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  • in reply to: 2 handed and Spey Casting Instruction in NY #89036

    meaton
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    Hi Mike,
    I have a good buddy who guides in the Pulaski/Altmar area during this time of year. He is a former steelhead guide from Oregon who switched coasts and now guides stripers and blues in Mass. and then steelhead and salmon in NY. He definitely offers casting instruction with a 2 hander and guides spey trips on the Salmon and Oswego Rivers. I don’t know if he is a certified instructor, but he is a licensed guide in NY, a licensed Captain in Mass. and an Orvis certified guide. His name is Eliot Jenkins and his website is http://www.greasybeaksflyfishing.com/. I think he’s going to be in that area through 12/31 this year. Check out his website, if he seems like a good fit you should give him a call, he’s a heck of a fisherman and a great guide. Have fun!

    Mike

    in reply to: Personal Preference Question #88962

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    Hi Jason,
    I’m finding that my tastes have definitely changed. Up until the last couple years I have been a big proponent of fast action rods, my favorite trout rod being a very fast action 4 wt. It casts a mile, wind or no wind, has plenty of backbone and generally fishes really well. Recently I had the chance to fish the Scott g2 for trout and I am sold, Scott calls it a medium flex with a medium-fast recovery, and I would choose a rod with a similar profile for my next trout rod. I don’t want to sound like an advertisement for Scott, but that G2 is awesome, very forgiving when casting, enough backbone to cut through wind when you need to, soft enough to present dry flies perfectly, very easy to load for roll casting, I was blown away. I was trying not to name names (in terms of manufacturer and model), but I haven’t felt another rod like it and I’m not sure if the medium flex with med-fast recovery is different from other medium rods. I definitely like a stiffer stick for chucking streamers for trout, something fast or very fast in a 5 or 6 wt that’s at least 9.5-10 ft, but I think I’m going to switch to a slightly slower rod for everyday trout fishing (nymphing, dry-dropping and dry flies).

    I do have to caveat this by saying that my wife has co-opted my fast action 4 wt so I haven’t really been able to fish that for the last couple years. Still that G2 rules.

    Mike

    in reply to: Storing a raft #88949

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    Hi Mark,
    I’m not able to look at my rolled up raft right now, but I’m pretty sure that mine, folded in thirds and rolled, would fit in a 6x4x4 box easily.

    Mike

    in reply to: Storing a raft #88931

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    Hi Mark,
    I’ve owned a 13′ Maravia self bailer since 2006 and I store it every winter. I’ve had good success making sure that the raft is clean and dry, rolling it up as tight as I can and then sticking it in a basement, shop or garage, basically anywhere out of the sun and dry. The only other tip I have is to store it on a warm day, my raft is hard enough to roll when warm, the couple of times that I’ve done it when cold out were much more difficult, especially if you’re doing it solo. If anyone has additional tips, I’d love to hear them!

    Mike

    in reply to: New Hampshire Trout Fishing? #88887

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    Hi George,
    I was just in southern NH for about a month. If you are in Portsmouth area you will be real close to the Cocheco in Dover. Park near the dam and walk downstream. I’m not sure how it will fish in the summer and it is a stocked fishery, but the water is beautiful and we caught browns and rainbows. This would be real close to you if you are in Portsmouth. I’ve fished a little up in the Whites, but not extensively, you should check out the Androscoggin near where it crosses into Maine (Shelburn/Gorham area) and the Connecticut River up around the Connecticut Lakes. I would check out all of the designated fly-fishing only spots in the state, I have been to a couple of the ponds and they fish really well (albeit spring and fall).
    There are a ton of other opportunities around the state. If you are in Portsmouth there should be some good summer striped bass fishing in the Great Bay or over the state line in Maine. They release brood stock Atlantic Salmon into the Merrimack River near Concord a couple times a year. And there are tons of small warmwater lakes and ponds filled with panfish and bass. I grew up near Nashua schlepping a canoe all over creation fishing for bass, if you find yourself in the Nashua area with a canoe and want a couple of spots let me know!
    Good luck,

    Mike

    in reply to: Jay Zimmerman's Book #88838

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    Hi Zach,
    I am heading up to northern Lake Michigan in a couple of weeks to chase carp on the flats up there and in the interest of being prepared I was going to start tying now. Does Jay Zimmerman’s book indicate regional patterns at all? Those bugs above are awesome and since the wife and I know next to nothing about carp we are looking to learn as much as we can before we get there, are there any other books/blogs/websites that you would recommend for experienced fishermen, but beginner carpers? Thanks!!

    Mike

    in reply to: Flats Boots? #88697

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    Thanks for the input Wayne, its nice to hear that those types of booties work well in different conditions and that you can spend a bunch of time in them with no issues. I may go that route since they are cheaper.

    Kenny, I use the Simms wading socks with my regular wading boots when I wet wade rivers and am comfortable in that set up, although I’m not sure the boots would stay on in thick thick mud. The main problem with that is that both pairs of my river boots are destroyed right now, so neither will work. I might go with the tennis shoe option since I am a strong wader and that sounds cheapest.

    Thanks for all the suggestions! I’m in Houston a few days before heading down to the coast, time to check out the selection at the local shops and see if they have anything in my price range/on super sale. I’ll post back with a review of whatever we decide. Thanks!!

    Mike

    in reply to: Flats Boots? #88686

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    Thanks for the info Bob and Willy! $40 for the Marlwalkers is a steal! I’ll keep an eye out, for that price it would be a no-brainer.
    Has anyone tried the surf booty type? Rubber sole with neoprene uppers and a zipper up the side?
    I like the idea of the harder sole in the Patagonia or Simms boots, but wonder how they perform in mud.
    Thanks again!

    Mike

    in reply to: Colorado Road Trip #88664

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    Hi George,
    You might want to check out Gunnison/Crested Butte. The area has great fishing, and sounds like it would be exactly what you are looking for in terms of a retirement spot. The valley has insane mtn biking and skiing, is close to Blue Mesa Reservoir for boating, has 4 ice rinks and tons of hockey and has a reasonable cost of living. It’s definitely a haul to get there from Denver, about 5 hours from the airport, but is one of the more beautiful places you could check out and has a ton of water including the East, Taylor and Gunnison Rivers and a bunch of high mountain streams and lakes. I’m pretty sure there are some cheap motels in Gunnison, or you could camp which would cut your daily drive time depending on where you wanted to fish.
    If you decide to head that direction let me know, I lived there for several years and should be able to give you some decent info.

    Mike

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