a quick relax in the Saturday morning, really nothing to report... The most important thing is probably to try out Ed's dry line set up in this 6/7 Dredger. Ed is kindly enough to sent out a note to help me adjusting the finesses dryline skagit setup (see below for the original note from Ed (modified)). All I have to say is WOW (again)...I REALLY appreciate the new finesse adjustment! This is such a wonderful line to cast, I feel a lot of load, yet, the line just zoom out there with accuracy and delicate. It's powerful and accurate. Have a lot of "penetrations". I really can't ask more! Thank You! Ed. This is so cool and so fun to cast this rod! (Note, I did not video tape this rod in casting though... the rod in the beginning of the video is a different rod.)
"...I noticed your quest to find a "finesse" approach for your Striper fishing with streamers near-surface. You might want to try this: make a 5 to 6 foot long floating tip that weighs about 50 to 60 grains (mine was cut from the front end of a #9 floating bass bug taper). Loop this on to the Skagit belly that you cutback for the Dredger, along with a 10'-12' tapered mono leader. Use sustained anchor technique casts, but be sure and back off on the speed/power used during the Sweep phase as compared to that of casting sinktips. This rig speedily zips 1" to 3 1/2" unweighted streamers and up to 3"ish weighted streamers really well. And, if you make the aimpoint for your forward cast about eye level ABOVE the water in the target area, the fly will land without much commotion. Keep in mind that this setup is aimed at casting steamers and such and casting smaller stuff like trout soft hackles would require a different line. Cheers! Ed"
I am a biologist grew up with a fishing rod in my hands. I have been fortunate enough to embrace my love of art and science in my career. Most of my free time were well spent in the nature, either studying bird behavior or chasing variety of fish with fly rods. My favorite art medium is watercolors, I love the natural and spontaneous feel created by watercolor pigments. I am currently a post-doctoral research fellow at Harvard University. Welcome to my website. Mark