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You can't have more fun than that. Great scenery. It looks like a good family time.
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General Discussion / Re: Summer Bass Lines
« Last post by deathb4disco on July 29, 2015, 12:23:46 PM »
I started using saltwater tropic tapers. And though they might not float as well as traditional freshwater lines ...

Why not?


... the improved casting performance made the tradeoff worthwhile.

Can you elaborate?  What's improved -- distance?  Something else?
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Well just getting home from the field a few weeks ago. Have only been out twice so far. Cleaned up my gear and my daughters decide to tell me about the Owls on the roof. I know not fishing, but I'll get to that.

Headed down to the Arkansas River the other day. Water was somewhat high, and a lot of rafters to contend with. It was pretty much a steady flow all day long. Managed to pull a few out between the groups coming down the river.



Headed up to the upper portion of Beaver Creek below Skaguay Dam up by Victor CO. On the way up snapped a few pictures on the way in .






I took the wife and kids up with me. Wife was armed with her 5wt Casting for Recovery  and I was using my 3wt BVK. she had a orange stimulator on and I was using a Olive elk hair caddis. Her are a few of mine.





Tracy and Kaylie fishing a run.


View down stream, just have to love the scenery.




Tracy's cut





I had forgotten oh feisty these little guys can be. Found it very hard to get them unhooked, snap a picture and back into the water. All in all was a great day.
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Classifieds / Re: CGR fiberglass rods for sale
« Last post by en1jdaug on July 28, 2015, 07:45:02 PM »
I am sorry I didn't say but these are the original 50th anniversary rods. They are great rods I just have to many around the same weights that I fish more. No need for them to set around and draw dust. I cannot figure out how to post pictures. If some one wants pictures just send me an email address be glad to send them but apparently I am not smart enough to make them work here. I am not the most computer savy that is for sure.
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General Discussion / Summer Bass Lines
« Last post by Tom Jindra on July 28, 2015, 07:01:44 PM »
It's July in Louisiana, and it's stinking hot. Big surprise.

Years ago, the tackle industry realized they should produce specialty flats lines to handle the summer heat. These "tropic" tapers came to dominate the saltwater market, but somehow, the warmwater market got overlooked.

What to do?

I started using saltwater tropic tapers. And though they might not float as well as traditional freshwater lines, the improved casting performance made the tradeoff worthwhile. The only serious limitation was in line sizes, because saltwater tropic lines are rarely (if ever) offered in sizes smaller than 6-weight. But that's OK. A 6-weight tropic line on a 5-weight rod, or a 7-weight line on a 6-weight rod, is an excellent combination for small to medium bass bugs.

Anyone else ever try it?
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General Discussion / Re: New River State Park NC
« Last post by Boyscout on July 28, 2015, 02:55:00 PM »
Bob, I haven't fished at the park but upstream in the South fork of the New along Fulton Reeves Rd. Along that road are several pull offs and the wading is easy. Has lots of 10 to 12" fish.

The first time I fished it I caught over 30 and my pal who knows how to fish (and been there many times before) caught over 60.

I caught all of mine on a bullet head hopper in size 6 long shank. My pal was using something subsurface like wooly buggers or variant there of.

Anyway, it definitely is worth fishing. Access wasn't bad but that was 20 years ago. Maybe more no trespassing signs now. I really don't know.

Rent a yak and float it. Bring a rope to tie the boat to your waist while you wade fish. None of the water is rough along Fulton Reeves.

BTW, we caught most of our fish against the banks. Don't know if that is seasonal (late spring) or just that section of river contours. In most smallie rivers I catch them all over the place.

Good luck with your choice!

I'll PM you my phone if you want more information.
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General Discussion / Re: If It Weren't For Bad Luck...
« Last post by Rick Zieger on July 28, 2015, 07:55:27 AM »
Back pain is not fun at all.  Hope you are the water soon.

Rick
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General Discussion / Re: If It Weren't For Bad Luck...
« Last post by Tom Jindra on July 28, 2015, 06:55:03 AM »
You have my sympathy. Few things worse than a bad back.
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General Discussion / Re: If It Weren't For Bad Luck...
« Last post by Larry Offner on July 28, 2015, 04:29:33 AM »

I hope you heal soon, Rick!  It's too dang hot here to fish...
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Watercraft / Re: Towee Calusa
« Last post by Wee Hooker on July 27, 2015, 07:50:34 PM »
As a small boat enthusiast and builder myself, I can appreciate the simplicity and overall design of this boat. Very nicely done!

As for the journey to get here, you can only hope it gets easier as your retirement plays out. 
Of course, life is what happens while we plan our future.
Enjoy your new boat. She's a beauty!
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