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    Cold wave coming our way

    I feel for you guys. The cold wave seems to be coming our way. Thursday, the high is only supposed to get up to 57 degrees. It may even get down to the 30's one night. But not to worry, we'll be...
  2. Thread: Practicing

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    Tradition

    I think fly fishing is more tradition oriented. Most fly rods are more conservative in design with less bling than conventional tackle. Also, fly fishing is more finesse oriented and tends to be...
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    I'm a big Orvis reel fan also, but for 3wts I...

    I'm a big Orvis reel fan also, but for 3wts I build, I usually recommend a couple of reels from Anglers Roost (anglersroost.com), the Princess lightweight 3/4 and the 201M. Both are nice reels and...
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    Grayling in Alaska

    I can't remember the name of the creek, but it is off the Denali Highway at the west end. Beautiful spot and willing Grayling. Had a ball unit I blew out a tire in the rental car. The spare...
  5. Thread: hook keepers

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    I don't put hook keepers on fly rods unless...

    I don't put hook keepers on fly rods unless someone asks for one. I fish saltwater most of the time. Most saltwater fishermen I know tend to wrap the leader around the reel and hook the fly on the...
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    Bill Oyster

    I've always liked Bill Oyster's rods. They are more like works of art and tend to be expensive.

    http://oysterbamboo.com/index.html

    If I ever hit the lottery, I'm going to buy one of his Epic...
  7. Thread: Loop knot

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    A bowline knot is about 60% to 66% knot strength....

    A bowline knot is about 60% to 66% knot strength. There are a number of loop knots that are stronger, including the non slip loop. The non slip loop is more than just a bowline with extra turns. ...
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    Keen H2's

    In the summertime it is Keen H2's. Great sole, great foot pad and enough upper to give decent foot protection. I have hiked in them, waded small streams in them, waded saltwater flats in them,...
  9. Thread: casting ?

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    I fish from a kayak and had to learn to cast...

    I fish from a kayak and had to learn to cast siting down. I practiced actually siting on the ground and casting (my kayak sits even lower than a canoe). Concentrate on good technique for shorter...
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    Here is a link to a very interesting article on...

    Here is a link to a very interesting article on foreign flies and quality. If the importer has decent quality control, it is impossible to beat with local fly tiers. No one will work for that...
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    Some old guy that had a hotel. He developed...

    Some old guy that had a hotel.

    He developed the theory of modern casting techniques (high line speed). Also developed the Ritz grip design among other things.

    I have a hardback copy. It is...
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    Bell Buckle TN, wow, I haven't been there in 40...

    Bell Buckle TN, wow, I haven't been there in 40 years. Is the Webb School still open?

    Anyway, one of the best resources for a beginner is the late Al Campbell's 12 part series on building a...
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    I fish saltwater flats from a kayak. While...

    I fish saltwater flats from a kayak. While chasing redfish, it had a 9 foot shark swim buy in the opposite direction about four feet away. I turned to follow it and another 6 footer crossed right...
  14. Thread: Fishing Cuba

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    A change is coming.

    I think we will see a big change in our relationship with Cuba in the next few years. Some Florida politicians have come out favoring dropping restrictions and there is a lot less oposition from the...
  15. Thread: Fishing Cuba

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    Tampa now has direct flights to Cuba. I would...

    Tampa now has direct flights to Cuba. I would certainly think bonefish and permit would be "purposeful".
  16. Thread: West Virginia

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    Anyone ever heard of Gary Ransbottom? He is an...

    Anyone ever heard of Gary Ransbottom? He is an Orvis guide in the area around Glady Fork. Is he still guiding?
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    Nice to hear from you Dude. Sounds like you have...

    Nice to hear from you Dude. Sounds like you have had to wade through some major Sh*t.
  18. Thread: ruberized cork

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    I only use ruberized cork as a butt piece on...

    I only use ruberized cork as a butt piece on spinning rods. When I build fly rods I usually use a mix of cork and burl, placing the harder burl rings where the most wear occurs (where the thumb and...
  19. Thread: wading shoes

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    I use Keen H2 sandals if it is hot and there...

    I use Keen H2 sandals if it is hot and there aren't a lot of big rocks. Otherwise I wear a pair of Orvis Riverguard ultralights.
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    I don't think it would be a great idea to try to...

    I don't think it would be a great idea to try to haul a rigged rod on a bike. Too many things could go wrong and you could end up with a broken rod. Best option is to carry the rod in a tube...
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    Rod manufacturers design the rods to perform best...

    Rod manufacturers design the rods to perform best for the use the rod is likely to be put, even within the same series. The way the typical person would use a 3 wt is different from how they will...
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    Yes. I have never used 1/0 guides on any of my...

    Yes. I have never used 1/0 guides on any of my builds. With that small a guide, I would be concerned with the fly line to leader knot passing through.
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    Parachute Adams, Flying Ant, Elk Hair Caddis...

    Parachute Adams, Flying Ant, Elk Hair Caddis
    Copper John, Bead Head Soft Hackle, Hairs Ear Nymph.
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    Could you elaborate. I know Tiger Eyes were...

    Could you elaborate. I know Tiger Eyes were imported and I loved the rods. Are these blanks available on the market and are they a good substitute for Tiger Eyes? I am down to my last 7'6" 3/4...
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    I've fished Smith Creek and the Soque. Smith...

    I've fished Smith Creek and the Soque. Smith Creek does get hammered pretty hard, but there are a lot of fish in it due to stocking. It is worth fishing if you like small streams. I fished private...
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