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Old 05-27-2005, 11:26 AM
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Basic saltwater fly selection

Having just purchased a rod and reel, what are the basic flies needed for the harbor and north shore areas?

Also, any recommendations on where to get a good starter vice for saltwater and freshwater ties?

Thangs again!

Gotten lots of great advice from RT.
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Old 05-27-2005, 11:31 AM
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chartruse & white clouser...basic and effective...a staple for some folks.
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:06 PM
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re: basic flies

Yup... clouser (chart/white a good choice)
round it out with:

deer hair slider
epoxy sand eel

When I walk the beach, I've usually got a couple
of each, and sometimes I throw in a screwball pattern
(if I get into fish, it's fun to 'experiment' and see
what works (or don't)).

For a good vice, find a good tackle shop, and
you'll find a good vice (and good Advice).

They don't get better than First Light in Rowley.

When you finally get 'em, Post Pix!

Uncle 4
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:09 PM
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Olive/White clouser and Renzetti or Regal Vise

I would add a Olive/White clouser 1/0 size to the chartruese/white clouser. I'd also recommend all white and a few all black clousers. Throw in a few deceivers to mix it up and you should catch a few stripers and blues. I tend to fish jiggies in chartruese/white a lot when I do get to go out. I think some people may put in a vote for the 'mushmouth' fly or a variation of that fly.

For a vise (vice??) - I'd recommend a Regal or a Renzetti Traveler model. I have the Regal that does not rotate for years. It is not the best (IMHO) for really small freshwater flies (sz 20), but I think it is great for SW patterns. The Renzetti is a rotary vice allowing you to turn the fly. You can certainly buy cheaper vices - but at least you will have one of these two for years and will not need to upgrade. I started on a $20 Cabela's vice and it just didn't hold the hooks well.
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Old 05-27-2005, 12:42 PM
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Red face Vise advice

I bought a starter vise for $50 bucks, regretted it and replaced it a year later with a Peak Rotary Vise which is great. The review below rates the Peak and the HMH Spartan as the top choices for between $100 and $200.
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Old 05-27-2005, 08:10 PM
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Anvil apex vise - < $100 - I love mine - can't go wrong
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Old 05-28-2005, 08:25 AM
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Surface poppers-sliders-gurglers, clousers, deceivers, flat wings, half-n-half’s,
squid, epoxy minnows, crabs, shrimp. Thin, medium, wide profiles. Attractor colors and natural.. Wire for blues.
Good luck,
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