Both Sarah and I enjoyed a hot summer season of great family fishing. For many of our clients it was their first taste of saltwater fly fishing. Our speckled trout were more than willing to help with the introductions, but as much as we enjoy sharing our home waters, as summer closes it is time for a change.
Just after Labor Day, Sarah and I do our best impression of the Beverly Hill Billies and pack up the family and move to “The Cape” (Cape Lookout, North Carolina). The move entails towing three boats, a large quiver of fly rods, reels, a medium size brown dog and everything we need for the next three months.
There are also “albies” (False Albacore) in the mix as well. The early season albies average 5 to 7 pounds and an 8 wt. fly rod is a perfect choice for these speedsters. Sage’s XI3 is the gold standard saltwater rod but the 8 wt. ONE is gaining popularity.