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  1. I AM OzarksAngler. I apologize for posting under my OLD (about 2001) account. I forgot I set the OzarksAngler one up. Thanks for reminding me.
  2. I also replace the chenille on a wooly bugger with the appropriate color of Edge-glo. That works great too. And I tie in thin strips to streamer tails the way most folks do flashabou, tinsel, crystal flash, etc. A black bunny leech with a piece of chartreuse Edge-glo tied in to the tail is a killer low-light/night fishing streamer.
  3. Sal, you will be happy to know that I don't use molded plastic legs. But I've never seen a scudback that wasn't synthetic. No, the material is not new or I would not have found it. It is used mostly by saltwater guys. But a few of them told me it works on freshwater fish too, and I thought I'd try it on trout. I'll be darned if it doesn't work really well! LOL Why does a bass hit a chartreuse mylar skirted spinner bait? It doesn't look like a damned thing that lives. Why do trout jump out of the water to take a Patriot before it hits the surface? It's red/white/blue for crying out loud. LOL Classic salmon flies aren't supposed to imitate an actual bug or baitfish. They are attractors. And they're older than almost anything tied today by the "purists." So one man's traditionalism is another man's narrow mindedness. It all depends on where you draw the line in history. But I'm fine with your feedback, Sal. I asked for it. And you are entitled (and encouraged by me) to express your opinions. I am not threatened by opposing or different views.
  4. A new addition to the fly pattern database has been submitted by silvermallard: Opti-scud
  5. Check this out and tell me what you think. http://ozarksflyanglers.blogspot.com/2008/...-opti-scud.html
  6. Of all the fluorocarbons I've tried, I like the SA Mastery Series Fluorocarbon II the best. I use it in 5x and 6x when sight fishing.
  7. I use the little slit foam footballs w/rubber tubing down the center in various sizes and/or Palsa foam occassionally. I don't like the residue left behind the Palsa indicators, but when sight fishing w/very small flies in shallow water anything bigger can spook too many fish. My brand of choice is Lightning Strike...either fluorescent orange or yellow.
  8. If any of y'all are fishing these reels in a 7wt+, please let me know what you think of them.
  9. I use Scientific Anglers Mastery Series leaders and SA or Rio tippets.
  10. I got my first TFO Professional Series travel rod several months ago. It was a 9' 4wt. The Professional series is a complete line of 3 and 4pc. rods ranging from an 8' 2wt. to a 15' 10wt. or 9' 12wt. Fit, finish, and feel would lead one to believe these rods are far more expensive than they actually are. To see the spec sheet on the full line, CLICK HERE. The 4wt. is built on an IM6 graphite blank with a braided aluminum/graphite reel seat. Wraps and guides are of excellent quality for a production rod. The action is medium and the taper is full flex on the 4wt. But it has demonstrated plenty of muscle in my fishing, landing several Rainbows over 20" and a 23.5" Brown. And I put a lot of pressure on big fish once they tire themselves out a bit. Recently, I've added 3 more TFO Professional Series rods to my arsenal: another 9' 4wt. and a pair of 9' 6wt's. In the near future, I will add a pair of 8wt rods as well. So I guess you could say I'm sold. These rods really communicate with the caster in the same way I've come to expect far more expensive rods to do. The load and the turnover are obvious to the touch. In my opinion, this not only makes them a great choice for discriminating anglers of skill, but as a "learning rod" for the novice to intermediate caster as well. And all TFO rods come with an unconditional lifetime warranty. Temple Fork Outfitter fly rods can be purchased at quality fly shops all over the world. To find the one nearest you CLICK HERE. I'll also toss in a recommendation for the optional Cordura-covered TFO rod tubes. They're attractive, highly functional, and inexpensive. And they have a quick release buckle that positively secures the cap, which makes them nice for travel and backpacking. Pick up a TFO Professional Series for your next travel rod. I think you'll be glad that you did.
  11. I store all of my rods and fly fishing gear in the garage. All the rods are in travel tubes. My garage is insulated...including the overhead door...and stay within a few degrees of the house all year. I've never had a problem with deterioration. One whole wall of the garage is mine for hunting/fishing gear.
  12. We're not making any $$$ off this shin-dig. In fact, it is costing us a little. I don't wanna step on any toes, but I want everyone to be invited. Here's the details... http://www.silvermallard.com/forum_viewforum.php?3
  13. Cast across and upstream...as the fly comes parallel to your position, mend upstream to achieve a dead drift...then allow the line to bow downstream on the downstream presentation...when the fly hits the end of the drift, short strip it 2-3 times and cast again. No indicator. Watch the end of the fly line for movement. Set hook with smooth upward motion of the rod tip...don't rush it. If you miss a strike, let it continue the drift. There are often more fish keying or another fish trailing the one that took first and they love stealing one another's food.
  14. I wore out 3 Zebra Midges today on 30 trout landed in under 4 hours. I did not detect one single abrasion or nick in the leader. I did not have a knot fail. I never broke off. I was fishing a 9' 5x. I think I used a total of about 3" of the tip. I did have several fish throw the hook on me, and got really tangled up in the process twice. I don't know if it was the leader or luck, but they looked like horrible messes and came apart VERY easily. Had some wind for awhile too and liked the way the leader handled casting into the wind as well.
  15. You'd think a guy seeing his son's head sawed off while the perpetrators stand around watching and chanting "Allah is great" would drive home the point that we're dealing with religiously-motivated barbarians who cannot be reasoned with. I'm not of a mind to sit back and "listen" to such animals. Respect is a two-way street, and when someone has decided to kill you if at all possible...especially if they are willing to die in the process...the time for talk has passed. It is a strong statement of praise to our government's ability to shield Americans from this side of humanity that there are many who live here who seem unable to even grasp the simple reality that there are large numbers of people in this world who do not care what we say or do, but are intent on our destruction. I feel for Mr. Berg's loss, but his son went into a war zone chasing $$$ with naive notions of "helping" the needy Muslims. He paid for his misquided notions of how the world works with his life. It sounds to me like he paid for HIS FATHER'S misquided notions with his life.
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