Getz-Some55 wrote:So was this on a fly rod? Nice catches and report.
Yes. I used my two G. Loomis Short Stix Rods. I have the 7/8 and 8/9 weight models or did until I broke the tip section of the 8/9 weight Saturday while landing a fish.
As an aside, I talked to G.Loomis (Shimano) Xpeditor service late this morning and found out the Short Stix series has been discontinued and a replacement was unavailable. They offered me any one of the rods in the IMX-Pro line up. I went with the 9’ 6 weight. I’m out $100 for the service, but the IMX series runs $95 more than the SS so it’s essentially a wash.
I used the two patterns, briefly a tan shrimp pattern and the tan Borski Slider, with only the Borski being productive. If the fish are in the first gut and the waves tame, that’s a really good and relatively hassle free time to use a fly rod. The casts aren’t long, 50-60’, and the waves aren’t creating other problems. There wasn’t a lot of obvious sign, the little schools of 3-4” mullet, however, were staying very close to the bar I was standing on.
Usually, I try to fish with the current, but it didn’t seem to matter much. Toss the borski slider into the gut, choose whatever direction I like, the fish that morning weren’t real particular on presentation or placement.
A short rod at 7’6” like the Short Stix might seem to be a negative in the surf, but they are so ultra fast, highly progressive tapers, tip flexing types and swing so light that I can raise my arm well above my shoulders in wading out in the deeper water (don’t they teach you not to do that, the arm above your shoulder part) and still manage to clear the waves on the back cast, in spite of losing the 1 1/2 feet on the rod as compared to a normal 9’ one.
My new surf kit, the plan is anyway, will be the remaining 7/8 weight Short Stix and one of two 6 weights, either an 8’ ECHO BAG or the 9’ IMX PRO. The flies aren’t big, the casts aren’t long, and the fish don’t demand a big rod and reel. Plans are subject to modification depending on how things go.
I got down to the bare bones, beat up borskis and could not locate any fresh ones in my various boxes so I tied up a few new ones yesterday.