San Fran or Boston?

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  1. SciGuy

    SciGuy Active Member

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    Thanks for the input, guys. This will be a tough decision. I was pondering what to do while on the salt this morning. After landing the third SRC of the morning I just got pissed off that I'll probably be leaving what I have here. In a recent meeting with HR I was told that there are living situations that are comparable to Seattle in Boston. Being the smart ass that I am, I piped up with "Oh, really. You mean that in Boston I'll be able to live on a quiet island and catch a handful of salmon in the morning and still be in the lab by nine. Great. Sign me up!" They weren't happy with me.
     
  2. Philster

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    Lots of first hand experience here in SF. Born and raised until 2000. Year round fishing. Don't underestimate the surf possibilites from SF to Monterey. Takes big balls to start, but it's fun and productive for perch and you'll work hard for stripers during the season, but a striper on the fly from the beach is something you'll never forget.

    Some of the best trout fishing in the country within a 3 to 4 hour drive. Seriously. Some of the best.

    For fishing purposes it's a clear winner if only for the year round aspect.
     
  3. plugboots

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    Salt water fly fishing in the NE is certainly better than in SF, but I loved fishing for perch in the surf. Very addictive. Check out: http://surf-perch.net/Fishing/Reports08/Reports08.html

    I lived in Cape Elizabeth Maine for 2 years, and frankly the only thing I liked about the East was the fly fishing, otherwise San Francisco was a better place to live in every other aspect.
     
  4. Hooker

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    The fishing out of the bay area is fantastic. When i lived down there we used to spend almost every weekend up on the Sac, mccloud, pitt or one of the other coastal rivers. Unfortunately i did not find the saltwater to have many opportunities... I know there is some good stuff in boston as far as the salt, but for overall fishing, norcal is very good.
     
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    Bill- I didnt see this until now. bummer of a deal, and we still have to get a tuna trip in...
    I dont know much about norcal but the opportunities in the northeast are limited, but very fun. I love fishing blues and stripers on the fly and think you would enjoy it a lot. A boat helps a tremendous amount, but it can be done from the shore. There are some east coast striper boards that you might want to look into. They catch some really nice cows.
    I dont know a lot about the Boston area itself, but my mother grew up in Newport R.I. and i have spent a lot of summers out there chasing fish. Keep in touch as to what your fate is going to be... good luck with the decision.
    David
     
  6. Kevin J. Burnham

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    I don't know much about Boston. I was there only one time 30 years ago. Looked cool but !!! When you have a tough decision to make always refer to Jim and what he said. "The West is the best get here and we'll do the rest" Amen !!!
     
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    I lived in NJ for a 3 years and chased stripers from VA north. Chopper blues are also a kick. I go back every year for a week and follow the action on http://stripersonline.com/surftalk/ to keep me current. Boston girls are tougher to get horizontal than San Fran girls if thats also a measure.
     
  8. SciGuy

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    Yes, a bummer but at least I'm not facing unemployement! I'll be hitting the rivers and beaches hard up until the day I move. We must hit the salmonoids hard over the next 6 month but I'm afraid I'll be gone before the next tuna trip.

    If I end up in Boston I would definately buy a kayak or other small boat and chase stripers with the fly rod. I have a colleague/collaborator there who sends me pix of what he catches off his kayak with spinning gear. It looks like a lot of fun and I understand he does really well of the cape.
     
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    Well, in Boston you can live on an island, get up and catch a few stripers if the tide is right, hop on the commuter train and get to the lab by 9.
     
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    Sloan, I appreciate the post and PM. We'll talk if Boston is where I decide to go.
     
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    Any time.
     
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    How many months out of the year does the gear go in the closet? I've caught 20 inch bows on dries in Feb 3 hours from SF.:D
     
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    I just declined the San Fran gig...its looking like Boisten.
     
  14. jeff springer

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    Stripers & Blues are all over Boston area...North Shore/Plum Island, Boston harbor right down town, all of Cape Cod, Rhode Island, etc. I live out in Concord area. If you are out here in January 16-18th there is The Fly Fishing Show in Marlboro, MA (http://www.flyfishingshow.com/)
    That will give you the low down on all of New England.
     
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    Notice nobody's talking about the end of November through April :D