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  1. Simply as an historical comment (the article...

    Simply as an historical comment (the article doesn't go into it in any depth), the basis for the "X" system goes back to the days before the development of synthetic leader or tippet materials. The...
  2. Thanks WarrenP for offering a little common...

    Thanks WarrenP for offering a little common sense. It has always baffled me that anyone would think that establishing a static balance point in the highly dynamic system of coordinated movements,...
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    Funny, with all of these technological...

    Funny, with all of these technological "improvements" my two favorite rods are a Sage LL and a Gary Lafontaine Stealth, both of them well over twenty years old, and I have had the opportunity to fish...
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    Hype, hype, hype! As the writer of a product...

    Hype, hype, hype! As the writer of a product review column for a fly fishing magazine, I've had the opportunity to cast some of the most expensive rods from some of the most prestigious...
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    Just for reference, here's a picture of the true...

    Just for reference, here's a picture of the true October Caddis, Giant Orange Sedge; whatever you choose to call him (this is Dicosmoecus gilvipes, one of five western North American species). The...
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    The technique of "waking" a fly is quite commonly...

    The technique of "waking" a fly is quite commonly used for Atlantic salmon and steelhead and, under most conditions, is more effective than a conventionally dead-drifted dry fly. Sometimes waked...
  7. The Elwha River is the only river closed because...

    The Elwha River is the only river closed because of dam removal and it will be closed to fishing for a number of years after completion of the demolition. If you are not aware, most of our western...
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    A couple of popular mallard flank flies for...

    A couple of popular mallard flank flies for sea-run cutthroat here in the Northwest are the Knudson Spider and Mike Kinney's Reverse Spider. Al Knudson developed his Yellow Spider for steelhead on...
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    A blood knot has always worked reliably for me.

    A blood knot has always worked reliably for me.
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    Why not make your own? It's quite simple. I use...

    Why not make your own? It's quite simple. I use jeweler's tweezers (the kind that close when pressure is released) and a variety of sizes and colors of monofilament. Maxima Chameleon works well...
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    While preparing to launch my raft at the Emil...

    While preparing to launch my raft at the Emil Plum access on the Snoqualmie River I was standing, looking downstream, and I think I actually ducked as I heard the loud whir of wings, seemingly right...
  12. This has been an interesting thread. I'd like to...

    This has been an interesting thread. I'd like to chime in with a view from the far northwest corner where hatcheries have become an increasingly controversial issue. Hatchery trout, once widely...
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    I would think that any attempt to "stretch" the...

    I would think that any attempt to "stretch" the stocking foot would place such strains on the seams as to compromise their ability to remain waterproof.
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    Since it seems to create a degree of controversy,...

    Since it seems to create a degree of controversy, perhaps it's unfortunate that the term steelhead was ever coined. In fact, the term's etymology is uncertain, it probably originated with commercial...
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    1279912798 Based on my experience fishing the...

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    Based on my experience fishing the Skwala hatch on the Yakima River for many years, from mid-February through mid-April, you will not see a lot of them on the water or flying. Stonefly...
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    Our national bird is not a very upstanding...

    Our national bird is not a very upstanding character, more of a carrion-eating pirate. Perhaps Ben Franklin was right and we should have selected the wild turkey to represent the nation. Here in the...
  17. Just a note on the "x" system: Largely forgotten...

    Just a note on the "x" system: Largely forgotten today, before the development of modern nylon copolymer leader materials (monofilament) leaders were made of silkworm gut (caterpillar gut, hence the...
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    1251912520Prior to 1938 all Medalist reels were...

    1251912520Prior to 1938 all Medalist reels were spring-and-pawl. The adjustable drag mechanism was invented by a member of the Golden Gate Casting Club who assigned the patent to Medalist gratis....
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    I reviewed a 6-weight Mangrove rod some months...

    I reviewed a 6-weight Mangrove rod some months ago in my product review column in F&TJ. At that time the 6-weight was the lightest rod in the series (6- through 10- and 12-weight). I used it for...
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    You're actually going to be fishing for summer...

    You're actually going to be fishing for summer steelhead. Idaho fish enter the Columbia system anywhere from May or June and through the summer and early fall, and are all classified as summer runs.
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    NJ,In the past I've noticed your interest in the...

    NJ,In the past I've noticed your interest in the sea-run cutthroat (you were the only one to make any comment on my recent Readers' Cast article). I'm fortunately able to fish for them on a nearly...
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    Actually, I have used some of the pictures taken...

    Actually, I have used some of the pictures taken with my XP20 (which, if I remember correctly, is rated at 14 megapixels) for magazine publication (I do a regular product review column for Flyfishing...
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    I have had an earlier version of the same camera...

    I have had an earlier version of the same camera (XP20) for about two years now and have been completely satisfied with it. It has been extremely easy to use and has consistently produced excellent...
  24. 11774 Here's a pre-1939 model 1494 Medalist. ...

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    Here's a pre-1939 model 1494 Medalist. 1939 was the year that the adjustable drag was introduced and this reel features the earlier spring-and-pawl check system. I acquired it quite a few...
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    The best tippet-to-fly knot is one that can be...

    The best tippet-to-fly knot is one that can be tied accurately, with cold fingers, in the dark. While the improved clinch knot may not be the strongest knot out there, it's one that I can tie,...
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