Not wanting to give up I headed south and passed through Bradley Beach and saw the flags were blowing to the SW meaning the wind was now coming out of the ENE. I didn't see anything there nor in Belmar except a lot of surfers and anglers lined up on the inlet jetties. At 5th Avenue I made a right hand turn and I was done.
So that's a good and real report from a regular "average angler" fly fisherman. Maybe others did better but like I said I saw one fish caught in the melee. It just goes to show you how different the fly rod experience fishing a fall run can be from a surf and boat perspective. I "fished" for six hours, had fish in front of me for a few of them, and only maybe had one shot, if that. While my wife can't understand how and why I don't catch fish, now going on for over a month, after today I am rest assured that I had a good plan and positioned myself in the best places possible. If it went off somewhere else what can I do? You can only be in one place at a time and the way you fish is you have a fly in the water, otherwise what's the sense og going?
When I got home and popped into Facebook I was reminded of a great memory. It was five years ago today, HERE, that Joe and I had a ton of big fish all to ourselves. It was only a short few years ago when big fish weren't as common as they were today. It was a day where the forecast was totally blown and we were the only boat out, and we found them good. You know how I feel about boat fish, but that day boat fish counted.