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Bug Repellent Buff? I Think I’ll Pass

| April 24, 2014 | 0 Comments

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I just got an e mail for new Buff Headwear bug repellent Buffs. They are infused with SS14, which is an “Insect Shield technology is a man-made version of the active ingredient found in some chrysanthemums but only the bugs will know its there – not you,” according to the website information.

The information goes on to state the manmade “Insect Shield” is copied from the active ingredient found in chrysanthemums, which on its face, could make one breathe a sigh of relief, thinking “natural.”

The reality is that ingredient, permethrin, is the active chemical that is in “Insect Shield.” It kills bugs. It also kills cats and fish. According to wikipedia, “it is poorly absorbed by the skin and has a low mammal toxicity.”

I can’t tell you what to do, but wearing a Buff around my neck for hours and days on end, in sweaty conditions, and over my face … I think I’ll pass on that one. I don’t see enough data on human testing to offer myself up as a test subject. Of all the places you would make contact with this stuff, around the neck where blood flows close to the surface, to and from the brain … yeah, I’ll pass on that one.

However, I WOULD use a Buff SS14 UV Insect Shield Buff if the consequences from a bug bite, say in the jungles, were distinctively worse than the unknown factor of prolonged contact with permethrin.

IT IS THE SEASON

It is the season to replace your old, threadbare Buff Headwear though. Remember that as we use Buffs, and wash them, they certainly become more “transparent” as the fabric wears thin. If you don’t want to do that, consider a few bottles of Sun Shield to increase your coverage. I have been pretty disciplined about using the Sun Shield at the start of this season, and am very happy with how long it lasts, it doesn’t sting, and isn’t greasy. You’ll remember that Sun Shield is a Texas born product, and is harmless to live bait, and fly lines.


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World Championship Bass on the Fly Fishing Tournament

| April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

Lake Fork World Championship fly fishing bass on the fly

fly fishing in texas east5th ANNUAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
BASS ON THE FLY FISHING TOURNAMENT
LAKE FORK, TEXAS, USA at Lake Fork Marina
SATURDAY MAY 31, 2014 6:00AM- 2:00PM

RODS, REELS AND FLIES MUST BE EXCLUSIVELY FOR FLY FISHING.
THIS IS A CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE TOURNAMENT.

CATEGORIES:
BOATERS: 1-2 PERSON TEAM, 5-FISH PHOTOS, TOTAL LENGTH; BIG BASS.
KAYAK: INDIVIDUAL, 5-FISH PHOTOS, TOTAL LENGTH; BIG BASS. (kayak, float tube, pontoon, or bank.)
CLUB TROPHY: 3 BIG FISH,total length/CLUB-ORGANIZATION

COST: $60/PERSON, includes $5 big bass pot. Optional $5 big sun fish pot.

PAYOUT: 1-$1200, 2nd-$800, 3-$500, 4-$300, 5-$200, 6-10 $100.
Big Bass – $300, $200. (Based on 100 entries.)

PLANNED ACTIVITIES: FRIDAY – 10am-4pm FREE CASTING CLINICS HOURLY, 6PM GUIDE REPORT, PRODUCT BOOTHS & KAYAK DEMOS, CASTING CONTESTS FOR PRIZES; SATURDAY – 9am-NOON FREE CASTING CLINICS HOURLY, KAYAK DEMOS, DRAWING FOR PRIZES AFTER WEIGH-IN.

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Smells Like Spring along the Sidewalk

| April 21, 2014 | 0 Comments

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SMELLS
I had dropped out of college in the 1980′s, and was mowing lawns for extra money to supplement a heavy tennis habit. Garlic grows wildly all over Denton, and we had this one yard where the back was gnarled with garlic and grass, and we followed the General’s orders and mowed like good conscripts – with no discretion. At the end of that yard job, my clothes, shoes and socks green, had the smell of garlic deeply embeded.

Driving home from an Easter Day photo shoot Sunday, I had the windows down, and was cranking up the Muse on the radio … when in came that smell … fresh mowed garlic. I don’t know the research, but smell is the trigger to the wasteland of forgotten things in my particular brain. I wish some of that wasteland could be plowed under and reseeded, but that one is a good memory made green almost every spring here in Denton, Texas.

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Michelle HOLDING a hybrid she caught near the shoreline on the OK side of Texoma on Good Friday.

FINDING FOOL’S GOLD ON LAKE TEXOMA TEXAS

I hit Texoma very hard Good Friday with CK, spending sunup to sundown finding stripers and beating on them until, they finally gave up just before dark. What we do is “prospect” for stripers Continue Reading

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