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    I've found the original CdC and Elk to be very...

    I've found the original CdC and Elk to be very effective -- the dangling CdC fibers really seem to trigger strikes. But I've struggled with flotation and visibility at at times. Going to have to...
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    I generally agree with the notion of doing...

    I generally agree with the notion of doing "whatever we can to minimize unintended damage". However, the mortality rate you mentioned is much higher than rates I have seen in the past. I believe...
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    Not sure if you're referring to the pack used on...

    Not sure if you're referring to the pack used on stream or the pack used in the car.

    On stream, I use a Fishpond Waterdance pack -- holds plenty, very durable, and comfortable with the weight...
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    Good see you back John. Your furled extended...

    Good see you back John. Your furled extended body flies caught my imagination and I've adopted the idea for a number of patterns including a stone nymph similar to yours.
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    Makes a mean streamer body. Just tie it in and...

    Makes a mean streamer body. Just tie it in and wrap it around the hook being careful to not trap fibers. Lots of movement and flash. Gives the appearance of bulk, but doesn't absorb water or add...
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    Just happened to be reading ......

    Just happened to be reading ... http://troutbitten.com/2016/03/18/tags-and-trailers/ ... earlier today. Thought he had some interesting thoughts on rigging multiple nymphs that tie into this...
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    I really like the Missing Link as general, all...

    I really like the Missing Link as general, all purpose dry fly. Going to have to try this variation. Adding the deer hair body and dropping the hackle both seem like good variations.

    Thanks...
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    I got a Mountainsmith Tour TLS...

    I got a Mountainsmith Tour TLS...
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    I got the mop "bug" too. But so far, I've just...

    I got the mop "bug" too. But so far, I've just invested in tan / beige. Tied the mop piece to a #12 jig hook with a bead. Some with a simple orange thread hot spot and some with a simple soft...
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    Another easy, but effective dry fly is a...

    Another easy, but effective dry fly is a no-hackle elk hair caddis. Just dub a body (or use peacock herl) and add a caddis style elk or deer hair wing.
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    I use some UV materials -- mainly nymph dubbing...

    I use some UV materials -- mainly nymph dubbing -- and have had some success with them.

    However, I ran across this recently which basically states that trout cannot see UV light and hence UV...
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    It takes me a little effort and definitely gets...

    It takes me a little effort and definitely gets harder as I get older, but I can usually peel / roll down to the top of the bootie or heel and then pull my foot out. Yours sound rather tight to me...
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    I also carry a thermometer. Although rather than...

    I also carry a thermometer. Although rather than buying a "stream thermometer", I'd suggest getting an inexpensive, instant read cooking thermometer similar to...
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    Bet that would work well for Iso hatches. About...

    Bet that would work well for Iso hatches. About the right size and colors and swinging wet fly works well for Isos.
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    I use NAFF as well. I was having some problems...

    I use NAFF as well. I was having some problems and sluggishness with NAFF (and other sites) using Chrome and Firefox and Windows 7. A lot of the problems seemed to be Flash related. However, I...
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    I'm with Jim on this. I whip my own loops in the...

    I'm with Jim on this. I whip my own loops in the end of the fly line. If I do this carefully -- keep the loop small, cut fly line end at a sharp angle, wrap neatly with small mono thread, and coat...
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    I'm with Scott and have stopped using lead. The...

    I'm with Scott and have stopped using lead. The lead free fly tying wire and shot are good enough for most usage and you can always use tungsten if needed.
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    I've tried and used a number of them. I like...

    I've tried and used a number of them. I like the fact that the weight is easily adjustable and you can form it into a noodle for less hangups. You can also add very small amounts of weight -- eg,...
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    I tie them with and without the stripe and...

    I tie them with and without the stripe and haven't noticed any difference. However, I like the stripe and usually include a thin strand of pearl flash over the wingcase.

    However, one thing that...
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    I've got a 10' 4wt TFO BVK. I like it for many...

    I've got a 10' 4wt TFO BVK. I like it for many of the reasons you mention -- longer reach, easier mending. Its great for nymph fishing, especially on bigger water. However, I have broken it twice...
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    We've got a pretty great system here in...

    We've got a pretty great system here in Minnesota. We have a very extensive system of "easements". Easements are for angling access only and generally extend 66' either side of the center line of...
  22. I agree. This is certainly one of the most...

    I agree. This is certainly one of the most objective rod reviews around. As others have mentioned, I appreciate that they include a range of rod price points. I don't fish big western waters very...
  23. Nicely tied, Scott. I think this is one of the...

    Nicely tied, Scott. I think this is one of the more under appreciated Clouser flies. I like this fly in various colors and sizes for both bass and trout.
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    You want your sighter at the water surface,...

    You want your sighter at the water surface, ideally at about a 45 degree angle with line / leader above the sighter off the water and long tippet (1.5x water depth) below the sighter.
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    IMO, the important thing is to get as much line...

    IMO, the important thing is to get as much line and leader off the water as possible and have a straight line to the flies. Long rods, extra light fly lines (or extra long leader butts), high rod...
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