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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?
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.
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.

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.
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...
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!
General Discussion / If It Weren't For Bad Luck...
« Last post by Rick Nelson on July 27, 2015, 05:09:46 PM »
Remember that old tune from Hee Haw about bad luck or none at all.  Seems to be my theme song this summer.   Very little opportunity to fish due to work travel schedule and when I finally get a break from that my back goes out  :(  It is the time of year when smallmouth bass really go after top water flies at dusk and dawn but I am relegated to taking muscle relaxants, pain meds and going to PT.  Meanwhile, friends are reporting some great action on smallies.  Oh well, this too shall pass and in a few weeks I can get out. There are folks with lots worse medical problems than me so I am thankful for the fact that this will improve.  But it is frustrating not being able to fish. 

Classifieds / Re: CGR fiberglass rods for sale
« Last post by mike herbster on July 27, 2015, 10:16:44 AM »
Are these the new batch or the 50th anniversary rods?
Red Stick Fly Fishers / July 27 fly tying at Cabelas
« Last post by Catch Cormier on July 27, 2015, 09:06:28 AM »
Our next monthly fly tying session will be Monday, July 27, at the Cabelas store in Gonzales, in the upstairs Conference Room. Time is 7:00pm.  The public and beginners are welcome. Bring your own tools if you have them, else the club has a few tool sets it can provide during the session.  Materials are provided.

For this month, Tying Chairman Jeff Denig will demonstrate a couple of warmwater patterns.  See you there!
General Discussion / Re: New River State Park NC
« Last post by bluegillbob on July 23, 2015, 09:16:10 PM »
Hi Tom,

Thanks for the info. My window of opportunity may be small...I may be able to escape for a few days! I'll probably book a hotel for 2 nights and explore the smallmouth bass opportunities in the park. I just need to locate the rocks to toss some wooly buggers or grasshoppers and hold on. I have a new furled leader that needs a workout!



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