By: Bud Larsen
“The gods do not deduct from man’s allotted
span, the hours spent fishing.”
“Nor the time spent thinking or reading about fishing
Three years ago I was handed a sample of TyGer Leader and after running
it through a few tests, I gave away my crimping pliers, a box of lead
and copper sleeves, and reported: “This leader is the finest thing
since sliced bread.” My faith in this relatively new product has
not wavered one iota since then.
Ask me if I miss puncture wounds using the old wire leader.
So, it is an honor for me to be allowed to report to you as a new member
of the growing TyGer Team.
Market you? Sure, but rest assured that I’m going to cover more
than just field uses for this fine product in future reports … I
just want to get you and yours out there fishing!
Your Uncle Bud does not profess, or lay claim to expertise in a particular
fishery. Yes, I do have a world record catfish under my belt, but that
was pure … “right place at the right time” and I hasten
to add under a damn fine guide’s wing.
Nope, was not using TyGer Leader either at the time. Mine was a record
flathead cat, and I will tell you this, I won’t fish for cat’s
again without using TyGer Leader after having seen what a blue cat can
do with his jaw. I mean, chop up #60 line like it was a Tootsie Roll that
had been sitting in the sun too long.
I’m not going to preach to you about being able to catch more
fish with this leader. I will however, attempt to prove via future reports
that you’ll keep more fish you catch with TyGer Leader. This
is not an easy path for me either because fishermen are set in their ways
of what works for them.
My market as a reporter (oops, label me a columnist because I’m
going to “story” you into becoming a user of TyGer Leader),
is going to be to the majority … bank and dock fishermen.
We are dazzled daily with photos and articles that portray people fishing
out of boats, but those folks are the minority. I envy them, but that
envy is short lived when I think of the flexibility I have in getting
to different fisheries throughout our great country and the equally awesome
fisheries of our Canadian neighbors to the north and our brothers down
Getting people to use leader can be a daunting task. I know, because
when I was first told to tie TyGer Leader to my top water bass plug, I
broke out in laughter. Are you nuts! Nothing goes between your line and
that plug … no swivel, no lead, what part of nothing don’t
Well, yours truly was going broke buying plugs lost to abrasion and
down right stupidity … “Hey, Uncle Bud … you’re
supposed to put that plug at the base of the rock, not behind it.” Got
so bad a couple of years ago that I had to offer rewards for Hula Poppers
I had left in trees.
You see, here I sit in the Idaho Panhandle, the Val Halle if you will,
of trout fishing … and I’m a spiny ray nut. Give me bass,
blue gill, and crappie any day of the week. Now, I will brag about my
expertise with a long pole and TyGer Leader going after blue gill. I’m
down right deadly when it comes to blue gill.
Bream? My brothers in South Carolina and Florida talk about Bream all
the time. What is a Bream? Can’t those guys use two words like the
rest of us?
I promise not to preach to you about what to use when you fish. No,
I won’t be telling you how to fish because fishing is like sex … you
have to get plenty of hands on experience to see what works best. Trial
and error, and all that. It will come to you without me harping about
a blue eyed, purple tailed, hinged in the middle lure that you just have
to add to your tackle box.
Future reports (if this one makes it on line) will be short, specific,
and include appropriate photographs. I’ll do my best to cover as
much ground about TyGer Leader applications as I can. Being a goal oriented
guy by nature I have set a goal of catching my first Northern Pike via
In the interim, I will have to wear a paper bag over my head until our
local ice scenario shapes up for some serious (and safe) ice fishing.
Love a challenge so email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org, and let’s
talk fishing with TyGer Leader.
Tight lines to all!