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Messages - Finn Maccumhail

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General Discussion / Re: rio or SA for sink tip
« on: June 26, 2015, 02:47:53 PM »
I've used rio and SA lines for freshwater stuff and liked them.  Anybody have any suggestions on a good 8wt full sink tip line from SA or Rio to use in the salt?

I had a friend turn me on to the Teeny fly lines. TS-250 or 350 for an 8wt. It's a floating running line with a sinking head that sinks about 8" per second for the 350. IIRC, the 250 is for 6-8wt and the 350 is for 8-10.

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General Discussion / Re: Scott Tidal rod
« on: June 25, 2015, 08:04:35 PM »
Can't speak to the 8 but I have a Tidal in 10. It's a cannon and definitely worth more than the price tag. Easily able to pick up 60' of line off the water but still loads easily for short, quick shots.

I'm considering getting one in 8wt too but if I bring home another rod now the rib might kill me.

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Outing Information Only / Re: Anahuac Flats - August 22
« on: June 23, 2015, 03:47:57 PM »
Jesus tap-dancin' Christ- y'all pick the worst weekends for me. That will be Jake's 1st birthday party. Plus, I'm fishing Key West the 14th & 15th. Otherwise this would be perfect to break in the new sled.

Seriously, my older boy, Brady, was born 7/21 and the younger, Jake was born 8/25. So I'm pretty much out for anything the weekend before or after that until I know when the rib has planned the party.

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Outing Information Only / Re: White Oak Bayou (July 11th, 2015)
« on: June 22, 2015, 04:19:48 PM »
Golden- I haven't made it to the ponds recently. Is the water still as clear as it was when we first started fishing them?

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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: June 22, 2015, 08:37:35 AM »

I know your have young boys so hopefully they'll love the outdoors as much as you and will afford you more time on the water, nothing better than the family setting.  :D


I've started the 4-year old. He's a little young for the saltwater trips yet, and really any of the FW trips too, other than the ones down to 7 Lakes. Hopefully I can get him out there in the fall. These are a couple months old. And next weekend I've got the Minister of War & Finance signed up for a casting lesson with Marcos.












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Outing Information Only / Re: July Outing - Port O'Connor One-Fly
« on: June 18, 2015, 01:46:30 PM »
Gonna have to miss this one unless y'all want to explain to my little boy why daddy missed his birthday.

Plus, I expect I'll have to run to Florida around this time to pick up the new sled.

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Outing Chat / Re: Colorado River Report
« on: June 15, 2015, 10:12:23 AM »
 ;)



That's a fun trip to take. Blyth and I fished with JT about 2 months ago and had a good time. Conditions were tough though and we didn't find the size or numbers y'all did.

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Outing Chat / Re: Fly fishing Destin in the fall...
« on: June 15, 2015, 09:32:11 AM »
Shallow Water Expeditions is the best guide service in the area. http://www.shallowwaterexpeditions.com/

Preston Sutter is the guy I fish with. Younger than me (he's only 31) but he knows his stuff. He's been fishing the area since he was little and guiding for about 8 years now.

October on the flats there is every bit as awesome as the marsh is here. Gin clear water over hard sand/grass flats in the bay. They also get a lot of big reds, jacks, and bonita off the beach that time of year. And I think pompano are up on the beach then too.

This video is from West Bay in Panama City in October. Preston is the guy who bails out to wade with no shoes on. I asked him "what were you doing wading barefoot" and he said the bottom is clean, hard sand and grass, like wading on pavement.

https://vimeo.com/74947289

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Outing Chat / Tarpon report
« on: June 15, 2015, 08:21:10 AM »
So I know a bunch of y'all have jumped/caught a bunch of tarpon in your lives but this is new for me- before this trip I'd been on just 3 trips where my focus was tarpon and on all 3 came up empty.

This time I jumped 3- none landed but HOLY naughty wordING naughty word THAT WAS AMAZING!!!!

I get it now. I so totally get it and if you haven't had the opportunity to jump a tarpon yet the only way I can explain it is this:

It's like the first time you have sex. You know it's gonna be awesome but nothing can really prepare you for it. It's over way too quickly and when you're done you're jacked on adrenalin, breathing heavily, heart racing, weak in the knees, and overall a wee bit shakey. And at the same time you're completely elated and want to do it again, and again, and again.





I linked this from my FB so if they don't work let me know and I'll repost.

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 10, 2015, 02:44:50 PM »
I was borderline unemployed when I joined the club. A self-employed commercial real estate broker in the midst of the recession- feast or famine and the feast times weren't enough to carry through the famines. Living on one income at the time pretty much.

Since I started my current job in late 2012 I've been quite fortunate and successful. I mean, I do land acquisition for a company that owns, operates, and develops cell towers and our customers have unlimited funds (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, etc) so I have the opportunity to do a lot of deals and make really good money. And my wife's career has continued to climb.

And full disclosure- I won't be paying airfare to Key West or Islamorada. My wife's company has their big corporate "thank you" vacation to Key West and I'm the plus one. Airfare is covered so I'm just staying over a couple extra days to fish. Then my trip to Islamorada is piggy-backing off my company's corporate conference in Palm Beach- I'm just going to rent a car and head down to the Keys after the event is over to fish. I'm driving over to Florida tomorrow too- when you combine airfare & rental car it's a wash. Plus this way I can stop in Louisiana for boudin.

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Outing Chat / Re: Colorado River Report
« on: June 10, 2015, 10:56:19 AM »

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 10, 2015, 09:45:14 AM »
Everything sounds great.  I'm guessing it should be ready for the Tarpon migration later this summer. 12wt Time!
Start saving up your "hall" passes.  You'll need them!

Ain't that the truth!

I am extremely fortunate that not only is my wife far too good looking for me she's eminently understanding about my need to get on the water in order to maintain sanity. She's quite often been known to say, "Dan you're in a cranky mood. You need to go fishing." I think I'll keep her.

That being said, I've got some awesome trips on the books this year.

I leave tomorrow to chase tarpon over near Port St. Joe, FL. I'm hitting POC with Blyth in July. I've got 2 days in Key West in August and then 2 days in Islamorada in October. Big tarpon are less likely on the latter 2 trips but there's a real opportunity for a grand slam in August and October.

I'm fishing with Preston Sutter from Shallow Water Expeditions this weekend. John O'Hearn in Key West, and Sandy Moret's son Drew in Islamorada.

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General Discussion / Re: Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 08, 2015, 04:15:43 PM »
So Very nice Dan! I'm hoping you get to use her plenty. KT has one being rigged out now.  Look at dates for the POC "One Fly" and the Redfish Rodeo.  LOVE TO HAVE YOUR BOAT JOIN OUR FLEET. RECOMMEND YOU GET A ONE PIECE PUSH POLE BECAUSE THE ONE IN THE PHOTO IS STORED ON BOARD IN SUCH A MANNER THAT IT MIGHT END UP WITH A PERMANENT BEND IF IT IS SECTIONED!  ASK JOHN PURCELL.  SHOULD BE A GREAT BOAT TO CRUISE THE FRONT BEACH ...WHICH BY THE WAY IS ON FIRE! My ten weight is in rutt right now and needs to get BENT! RIGS ARE ON FIRE TOO.

I'm so excited.

The big downer is a 6-8 week build time. That's not bad compared to other places (like East Cape or Ankona) though. The reason is Panga Marine doesn't do a dealer network. It's all built-to-order. I appreciate the thoughts on the push pole. I was planning on going with the multi-piece Mangrove push pole but may reconsider.

And you nailed my reasons for going with this rig. The versatility.

Advertised poling depth is 6" but it will probably be closer to 8"- and that's OK because it's a big boat. Plus, thanks to the design I can still comfortably cross & fish big water. Which includes running the beach or even beyond the horizon when conditions permit (got a friend who offered to buddy-boat in his Parker Big Bay 23). Sadly, I do have unenlightened family & friends (young kids are excluded from said judgment) who don't fly fish and I can accommodate taking 3-4 friends with me and drowning bait.

It's also infinitely safer for my kids than the Gheenoe- and as I live less than a mile from the nearest boat ramp on Lake Houston I can do plenty of family cruising on the lake in it. And even pull a tube.

The stuff I'm getting rigged on it:
Etec 90
Power Pole
iPilot trolling motor (Minn Kota RT 80 24v)
Atlas jack plate
poling platform (w/ anchor light)
push pole holders
under gunnel fly rod tubes
Accon folding cleat on foredeck
swim platform w/ ladder
removable custom cushions on foredeck & console seat

I'm also going to buy my own GPS and marine radio to send and have installed. Any recs?

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General Discussion / Just ordered my new boat!
« on: June 05, 2015, 12:42:15 PM »
2015 Panga Marine 18 Evo.

This boat only with a 90 Etec and the hull will be medium gray not the ice blue.


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General Discussion / Re: LOT'S OF FREE STUFF FOR FREE - CLICK HERE!
« on: June 05, 2015, 08:11:17 AM »
Meaning it is quite possible the new and improved website may contain only a Front Page, a Calendar of Events, the Windknots, and possibly not a whole lot more. Members who want to post up something will be required to submit photos/stories to our Web Administrator by private email in a proper format (what ever that will be) and request they get their info printed and used.  You know that all might work well too. But there are no promises.

OH, and not just "NO" but "HELL NO!" on this.

I for one would leave the club. And I think the club would wither and & die, especially as our more "seasoned" members move on to those eternal trout streams and grass flats.

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