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Mike West

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About Mike West

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  • Birthday 03/05/1959

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    Weatherford, TX.

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  1. That is the exact sentence I said to the Ranger when they told me. And then he told me a dog getting in the water was as bad as 10 people
  2. The lake. They are used for city water and evidently the water treatment plants can’t handle human contact or your dog getting in. makes no sense to me how do they handle wildlife getting in the water. Maybe the deer and the coons can read the no swimming signs. mikechell yeah you have to go through the boat inspections out here too. I’m in the greater San Diego area. The have some really big bass and bream around here. The lakes are mostly crystal clear and deep. So far I’ve only fished like Dixon that’s the one where the worlds record was snagged twice. Didn’t catch anything and I tried hard. I’ve seen stringers a bream where every bream was probably a pound and a half all the way up to 2 pounds I can’t wait to figure out how to catch those
  3. Commiefornia. where do I start? too lazy to type it all out but in a nutshell here we go. Every single lake has different rules all of them are public lakes Ive never paid a fee to fish a public lake before unless it was in a state park. A lot of them don’t even open till 9 AM and then you have to be off the lake by 5 PM. Hell the morning bite is over at 9 AM. fishing hours are 1/2 hour before sunrise to 1/2 hour after sunset. Texas is 24/7 366 days a year. Cant fish I think 500 feet or 1000 feet of any damn. any fishing vessel has to be at least 12 feet long not sure about float tubes yet. Most lakes have a rule of no body contact. And they don’t advertise this or tell you about it even when your ask them they play dumb but I’ve learned from the locals if the lake rule says no body contact that just means you can’t wet wade if you have waders on you can wade but they won’t tell you that...Some lakes even say no wading but you actually can if you have waders on. some lakes are sit on top kayak is OK but not a sit in kayak and some lakes are a sit in kayak it’s OK but not a sit on top kayak...? I stopped at lake to talk to the Ranger about the kayak rule and why immediately she picked up on my accent and said you’re not from around here are you I told her no I’m from Texas she was from Alabama she said if you moved out here to fish you are not gonna like it. The lake fees aren’t really bad seeing how I am senior citizen and disabled so I get in for next to nothing might cost me five or 10 bucks. It’s just the principle I have to pay a fee to fish a public lake in California.
  4. You know I grew up out here and moved to Texas and stayed there for 30 years I knew there was a reason I left and I can’t believe I moved back. I just discovered I can’t buy Toluene here or have it shipped here, and I can’t buy denatured alcohol or 99.9% alcohol.. I can have those shipped here if I want to pay a $42 hazmat fee! Oh yeah I can’t own a blowgun!!! ??? and I won’t even get into how the lakes work out here. And am I understanding this right white gas and denatured alcohol are practically the same thing? 😡
  5. A lady comes home from her doctor's appointment grinning from ear to ear. Her husband asks, "Why are you so happy?" The wife says, "The doctor told me that for a forty-five year old woman, I have the breasts of a eighteen year old." "Oh yeah?" quipped her husband, "What did he say about your forty-five year old ass?" She said, "Your name never came up in the conversation."
  6. LOL...Yeah I know you tie commercially and know there’s no money in it. I was kind of lucky. I was a cable TV technician making $8.25 an hour. I was able to weasel wholesale buying out of Waspi and my dad loaned me $2000 to get going...That was a lot of money to me at the time. Best I could figure out after all my overhead and everything I had averaged about $12 an hour tying flies. That was better than working for the cable company. But that was after acquiring some very rich clients. I was selling deer hair bass flies to a couple shops in town for $40 a dozen... One was a high-end place. I got to be friends with the owner and his son and then they let me put flies up on display with my business card... they took one dollar for every fly so they took 12 bucks for every dozen... I raised my price to $60 a dozen and had more business then I could deal with in no time. I spent anywhere from 12 to 16 hours in front of that vise seven days a week....It turned my joy and hobby into something I dreaded so I went crawling back to the cable TV company....It turned out to be the best thing that ever happened to me but that’s an whole other story. Now in this phase of my life due to my health I was forced into early retirement and I’m on a fixed income. I’m in the process of restocking and organizing and building me a new man cave in the garage. I’ll post it when I’m done with it. I’m going to tie flies that I enjoy tying and the ones that work for me and put them on Ebay and in the classifieds here and sell them. No taking of custom orders. Just tie every day watch TV and listen to music and enjoy my hobby. If I can make an extra $300-$500 a month I’ll be a happy man. Edit: I can tell you this I’ve spent about $2500 just on fly tying materials in the last month getting ready for this. I tried to get a wholesale license for Waspi again but you have to have a brick and mortar place now. Thought about getting a nice engraved wood sign (Mike’s Flys) and hang it on my garage door and take a picture of it. 😉
  7. I know this has been discussed before on here but didn’t see the links I was looking for. I just spent a lot of money on namebrand lines. Personally I find it insane fly lines cost from $80-$130 nowadays. I got a couple voids to fill a but Im not spending that kind of money to do it I’m looking for those cheap $10-$20 fly lines on the bay. Problem is there are so many vendors on the bay selling cheap fly lines I don’t know what’s good and what’s not I know some of them are pure junk. I’m looking for a direct link or sellers name on the bay that sells fly lines you were actually happy with for the money. I’m looking to buy a couple intermediate and some full sinking lines. thanks in advance
  8. Pre or post 1994 doesn’t matter.
  9. Ya know this gets asked here all the time. I just wanted to share a recent experience I had. Little background on me. I’ve been trying for 50+ years, I started with a Thompson’s model B. I tied hundreds and hundreds of flies for Dan Bailey with that vise. Mostly just three different kinds Hornburgs, Muddler minnows and marabou streamers. Was is it the best vise for the job,? hell no, Hooks slipped in it all the time but I made it work. later on in life I was able to save enough money to buy the vise of my dreams. I quit my real job and supported a family of eight tying flies with this vise. fast forward to the other day. my kids at some time used it and physically damaged it(Got the doe in the headlight look when I asked who did it) I contacted the vendor and told him I wanted to send it in for a refurbished/repair gave a little brief history on it I said fine send it in it’ll be 35 bucks. About a week later I get a phone call from Karen asking me what the hell did I do to this vise they they never seen one in such disarray and damaged. I just told her to do what you Gotta do I want it like new and she informed me it be a little bit more than quoted. They also told me Ron was actually considering keeping it and hanging it on the wall (the vise was around 40 years old) and just giving me a new one. They ended up repairing it, required one new part replacement completely polished it and re-greased it for $70. I bet I only greased that vise three times in it’s entire life. I just got it back and it looks brand freaking new. That vise is a Dyna-King Professional. I think I got my moneys worth with this one. just something to think about when you’re vise shopping. 😉
  10. Ambush and Bass line
  11. Guess I’ll flip a coin
  12. I’m in the market for a new Bass Bug line for an 8wt glass rod I’m building. I have used his TT lines in the past and have been very happy with them. I’m thinking about getting one of the Bass bug lines, ambush lines or salt water tapers a try. Any of you guys have any experience with these? Also considering Barrios Predator line. No Rio suggestions please... you couldn’t give me one for free. I like SA,Cortland and Airflo I have an airflow Chad’s tropical punch on a 9 wt right now and really like it I might go that route. thx for your input
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