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    You know... I think I know this guy... that knows...

    You know... I think I know this guy... that knows this guy... that may be able to help you for less than you can imagine... ;)
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    Had to giggle a bit at wondering why you have...

    Had to giggle a bit at wondering why you have three vises and were a tool designer... I have at least three different brands that I have at least three vises from and many others... Mostly I have...
  3. Yes, parallel to the shank of the hook and just...

    Yes, parallel to the shank of the hook and just to provide a small area for the flank feather stems to ride against as they are tied in. By keeping them in place it will keep them from rolling,...
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    Sage is currently taking longer...

    Sage is currently taking longer...
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    I use a Nor-Vise because I tie a ton of...

    I use a Nor-Vise because I tie a ton of articulated flies and flies using brushes. It is impossible to match the speed I get without true-rotary. At first I used some of the many vises I have for...
  6. You are correct, wood duck flank feathers are...

    You are correct, wood duck flank feathers are tough to tie in whole... A lot of variations I have seen use the slips you mentioned, but some find them harder to tie than whole feathers. But here are...
  7. Thread: Dear Friends

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    Sticky: About 7 years ago my son (then 14) and I got to...

    About 7 years ago my son (then 14) and I got to take Denny fishing for an 18" grayling he desperately wanted to catch. By releasing it he would earn a trophy catch and release patch from the AK dept...
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    I have only been fishing Alaska for a bit over 5...

    I have only been fishing Alaska for a bit over 5 decades and while I have experienced a ton of truly incredible fishing there is always more to try... I guess I will stick around here for a while...
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    That would be Jack Creek if right at the junction...

    That would be Jack Creek if right at the junction with the Parks Highway or Fish Creek if you are talking say 15 miles in on the Denali. I checked it just last week and both creeks are still there,...
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    Tig You should NEVER use salt on tying...

    Tig
    You should NEVER use salt on tying materials... It takes surprisingly little salt residue to cause hooks to rust in a closed fly box. And it does not kill anything.
    art
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    Having prepared and sold many, many hundreds of...

    Having prepared and sold many, many hundreds of bird skins for tying there are a few points in this thread that leave me shaking my head... again.

    A simple wash in hot soapy water with a bit of...
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    As one with experience watching forums die I...

    As one with experience watching forums die I would like to add a few harsh realities in the genre.

    First, heavy-handed moderation kills sites. FAOL is a nice place where you will seldom be...
  13. I had a hunting pack stolen on a very short...

    I had a hunting pack stolen on a very short flight from Kodiak to Anchorage many years ago. I filled out the insurance forms and was treated properly by the insurance company, but over time realized...
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    If you have as much hair as I, it is far easier...

    If you have as much hair as I, it is far easier to find fabric softener around home...
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    And for all you thinking that they are flexible...

    And for all you thinking that they are flexible still by accident, not so much!

    Take your antique patches and wash them in a sinkful of warm soapy water with a capful of Chlorox. Rinse well and...
  16. Thread: Flies and worms

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    Was it in Trout Madness where the question was...

    Was it in Trout Madness where the question was asked about the difference between a fly fisherman and all others? The fly fisherman carries his worms in a wallet...
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    I do not understand how folks have such trouble...

    I do not understand how folks have such trouble getting into silvers on Kodiak. Rain of course is an excellent excuse as those little rivers get out of shape fast!

    Most folks insist on getting...
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    Coho returns are looking good and they have...

    Coho returns are looking good and they have started.

    Have you fished the saltwater flat in front of Kalsin Pond? One of my favorite spots...
    art
  19. That Goddard will fish! I find the antennae, if...

    That Goddard will fish! I find the antennae, if tied with hackle stems or other stiff stuff will cause the fly to twirl in casting and make a mess of my leader. I generally omit them.
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    Normal, but that means all over the place with...

    Normal, but that means all over the place with Kodiak. When I was there the levels were about perfect for quality fishing in the road system streams. That can ALL change in literally just a few...
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    Goddard standard form is just about my favorite...

    Goddard standard form is just about my favorite dry fly to tie and fish... something about it just works for me...
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    IME it starts out looking grand and then the...

    IME it starts out looking grand and then the cancellations start when folks actually get down to looking at costs. Few can drive their motorhomes there realistically and fewer will cough up the...
  23. Thread: Tying on a Plane?

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    Byron It is a rare day at home that I do not tie...

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    It is a rare day at home that I do not tie at least a few flies. I normally tie at least a dozen flies at a time when not tying presentation stuff. I end up with a lot of flies in the course...
  24. Thread: Tying on a Plane?

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    I would gladly tie on a crowded plane in a middle...

    I would gladly tie on a crowded plane in a middle seat between two NFL Linebackers over the trip to the river today! In the back seat of a van on rough roads knowing we only had a few of my favorite...
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    Oh, and I no longer run charters so there will be...

    Oh, and I no longer run charters so there will be no sales pitch or similar...
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