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  1. The recommendations for bear country is to carry pepper spray and wear bells.  If you're unsure if the area you're in is "bear country" or not, look for bear scat.  It's easy to spot.  Just look for animal crap with bells in it that smells like pepper spray.

  2. Welcome to the site. 

    Hopefully, we can answer any questions you have.  Just like most online content, though, take everything you read here with a grain of salt.  If it can be taken as an insult or a joke ... always assume it was meant as a joke.

  3. You're correct Mark.  I saw the second sentence ... but I guess I completely missed the first one.

    “"She was 12 pounds 3 ounces, the biggest fish ever! Before I went to O.H. Ivie with Dalton, I literally had only caught a 7 pound 8 ounce largemouth.'" 

    That's what I get for "scanning" an article.

  4. You're catching fish in that variety, close to home.  Your bonsai garden is looking wonderful.  Life seems to be good, right now!

    Happy for ya. Nice that the deer are comfortable that close.  I'm fine with hunting, but it's good to see places where the wildlife is ... unmolested.

  5. Just a personal opinion/observation.  If it doesn't make you sweat or improve your physical stamina, it's not a sport.  Knitting, painting (art), cooking, etc.  All these things can improve your ability to perform certain functions.  But none of them improve your physical conditioning.  Fly tying falls into this category.

    Fishing, the way I usually do it, isn't a sport either.  I sit in a boat and cast.  The most exercise I get while fishing this way is using the paddle to scull the boat around.  Fishing during my last three week trip to California, however ... THAT was sport.  Walking the edges of foot hill reservoirs took more physical effort than I've done in several years.  It was fun, but I definitely put stress on my muscles and heart that proved to me they're all working just fine.  Kinda wish I had that kind of fishing here, so I could do that form of exercise every weekend ... while fishing.


    flytying ... definitely NOT a sport.

    Fly fishing ... maybe, depending on how you're doing it.

  6. On 5/5/2023 at 4:24 AM, Capt Bob LeMay said:

    The Evinrude line of motors was the last two stroke being made that I know of... It was fully computer controlled, and fuel injected so it actually burns cleaner than any current four stroke (if you can believe it...).

    That is actually not true.  Although it could be said that "per combustion event" the modern 2-stroke could burn cleaner, it isn't true that total combustion by-products were less than a comparable size 4-stroke engine per distance covered.

  7. It was less than 8 pounds, if I read the story correctly.  Not a world record (total size), just a line class record and personal best for this particular angler.  I'm not taking anything away from her just because they were using electronics.  As knotjoe stated above, electronics and sight fishing have been part of the largemouth fishing world for about half a century.  Livescope is just the latest in that evolution.

  8. Although I have NO desire to live "up north" again ...  I do envy you your trips to that river.  It looks like such a great place to fish.  I could cast all day in a place like that and never catch a fish.

    I couldn't sit on a log and stare off into space ... but I could fish all day.

  9. Unfortunately, trucks became a status symbol.  People who will never "use" them as a utility vehicle just have to have one with all the accessories.  Like women buying an outfit for a dance/party (No offense to sensible women out there), those posers had to have THE truck.  So now, we can't find a "truck".  Just ugly luxury cars disguised as ugly trucks.

  10. Starting Friday, I paid for admission to several lakes here in the Central California area.  Woodward, Amador, Lodi and Pardee.  Caught one bass in Amador and Pardee, both on a fly.  Hooked a trout on a "Husky Jerk" in Pardee, but wasn't looking in the right direction when it jumped, so no video.  It jumped twice and was gone.



    And I took one of the pollen off a pine tree.  Wife is a hay fever magnet for pollen, so she should be glad she's not here.


    The site's not letting me "embed" the videos.  So, if you want to watch them, you have to "click" them.

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