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    Got a free one for life some years ago... no...

    Got a free one for life some years ago... no longer worry about expiration date...

    Wait, maybe I should be! ;)
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    Cannot disagree, but prefer the reciprocal...

    Cannot disagree, but prefer the reciprocal description...

    Any number of hairs make marginal substitutes for polar bear! Look at it from below under varying light conditions and you will see why...
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    Actually, I think that is the same design but the...

    Actually, I think that is the same design but the photos are taken with a very short lens (read cell phone)
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    I prefer a more plump body and a very small neat...

    I prefer a more plump body and a very small neat head... and using copper ribbing seems to be a very positive thing...
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    Thank you for that! And especially the name on...

    Thank you for that! And especially the name on the tag. I did a simple Google and found a bunch of them... Here is a link to a more complex EBay example with 130 drawers for $2,500...
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    A very popular fly here with much history is the...

    A very popular fly here with much history is the Alaska Mary Ann. I tie many, many of them. Most of the display box collections I have done include an AMA.

    One strong suggestion is to tie it in...
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    Polar bear from below in a test tank and good...

    Polar bear from below in a test tank and good light is really impressive. Skunk is nice, but not close in the light.
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    Hope that was in jest... ;) Have spoken to USFWS...

    Hope that was in jest... ;) Have spoken to USFWS Officers a number of times about such and that is not their belief. But seeing the CA thing, that may very well change the local attitude. I believe...
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    Jim Some extra measurements would be...

    Jim
    Some extra measurements would be appreciated, thank you for the offer! Also curious about the drawer lay-out and suddenly realized there are options. The drawer guides, if there would be very...
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    A Great Start to the Day!

    A buddy just dropped by a piece of fur he told me about finding some time ago when a friend's cabin flooded... I had not thought much about it because flooded rugs do not usually lead to good tying...
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    I hear sandhills outside here right now and love...

    I hear sandhills outside here right now and love the sound!

    I am doing up my tying room right now and am sketching what it would take to replicate that great idea! My son's old bedroom is my tying...
  12. Thread: Peacock Despair

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    Thought a bit more explanation might help on...

    Thought a bit more explanation might help on tying the knots...

    Do not have time right now to do photos, but I made a living writing, so let's see if I have lost my fast ball!

    Start with the...
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    Latch hook tool makes it very easy to tie PT...

    Latch hook tool makes it very easy to tie PT barbs for bug legs. The trick is leaving the barbs ON the feather shaft while tying. It gives you something to pull against and makes putting the knot...
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    Had I known how fun grand kids are I would have...

    Had I known how fun grand kids are I would have started there first!
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    I feel sorry for the fellows in her future...

    I feel sorry for the fellows in her future though. Can you say competitive?!?!?!?
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    My Granddaughter and Grayling

    My granddaughter is 4 (going on 14) and I get to spend a lot of time her and her younger brother. Saturday evening we tied flies with a specific purpose... Sunday morning we went to a slough off the...
  17. Thread: Pronghorn Bomber

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    Oh, and nicely done.

    Oh, and nicely done.
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    I love Bombers for silver salmon... Mostly pink...

    I love Bombers for silver salmon... Mostly pink or blue, but anything just might work... ;)
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    There are no standards...

    There are no standards...
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    I have an Odyssey Spider cam vise on a clamp I...

    I have an Odyssey Spider cam vise on a clamp I use for my lightweight traveling vise where weight really makes a difference. I have had it for close to 20 years and it works well enough for the...
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    Would call it dumb, not brave, as my swimming is...

    Would call it dumb, not brave, as my swimming is like most Alaskans my age... pooor! We grew up without indoor pools to learn in.

    I did get the flies but have not even opened the package yet... I...
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    And if anyone wants to know I dove after the fish...

    And if anyone wants to know I dove after the fish and gave it everything I had. I washed downstream far enough to scare a bunch of people, myself included.
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    Well I remember my son fighting a huge trout....

    Well I remember my son fighting a huge trout. Without the faintest hint of aggrandizing it was a fish of a lifetime for any fly fisherman, let alone a lad of single digits in age...

    As the fish...
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    Sorry to hear the new guy is not the salesman...

    Sorry to hear the new guy is not the salesman Norm was.... my son and I were on the Nor-Vise Prostaff for quite a while, so take my comments into account that way.

    I have or have had virtually...
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    Floatant always... and I agree with Chuck on the...

    Floatant always... and I agree with Chuck on the probability of skinny tips.
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