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Mike West

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  • Birthday 03/05/1959

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  1. I was fishing the gulf coast a few years back down by Brazoria Texas…I went around asking locals,bait shops tackle shops where I could go wade fish with a fly ride for redfish. I was told about this one location by multiple people so I went there. Can you wait a flat until you get to a trench drops off to 40 feet of water you fish that trench and right off that trench. When I get there there was probably eight to a dozen kayakers and I can see them catching fish. I’m wading to the top of my waders and I can’t quite reach that area casting a full fly line. after a little while a couple kayakers come and paddle over to me to talk they tell me I got bigger Cajones than they do. I’m like why? they tell me nobody wade fishes out here mostly because of bull sharks but stingrays too. they asked me if I had stingray gators on and when I told him no they told me I was nuts. This is Texas gulf coast mud water you can’t see 6 inches into it…needless to say I was walking water like Jesus getting out of there. The Ocean can be a dangerous place if you’re not paying attention or aware of the dangers in your surroundings.
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    Well I suck. The only thing I have to report is all three rods cast beautifully. Big thunderstorm rolled in last night it was still raining on my way in this morning and Ill I can guess is it gave fish lockjaw. I didn’t catch one thing. This might be a lake record I don’t think it’s possible to go here and I am not catch one fish. I ran into a couple local boys there and got to chatting with them for a while,they go there 2-3 times a week and they told me this is highly unusual and they only caught a couple small ones. Last Sunday they caught 70+ each and were off they lake by 1 pm. So with no catching fish and the temperatures rising into the 90s I called it a day at 11:30. Till next time.
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    I’m headed to Barrett Lake California tomorrow I have three new rods I built that have never seen the water. McFarland 7’10” 8 wt McFarland 8’8” 6 wt built on a Selle taper Steffen Bros. 7’9” 3/4 wt. Plus the maiden voyage of my Maxxon kick boat all decked out with all the bells and whistle’s. This is a weird lake you have to buy tickets through Ticketmaster to fish there it’s only open a few months a year. I got a ticket for a kick boat there tomorrow. The average bass is 3 pounds and guys have hundred fish days there a bad day is 20-30. Plus bluegill and Crappie which nobody really fishes for, they run from a pound and a half all the way up to 3 pounds on the Crappie. I”ll fish for those all day long. I am like a kid waiting to go to Disneyland right now
  4. Project healing waters it is then i’m looking into the p.m. thing I don’t know why I can’t receive them thanks guys Took a minute to figure it out but my PM box was full all fixed now
  5. Hi, I’m getting ready for a big fly fishing trip in a couple days I’m trying to fill fly boxes up and I got into stuff that I have seen in three years and I’m just freaking out about how many flies I have I will never use some are pristine and some are kind of junkie but very usable. I estimate at least 500+ flies and some fly boxes. About 75% warm water stuff. I went to the website and all I could find about is donating money I got a phone call into them right now with a message and I’m waiting for a phone call back. anybody here associated with them I know how to go about donating flies? And are they legit I remember a few years ago they got some bad publicity about all the money not going to the Project. TIA
  6. I still have a 2”x2” piece I bought in like 1969 or 1970. I’ve only tied a couple flies with it and it’s been put in storage ever since it’s a yellowed over the years.
  7. While in a kick boat I’ve had two huge ones come up and follow me. One actually came up and bit my swim fin. scary little animals if you asked me
  8. Tagging along this is gonna be fun to watch thanks Mark for taking the time to do it.
  9. He wants to know how to tie it Looks like techniques used on a lotta crab patterns
  10. Anybody know what this is called? Or have a link on a how to? I could probably pretty much figure out how to do this but I’m doing it for a friend with limited tying experience.
  11. Well Scadden is out and that’s too bad cause I really liked a couple of models there. after reading literally hundreds of reviews on him and his products there’s no way I would do business with that company. I’m really sick congestive heart disease heart works at 20% 0CPD Lungs work at 40%. If I do everything the doctors say I got one to three years to live. I get winded just thinking about doing things😉 it needs to be light weight and have oars. I won’t be able to kick it for a full day of fishing I want the oars so I can switch back-and-forth. I saw a couple boats with frames that might be doable but I don’t know if I want to mess with a frame. Like the Colorado XT
  12. I’ve looked at all those and the sea eagle lineup I forgot about Scadden... i’ve looked at those in the past and it looks like he’s having a really nice sale right now. I really like a couple models he has there might just go that route
  13. Yeah I have a Lotta issues when it comes to picking a boat like this. If I was healthy and had a truck or a car with a hitch it would be a no brainer. I have a tiny economy car that I can’t afford to put a hitch on($500) so I need an inflatable or something I can strap to the roof of my car. and light weight. right now I get winded putting my socks on. that will get better but not by much. I figure a little kicking and rowing will do me some good. Later down the road I can upgrade to a troller motor on it. I’ve been looking at my options for at least a year and it kind of boils down to these guys right now. Granted they are a little $$$ but not compared to some of framed ones which I don’t want to deal with as far as hassle and $$$$. If I had 2-4K to spend I’d put a hitch on my car and buy a plastic to 2 man bass boat
  14. Does anyone have any hands on experience with these things? they look pretty bad ass as far as float tubes go. The company is out of France and their website leaves a little bit to be desired.... says every model is not in stock anymore But I know they are. The closest dealer near me is a 2 1/2 hour drive from where I live one way. I finally found an email contact to ask questions waiting on an answer.
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