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About Peartree

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  • Birthday 03/10/1969

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  1. Nice looking moose. I can’t imagine having to pack that thing out. Pulled big deer out of some really bad places, but just moving something that big is a feat in its own. Good to hear the guy did the right thing by you as well.
  2. Everything I've pulled out of the canal these came out of, sunfish, bass, catfish and bowfin have all been really light in color. Funny, the water is almost always dark and muddy.
  3. Was trying to catch some big cats, but apparently the bowfin really like chicken too.
  4. Caught a few nice sunfish tonight , picture doesn't do it justice.
  5. Peartree

    Retail stores

    There’s a little mom and pop fishing shop I always try to frequent, small hole in the wall place. They are always good for information, suggestions, and they are really nice folks. They are a little more expensive than the big box stores, but as a small business owner, I like to support other small business owners. So a couple of years ago, I bought a nice surf rod from them, used it on a vacation trip a couple of months later and the last day of vacation I heard a crack and part of the rod had split. Took it back to the shop and explained what happened, and they immediately replaced it on the spot. As long as they own the place I will always shop there.
  6. Mike, if you ever come to Richmond when it's not winter, you're welcome to come by.
  7. Sampling of an hours worth of fishing. 8 bass, 6 bluegill. Love how these bluegill fight twice as hard as the bass. All on a sinking spider.
  8. That’s kind of the direction I was thinking about going. How do you typically tie your leaders? Line weight, length, knots?
  9. I’ve always used tapered for trout, but only get to fish for them maybe a couple of times a year. I went to straight mono for everything else because of availability and the cost difference and for the most part, it worked pretty well. I typically try to bass/panfish a couple times a week, and fly change outs eat up the leader pretty quick.
  10. You are correct. Has worked fine for panfish and large bass, a lot cheaper than buying leaders. I am probably going to try tying up some tapered leaders in the near future.
  11. Thanks everyone for all the good input. I'll change up a few things, starting with the type of knot and go from there.
  12. I mostly fish for large mouth, small mouth bass, sunfish etc. I typically make up simple mono leaders, 10-12lbs just using a perfection loop knot. Never had any issues with knots failing. Where I've been fishing lately, I've starting to hang into some bowfin that are bigger, 10lbs+, and they hit quite a bit harder on the take than bass. Now my leaders are starting to snap off right at the loop to fly line connection. Any recommendations for better fly line to leader connection? I like using the loops so I can change them out quickly, but not if they are going to keep breaking off.
  13. It's a copy of a design by a guide in northern VA by the name of Rob Snowhite. You can find him on youtube. He was tying them at the fly fishing show in January, and gave my son one. I fished it and it worked well, so I made up these in a few different colors.
  14. This catfish was one of 5 big ones I've caught over the past 3 days, plus a few smaller channel cats. It's funny, I ran into a couple of guys from fish and game who were tagging blue cats in the same area, and I beat there biggest catch by 10" .
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