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Personally I love to save money and I also love to find substitutes for expensive brand name items and customize them to my needs. I guess thats all part of the fun for me.
For a hip/lumbar pack I use a Mojave Pack from wal-mart, I can hold two bugger barns, four spare spools, nippers, hemos, lighter, snacks, and it is made to hold two water bottles. It does everything Simms, Patagonia, and Fish Pond packs do and it holds water bottles.
For my technical shirts I use Russell Athletics shirts, their new dri-fit gear is the best stuff since sliced breab and it only runns $20. I would put it up against any big brand.
My fly tying thread is simple all purpose sewing thread, and as far as wadres go Academy has these and they are probably Simms knock offs but hey I can live with that.
Truth be told after the purchase of the fly rod, reel, and line this is the most cheapest and most enjoyable way I have ever fished.
I will say that if I could I would like some good Simms technical cold weather gear.
I think it looks great, I will be tying one up in olive and gold! Thanks for a great Idea!
Mine has to be the spoon fly, I can’t say how many reds I have thrown that thing in front of only to have them ignore it. I don’t like how it casts either.
I am happy to say that they are right and the fishing in this part of the gulf is the best that any of us can remember. I think it could have been the lack of fishing pressure during the spill. Either way this place is really wide open and with the water clearing during the winter its a great time to come.
It looks like it will be a great boat, and it looks like it will have plenty of dry storage throughout the boat. When I was looking at the Caimen one of the things that I felt that could be improved on was the lack of storage room. For me I like a boat where nearly everything is integrated into the boats deck, but that may be because I am more familiar with a bass boat’s layout.
I also like to cut out as much clutter as possible. I really am a minmalist. But looking at a boat from a guiding view I feel that though for me less is more I want my customers to be as comfortable as possible. So balancing that out is pretty key for me.
When I first started looking at skiffs for this I thought maybe the Gladesmen from ECC and even though I am familiar with small boats (I love to stand and pole my Native to site fish for friends in the bow of the boat), not everybody is comfortable in them.
I want a stable boat, but I need one that keeps things simple. I drive a 4 banger truck so the boat has to be light. I have a strict budget I have to stick to because I cannot afford to go into debt starting this venture. So I have my work cut out for me. Thats part of living the dream I guess.
Keep an eye out for me, I’lll drive to where ever, and I will appreciate all the help I can get. I already appreciate all the advice.
Yeah that is exactly what I am looking to do is guide out of it. And for the small tidal creeks down here a shallow draft is must. The water down here is fairly similar to what you see in Lousianna though our marsh is not as extensive. I really am wanting a quick stable skiff that will hug a curve and give me as shallow of a draft as possible. So when I add this to trying to save money I have my work cut out for me.
Thanks guys, I really am looking more at the very shallow and protected areas here in Mobile. That being said the draft is very important but I don’t want to beat somebody to death on the way out. I am also wanting to get out with my skin, so I really don’t know which way I am going to go aside from used.
I am hoping to find a used Caimen that someone is wanting to let go of, any thoughts?
Thats a good question there too. I have been looking around and it seems like it can range from $5,000 up to un-Godly amounts. It seems to depend on brand more than anything else.
Good luck bud, wish I would be there to check it out.
You’re going to have your band wagoners, God know the Bamers have been unbearable lately. But really Auburns Defense really showed up against South Carolina last week and that was really what set the tone. Cam is an amazing athlete but the Team as a whole is very good. I am very excited to see the Championship Game, for the Auburn football team not Cam. But papers love a hero.
Last nights game gives me great joy. War D@#$ Eagle!
Its the people that you fish with that makes the biggest difference to me. But then sometimes certain places beg to be fished alone.
I don’t know that I have a bucket list yet, but I think that maybe no matter where I end up, if I live each moment to its fullest, enjoying the places and company, I will have no need of a bucket list.
At least thats the plan anyway.
I can’t wait to try tying my own soon, those things work very well down here in Mobile.
Boy, you folks never figured in Auburn did ya? Really could have seen it coming after the last Iron Bowl. Rather or not Aurburn had gotten Cam or not they would have been a very tough team. Needless to say though, he has been invaluable to the team as a play maker and a leader. All in all though Bama’s defense has been struggling to find a real leader this year and they should hopefully find that next year. All in all they were far to cocky going into this season (got that from a friend of mine that is an athletic trainer for Bama).
No team got nearly as close to beating last years National Champions as Auburn and that willingness to fight shows with 6 come from behind victories. The only thing is can they beat the “Old Ball Coach” for a second time this season?
The price is pretty steep and tarpon are just such a hard to reach fish for a ton of people. I couldn’t see somebody shelling out the change unless that fish was their passion as well. And they had $100 to drop for a book, not easy in a discresionary economy.
But then again, it may sell like hot cakes.
Ok wow, you folks might have my reading mapped out for me for awhile.
I read My Life was this Big and other True Fishing Stories by Lefty Kreh and ejoyed the heck out of it.
I am now reading Thomas McGuane’s Ninety-Two in the Shade and enjoying but not as much as Lefty’s book.
Mr. Morse, do you often do self published books? And what are the advantages and disadvantages?
Very true, but it is hard to get a feel for any rod without getting to feel the rod. And even as helpful as that is I suppose that I will have to drive to New Orleans to get a feel for the rod. I have every confidence that it is all I have heard about.
I have never heard of them, but I will be sure to give them a look.
I have never been so happy to be wrong, I wasn’t able to get into the 4 peice section. Sorry fellas, special me. Anyway back to plotting how to get my hands on a Scott 7wt…
I haven’t been able to look at any of the S4 line any thoughts? I have cast the G2 and it is a dream for bass bugs, and roll casts like a dream. What I like about it is that have to remember that you have to slow your mechanics if youre coming from a faster action rods. Or at least I do.