My lessons learned after 2 days on the water were this I had made my own rod. Allways being one to bend the rules, I took one of my sons 9.5 foot trolling rods that had a reasonably soft tip considering it was a broom handle at the bottom.I cut the bottom of the handle off 6 inches short of the reel seat. I mounted my reel with a t8 90 ft line with a t14 20 ft add on .Added a8 ft leader and attempted to cast it .hah what a bitch.With the weight of the fly on the long leader in front of the t14 I almost took my head off twice. Shortened the leader to 3 ft casted again and it went out to 30 to40 ft this will work.Thankfully the guides were small so I didn't have to change those but I knew I had to have a foregrip so I added that.I put a spay rod grip on the bottom for a fighting but also so it would fit into a rod holder for trolling.The rod worked great.When I stepped on to my friends boat they laughted alittle and said we might try it at the end of the day.We put 6rods out and started trolling ,after 1 hr I got board and let mine out, 10minutes later we hit a school my fish was the first to hook up.At the end of the day they had 6 and I had 4 .That was the first trip the second trip they weren't laughing and I got my own rod holder in the center of the back rail,now they fish my flies.This was 2019 since then I have learned of 2 rod companies that build 9ft 12>14 weight rods.I have learned that a shorter rod works better fore me as I can stand next to the rail when it comes time to net the fish ,hope this might help it worked well for me.
Chumming for albacore can be a determent for fly presentations when fish are blitzing bait around the boat. I did an overnight trip last September on a friend's boat out of WP. We had some great bait stops on that trip - wide open bait fishing. But I had zero luck casting weighed flies and poppers while we had doubles and triples going in the back of the boat.