RE:Priming the pump...
Rigged up the 8wt with a hookless fly to get some casting practice in this morning at a small pond nearby. Altougth I was depressed at how poorly my efforts were being displayed in technique, it was quite a suprise to have a few smallmouth grab the hookless offering and give it a hard shake.
Yeah, they can't get back here fast enough!
ps: Juro, nice touches with the board 'trimmings'