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  1. 3 points
    One of the most exciting ways to catch striped bass is by working the wash on the ledges. This is no secret but the way I work it might be. I like to put on either a slow sinking intermediate or floating line with about a ten foot leader. To that I attach a large spun deer hair headed fly. The idea is to keep the fly in the wash as long as possible. This means you have to mend your line over incoming waves to work the fly correctly. Ain't easy. Also anything over five footers and forget it. Too much white water calls for another technique. When done right the fly will sort of hover in a small area adjaceint to he wash. This will attract the attention of stripers cruising the edges of the wash looking for an easy meal. The fly imitates a small fish caught in the turmoil of the wash and momentarily stunned. Easy pickin's. The takes in this sort of fishing are quite spectacular. Often you can see the fish approach from below to attack your fly. Other times it's simply an explosion of water where your fly once was. Either way it's a whole lot of fun. Also I've caught some pretty impressive stripers doing this. Using a nine or ten inch fly helps weed out some of the small fish but even so sometimes the little buggers will whack it anyway. Best time to do this is when you've got two to four foot waves creating a fair amount of white wash. Overcast days are better but I've had great success with this technique on bright sunny days. The secret is the wash. It not only traps prey but gives the stripers a sense of security in it's foaming, turbulent ways. Tide don't seem to matter much. good luck !
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    This topic has always been a touchy subject with me. Most would think, as a women new to fly fishing, I too would rally behind the whole "women's movement " in the fly fishing industry. That isn't necessarily the case. I don't feel that gender has anything to do with it. Often times it becomes a gender issue because we make it one. As I stated before, yes I fly fish, yes I'm a women, SO WHAT! I don't need or have to have another women to teach me to fly fish or show me the ropes. Gender makes no difference. Casting isn't based on gender and isn't determined by gender. Learning the proper way to fight a fish, net a fish and release a fish safely back into the water doesn't change depending on your gender. I fish with people I enjoy spending time with and whom also enjoy fishing whether they are male or female makes no difference to me. The resources are there and if we just make it about fly fishing and not about gender we would see that and not see a platform for the next "movement".
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    It all starts with those of us that are parents. I see quite a few dad's that take their kids fishing with them. I'd dare to say that 75% are dad's with their sons if not more. And I'd bet that number grows with the age of the child. Now, I know some kids, boys and girls, just have no interest in it. But, I have to assume that this lopsided observation is due to the preconceived notion, by parent or child or both, that men fish and women don't. My daughter loves to fish. I have been taking her fishing since she was 3. She is now 10 and quite adept with spinning gear. This spring she wants to start fly casting. I think I'm more excited than she is. And the day she decides to bring a boyfriend home ( many, many years from now) the first thing we are doing is taking him fishing. It should be a very humbling experience for him. This is not a barrier for her to have to break through. It has never existed in her world.
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    I taught Liz to fish. She usually fishes a 9' 8wt but sometimes a 7wt and occasionally a 9wt. I find that many women in this sport over come any lack of strength(which is usually not the issue) by focusing on their technique, there are some excellent casters out there. If casting is frustrating set her up in a spot next to current that only requires a flop of a roll cast. My recommendation is treat her exactly like any other friend you'd bring into the sport. Except be wicked wicked ridiculously nice and positive all the time and follow up every session with a nice meal or cocktails whatever makes her happy (this has nothing to do with her being a woman, just that she's your girlfriend and you want to keep her happy!). Always keep it fun and be patient! areas with a wide open backcast are your friend nothing wrong with a 7wt if it's more comfortable for her to fish
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    If you bring it to the WB in June I am bringing a shotgun. Just sayin'.
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    Had an incredible morning talking with Steve Campbell, owner of Thomas Rod Co in Brewer. What a story he had to tell! Looking forward showing you his story in The Journal! Stay tuned folks... Here are some great stills from today
  10. 1 point
    Hey, I got wintah pursuits too ! Snow shoveling Snow plowing Snow removal roof rakin' ice chippin' oil purchasing The fun never ends !
  11. 1 point
    Dear Kevin McKay, The American Fly Fishing Trade Association and Cheeky Fishing are partnering to award a donation of up to $3,000 to Stripers Forever in coordination with the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament being held this May. As a sponsor of this year’s tournament, AFFTA has agreed to donate $1 for every 5-inches of striped bass caught, released and recorded, up to $1,500. Cheeky has stepped up toa match that amount dollar-for-dollar, with the total amount going to the conservation of wild striped bass. Prize money is awarded each year to the winning teams, but this is the first year that a formal donation of this sort is being made. Image Credit: The Flylords “We couldn’t be more excited to support this event, and further, to support Stripers Forever and the value of releasing a fish,” says Ben Bulis, president of AFFTA. “With all the growth in saltwater fly fishing, more people are realizing the importance of healthy marine fisheries. Tournaments like this lead by example.” Image Credit: Paul Restuccia “We’re proud to join AFFTA in support of an organization that’s doing so much to conserve and protect our hard-working schoolie stripers,” adds Ted Upton, owner of Cheeky Fishing. “Our donation, and SF’s dedication, will add new value to every fish caught and released at this year’s Schoolie Tourney, and for seasons to come.” “We can’t thank AFFTA and Cheeky enough for considering us for this,” says Brad Burns, President of Stripers Forever. “We were founded on the concept that with striped bass the greatest value to the most people in our society comes from the activity of fishing—and our Release A Breeder Club’s central goal is catch-and-release. The principles align perfectly.” About the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament: Known as the largest, catch and release fly fishing-only tournament in the world, the Cheeky Schoolie Tournament is set to mark its 7th year on May 19th on Cape Cod, MA. With over 400 anglers registered this year from all over the U.S. and internationally, the tournament is already sold out and a waitlist has been created. Anglers are only eligible to compete from shore or wading (no watercraft of any sort are allowed), so the tournament is a low-barrier-to-entry, grassroots style event focused on encouraging interest and participation in saltwater fly fishing. Learn more at cheekyfishing.com
  12. 1 point
    Bend the Barb when Mal gets near it so it doesn't get stuck between his teeth.
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    After an entire weekend of spring cleaning and working on the house, I decided to reward myself with purchaseing my 2018 license and an afternoon on a river. Didn’t have huge hopes for the day but was just happy to be out! After getting skunked at our usual two spring spots, we were thrilled to find a section of river where the fish were holding. My uncle got a picture of this one before the release. Just after this pic, my cousin landed another fish out of the same stretch of river. Overall a great afternoon and with temperatures holding this week and the lakes icing out around us, it seems like the fishing should keep improving.
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    Have you considered the possibility of a two-hander? A lot less energy expended and far less strain on the shoulders even with the biggest rods and heaviest lines. For inspiration you could point her in the direction of Flygal (April Vokey, etc.). These women can fly fish circles around the best of us. Though they generally aren't fishing for stripers on the coast, it might be nice for her to have female role models dedicated to the sport.
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    Gotta like that Maine ingenuity! Nice work, looks great. I may have to give this a go. Thanks for the idea.
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    In all my striper fishing years(including bait fishing) I've gained a good insight into their habits. I'm not preaching here just relaying information. I've learned much of what I know by simply being observant when fishing. The fish I never had a chance to catch taught me a lot. These were the fish I watched inspect my fly/lure/bait and never open their mouths. I've seen forty pounders circle my live mackerel, on a balloon, inspecting it. Simply to turn and swim away. The biggest striper I've ever seen swimming turned and chased my fly for forty feet one bright sunny afternoon, only to turn away also. At the last second ! Great rush ! I've watched decent sized stripers practically stand on their noses inspecting my crab fly before refusing it hit. Seen stripers as long as your leg swim up into narrow cracks in ledges to grab crabs . I seen a lot. So what's the purpose of this drivel , you may ask ? Just pay attention to what's going on at all times when fishing. Get good shades and don't take your eyes off the water while fishing. Ya, watch your fly when possible, but if not watch the area you expect your fly to be in. Watch for movement or any kind off flash. Keep your eyes moving in a constant scan of the area you think you're fly is in. You see some amazing things. Even while you're taking a break, watch. I'm always scanning the areas I'm fishing when resting the casting arm. I'm looking for a number of things. Birds are helpful in finding where baitfish are hanging out. Find birds diving on bait and chance are there are stripers close by. Any surface disturbance is worth investigating. Could be bait, stripers busting, seals, sturgeon or even edges of currents. Could be a G.W.S. too ,so it pays to be observant. I even will get up on any available perch to better observe an area. I like to spend ten or twenty minutes just watching the place I'm planning to fish, prior to fishing it. This of course is during full light hours. A real good tactic to use when you get to a spot you're going to fish just before dark. It can really pay off to watch before you fish , when possible. So keep your eyes open and your mind in fishing mode. You'll become a better fisherman.
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    A great box I found at joanne fabrics called the ART BIN. I just glued in some foam inserts and it works fantastic... Even is relatively water proof. Use it for all my big flies... Holds a bunch and is pretty rugged. Only cost me 10-15$ to make the whole lot. Well worth it... Has lasted me several years now.
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    Everything (rod,reel,flies used,waders,wading jacket(if used) wading boots) gets the garden hose as soon as I get home. Mandatory if you want to keep using your gear. LaBonte 207, it's the bacteria in the saltwater that makes your waders stink. Once a week or so I give mine a sprinkle of baking soda/water mixture ,then rinse thoroughly. Keeps the gag reflex to a minimum.
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    Peter, You come hook up with me and I'll get you your stripers. I'm sure others here will help also. That time frame is absolutely prime time here on Saco Bay. Look for inexpensive places to stay in Biddeford or Saco. Look forward to meeting you. Mal
  20. 1 point
    Speaking of flip flops....have you seen this?
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    There was a post on here earlier about flatwings. Thought I'd share a few that have worked for me and a my guitar colored one I did up a few of, pretty sure those colors work! All these are in the 7-9" range. Please share ones that you like to fish.
  22. 1 point
    Heres the YouTube video for how to tie the crab pot. All materials available at Eldredge Bros Fly Shop, Cheers
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    This one can be quite a contentious topic - given current events, the more public discussions occurring regarding these matters in a civilized manner, such as is occurring here, the better in my opinion. Very well thought out presentations have been made previously. Personally, my beliefs are more consistent with Aldo's post. I was surrounded by Maine tradition at a very early age as my maternal grandfather was as passionate of a sportsman as I have ever known. I was fortunate to have spent time at his fishing/recreational camp on Great Pond in the Belgrades and hunting camp in Northeast Carry. As a combat wounded Marine from Iwo Jima, he valued his right to bear arms - his bedroom smelled strongly of either of Hoppes solution or Ben Gay depending upon how he felt on a given day. He also understood and appreciated the value and fragility of life. He often stated if he ever knew one of his guns would harm another human he would destroy them before that day. Guns have always been present in my household and I don't see a day when they will not. Responsible ownership, as well as respect for all life, will be passed to my son. This stated, I also believe we must acknowledge we have a cultural issue impacting quality of life when we compare statistics between other civilized societies. The answer to any complex issue is never simple, however, I am hopeful that material dialogue can commence. There are a number of contributing factors which play a part - I feel we are doing ourselves a disservice by not examining EVERY aspect to determine how we may improve. Per the old adage, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is the definition of madness. Perhaps I am wrong but I feel as though a reasonable solution exists which will work for most parties as I believe at the end of the day most people desire the same goal.
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    If my post implied I'm against semi-auto's, that's not the case. I have them and use them. When bird hunting I need more than one shot more that I care to admit. As for Politicians and some others talking about things they don't have a clue about, I agree. Yes, their lack of information on some topics makes me wonder what they know about many of the others. A bit scary. I'm going back to fishing. I'm a bit better at that than politics and hot button issues.
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    Allowing kids that are under 21 years old to vote and join the military but not to buy a gun because "at that age they are too irresponsible" really sends what kind of message????...are they too irresponsible to fight wars? are they too irresponsible to vote? perhaps...so if you won't let them buy a gun then strip them of their voting rights too and limit the age to join the military...go for it...politicians should at least be consistent..... It is a non starter to parse out and choose what is ok and what isn't age wise.....I actually think they should lower the drinking age back down to 18 because it is foolish that a kid can go to Afghanistan and get his a** shot off in the military but when he comes home he can't drink a beer or by a hunting rifle is just NOT LOGICAL! If you are an adult...you are an adult...so voting drinking driving buying guns and joining the military should all be in the same framework age wise...
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    The spirit is willing, but the flesh is far too weak…. I really don’t have much to say about semi-automatic weapons, being the owner and user of only pump and bolt action long guns, but I am a teacher and student of American social, political, and Constitutional history, so I can’t resist adding a bit to the discussion in that area. Butch has provided us with a very factual, thoughtful, and legitimate take on the Second Amendment, the intent of the Founders, and the Supreme Court’s one and only (so far) interpretation and ruling on that Amendment. However, like any number of the other issues touched on in the Bill of Rights and the 17 Amendments which have followed it, the right to bear arms remains vague, loosely defined, and therefore contentious. Believe it or not, that’s probably what the Founders - and certainly what the Supreme Court over the last two centuries - actually intended. As black and white as many of us would like the lines to be drawn in this debate, they can’t be. Here’s why. In 1789, and for many decades thereafter, the United States had no standing military. Beyond a local constabulary force and perhaps a regional sheriff, it was the volunteer militia that offered the only line of defense against major civil and all international threats. When local, state, or national governments called, it was your civic duty to join up for the duration. Part of that duty included supplying much of your own “kit”, which included bed roll, cook ware, and most importantly, a weapon. The whole idea behind arming the citizenry - and the drafting of the Second Amendment - has to be considered within this historical context. It was vitally important to have an armed citizenry not for the sake of having an armed citizenry, but for the common (as opposed to private / individual) defense. As countless historians, legal experts, and Constitutional authorities have argued, the Second Amendment was drafted to enable people to carry out their civic duty, and not necessarily to provide them with unlimited access to a personal arsenal. Since none of us actually knew or discussed the issue with the Founders (whoever you consider them to be; Jefferson didn’t attend a single day of the Constitutional Convention, debate it in Congress, or vote on it in his state convention), how do we know this? There are clues in the Amendment itself, early Constitutional debates, and colonial era laws. Although the first ten Amendments were written by James Madison, they were thoroughly analyzed, intensely debated, and widely discussed before taking their final form. Words were selected and parsed very, very carefully and intentionally. And right there in the very text of Amendment II, it says, “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In other words, in order to have an organized and regulated civil defense, we need to allow people to own guns, because the government isn’t in the business of issuing them. Societal security, aka the common defense aka security of a free Sate was primary. In the absence of a standing military, the private and well regulated ownership of guns was merely the most viable means of providing that security. As Constitutional historian and scholar Michael Waldman points out, "There is not a single word about an individual right to a gun for self-defense in the notes from the Constitutional Convention, nor on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives as it marked up the Second Amendment, where every single speaker talked about the militia.” The relevance and importance of the Amendment’s often overlooked (if not completely ignored) first clause (“A well regulated Militia…”) is made clear when considering the very restrictive gun laws supported, enacted, and obeyed by the late colonial and early Republic generation. Boston made it illegal to keep a loaded gun in a home, due to safety concerns. Laws governed the location of guns and gunpowder storage. New York, Boston and all cities in Pennsylvania prohibited the firing of guns within city limits. States imposed curbs on gun ownership. People deemed dangerous were barred from owning weapons. Pennsylvania disarmed Tory sympathizers. Clearly, the Founders had no qualms about placing a variety of restrictions on gun ownership and usage. Although much value is placed on the argument that citizens should be armed to protect themselves from government tyranny, history shows that Americans have been largely opposed to the idea when push comes to shove. When President Washington was confronted with citizens who took up arms against what they saw as government tyranny in the Whiskey Rebellion, he quickly and violently put the rebellion down with no lack of public support. In fact, many arguments for the creation of a stronger, more imperious central government under what became the Constitution were based on fears that armed civilians would continue to be a threat to the stability of the government and safety of the people. The Whiskey Rebellion weighed heavily on the minds of those who spent their summer in Philadelphia in 1787. When the eleven states of the Confederacy took up arms against the Union in 1861, President Lincoln put the rebellion down, also with no lack of public support from the rest of the Union. When 10,000 armed coal miners had finally taken enough abuse form their employer, they opened fire on corporate security forces at Blair Mountain, West Virginia in 1921. Federal troops sent them into retreat and courts indicted 985 of the miners for murder, conspiracy to commit murder, accessory to murder and treason against the State of West Virginia. And so it has gone throughout our collective history, from Sitting Bull to Lee Harvey Oswald. As long as we have been an independent country, we’ve always left it up to the government - that is, those whom the people have empowered - to discern the difference between legitimate resistance to oppression and rebellion, treason, or mere assassination. We’d like to reserve that right to armed resistance for ourselves, but are understandably nervous when our neighbors try to exercise it. There is a great affection for public order and security that runs deeply into our roots, and so far, it has trumped the right to armed resistance against perceived government tyranny in nearly every case. Of course, any interpretation of the “will of the Founders” is just that - an interpretation, open to legitimate criticism and opposing interpretations. This begs an extremely important question. Given that the Founders lived in a very different time, and therefore held many views inconsistent with the modern state - think slavery and women’s rights - is it appropriate to apply their intent (or whatever we think that might be) whole cloth to the modern state? The Founders were clearly wrong about some things. As well, they almost never spoke with a single voice about anything; they themselves disagreed on far more than they did agree. So, there is room for questioning their moral and political authority individually and collectively. On the other hand, the vision of the Founders and the Constitution itself are bedrock institutions on which the very legitimacy of the republic rests. We cannot and should not ignore what they have to say on a great many aspects of governance. Concerning “original intent” then, where then does the baby end and the bath water begin? The answer is even more unsatisfactory than the question. The boundary between baby and bath water is dynamic and changing over time because the Constitution is vague and our government - including the Supreme Court - is generally responsive (if slowly and inefficiently) to the will of the people. The Founders knew the folly in writing an overly specific, unmutable document. If it was going to remain relevant in a changing world for more than a handful of years, it had to be mostly a general statement of values and make as few detailed proscriptions as possible. That’s the reason why the thing is only four pages long. The genius in stuffing it full of broad, non-specific language is that it is endlessly adaptable, and thus continually relevant. Take Clause 3 of Amendment VIII, prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment. The Founders could have limited that prohibition to what was considered cruel and unusual in 1789. But they deliberately chose not to. Because they did not, it has become an effective touchstone in our evolution as a more fair, just, and civilized nation. As our values changed, we used the legal authority of Amendment VIII to stop putting people in stocks, to stop hanging them by the neck, to stop executing children, and although it’s technically still legal in at least one state, to stop using the electric chair, because we came to find such practices to be cruel and unusual. This has allowed us to occupy at least somewhat higher moral ground among nations and to have bolstered our position as leaders in the defense of human rights. One consequence, however, is that the Constitution can rarely be relied upon to settle disputes between competing, legitimate rights and interests with any sort of finality. Despite the language of Amendment IV, Roe v. Wade has not ended the contest over or controversy surrounding abortion, nor has Amendment I and the Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision been satisfactory in addressing concerns about campaign financing. For the most part, the Constitution merely defines the boundaries of a very wide field of play within which forces in our very pluralistic society play a (mostly) civilized but extremely contentious game. The federal courts - and especially the Supreme Court - technically the only bodies with the authority to say what the Constitution actually means, haven’t been a great deal of help, either. With respect for their overwhelming power, the Supremes have tended to rule as narrowly as possible. Knowing that their decisions set powerful precedents that can have far reaching and often unintended consequences, their pronouncements are typically extremely limited in scope. The minute percentage of cases we all study in school that did have massive repercussions are the very rare exceptions that prove the rule. The Justices are careful not to be broadly prescriptive, and instead, nibble away at the edges of issues while leaving plenty of wiggle room for future policy decisions. They’re a lot like the Founders that way. So where does all this leave us with Amendment II in 2018? We live at a time when legitimate, competing interests have different interpretations of the text, and the game is only getting more contentious with every mass shooting. If we consider how open we have been as a people to changing interpretations of the rest of the Constitution, we must also see Amendment II as not any more specifically proscriptive, timeless, or absolute than Amendments I or IV or VIII. What we collectively thought it meant 200 years ago, 100 years ago, or even 50 years ago may not be what it means or needs to mean to us collectively today. So, just as we have recognized a legitimate need for limits on free speech, assembly, the practice of religion, and criminal punishment, there is room and a legitimate need for limits on the right to bear arms. Tellingly, the Supreme Court has said as much Heller v Washington, D.C., the case Butch has discussed above. With all due respect to Butch and his argument, the Court’s decision was more nuanced and open ended than his selected quotation might suggest. It is worth noting that it was authored by the most conservative Justice of his generation, and perhaps the entire post war era, Antonin Scalia. Scalia was the very opposite of a snowflake, left wing, liberal ideologue appointed by a Democratic president. He was also arguably the Court’s most outstanding originalist ever. For the uninitiated, an originalist is a jurist who believes that the Constitution should be interpreted as little as possible. Jurisprudence should be based to the highest degree possible, if not exclusively, on the original intent of the authors of the Constitution. Scalia became expert in colonial and early republican era law and language in his quest to remain faithful to that philosophy. Had it been possible, I’m sure he would have asked Washington, Madison, Franklin and even Gouverneur Morris, Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, and George Clymer for their input. And what did Scalia say? First, he made it clear that the limits imposed by Washington D.C. on Heller’s right to bear arms were indeed unconstitutional, a clear endorsement of the final clause of Amendment II. But he did NOT say that ALL such limits are unconstitutional. In fact, he was very careful to say that only the ordinance being considered in that specific case violated the Constitution. It was a typical narrow ruling in that respect. In a ringing endorsement of the first clause of Amendment II, he went on to say, “Nothing in our opinion should be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms.” In other words, he affirmed the right of the government to place restrictions on the sale and ownership of guns. He also did not specifically say what those restrictions should or even could be. That, after all, is the exclusive domain of the legislative branch, per the Constitution. And so the issue remains open for us, through our elected representatives, to decide whether or not we wish to redraw the current limits on gun sales and ownership, and if we do, where we wish to draw them.
  27. 1 point
    Sixguns, you might also appreciate something I found on Facebook today:
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    It's now at 200 veranda st, off the peninsula near martin's point bridge.
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    The beginning of March marks the time when seaworm larvae begin to drift into the coastal estuaries. These are small (like size#14) greenish/translucent larvae of what will become foot long sea worms. Why is this important ? Searun trout absolutely love'em. They will congregate at small river mouths and up into the tidal areas of the estuaries. Pick a dark day and incoming tide for best results. A small scud or similar fly works well. Small olive maribou jigs are murder on them. This will last up until the beginning of May so there's plenty of time to give it a try. While I've never caught a lot of searun trout, the ones I have caught were three pounds or better. My best was a 26" brown out of the Ogunquit back in the eighties. Got to get out and cast at sumpthin' ? Here be your chance.
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    Headwaters and small brooks......the love of my fishing life! Have enjoyed the streams of the countrysides & woodlands in upper NYS but especially love the remote(or once remote) waters in the Maine woods. Came upon many brooks, free running and dammed up by beaver...making small beaver bogs....some right underneath the canopy of soft/hard-woods...in the 60s hiking to/from cutting jobsites. HA, throwing a flyline underneath the canopies and between tree trunks with a hopper pattern during July and August and surprisingly attracting 6-10" brookies in THE most amazing places, will never forget those days. These are the places I really have a passion for revisiting..mostly for the sake of seeing a healthy trout water/habitat...often with positive and some negative results.
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    let see yours, yes I am dreaming of warmer weather and this coming season
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    recipe: hook, size #1 stainless thread, 6/0 white tail, four (4) grizzly hackles, natural ,over small bunch white bucktail body, white wool ribbed with copper wire wing, blue bucktail topped with four (4) strands Peacock herl cheeks, two(2) matched Pintail flank feathers eyes, medium plastic real eyes
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    http://bangordailynews.com/2018/02/22/outdoors/holyoke/ode-to-a-fishing-buddy-gone-too-soon/ I think we all pass on trips with friends and family or just don't go fishing cause there is always next time but what if there is no next time. I hope you all spend as much time this coming season with family friends on and off the water.
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    Kevin - very true. A good story to remind us all to cherish those moments we do have and to support those in our lives. In my early teens, I recall passing on a visit to my maternal grandfather and grandmother. As it turned out, there would be no subsequent visit to my grandfather as he passed while at hunting camp shortly thereafter. While it's never anyone's fault that life can get complicated, it's good to remember that many times, we are our own enemies in that process. When all is said and done, life comes down to the basics. All I can say is I hope more often than not that on those decisions we're often forced to make daily that I err on the right side and those who know me best forgive me in those circumstances when I may not have done so.
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    Maybe the advantage of smokers is that they won't leave their empty cans EVERYWHERE!
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    New "Fleeing lobstah" , with articulated tail and foam shell. meant for ledge or boat fishing deeper water.
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    I'll second that. We rarely get seconds chances so take opportunities when you can. And don't forget to stop and smell the roses too!
  38. 1 point
    Quality is built in, not added on. You can’t inspect quality into a product!
  39. 1 point
    Not as much fishing done 2017 as the year before, and not nearly as many pictures taken. several firsts and PBswere had, both on the fly and gear. Here’s all the ones I know where on the fly from casting, not including the ones caught trolling with fly rod.
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    Got them today, great flies!
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    Aldo, Thanks for giving us "the other side" of the story on LLB. Your comments and insights certainly paint a different picture than others that have been posted. I found the comment about other well known outdoor retailers' products running on the same production line very interesting. I have always supported LLB in the past and have no intention to abandon them now. If they are offering what I wish to purchase at a fair price, I can ask for nothing more. Ron
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    I was a 15 year LL Bean employee. I worked in supply chain management and could correct many of the misperceptions and incorrect figures stated above. I could tell you about the rods and reels I have owned and used for more than 20 years, but will spare you all most of that and focus on sourcing, which was my area of responsibility. LL Bean had and still has industry leadership role on environmental and employment practices. Long before Patagonia made a huge PR push on sustainable sourcing, LLB was changing the way cotton was farmed and and processed, leather tanned, and etc.. LLB was the first major retailer to phase out the use of PVC, nickel, and other environmentally disastrous materials in its products. I was there and took a substantial role in transferring the sourcing of many products from the US to foreign based factories. Nearly all of it was unavoidable and necessitated by market forces largely beyond the company's control. I can't tell you the number of times I would place orders from long standing domestic vendors, only to have them tell me that 1) they were soon to go out of business, or 2) they were moving all of their production overseas. I bought the last of many units of a great many things that are no longer made in the US. In more more cases than I can remember, there simply was not a single domestic supplier to buy products from. One of my projects was to find a factory - anywhere - that could supply handsewn footwear at the volumes and in the styles our customers wanted. At that time, we were still making some handsewn shoes at the factory in Brunswick, a couple of blocks from my house. Handsewers are highly skilled, highly paid workers. It takes about three years to train one, and not everyone who tries it makes the cut. When I was put on that project, a great many were retiring. Despite an aggressive recruiting campaign, we couldn't find any more to replace them - it's really a lost art here in the states. At the end, we were down to just three, but we kept those handsewers employed for years, even though we were losing money on every single pair of shoes they made. Since all of our competitors had gone overseas, they were making money selling shoes at the same prices at which we were losing money. This was a common and recurring issue across much of the product line that was sourced domestically. So, we had a choice - get out of the handsewn footwear business altogether, or source the product overseas. The second option would contribute to the company's bottom line and help feed the families of more than 9,000 Maine based employees. So that's what I recommended. Another part of my job involved visiting and inspecting factories before we placed product with them. LLB was and remains an industry leader here as well, aggressively monitoring and documenting employee living and working conditions and other business practices. LLB was among the first retailers in the world to create a full time human rights monitoring staff with whom I worked very closely. If there as even a whiff of impropriety, we didn't give the factory the room to explain - we simply wouldn't do business with them. We ate in their cafeterias, inspected employee housing, demanded full access to payroll records on the spot, etc. If they delayed or refused, they were out. It's worth noting that in many of the factories I visited in Asia, labels familiar to and purchased by many on this board were rolling down the very same production lines alongside LLB goods; Patagonia, Simms, Sage, Columbia, Orvis, Redington, etc., and etc. I saw them all. While at LLB, I was treated more than fairly and compensated extremely well. I was given the training and the opportunities to grow from a retail clerk to a fly fishing instructor to a buyer to a supply chain manager to a systems administrator. The health care plan was better than what I have now. The fringe benefits, from frequent flyer miles to employee discounts were fabulous. I don't get anything like that now. The 401K was outstanding (again, something I don't get now), and the cash bonuses were great (nope, don't get those, either). I left only because I wanted to pursue an entirely different career in a totally unrelated field. I realize that many Mainers have their issues with Bean product and practices, and that's OK. One of the many truths about retail is that you can't be all things to all people. But I also know that LLB is a good corporate citizen that employs more Mainers than any other private company in the state and injects hundreds of millions of out of state as well as foreign dollars into the Maine economy. Perhaps something to think about next time you are fishing the public access lands on Grand Lake Stream that were purchased and donated by...LL Bean.