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  1. I never sought them out, as you already know. In the last few years, I've inadvertently acquired some plugs (not just needles) that "just fished well" and after asking around many of them turned out to be Saltys. I'll surely check them out when buying more plugs. (But his website leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to organization and navigation. If I didn't already know about his plugs, I'd abandon that site after two minutes.)
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  3. I suggest getting up out of your chair.
  4. I've yet to fish, or even own, some of Bassmaster's needles. I did see some a few winters ago when I hit the CSA show in CT. Although I already have way too many needles, I'd buy a couple of his if/when the opportunity arose.
  5. Cal, that's a photo opportunity if ever there was one!
  6. Agreed. I think that I first read this thread about four years ago (most likely on a winter evening). Then I got into MLs, then more into the Pikie style of MLs. As I kept NOOBing along, threads like this one were (and still are) a great help. I connected with Andrew (Jigman) and he was nothing but SUPER helpful (and SUPER patient, answering all of my PM'd questions) about not only Pikies, but other MLs as well. IIRC, he has a number of posts here on fishing his plugs. All contain solid info.
  7. Mon Dieu! Formidable, mon ami!!!!!
  8. Looks like our mate paid attention to the imaginary sign that reads "If you don't have yellow darters, turn around". Although it was a smart choice to go with parrot in stained water.
  9. Congrats, mate!
  10. No problem. No charge (!!!). Sometimes I get focused on a particular topic and I find some gems from years ago, the info in which is as relevant today as it was when it was first posted. Glad you liked it.
  11. Completely agree, and not just with needles. I've had some needles that cast like rockets, but they were so heavily tail-weighted that they sat (whether they were floating or they were sinking, if that makes any sense to you) vertically in the water column, which is not my cup of tea. Yudi, how do you keep those flat-sinking needles flat in the water column after they've sunk a bit and you begin retrieving again? As I'm envisioning both the sink rate and the sink aspect angle, it seems to me that once one starts to retrieve, the needle will tend to rise up nose-first, due to both the angle of the line (from rod tip to front loop) and the force of the water. I could certainly be all wet on this (truly, no pun intended), so I am keen to learn more.
  12. Mack, I stumbled upon some Salty's needles last year. I love 'em!
  13. Just re-read this whole thread. Talk about excellent advice from the guys who actually build them!
  14. Thank you! I will surely let you know of my plans come spring.
  15. Back to your original question, I didn't have much luck this year with full-floating (= sits flat on the surface) needles. I fished slow- to moderate-sink needles for the most part in boulder fields with moderate sweeps. Couple of nights in one particular boulder field that's known for its big currents, I wished that I'd had a faster sinking needle, even though the water depth ranged only from 3 to 10'. There were a few times on the canal that a wooden medium-sink rate needle outperformed the tried n true pencils though, and those were when currents were neither slack nor ripping, so call it the first 1 1/2 hours on either side of slack. How did you all do with needles this year?