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Fly fishing Leeds Creek

It was a great day to do some fishing. My friend and I went fishing at Leeds Creek. We got to one spot a few miles from the bridge. We got out to look at the creek a few hundred feet down. From the top it looks impossible to hike down let alone fish. So we said what the hell might as well try it. It was a very intense hike down. We remained watchful for snakes, cacti, and very loose rocks. When we finally made it to the bottom we pretty much had to crawl to the river, because of how thick the brush is by the river.

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It really didn't look like there was any fish in the area just because of how shallow and clear it was. When I casted in I tried the best I could to get my fly under the overhanging trees where it was deeper, but the water moves so fast that by the time my fly would sink it would be back in the shallow part in front of me. This would normally result in the fly getting stuck on the rocks.

I was using an old chewed up red BH Brassie that I made. I repeated this casting for a while and again it felt like my fly got stuck under the rocks so again I lifted up and the line took off. This is where my adrenalin kick in the only thing that was on my mind was hurry and land this fish before you lose him. When I got him in it was a gorges little Bonneville Cutthroat Trout With orange under its head.

Unfortunately I couldn't get a picture of my first one because my phone was tucked away in my pack. But the second one I got was half the size of my first one. (in the picture above)

I was also using the Willy J. Exodus pack in the picture and did great for a day pack that needs to get into tight spots. so I'll be posting a good review about that later.  By the time we got done we had hiked 200ft upstream. I caught two Trout and Statton caught one. If you want a real challenge and want to catch some natives. Then you have got to try Leeds Creek.

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Okuma SLV 45 Reel

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I've had the Okuma SLV 45 Reel for a little over two weeks now, and for the price I couldn't imagine anything better. The Okuma SLV is constructed with a die cast Aluminum frame and spool and a 1-way roller bearing. This makes for a very light yet very strong reel. The one way bearing is my favorite part of this reel. It takes no effort to reel in the line also sparing you that annoying clicking sound that you get with some older reels. Going the other way provides an awesome adjustable drag system that can be fine tuned with just a twist of the knob. This happens to come in handy when you snag that monster fish and need to change the drag in a second.

Even with the large arbor design there is still some memory that remains on the end of my 5WT WF line but stays straight for the most part. After about 20 minutes my line is nice and straight again.

Now I know what you're thinking, "only one way drag system?? What about us lefties." Not to worry Okuma has provide instruction with your reel that tell you how to reverse the roller bearing. The instructions are simple to read and fallow, but plan on getting a little messy.

Pros

  • Aluminum
  • 1-way roller bearing
  • Large arbor spool
  • Strong Sturdy drag system

Cons

  • Extra spools cost about \$35.00
  • Prone to scratches and scuffs

I would give the Okuma SLV 45 a 4 out of 5 SilverCG dudes, and for the grand price of \$60 bucks from Sportsman's Warehouse I couldn't ask for anything better.

If you have any questions or comments please let me know and all get back you ASAP.

Fish On!
Dave Johnson.

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Paracord Turks Head

I got a little bored a few nights ago and decided to do something so I saw my 550 Paracord sitting on the shelf and i said to myself "your don't doing anything with it, you might as well try to make something out of it" so I went to a well known blog in the survival community. stormdrane's blog is full of everything paracord. and halfway down I saw his video on a turks head. now this is a different way of doing a turks head and was very hard for me to under stand but 5 hours and many retries later I finally got it.

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