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i am upset at the fact that they have no rods in the seven weight. Now I know that that is a rather niche weight and according to some (Lefty), has no use. But to me and some others it is THE warm water weight especially for spotted and smallmouth in rivers and creeks. Now I realize that for casting flies that resemble a small bird with a hook (which I am not opposed to throwing) the larger weight are more appropriate. But I kinda feel a bit hurt…
I am a die hard Scott fan but right now it looks like TFO is making the better rods for my area of fishing. I am also upset that they discontinued the X2S, next year will be better I hope.
My lab mix (Noah Bear) is all over it. He would sit in my Native with me and does great on wading trips too. Looking forward to having him in the new canoe this spring. He even attends my fly casting lessons, my students can’t beleive how mellow and well behaved he is. Thats just him though.
Sorry fellas it sold to a fella in NOLA recently. I haven’t had time to get on the net to update that fact. Great tool though and definately worth buying.
Those are some awesome shots! Hopefully I’ll get to get up that way one of these days and do the same. Thanks for a great report.
Talk about jacking a thread.
Anyway. So back to the Scott rods, do any of you buy the Blanks from Scott then spin your own rods?
I have an old Scott SVS 908 and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
well that sucks, I suppose that there are much more secluded water in the area. But either way If I go it wont be till the spring. I already have two trips planned for the fall
I have never fished at night for trout although I will say that the trick for bass, and speckled trout at night is big, black noisy baits on the surface. But another neat trick that I have learned is that if you use a black light while you’re out there, it does not attract bugs. Good luck.
I have an Ultimate 14.5 and that hing has been from the top of Alabama to the Big Bend in Florida. It is great in nearly anyspot you can imagine.
As far as fishing the Coosa or Talapoosa, I have to say that I dont think any state has it as good as we do for our warm water fishery, and the salt water aint too bad either.
and dont clown on my cell phone picts, I just couldnt help but show some of the fish that have been caught out of that yak on the fly.
That looks like some great water, it reminds me of the Coosa River or the upper Cahaba. Any good suggestions for a good place to camp up that way this fall?
Awesome stuff guys that Nook Sack may be what the doctor ordered, the only thing that is going to be a toughy for it to beat is
I’ll let y’all know what I come up with, you have all been a great help. thanks again.
I think youre right and I will be looking outside the industry for the solution to my tackle whoas. So keep the ideas coming! I appreciate all of them.
Well to be honest my budget is pretty small. I’m not complaining, I live a good life and have a good job, but I try to spend as little as possible. I was just hoping that some of y’all might have stumbled on a price concience product that works well.
I had been considering a double haul from Patagonia but like I said I would rather spend that money on other stuff, like trips. The recycled wader bag is pretty cool though.
I agree both products are really cool, just not worth it. There is just too much other cool stuff to spend that much money on. Don’t get me wrong, I would love to have one of either but when you run on the college budget, well it kind of puts things like that into perspective. For the cost of either pack I can drive 4 hours and camp for the weekend in a national forest, fish either the flats or the foot hills, and still have money left over.
I guess I am looking for the low budget solution. Thanks though.
I dont know how many folks on this forum are around the gulf area but for anybody that is interested in helping solve the problem, here is some info:
The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Mobile BayKeeper and the Alabama Coastal Foundation are collecting contact information from individuals who are interested in assisting with cleanup efforts along the Alabama coast should oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill reach the state’s shores.
“Right now volunteers are not being deployed but we want to be prepared and ready to assist when asked to help by Unified Command,” said Roberta Swann of the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program.
People interested in adding their names to a list of volunteers should contact one of the organizations listed below to assist in coordinated cleanup activities. Contact information should include: name, street address, phone, email address and a list of any available resources such as boats, plastic bags or gloves.
* Alabama Coastal Foundation 251-990-6002 Info@joinacf.org
* Mobile Bay NEP 251-431-6409 firstname.lastname@example.org
* Mobile Baykeeper 251-433-4229 email@example.com
Now I’m not sure about other states but if you’re interested you can call these organizations for more info on groups in other areas.
I looked into the rafts, but they cost an arm and a leg! As to guiding out of kayaks, let me say this, the best way for that to work is when you can tandem it. Otherwise your guest is working their butt off against the current and if they aren’t experienced paddlers they cant get a cast off. And it seems to me when they do manage to get a cast right most folks dont read water well.
Here is the advntage to my Native it affords very comfortable seating while tandem
But due to its low bow it really isnt suited for standing waves. But with the attachments of the spray skirts (http://www.nativewatercraft.com/accessory.cfm?id=6) available they become suitable for light white water (I and II)
Thanks guys, I appreciate the advice, I had similar feelings on the free website thing and I understand why that would be the way of things. But I’m still a college bum so I will just make the most out of what I can and hope to “water and weed” my project.
If I can convince five clients to spend a day on the water with me then I will count this first year a raving success.
Thanks again Guys,
I will be guiding out if my Native Ultimate 14.5 and also doing wade trips. I am definately looking forward to giving it a go and seeing what all happens. Hopefully I’ll be back up that way ASAP and I can collect some good shots for the website.
Craig thats great advice and so was your pm. I appreciate both. I very much understand what you’re saying about the idea that guiding is very much about people skills and a little about fishing. I have often heard that it is about fishing through other people.
As to how do I plan to reach customers, well I do seminars on fly casting and fly fishing around Mobile Al. As a matter of fact on April 17th the Mobile Bay Kayak Fishing Association is havin their Spring Fishing Seminar, I have been invited to speak for an hour on fly-casting, fly-fishing, and how to get started.
I am also working now on a web site I’ll put a link on for it, I’d appreciate advice there, please realize that I just started working on it the day before yesterday.
The reason that I have not tried to go to a guide school is that I will be working for Kamp Kiwanis this June teaching fly fishing, they have even offered to pay for me to get my FFF CCI. So I’m very excited about the goings on of this spring and summer.
here is a link to my work-in-progress website: http://thetailingloop.webs.com
Zach that’s a true stripe. I used to fish for them a good bit back home on the Alabama River. We are blessed enough to have a naturally reproducing population though the state still stocks hybrid bass.