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Swamp Fly

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    Too Many to count, But Tarpon drive me to distraction!
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  1. Duck, that has nothing but suckage attached to it. I hope that he does well. I used to have a little Toyota pick up that the A/C did not work and had to drive everywhere with the windows down and the vent fan on full (think Florida), good thing too. The bolts that are used to connect the exhaust manifold to the est of the exhaust system failed about an hour away from home. Noisy as heck so I pulled over, I figured I couldn't do any damage and didn't want to pay for a tow back to town. By the time I got to my mechanics shop I had the mother of all headaches. If I did not have the windows down and just running the A/C I probably would not have made it. Didn't know any better back then, I got darned lucky. Swamp
  2. So if the lawn where to die and turned into a dust bowl or sodden mess a pond might be viewed in a better light? Just saying...😈 No I'm NOT suggesting you try that! She would probably make mince meat out of you and then you would fly over here to do the same to me! LOL! Good plan with borrowing a mower. That should give you a much better idea with your particular situation. Let us know how it works out, I'm kind of curious now. Swamp
  3. Denduke, that blade reminds me of when I was a teenager and worked in a small engine repair shop. We once got a mower in to be repaired that "wouldn't start". The mower had the blade sticking up through the top of the mower deck, it was a subtle clue as to what the problem might be. Come to find out that she had hit an old iron pipe sticking out of the ground. The crankshaft was bent almost 45*. She did not understand why we couldn't just straighten the crankshaft. Swamp
  4. Provided you don't have any aggressive cows in the herd, have a visitor go into the pasture with a five gallon bucket and then have them use the bucket as a seat. They should have nothing but cow noses at about eye level surrounding them in short order. Of course that's about the time you call out to the visitor with a warning not to move too fast because the cows haven't had enough protein in their diet lately. The momentary look you get before they realize you are messing with them is priceless. Swamp
  5. I agree with PD. Another thing to consider is that to really get the bade to work to it's fullest potential you need to block the discharge chute on the lawnmower. The idea is that you turn the lawn mover into a big food processor which cuts the grass over and over. This can make thick/tall grass problematic, you need a powerful mower to be able to mow at "normal" speeds or the mower get overwhelmed and spits out a big grass ball. I'm not saying mulching blades are bad, not at all. Like with everything though nothing is for free. For a gain in one area you get a change in another. Swamp
  6. LOL, I had a calf follow me into the house once. The wife thought it was hilarious, the dog had a look on her like "We can do that, we can bring my friends in the house?!!!", but the cat was not amused. Nice looking herd. Typical cows though: "Whaaat's going on? Got sumtin' to eat?" Cat's have nothing on cows as far as curiosity is concerned. Before moving here, my mother used to come visit every year and one year she decided to take a folding beach lounge outside and read a book. She abandoned that in a hurry when one of the cows started licking her feet! You'd have though she was being mauled by a gator listening to the yelling. I quietly put the pistol back into it's hidey hole... Swamp
  7. Yes I do use mulching lawn mowers. They are called cows. Sorry couldn't help it. 😁 Been so dry here that the electric fence isn't working because they aren't grounding out when they hit it. Been a real pain in my backside for the last few weeks. As far as mulching bladed are concerned they can be very good or bad. They do a good job of putting down some material that helps keep in moisture and that is a good thing in hot dry weather. Unfortunately in cooler wetter climates that can also lead to smothering and rot. As far as bits and pieces is concerned unless you sweep/bag up the clippings they can get tracked in the house but I'm not sure it's any worse than with a regular lawn mower blade though. Swamp
  8. I just don't know... tough call! Swamp
  9. Looking good Steve! I have to admit as I was looking through the pics I kept thinking that plant would die, that one, that one too, and... Florida where northern plants and retirees go to die. Swamp
  10. No need, just put a bounce house in the front yard and invite the neighborhood kids over. If you use an airboat to blow up the bounce house even better. Like garlic to a vampire, no way he'd go near the place. 😈 Swamp
  11. Haha! You are probably right, I DO often have a tendency to fish too fast. However I tend to work an area to slow and mot move to more productive water. One of these days I will actually take you up on that though! Swamp
  12. Sloooow down your retrieve! 😁 Swamp
  13. Gudebrod used to make braided mono in 35# and 50# but they are no more. Check Evilbay there should still be some floating around. I've heard that someone else makes some, maybe Cortland. I have a spool of both sizes and make loops for most of my setups 6wt and up. Swamp
  14. Well that is unfortunate that your second go was not as successful but i look forward to seeing anyway. Swamp
  15. Very nice! For what it's worth, I completely agree with the judges about the weight issue. I have spent a significant amount of time in armor hitting people in the head (and elsewhere). If you only have to swing a few times then the heavy weapon works great but you won't be worth poop for more than a few swings. In melees, after an hour your arms are ready to fall off even if you are using a very light weight weapon. At that point in time you couldn't control anything heavy, hit with any kind of power, or have any speed. The other guy could finish a cup of coffee before it got to him. Kinda like the old caliber arguments, would you rather hit a charging elephant with a .22 LR or miss with a Howitzer? FYI a mace is a horrible horrible thing, made me cringe just looking at it. I'd much rather take a hit from the axe end any day of the week. The hammer is another one of those things that would leave a mark... Swamp BTW, please don't ever make any high end migration era ring swords, I really can't allow myself to afford your caliber of skill for something like that! There would be a whole bunch of zeros in that price tag. But man I'd love to see one anyway. LOL
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