet when times are right, the anchovy is the way to go. Other days a juvie herring is key, and more than once a crab fly has saved me on the flats. Sometimes a sand colored chub pattern is the right medicine, or a grass shrimp, etc. I do not on the other hand think any of these would do much for steelhead, being somewhat of a steelhead-aholic myself.

I love to sip pogie oil and wrap silk, spin seal, palmer gadwall, match mallard and even on occasion eye with jungle cock and horn with b/y macaw... for steelhead. Just like trout afficionados would construct the most delicate and intricate insect lures from quills, thread and feather, salmonids call for a different degree of expression at the vise.

Now don't get me wrong, I love the gut wrenching runs of a cow bass in the surf and the teeth grinding carnage of a shoreline blitz, but in the pungent salt spray it's not about delicate feathers and traditions - it's about teasing the facsimile of a victim into the predatory cycle of nature with a dishpan bungee corded to your waist! Both are great fun and I love them both dearly - but those flies don't share clips in a Wheatley in my humble opinion.

But back to Erie steelhead - do you have a fall run that can be raised to a dry? Most Great Lakes runs are winter runs and fished with split shots and slinkies up in Lake Ontario tribs where I caught my first steelhead - it's not flyfishing but drift-fishing. What's the approach in Erie? It's not so far that I wouldn't come out to swing a fly someday myself!
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Hey - ho - whoa - hold on there a second....

Jim raises a valid point re: fly selection. While I am guilty of being a proponent of the Real Eel,using it probably 75% of the time, I am trying to get that monkey(eel ) off my back.

I have a few other favorites; the Prince of Tides, Catherwood deer hair style flies, poppers and, um.... OK I use the Real Eel 90% of the time. But next year!!

Don't worry Jim, I'll send a broad selection!!

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remember to keep an eye on ebay and the want-ad for people selling your items... crooks aren't usually too smart about getting rid of loot. Tom D
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Jim -

To me the d/e is just a lure like any other fly and not any silly club mascot. It's just an effective sand eel lure,
AH HA! Gotcha Juro! Now back to my creepy crawler sluggo LURE building set. }>

Jim,
Sorry to hear about your stolen gear. :-(
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Old 10-22-2001, 11:13 PM
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Jim -

To me the d/e is just a lure like any other fly and not any silly club mascot. It's just an effective sand eel lure,
AH HA! Gotcha Juro! Now back to my creepy crawler sluggo LURE building set. }>

Jim,
Sorry to hear about your stolen gear. :-(
Who caught who (hehe)... I dangled that one out there, even juiced it up a little by repeating the word lure over and over, added club mascot-ism, a dose of purism... I was fishin' with that post if ya know what I mean }>
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Sorry to hear about your gear. I guess we live in difficult times. I can remember when I never locked my car while going fishing. Makes you want to get an old beat up car just for fishing. I know that many cars are broken into on the Farmington River in Conn.
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Old 10-23-2001, 10:44 AM
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[quote]juro (10-22-2001 07:31 p.m.):

Juro, here is the lowdown on Lake Erie steelhead. Pa streams receive about 1.2 million smolts annually. Both NY and Ohio receive 250k each. All three states have some natural reproduction. Ohio has the Manistee strain that is somewhat larger and later in entering the streams. Both PA and NY have the Washington strain that enter the streams when water temp and level permit as early as late Sept.

Yes, there is a lot of chuck and duck type fishing, but spey flies are effective and a preferred method for flyfishing. I use, most of the time, a running line with various lengths of sink tips (LC-13) for bottom bouncing. Effective patterns are dictated by time of year, water clarity and temp. A variety of patterns from size 18 PTs to size 6 zonkers are effective.

The fishery continues through the spawn in April. While it can be crowded at times, if you are willing to walk there are stream sections that receive very little pressure. On an average day you can expect 12-24 hookups.

Incidentally, it is a 10-hour drive from the cape. If you, Jeff, John, et al are interested, let me know.
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Old 10-23-2001, 11:24 AM
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Sounds pretty awesome! I can imagine a caravan of striper hounds heading out there on a road trip now... Beverly Hillbillies comes to mind }>

It would be a blast!
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