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  1. Tactics I've found to work when fishing heavily pressured bass involve being subtle. This is in clear water with vegetation along the shore, with some patches of lily pads. After I get situated in a spot, I keep still for 5-10 minutes before making a cast. A long cast with a "quiet" bait, like a wacky rigged Senko, often produces a take similar to that of a trout. Keep touch with the bait as it hits the surface, and keep an eye on the line as the bait falls. Often it'll be the line moving that signals a hit, rather than the feeling of a strike ( It's usually the larger fish making the more tentative strikes). If no strike during the fall, raise the rod tip and retrieve some line, and let it fall again. If no strikes after a few lifts, I'll make another cast but in a different zone. For times just before dusk, when bass move from deep water to feed, I'll use a long cast with a wake-type bait. Any floating lure will work but I've had great results with a gold or chrome Red Fin. Retrieving it just fast enough to create a wake, over a transition from deep to shallow water, produces some explosive strikes. I keep the rod tip high enough to keep most of the line off the water during the retrieve. When fishing those impenetrable mats of weeds when the water is warm, I'll still be quiet getting situated and wait a few minutes before making a presentation. Dragging a Scum Frog along the top using brief retrieves, or using a fly rod to place a deer hair popper in a spot of open water, works for me. Just enough movement to get them to notice it. The hookup rate isn't as high as the other tactics but the ferocity of the strikes makes up for that.
  2. OP brought to mind this post from a few years back...
  3. A couple of years ago I ordered a SA EMP4 The dealer asked me more than once if I was sure I wanted it in .40 S&W. I'm still wanting a Px4 Storm in .40
  4. A couple of years ago I ordered a SA EMP4 The dealer asked me more than once if I was sure I wanted it in .40 S&W. I'm still wanting a Px4 Storm in .40
  5. Flyfishing

    Fishing the beach in southern Maine, it was common for a seal to show up. Just one, but he'd follow me up/down the beach. He'd get within casting range but I never had a direct interaction with him. Although, the bite certainly slows when that head pops up.
  6. We attempted to deal with a local breeder, but they were all too uppity about field testing. I had no intention of participating in tests or shows, nor breeding. I don't have time for that. We ended up dealing with Jamesons Prairie Kennel in North Dakota.
  7. When I was seeking a hunting companion for our American Cocker Spaniel, I ended up going with a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. They've worked very well together hunting stocked pheasants and woodcock over the past few years. Sometimes they work a little TOO well together.
  8. It won't harden like epoxy does, and remains somewhat pliable.
  9. Google the following, and check out the first result: sea-doo carbon ring facts
  10. I've been using BackCountry Navigator PRO for years. I believe it was $10
  11. Since the acquisition of SA in 2013, and the release of SharkWave product in 2014, it doesn't look like SA has made any advancements. And now Orvis is marketing a "PRO" flavor of line. From comparing the descriptions of the lines, it seems the SA SharkWave and Orvis PRO lines are very similar.
  12. I use a mono shock leader and FG knot, from 30lb braid to 50lb mono.
  13. Between the 5wt and 6wt rods I have, always the 6wt for smallies. I'll use an 8wt for larger flies (largemouth, pike). I suppose I would go with a 7wt to cover a wider range of offerings, but the 6wt feels perfect for smallies in the CT river. I'm casting a 6wt Sage Response w/Rio OBS, and it's been working very well for me. And when I pick up the odd fallfish, it's still kinda lively and not too wooden.
  14. I've had plenty of luck with trout. But the takes can be very subtle, so I lift the rod tip a bit any time I sense something is just different.