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#201-“Hanukkah" Edition

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>>1143415

It’s getting about that time... Fry that turkey, get drunk with your uncle who molested you as a child, and wait for those Bass Pro gift cards! If anybody wants to celebrate the holidays with fellow fish-minded anons, get in on the 2nd Annual F&T Secret Santa!
>Send email to GetSomeMemes at Gmail dot com
>Include your shipping info and what type of fishing you typically do
>Closer to Xmas, I will draw names to match Santas up with their Anon
>Everybody will get an email with the shipping info for the person they will shop for along with the type of fishing that person enjoys
>Go on your favorite website, spend around $25, send your anon a few pieces of tackle you think they will like, and wait for your gift!
It worked out well last Xmas and Easter. A few people have added homemade lures or gifted stuff they already had and that’s fine as long as it’s fair for everybody, but ordering directly from one of the big online retailers seems to be the easiest. Don’t use a burner email because I need to keep in touch with people to send them the person they shop for, exchange shipping info, etc. For the paranoid anons, the only people who will see your info are me (I have yet to rape anybody from 4chan yet) and the person that shops for you, so either relax and have fun or quit bitching and don’t join in.

Thinking about picking up a new hobby? Want to get a memecaster? Haven't mastered the Palomar knot? Click here!
http://www.pastebin.com/u/fishingandtackle
https://imgur.com/a/1Xw3N

Talk about fishin
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Good thing I refreshed before posting.
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Second for guns
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>>1149030
I’m still here... just not postin a ton because I haven’t been fishin much. The past few times were saltwater which is a waste of time without soaking bait but I mostly just wanted to be on the water so I didn’t care.

I gotta tell girl to fuck off in another month or two so I can hit some pre-spawn bass.
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Remington hasn't been good for 15+ years.
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Gonna try some jigging on a couple small lakes for stocked trout on a kyak soon. It gets cold up here but I'd take lethargic fish that want to eat as opposed to the great lakes steelhead who are lethargic and don't want to eat. Anyone here actually like eating stocked brown?
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>take new rod and reel fishing for the first time today
>within 5 casts this little bugger smashed the lure right at my feet
>first fish I have gotten on a lure in like a year

Pretty stoked.
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>>1149104
Should note, he fully inhaled that lure and by a small miracle the hook wasn't lodged in its throat, which is the norm for Callop aka Golden Perch. Thought it was dead when taking photo because normally they jump around like crazy and get covered in mud and dirt in all my other photos. He revived okay and took off.
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>>1149062
what lures do you jig?
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Black Friday is expensive when you stumble across a shop with 60% off all fishing gear. Too bad their selection was kindda limited.
Gonna be interesting to see if I can live with left-hand-wind baitcaster...
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>>1149193
Left-hand baitcaster seems more reasonable and effecient for a right-hander to me.
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>>1149117
I was gonna try panfish size spoons tipped with minnows or waxworms
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>>1149210
sounds tasty!
maybe add a bb size of pork grease to the spoon
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>>1149194
Yarp. If you have your rod in your right hand when casting, left-handed is more comfy. I mainly keep the rod in left hand thus right-handed reels are better for me. I could just start training with my right I guess. Halfway ambidextrous as it is. We'll see. If it still feels weird after a few trips I guess I would try and sell the Caenan and get a right-handed somethingsomething. For some reason right-handed versions of Shimanos are nowhere to be found here...
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>>1149194
This is what my tournament-fishing friend thought. Bought some lefty baitcasters. Tried and tried to get used to them, couldn't do it. Super awkward. Sold them to our other southpaw friend at a loss.
I've tried using my lefty friend's reels once in awhile when we're on the water. Can't do it, just feels wrong. If you can force yourself to do it then more power to you, but for a righty they just feel wrong.
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>>1149193
>>1149194
>>1149218
>>1149274
This comes up every thread. It’s honestly about personal preference, but I personally find a traditional righty casting reel feels better for me, a righty. I use spinning rods with a left hand wind, casting with a right handed. They’re different, so the feeling is different. It’s whatever feels best for you
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>>1149369
+1

Anyone who honestly tells you one way or the other is "right" is a tard. Most of the right vs left conversation here is bantz.
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>>1149396
oh hey, ive been there and il be back there in a few months
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>>1149396
+1
do you like using a lh baitcaster? enjo it! do you prefer a right hand retrieve? then have fun! at the end of the day it's still a meme
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Only throw baitcasters 99% of the time. The one spinning rig I have is used for extreme light tackle/finesse situations (think unweighted trick worm), or if I want a few crappie or trout for the dinner table. That's it.
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I explored and had some success with dropshot rig today.

Got two Yellow perch in the canal, was really hoping for more action but obviously I need to improve.

Incredibly no snags; something unheard of when I use a jig in the canal.

I rolled with some stupid rig, tying to my hook then trying line to it with two split shots on that. And I used a white + chart tube with all but one big tentacle ripped off.

Next time I'll have to do the palamor knot trick. The lure basically spun whenever it was just laying there because of some line twist. Probably from how I tied everything together.

Tips appreciated.
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>>1149497
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>>1149193
>119,95

W-what money is this?
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>tfw are cold for the season
Welp trout still bite when it’s cold, right?
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>>1149531
i got this guy with snow on the ground
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Tfw haven’t used any of my baitcasters or targeted largemouth bass in close to 6 months.

Funny too because I’m confident when I say I’ve done more fishing this year than any other year
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>>1149543
>he's hooked on the fly meme
just sell them and buy more fly gear. maybe get in to tying? i found a good pattern for salmon lately that my friend showed me, its a modified intruder and it was the only thing that was catching on monday
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>>1149534
>snow
What?
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>>1149497
>>1149505
>Tips appreciated.
Get some fucking sun. You are so white viewing these post bumped my credit score.
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>>1149193
ayy..lmao
what kinda prices is that there?
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>>1149570
There were patches. It was a 35 degree day at the end of a 25 degree week. Water was just above freezing.
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>>1149576
>>1149570
>>1149534
actually it was just about a year ago now that i look at the date. december 7th 2016; my first brown trout, and my first trout on fly
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>>1149576
Okay and? What's this snow stuff you're talking about?
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>>1149579
you know what ice is? this "snow" crap is like that, but it's fluffy.
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>>1149551
ive got a fly tying class next Tuesday scheduled. Ill pick up all the essentials to get me started after im finished.

as far as fly rods that i still need, I dont really need much. Id like a 2-3wt for small wild brook/browns. And id also like to get a nicer 6wt eventually but im not worried about that right now. As far as gear im pretty well set tbqh. I bought a shit load this year.
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>>1149193
>>1149522
>>1149575
Pesos? Maybe on a Caribbean island or near US border since it's all in english?
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>>1149497
You are using swivels, right? I can't say I've ever had any problem with twisted line when using swivels. I have heard some people add a small anti kink vane to the line in order to give the swivel some extra torque to work with... But desu if that was happening to me I'd just use a new/better swivel.
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>>1149576
>>1149579
Snow as in the stuff in movies?
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>>1149580
Wait so like shaved ice? Was it tiger blood flavored?
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>>1149580
>but it's fluffy.
What's the point of that? It wouldn't even keep your drink cold it would just turn to water.
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>>1149586
the cabelas cgr is a great glass 2 weight. it goes on sale for ~75 bucks regularly and i absolutely love mine.
>>1149607
we usually dont make it intentionally, it falls from the sky on occasion. its like rain, but its ice, but it's fluffy ice. it only happens when outside feels like a freezer though
>>1149605
it is like shaved ice, but without any flavorings. it's just white and water flavoured i'd compare it to the white stuff you shave off the inside of your freezer after its been shaved off.
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>>1149571
Kinda cold out here but I'm still outside whenever possible. Sun isn't exactly high in the sky unlike where you might be
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>>1149859
This is why you should always set your parking brake and use a wheel chock, I've seen another guy loose his truck on the boat ramp when the parking pawl in his transmission sheared.
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>>1149446
What are the pros and cons of spinning vs casters, especially for saltwater? Is there a difference between the round and oblong reels? I see the round ones much more often in saltwater, is there a reason?
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>>1150343
Spinning
>ease of use
>don’t have to adjust brakes/spool tension every time you tie on a new lure

Casting
>little to no line twist
>casting distance

Low Profile Baitcast
>more ergonomic, easier to palm
>generally higher gear ratios available
>better for casting, flipping, pitching

Round Baitcast
>more line on spool
>more torque
>better for trolling and soaking bait
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I've found it. The best meme bait there is.
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>>1150403
At least tell us the name
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>>1150460
http://www.tacklewarehouse.com/Savage_Gear_Back_Lip_Diver/descpage-SGBLD.html
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>>1150403
> hey what if we put the lip right here it looks like fish penis
> Does it run in water? Let’s sell it
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Hmm so I can get a used shimano teramar mh + curado 300e from someone for $200. Should I take this? Would be my first memecaster. I heard that the e model is the best out of the curado line.
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This Wiskeranon had one of the shittiest years of fishing ever. Trip after trip have been canceled due to high/low water in the rivers I fish. Havent even been musky fishing once yet. My smallmouth trip to Susquehanna was a failure, high/ muddy water made fishing crazy difficult. We were able to catch maybe 8 smallmouth with the largest being a 15". Also spot for flathead has been over fished and depleated, so that has been a bust. Going to hit some new water for trout in the coming weeks but really dissapointed in fishing this year.
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Caught on pink + chart tube.
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>>1149534
>1149534
How do you like that Cabelas Presige? Just ordered one.
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>>1150510
>failure
>8 fish

Nigga what? Last time I went to the Susquehanna (~2 weeks ago) I caught nothing, water was crystal clear and freezig cold. Caught nothing. Where did you go?
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>>1150510
I've had a great year. Caught a LOT more than last year.
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It's a longshot but anyone have any advice for going after bluefish/bonita/spanish mackerel? I'm gonna be fishing the Gulf Shores, AL pier in a week or two. I don't expect much this time the year but gonna try anyways. I've never done this type of saltwater fishing so it's all new to me, mostly. I've got a few Gotchas (w/ steel leaders), bucktails, Gulp Shrimp/Mullet that I plan to use. If all that fails guess I'll switch to some bait on the bottom.
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tfw catch smallmouth on first cast and it's December
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>>1150609
In late summer. Drifted from Clemson Island to the mouth of the Juniata. 8 fish is molases slow fishing for that stretch. Past years with optimal flow we nailed them 30+ fish each or more with one or two fish around 17-20".
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>>1149522
>>1149575
>>1149588
Danish Krone. DKK. 1 USD = 6.26 DKK.
And yarp, fishing gear is damn expensive here thus I hardly ever buy anything not heavily discounted. Even the usual sale-prices are higher than the RRP (in USD).
If only I had a room with space for tools and such I would be making all my lures myself. Maybe even sell some. Especially the prices people pay for handmade jerkbaits is crazy (50+ USD easily).

>>1149369
>>1149396
>>1149433
Naturally. Each to his own. Personally I prefer RH baitcasters and LH spinning. Force of habit I guess.

>>1150343
>>1150385 covers it pretty well but forgets to mention that with baitcasters the lure needs some weight to throw. With spinning reels lure can be as light as you wish. Thus if you plan for an UL setup, go with a spinning reel.
Round baitcasters are also often built like tanks and have no problems (relatively speaking) with big saltwater fish like tuna, marlin, shark etc.

And a picture to end this rambling post. A small sea scorpion (Myoxocephalus scorpius) which brings my tally to nine different species caught this calender year. My goal is to bring it to ten species. Just one species to go...
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>>1150696
tfw landed 8 trout so far and haven't seen a sign of smallmouth
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>>1150696
Sucks man. I didn't even try to plan to go because it's been cold. Made plans to spend time with my mom today and now it's so nice outside. I wanna go out to the lake but I guess I should stick to plans.

Oh well, maybe I'll be able to squeeze out one more visit before spring.

Congrats on the catch.
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I go river trout fishing a few times a year, and my whole life I've been using rubber hip boots at ~$50 a pop. They only seem to last three years before they've got too many holes/punctures and seem to deteriorate.

I'm thinking about making the jump to some nice waders. I've got a couple idiot-tier questions:
Are there different materials waders are made of? What are the benefits/cons of each?
Is there a model of wader or material that offers: durability, doesn't get too hot, and comfort?
How much should I be spending to get quality and long lasting waders?
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>>1150750
Ah. Wayyyyy upstream from me. I was fishing just above City Island. I guess I shouldn’t have gone right after a cold front. I saw pockets of shad up the creek channel, and there were easily hundreds of them in an area no bigger than 9 sq. ft.

I guess the fish were out in the middle of the river where I couldn’t reach. Either way I didn’t even see any musky, which are supposed to be cold water fish. What gives?
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>>1150813
Three years is good for waders if they are heavily used.

Neoprene is probably the strongest/easiest to fix.

Goretex breathes pretty easy, and is ok in the winter if you wear warm clothes underneath. It just tears easier than neoprene in my experience.
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>got skunked yesterday except for a little dinker
>didnt even get much pinfish so low on bait
>on the way back on the peir my flip flop catches a board and I trip and fall
>get a hand full of splinters and scrapes and still have to drive home 30 minutes
>not even a fish to show for it
JUST
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>>1150594
I like it a lot. It has a pretty good drag and it's never given me a problem
>>1150658
Get some Clark spoons and trolling weights. Hang 60 pound flouro off the back of the weight (18-24 inches) then tie the Clark spoons to that, cast and retrieve. The Spanish and Bonita love it, 1-2 oz should be enough weight.
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>>1150874
Saw a cute lizard though so heres that.
Sorry for blogposting : (
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>>1150876
Looks like a little house gecko. Those guys are normally out at night.

>>1150874
Such is saltwater
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>>1150639
>wut
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>>1150403
>>1150461
Somebody is gettin one of those for the Secret Santa
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>>1149859
I'd fish that structure.
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>>1150904
Would you use a trailer?
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>>1150485
Bump for help
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>>1150987
Go for it
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>>1151003
>>1151003
Thank, here is an octopus for you. I didn’t catch it but some guy next to me did with just a regular fishing rig. He managed to drag the whole thing up with just one hook in the tentacle
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Since I can’t seem to catch a steelhead I’ve been just perch fishing. Caught some nice 13-14” ones
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>>1151007
>He managed to drag the whole thing up with just one hook in the tentacle
1 in 8 chance it was its dick if it was male.
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>>1151014
Strange looking perch you got there on the left
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>>1151015
Spooky, glad im not an octopus.
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>>1151018
Yeah that’s a bowfin. Caught a bunch more but kept that one since he was meaty
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>>1151015
I see you are well-researched in the department of octopus tentacle method of reproduction
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>>1151037
I am well versed in the reproductive styles of many species. For example ducks have oddly shaped dicks (corkscrew) the female duck and change the shape of her vagina so that she can only receive sperm from her choosen male. Snails shoot dart like sex organs into each other. Snakes have 2 dicks due to the likelihood of having 1 removed during sex.
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>>1151062

Having cut the tip off more than my share of duck praises I know this to be false.
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Joined the crew and hauled some trash outta da ribber
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>>1151120
>>1151121
Nice haul y'all did a great thing.
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>>1149025
What size Rooster Tail should I use for stocked rainbows?

I got a bunch of 1/4th oz I use to catch dink largemouths with, but they seem like they might be too big and my Ugly Stik can’t throw anything lighter very well.

Should I just stick to soaking Powerbait?
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>>1151164
Powerbait mouse tails.
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>>1151164
Buy an ultralight. A good ultralight setup might run you ~$100 and will let you fish weightless nightcrawlers up to 1/8 oz crappie rigs
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>>1151176
I use the shit outta mousetails, just trying to figure out something else I could use if I feel like it.
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>>1151176
Do you just run a hook through the ball part or what? How do you fish it
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>>1151223
Hook through the ball with like a size 8 or 10 trout hook on a Carolina rig.

They’ll suspend in the water column and the current will give almost all the action it needs. Only issue is that they only last about 2 fish.
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>>1151223
If you want to sure. I have honestly seen them rigged almost anyway you can think of.
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>>1151176
Those still creep me out because the red ball with white tail looks like the brain and spine ripped out of some rodent.
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Are pike/pickerel still fairly active in winter? As in, can they be reached from the shallows, or must I limit myself to creek dinks and trout?
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>>1149534
Why is it's head so big? Is that a brown?
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>>1150639
Laugh all you want I've nailed at least 30 largemouth in a day one something like that
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>>1151263
>largemouth
Hahaha, almost had me.
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>>1151262
yeah its a brown. it was an ugly one though, the picture doesn't do it justice
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>>1151007
Call me a pussy but I would go at the speed of light to cut my line if I saw that thing on the end of my line.
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>>1151263
okay, I will laugh at you. HaHaHa ur a faggot.
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y'all asking for any new gear for christmas?

I'm tryna get a new surf reel and new waders except i'm afraid they might get sticker shock when they see the prices. I may ask for just a few pencil poppers instead.
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>>1151312
I sent my patents a link to the Revo premier bass pro had on sale for $150 but idk if they got it or not
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>>1151312
I would but three things speak against it.
The fishing stuff I need/want is too expensive to be inside the usual gift-range in my family.
Or it is so specialised and specific that it will most likely get fucked up. If for example I wish for some 0.04mm braid for my UL setup I would be likely to get a roll of 0.08. My only hope there is my father who also fish.
And last I had a daughter two months ago so odds are most the gifts I will receive are baby-oriented anyway.
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What size reel for an Ultralight setup: 500 or 1000?
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>>1151386
I prefer 1000. 500’s feel so tiny and awkward to use, I would only do a 500 again for sime mini ice fishing setup or <2lb line.
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Anons first steelhead. After at least 10 /out/ings getting skunked on egg sacks, I finally switched to crankbaits and got my first steelhead. I let it go, but a couple hours later I saw another fish that was caught by someone using like 4 pound line and it was exausted floating downstream. So I grabbed it in the water and tried to recesitate it, but to
no avail he ended up dying. I took it home and cooked it up. Better than walleye imo.
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>>1151507
Fish that died in my hands.
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It's sad to me that your preferred way of communing with nature is to go out and kill it.
You people make me sick.
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>>1151507
nice fish anon
whoever is fishing for steelhead with anything less than 8 pound test is a faggot with no idea what they are doing. fish can be played to death, and even me, fly fishing, with a size 12 hook, am still using 8-10 lb line
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>>1151510
Many here, like other serious anglers, catch and release, and actually don't like when fish are kept because it reduces the fishery.
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>>1150658
Gotcha plugs are great for blues and false albies. Keep wire leaders and fluoro on hand for toothy critters. Spanish like shiny shit so if you go to a pier at night and bounce gold hooks in the water under a light you'll probably catch one. I've caught tons off the pier doing that.
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>>1149543
>>1149551
I know how that goes. I've probably done more saltwater fishing with my 8wts in one year than I did with spinning tackle in two. As autistic as it seems you often get a bit more involved as a whole when you start fly fishing(studying patterns, tying flies, possibly building tapered leaders, etc.).
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>>1151542
i tied my own leaders from the start, started tying flies almost a year ago, and i've been studying way more than ever before
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>>1151510
I agree.

Cunts gotta lern 2 do it da rite way

Kill a fish and save the environment!
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>>1151510
>communing with nature

nature kills itself.
now go away and finish tying your paracord ankle bracelet faggot..
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>>1150658
>epoxy jigs
>deadly dicks

pick up a few epoxy jigs. maria & hogy are the standards. pretty much all you need for those species. a few bite leaders will also save you losing your jigs.
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>>1149025

Anyone been on any hardwater?

Caught these a couple of years ago. About 5 to 6 pounds a piece.
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>>1151510
Life and death is the only common language we truly have with nature
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>>1151510
Then get the fuck out faggot.
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>>1151164
you don't even need trout bait for stocked rainbows just throw a small pink or yellow jig head. mepps 1 if that doesn't work.
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>>1151510
>t. Lives in the city but is super duper "in tune" with nature
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Everyone is taking the retards bait, why even give him (You)s?
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>>1151700
dubs confirm
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Someone tell me why I want to pour unlimited amounts of money into this hobby
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>>1151725
the same reason anyone wan't to pour money in to any other hobby
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I just wanna ice fish for dinner plate size blue gills already ;_;
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>>1151744
nope, you should swing streamers instead
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>>1151744
>>1151776
also get rid of that silicone fly and get something made of actual feather, schlappen and marabou in particular (basically an intruder)
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>>1151725
I have been fishing for 30+ years and married for 10. Fishing is still cheaper than woman and better eating.
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Only caught two little guys today. Had one thump it but spit it back out immediately.
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>>1151744
im waiting
though honestly my desire to do it so bad is because some big titted broad wants me to teach her to ice fish
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>>1151546
I tie saltwater and earnestness leaders but buy pretapered leaders for trout. I fish for trout maybe 6 times a year since I'm 5 hours from Appalachia so I don't burn through pretapered leaders enough to see any money saved. Building saltwater leaders is still economically responsible.
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>>1151802
*warmwater. Posting from my phone while tying flies lol
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>>1151804
i tie my own regardless. i figure that i already have leader tying material, and i already tie leaders for everything else, why not tie leaders for this too instead of buying leaders special for it?
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>>1151800
Anon...she wants your jerk bait.
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>>1151820
Jig your worm.
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>>1151811
I can understand that. Leaders for trout just always felt a bit complicated and tedious to me and I don't fish trout streams enough. Salt and warmwater is easy. I just taper from 40lb test to 15 or 12lb and itll turn over a streamer for redfish pretty well.
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>>1151822
Pop your cork
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>>1151824
Wacky your rig.
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>>1151825
She wants to check the magnetic drag on your memecaster then make you backlash anyways.
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>>1151827
She wants you to chum that bass hole till she lands the big one.
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>>1151791
>thump it but spit it back out immediately.
Sometimes I wonder if those are aggressive catfish.
I mean they're big enough to cause a thump you'd feel, but they don't swallow big hooks easily.
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>>1151823
honestly it's not that bad. for my 4 weight and a 9 foot leader i do 4 feet of #24, 2 feet of #15, 18 inches of #10 and the rest of whatever tippet im going to be using (usually 3x or 4x)
for steelhead it's a little simpler. if im going to be nymphing i tie a 9-10 foot leader, 3 feet of #25, 3 feet of #20, 18 inches of #15, 2x tippet, then hang 3x tippet off the back fly
for a shorter leader on a sink tip, i'll do 2 feet of #2, 18 inches of #15, then 18 inches of 0x or 1x
>>1151827
she wants to set your hook
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>>1151828
She wants you to noodle that dark hole elbow deep
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>>1151830
could also be big agressive panfish just nipping at the tail
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>>1151830
It's definitely possible, but I've also watched bass do it.
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>>1151831
>>1151832
She wants you to cast a Texas rigged worm on braided line with a high end rod into her structure untill you are familiar with it.
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>>1151831
Thanks for the formulas. After the leaders on my 4wt and 6wt have run their course I'll try those out. I still have some trips left in those leaders lol.
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>>1151844
no problem. the 4 wt trout leader should work just fine on the 6 wt too
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>>1151820
probably, i keep the back seats in my car down for a reason
i KNOW shes going to end up cold so cuddles will be a thing, il bring extra clothes for her aswell since i actually kinda want to fish
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>>1151845
It's definitely a big help. I love fly fishing for trout when I can but it's still somewhat foreign to me. I've joked at my tying group that I learned how to fly fish in reverse by starting with an 8wt for redfish, specks, and false albacore and picking up a 4wt after.
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>>1151852
honestly i got a 4 weight and learned on bluegill, then got an 8 weight for bass, carp, steelhead, and saltwater. i -had- a 6 weight but it broke (mailed it back to fenwick, still waiting to hear back. i'm having trouble finding the tracking number, too) and i largely didn't use it.
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>>1151856
I use my 6wt quite a bit for carp. I have a spool with 7wt Rio Grand line I use on my 6wt specifically for carp.
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>>1151847
No no no bring schnapps not extra clothes.
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Alright explain this bs
> order lure and small tackle from dsg
> they put small tackles in hueg boxes stuffed to the brim with paper stuffing and sometimes even bubble wrap for protection that a small tackle would never need
> most of the box don’t event have a single dent in the first place
> order a whooping 1 pc 7’6 rod from dsg online
> they just put the whole rod in a flimsy box that get smashed as flat as a pancake
> not a single stuffing inside nor bubble wrap
> unsurprisingly the rod is broken into 2 and half of the guides are chipped.

What’s wrong with these people. I’m not even sure whether I’m getting meme on by dsg or ups.
Which is a distributor that I can order online rod that won’t do shit like this. I remember that when I sent in a broken shimano rod to shimano center, they sent back the rod in a very nice solid thick and hard cardboard tube and wrapped the whole rod in the bubble wrap. Does any tackle store online do that? This isn’t even for me. It’s for my cousin so he can start fishing next year
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>>1151892
Forgot pic
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>>1151892
Every rod I've ever ordered has been in a cardboard or pvc tube. Dicks isn't a fishing store, so I'm not surprised they just used a box
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>>1151508
What makes you sure that someone caught it on light line? Did you see this person playing the fish for a long period of time first?

Personally I wouldn’t eat a fish that had died in my hands unless I was 100% sure of what had caused it to die. It could have been diseased or poisoned.
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>>1151892
>>1151914
This. I also get a few rods that come with nice carbon or fiberglass rod tubes and rod socks. Some small shops if you order a separate rod tube you can ask then to package the rod in that since you're getting it to go with it. I haven't used Dicks for fishing equipment in a long time and I doubt I will. They are better suited for "standard" sports goods like football, baseball, and golf equipment.
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>>1151894
Last year I sent skid a fly rod and reel and it was better packed than this.

>Every fucking time I put skid in a post I have to select bridges.
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>>1151892
I work as a driver for USPS on the weekends doing package delivery, the UPS packages that we get for last mile delivery are regularly beat to shit and large long mostly empty boxes are even more likely to get damaged, that's 100% the fault of Dicks there's no way you can send a rod like that and expect it to arrive in one piece , you should see if you can open a claim with CS and get your money back, you've probably got a decent chance.
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Well, aside from the dsg shipping misfortune, my order from tackledirect came but is missing a kastmaster. Got my okuma btx-40 though. This thing is really light. It’s going on my teramar mh. Will be used for throwing heavier stuff in the surf and also back up for my memecaster combo below when I’m getting memelashed too much.
Also i pulled the trigger and bought from a guy a the mh teramar/curado 301e combo. It’s my first memecaster combo. Probably use for jetty/pier and maybe dock of the spot has tons of kelps. This rod is stout as fuck as it is designed to rip calico out of kelp and rock holes in california.

>>1151951
I already got my money back. I just have to look for another rod to buy for my cousin now. Shame because it seem like the rod was a decent deal and was exactly what I’m looking for. I would have offered to give them my shipping tube and ask for another but it is not avaliable online anymore. I doubt dsg would go through would accept that offer as well
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>>1151892
>>1151894
I work at Dick’s and I can tell you, the people that pack shit online are not always the most careful. It’s the holiday season and they have a million orders to fill, so they’re trying to get them done before more come in.

However, when I ordered my 7’ one piece Fenwick it came with packing paper. That person is probably also half retarded
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uGazb0OuQbk

Shits hilarious
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>>1152169
that was quality
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>>1149025
Is there a better fishing movie than A River Runs Through It? Shit gives me the chills....and the want to flyfish 25/7.

""Of course, now I am too old to be much of a fisherman, and now of course I usually fish the big waters alone, although some friends think I shouldn’t. Like many fly fishermen in western Montana where the summer days are almost Arctic in length, I often do not start fishing until the cool of the evening. Then in the Arctic half-light of the canyon, all existence fades to a being with my soul and memories and the sounds of the Big Blackfoot River and a four-count rhythm and the hope that a fish will rise.
Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it. The river was cut by the world’s great flood and runs over rocks from the basement of time. On some of the rocks are timeless raindrops. Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs.
I am haunted by waters."
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>>1152269
Jaws
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>>1152287
Touche lol
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How do I find water temperature? Find surface temps and use some kind of algorithm?
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>>1152336
usgs?
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>>1152336
Buy a thermometer, tie it on, cast it out under a bobber, wait, reel in, read
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Can I just use 20# braid for a fly line backing?
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>>1152363
You could but you'll want to use good braid that won't bleed color on your fly line. You'll wanna be careful if you get a hard fighting fish that takes you into backing since braid can slice your fingers.

I buy gel spun backing in bulk since its smaller than dacron but still has some body to it.
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>>1152372
I mean it's for a 3wt for panfish so I doubt I'll ever have to worry about actually getting to the backing
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>>1152336
use your fish finder and make logs.
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>>1152376
you should be fine with 20, if youre into the backing on a fish, youre most likely fighting the fish on the reel so its rarely a problem...

does your 3wt hold a full line?
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>>1149025
How can I fish golf course ponds without getting thrown out?
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>>1152427
ask the golf club?
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>>1152417
I don't know I haven't gotten the reel for it yet. I was thinking about the echo base and it looks like it only holds 75 yards
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>>1152441
If that's the case then you could get away with it. It would actually give you a bit more backing on a reel with a smaller arbor than your average 5wt or above. I've seen folks do it in the past.
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>>1152413
No boat. Should I give up fishing for the winter if I’m limited to shore?
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>>1152509
Fuck no. Fishing from the bank can be productive as hell in the winter.
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>>1152269
>The one movie that brought thousands of ungrateful noobs to the sport

The book is pretty good too , it's pretty short as well. Grumpy old men is kinda about ice fishing, and grumpier old men is about cat fishing. Perfect storm is about swordfishing,
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Anybody else want to get in on the Secret Santa? A couple more people would make it a blast.

When should we draw? I figure within the next week or two so people still have time to shop and deal with USPS bullshit.
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>>1152519
Should I go for smaller ponds instead of large impoundments?
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>>1152572
Depends on where you live and what you fish for. Bass are hitting on top in lots of places and the saltwater/brackish areas are prime for speckled trout and tailing redfish. The best way to know is trial and error honestly. What's the worst thing that'll happen? You hit a spot for a bit and not catch anything? Still a better time than most days.
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>>1152549
I have a $3100 trailer pit I have to buy before Christmas so I am out this year.
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>>1152363
>>1152376
>>1152441
i would say no. on my 10 weight i used #80 braid to get more strength and 300 yds of backing instead of 250 of #30 backing, but its essentially a big game rod that i intend to throw for cobia (assuming i have a kayak next time im in the outer banks)
honestly on a 3 weight backing is not really needed, and you could honestly probably just use some #15 mono as backing. i mean, consider what you will be using it for, and think about how often a panfish will demand backing.
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>>1152599
When are you just going to start making your own Fly &/or Tackel threads?
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>>1152608
shortly after 4chan decides the fishing threads are big enough to make a /fish/ specific board
>pic related
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>>1152599
I never really thought about using really heavy test braid in addition to backing on my larger game fly reels. Now you've got me considering respooling all of my saltwater reels.
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>>1152612
You could probably start sooner with all the fly fags that are in the threads now days.
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Throw back to smallie stream action this summer.
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>>1152619
As a fly fag I enjoy having all the fishing consolidated in one thread cuz I fish with spinning tackle as well. I'm also really lazy and don't feel like bouncing between two tabs.
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>>1152614
oh i used all daiwa j braid #80
i figure all the tarpon lines i'm considering have #50 cores, so i went as cheap as i could. even if it breaks 25 pounds less than it's rated it's still stronger than the fly line. i'd hate to get a huge fish run me almost to the spool and then i have to crank in 300 yards just to get back to the main line though. i'd rather have to do that than drop another $80+ on a new line, though
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Yea I personally just like everything in one thread.
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>>1152627
>>1152621
same
>>1152620
i love using small streamers on my 4 weight for smallies like that
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>>1152599
I was pretty much going to just wrap the spool a couple times and use it as an easy way to get the fly line on.
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>>1152653
I pretty much only use backing on my 4wt and below reels so I'm not losing any length of my fly line and so it's easier to spool the line on.
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>>1152625
I may try this when I get my 10wt in. I tend to prefer letting a lot of the hard runners like the albies keep running for a bit as it is.
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>>1151178
bullshit i have a shimano convégence, and a mitchel x300. the reel doesnt even have a spring cause i lost it while oiling and i still manage to catch double limit on the smallest of roostertails. usually end up trimming the treble to just one hook since thats all you need. i like the aguila to, but french people are too expensive.
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>>1152599
>>1152656
I might just use mono to take up space, but I'm worried about if I ever did need the backing (hooked into a bass or something) how good of a knot the mono to fly line would be.
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>>1152441
Check out Maxcatch's Toro. Their website has a bit of "Engrish" but looking past that their reels are top notch especially for the low price.
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>>1152653
>>1152674
https://www.amazon.com/SF-Weight-Forward-Floating-Green/dp/B00PBLAFOY/ref=sr_1_6_sspa?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1512529924&sr=1-6-spons&keywords=3%2Bwt%2Bdt%2Bfly%2Bline&th=1&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/Echo-Fly-Rods-Base-Reel/dp/B01M5FAE6V/ref=sr_1_2?s=sporting-goods&ie=UTF8&qid=1512530063&sr=1-2&keywords=echo%2Bbase%2B2%2F3&th=1&psc=1
here is the line and reel i would reccomend. notice that they are both cheap. you aren't fishing for spooky native brookies, so you dont need a super high end line that lands like a feather, you just need something to cast, and that reel is amazing for the price, its the one i have. spool on some #15 mono in the name of filling space and tie a spider hitch or bimini twist on the end that is big enough to slip the whole spool of line through, do the loop-loop connection, wind on the line, and then go fishing. i garuntee that will be stronger than 4x, 5x, and 6x tippet you are going to be using on it.
>>1152663
its really not a bad option. i die a big bimini twist and just loop it around the spool (orientation matters, i loop it around the spool so that the harder you pull on it the tighter it gets, if you do it the other way it just slips) so that i have as close to 100% strength at the knot of the spool as possible, so that if i do accidentally hook up to an igfa fly fishing record fish, and he takes me to the bare spool, i have every bit of strength in my set up that i could possibly have to turn him around. then i wind the backing really nice and tight and do another bimini twist on the other end for the loop/loop connection, and make sure it is big enough to slip the whole spool of line through because it makes spooling easier. presto chango, im ready for fishing.
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>>1152700
> stumble randomly into bimini loop knot video yesterday
Damn and I thought fg knot is already a meme knot
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>>1152703
you can also do a spider hitch
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>>1150904
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eB1VluDq4VU
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>>1152700
I was going to use the cabelas line. I don't have everything I need to fishish my rod right now so im not in a rush to get a reel. I also haven't seen a panfish in like a month so idk how much use it'll get.
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>>1152746
the cabelas line is good too, and nail knots work but consider getting braided loops with your order
http://www.cabelas.com/product/fishing/fly-fishing/fly-lines-backing/line-accessories/pc/104793480/c/104721480/sc/104338980/i/103879980/rio-reg-braided-loops/1413485.uts?slotId=3 it will give you a loop-loop connection on fly lines that don't have a loop and honestly i think they are stronger than a nail knot.
>picture vaguely related, a bass i got on my 2 weight
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>>1152527
Noobs push tech forward (though yea some are dangerously stupid). I mostly flyfish for lmb/panfish/catfish so i don't have to worry about river crowds. More monies>>more advanced tech
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>>1152269

A river runs through her is better tbqh.
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>>1152853
Dude jacks are a blast to catch. Plus i get to use the little ones for bait, got 4 of my personal best records off bait crevalles.
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>>1152858
it seems like jacks are a black and white fish, people either despise them or are totally happy to catch them
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>>1152859
I think its a "grass is always greener" situation. When youre only catching jack you want something else. Problem is you usually dont just get one jack. But man, that one out of the blue jack fight on any tackle always gets me pumped
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>>1152619
>>1152621
It has been pretty slow lately anyway so not really a need for a fly thread. When we were hitting 310 every 36hrs without the flyfags, it would make sense.
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>>1152862
honestly, if it gives a good fight, im conten't to just sit there and pull one after the other. and if i'm getting one every cast? well then i'll start being stupid and doing googan shit for fun
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Lads my Tackle Warehouse package comes in the mail today. Will post pics later, got some essentials while they were a good deal

>>1152588
Fair enough.
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>>1152991
I love when I order a bunch of different tackle. It's like getting an Easter basket except it's full of monofilament.
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>>1152762
Oh hell yeah that's sick
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>>1152979
This.
Personally I really don't care what I am catching. Although it can be damn annoying if eg. roach can't leave my shit alone if I am targeting tench.
If fishing is too good to be true and I catch something every other cast then I will take the opportunity to try out new methods and do stupid shit just for the heck of it.
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>>1152995
That reminds me, I gotta pick up some fluorocarbon to go with the new cranks I bought
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I want to go fishing in the ocean but the nearest salt water is 8 hours away, and the salt water fish I want to catch are closer to 18 hours away
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>>1153147
Not wanting reds or stripers? Say fuck it and come down to NC. Me and a few friends are chasing tailing redfish on the fly in the Neuse next week.
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>>1153163
if i could i absolutely would take you up on that. and by "if i could" i mean "if my motorcycle wasn't sketchy as fuck on the freeway"
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>>1153178
I understand completely. I once drove on the interstate with a slipping transmission and I told myself I wouldn't take that kind of risk again.
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>>1153180
my bike just likes to speed wobble above 65-70. expecially if there is any kind of wind. like, i will be going perfectly straight, and its fine, then i have to go through a slight curve, and when i come out the bike and handle bars feel like they're all shaking, then if i drop down below 65 is stops until the next turn or lane change i do at 70 or up. i mean, just over the summer i almost died on the freeway, the speed wobble timed it's self perfectly with a change in the road (there was some new maintainance so there was a subtle bump up to the newly repaired road) and turned in to a hardcore tank slapper. luckily i managed to keep it under enough control to get back to riding and didn't get rammed by a car. but yeah, its perfect up to 65 and then it is sketchy as fuck
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>>1153147
Sounds like me. Took a beater spinning rig on my first ever trip to Panama City, FL a few months ago. Bought a $3 pack of pompano jigs at the local Walmart and bounced them around in the surf every morning for three days. Didn't know what the fuck I was doing and ended up catching two pompanos and three flounder. You already know how to fish, just do what you do if you get to a coast and see what happens.
>pic related: my first catch out of saltwater
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>>1153208
oh i know how to fish the salt
>pic related, some bluefish i got this summer
i just live in ohio. that knife is 12 inches long (over all length) for a size reference.
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>>1153211
Nice catches. Missouri here so I know how you feel.
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>>1152991
>>1152995
Pic related is the new haul. How’d I do?

>>1153035
Me too. 12lb Seaguar Red Label for me
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>>1153219
The Rapala Rippin Raps are still better than those ones, but the ones you got still work. If you got good deals on em, can't complain. And Terminator always makes nice shit.

What's the plan with the VMC dressed trebles?
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>>1153219
> order from tackle warehouse
Get shit like big bite bait that you can easily get walmart

Personally I only get shit from tw that isn’t easy to find in local generic sporting stores., especially when tw has so many unique good shits at different size for good price. It’s truly a slippery slope whenever I browse through tw.
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>>1153211
That is bait sized.
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>>1153224
The plan for those is to put them on Dardevles or on my Shadow Raps. Still not sure yet. Most likely the Dardevles, as the stock hooks are weak as shit, plus the feathering will give them a little more action. Mostly use Dardevles for pickerel so the feathering might get cut up, which is why I’m hesitant.

>>1153246
Uhhhhhhh Big Bite Baits were 30% off. Plus they’re good shit even if they are knock offs
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>>1153211
But I do like that bag of coke.
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>>1153219
Them cane thumpers are good
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>>1153293
it is, one of those fish actually had holes in it from a hook because i was using it as live bait for cobia and spanish mackerel.
>pic related
>>1153295
shush
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>>1153211
Why would you even keep trash fish, must be a pleb.
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>>1153328
>bluefish
>trash fish
>mfw
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>>1153331
Eating actual trash fish and trying to play it off
>mfw
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>>1153381
You sound like a salt carp fag.
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>>1151119

Ironically enough, this is the same type of duck i raise and that is the reason I have to cut its dick off. Sometimes during mating if there is more than one hen in the pen it will be mistaken for a worm and get bit.
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>>1153399
He's worse, he's acting like a carp salt fag about an actual native fish that is actually good to eat in the smaller sizes when you cut the red line out. It's like fresh fish sticks
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>>1151510

>Found the libcuck

Why don't you let Jamal fuck your wife if you're so "in tune" with nature? At least an animal can please her better than you, you sad excuse of a man.
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>>1153436
Blues are delicious in the 12-16 inch range. They're also fun as shit to catch so long as you have some kind of wire leader. I've thrown flies, gotcha plugs, and bait at them and they hit any of them.
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>page 3

Last call for Secret Santa!!! C’mon anons! Spend $25 shopping for anon and get sumn sweet shit for yourself!!
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>>1153498
Exactly, and see the picture he's complaining about here >>1153211
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>>1153604
Those are perfect eating size and probably still a fun fight.
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>>1151920
I literally talked to the guy who caught it
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>>1149025
How autistic is it to get excited when fishing alone. 99% of my time fishing is alone and if I catch a nice fish or my first fish of the season I start shouting and celebrating. Am I retarded. Do any of you do that?
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https://m.dickssportinggoods.com/p/redington-palix-river-chest-waders-15rgtmplxrvrwdrxxwad/15rgtmplxrvrwdrxxwad

So I'm thinking about getting these, but the sizes are kinda strange. I'm a skellington with size 12 feet so if I go with large the feet are too small, but if I go with XL they waders will be a little baggy. Thoughts?
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>>1153617
on light tackle, absolutely
>>1153684
just have baggy waders
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>>1153689
Might be better so I can add layers of I need to. do I need anything special for shoes?
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>>1153211
>live in south florida
>5 min from glades
>15 from ocean
>literally havent fished in 3 months due to college
>tfw
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>>1153690
wading boots if theyre stocking foot.
>>1153696
the pain
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>>1153696
>2 minuites from countless ponds and a fantastic trout river,
>50 from ocean ( hour and a half to my favorate spot)
>havent been fishing in 2 months since i started back at work

on thhe bright side the 2 months before work i was fishing daily, and going to the beach every weekend
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>>1153684
theyre stocking food, expect to spend another hundred on good waiding boots
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Anybody ever use Duel shit? Never heard of em.
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>>1153723
Looks like some shit you could get for 1.50 on aliexpress
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>>1153667
>Am I retarded.
All signs point to yes.
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>>1153705
Why should I buy boots instead of just using the sandals I use to wade now?
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>>1153738
grip,
though if you want to be really cheap add hot glue squiggles to te bottom of your sandals and it will make it grip better
also with real boots you drastically reduce the risk of tearing
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>>1153696
>>1153702
I didn't get to fish hardly at all this summer due to tons of other stuff I was getting done. Now it is super cold. My pond is froze over with half an inch of ice and I have all the time I need for fishing. Oh, the seasonal rains make all the waterways chocolate brown again. I'm back to catfishing it seems. At least I have a better camera to take photos of lures I make this winter.
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>>1153746
cant wait for icefishing to come
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>>1153739
>also with real boots you drastically reduce the risk of tearing
I might get a pair of cheapish ones just for that. I'll probably only wear these once or twice this year, since it's normally warm enough to wet wade. I don't do much wading as it is, so I don't really want to spend too much money on it.
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>>1153759
i wet wade most of the year but since i live in the northeast ive got some good insulated ones for winter
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>>1153746
Thumbnail looks like a spider shitting out a fireball.
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>>1153763
exactly what I thought
my sides
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>>1153759
>>1153739
>>1153738
and dont forget the ankle support. if you're on a rocky bottom and a rock rolls or moves on you, you could twist an ankle, but the boots will minimize the risk
>>1153760
+1
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>>1153723
>>1153723
Basic google look like they are a partner with yo-zuri so they probably work decent for the price of $5 at least. However, you will probably buy it and never use it among 50 of your lipless crankbait
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>>1153436
Grow some taste buds because blue fish ARE trash fish
>>1153617
>>1153498
Quit larping, bet you haven't even seen saltwater considering you call trash fish good
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>>1153994
Best way to describe it is biting into a bad fish soaked in oil
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>>1153803
Hey man I actually use lipless cranks sometimes... when I get out fishin.

Problem is those Flash Sales are always on Thursdays... the day before payday. If they were 24hrs later on Fridays, I would buy sooooo much shit.
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Ahhh what the fuck is this shit and how do I make it stop!
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>>1154012
We had some up here but barely enough to be noticeable
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> spent $55 on tw yesterday for some stuff
> tw 25 days of saving started today out of nowhere

Wow fuck you too tw. Now if there is a day for sale on item I want from tw in those 25 days, I would have to spend again
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>>1154015
It is not stopping we are all going to die.
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>>1153994
Ive lived in Eastern North Carolina for 5 years now. Just cuz you can't clean em doesn't mean someone else can't. Bluefish are a popular sportfish even if you don't eat them. Go fuck off somewhere else.

>>1153689
I fly fish from the surf for em.
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>>1154031
>makes claim with no proof
Do you even internets?

I never said they weren't a sport fish (because they are), but they are a trash fish. And for you not to know the difference proves your ignorance
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>>1154021
If any of it is one sale or goes on sale email them and see if they will reimburse you the difference. Some places will
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>>1154057
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>>1154012
>>1154027
that's snow. remember i told you about it? its like ice but fluffy?
>>1154031
i tried to get some on a fly rod when i was in nc but someone stole my fly box. one morning there was a blitz no bull shit 80 feet off the shore. i tried to cast at them with a tiny fluke super glued to a hook but it twisted on the retrieve and basically i got one cast out of it before i had a birds nest of what was once fly line and leader. the blitz left before i could get it sorted for another cast.
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>>1154066
>Crys from fear.
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>>1154081
They got a lot of it out west too.
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Alright ordered a that daiwa dxs 9 ft rod from west marine because it’s 50% off.

Let see what is the chance of this thing making it to me without anything being broken. It’s for my cousin and he’s not fishing till next year anyway when he can get a license. It’s a 2 pieces so it might have a bit better chance than the poor soul I ordered from DSG here >>1151894
If I can’t get one good deal by the beginning of next year, I’ll just take my cousin to a local store to buy a shimano convergeance at full price
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>>1154085
My dad is BBQing in the snow near Bastrop.
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>>1154112
That's pretty cool. I like the state park they have over there.
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>>1154066
That's worse than having them cut your line. That'd ruin my damn day.
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>>1154085
>>1154122
what is this fly rod im seeing?
is that the three weight?
>>1154133
i had to cut my nail knot and just slide the whole birds nest off of my fly line and bin everything. luckily only 3/4 inch of fly line was lost if you include the tag that had to be cut off when i tied the nail knot in the first place
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>>1154156
Good thing you didn't lose much. What fly line were you using? Just curious. I'm a bit of a gearfag so I enjoy asking what others use especially when they're fishing near my home waters.
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>>1154156
Yuhhh. Since I'm autistic and finding fly line in specific colors is kinda hard I'm gonna keep it pretty simple. Might add some white and silver wraps as trim.
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>>1154164
air cel bass.
>>1154168
may i inquire as to why you put a fighting butt on it?
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>>1154172
Aesthetics
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>>1153667
not really, well maybe it is. when i caught my first speckled trout i was excited as fuck on a public pier even though it was only like 16 inches.
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>>1154081
My condolences
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>>1154101
I bought a combo from Dick’s last year and it came ok. But I could easily see how it would break. The box was fuckhueg. It was 8’L x 12”H x 12”W.

Still amazed I got free shipping on it

Good luck
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>>1154101
I ordered 2 rods from dicks and they were in a giant 9' cardboard box. the rods were 2 piece rods with no tip protection or stuffing in the box.

#thuglife
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>>1154447
They wrapped mine in that brown packing paper at least

>WHITE POWDER! WHITE POWDER!
>>1154482
>>1154482
>>1154482
>>1154482
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