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    My first exposure to furled leaders occurred a...

    My first exposure to furled leaders occurred a few years ago when I stopped by Kathy's booth at the Midwest Fly Fishing Expo in Minneapolis. I bought a bunch of her leaders and the DVD and have been...
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    Try Tim Holschlag in Minneapolis. You can check...

    Try Tim Holschlag in Minneapolis. You can check him out on his web site, Smallmouth Angler. He has two sites, one devoted soley to fly fishing and one for other types of angling. Tim is extremely...
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    "If a man ain't huntin' or fishin', he's...

    "If a man ain't huntin' or fishin', he's fritterin' away his life." - Rancid Crabtree
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    Typically when folks talk about a balanced outfit...

    Typically when folks talk about a balanced outfit they mean matching the rod and the line, e.g. 5 wt line on a 5 wt rod. But, balance in terms of reel size, rod length etc. is also important and is...
  5. Thread: Groundhog Day

    by rnelson
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    In North Dakota in six weeks we will still have...

    In North Dakota in six weeks we will still have six more weeks of winter to go.:eek:
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    Heritage Angler, I did know that the term...

    Heritage Angler,

    I did know that the term doozy was a reference to the Dusenberg, only because my parents told me. The "doozy" was a bit before my time. But I had forgotten that little fact,...
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    Thanks for the memories! Rick

    Thanks for the memories!

    Rick
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    Nice trip down memory lane JC. That and Lady...

    Nice trip down memory lane JC. That and Lady Fisher's use of the word "doozy" brought back some great memories. (Some of you "geezers" or is it "old geezers", may remember a TV show called Hazel...
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    I am heading up to Lockport, MB next June to fly...

    I am heading up to Lockport, MB next June to fly fish for catfish. Met a gentleman from Winnipeg who regularly and successfully fishes for cats using his fly tackle. He invited me to MB and I am...
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    There are many patterns for musky flies. Do an...

    There are many patterns for musky flies. Do an internet search and you will find plenty of them. I tie lots of musky flies using everything from magnum rabbit strips to synthetic fibers. You will...
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    Congratulations to Deborah on this achievement. ...

    Congratulations to Deborah on this achievement. Although I have been fortunate over the years to have had some good doctors I have found that when you really need information or want the scoop on...
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    Orvis ran the same free spool deal last year too...

    Orvis ran the same free spool deal last year too and I took advantage of it and got a new 10wt for pike and musky fishing.

    I have four Battenkill reels and have had no problems and like them. I...
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    I certainly can't afford to buy most of the newer...

    I certainly can't afford to buy most of the newer models of rods. But what I do like is the huge sales that manufacturers have on the old models. Just got an Orvis flyer in the mail today and they...
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    Carp, I mean crap. Now I'll have to buy one of...

    Carp, I mean crap. Now I'll have to buy one of the new carp rods made specifically for this species to go with the new carp line.

    But seriously, I do lots of fly fishing for carp and may just...
  15. Thread: Bluegill

    by rnelson
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    I consider myself to be a bluegill purist. You...

    I consider myself to be a bluegill purist. You can decide for yourself what that might mean in the big picture. :D

    Rick
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    Wow! That is too true. A friend once said...

    Wow! That is too true.

    A friend once said to me that time and age were like a funnel. When you are young you are at the top of the funnel and as you get older you get farther down the funnel,...
  17. Thread: Carp flies

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    One of my carp fishing buddies discovered a...

    One of my carp fishing buddies discovered a mother lode of carp last summer by the outdoor deck at a local restaurant. The deck is located on a back water of the Missouri River and the backwater...
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    I use a 9ft 9 weight for muskies but prefer my...

    I use a 9ft 9 weight for muskies but prefer my 9ft 10wt. Most of my musky flies are large, e.g. 8-12 inches long but I also throw quite a few in the 6-8 inch range too. I try to tie them out of...
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    Boone by Daniel Morgan. Might be the best...

    Boone by Daniel Morgan. Might be the best biography of Daniel Boone ever written, and I have read lots of them.

    Rick
  20. Thread: A few wishes

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    Nice Hans, thanks for the sentiments. And a...

    Nice Hans, thanks for the sentiments. And a hearty North Dakota Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Merry Christmas everyone! I hope the coming year will bring us all peace, good health and...
  21. Thread: Bucket List?

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    I would have to pick Alaska and big pike. I...

    I would have to pick Alaska and big pike. I would take my sons with me as we never have time to fish together much anymore. At ages 30 and 28, their lives are their own and their careers and...
  22. I am focusing on smallmouth bass next year so I...

    I am focusing on smallmouth bass next year so I am tying up a wide variety of flies for smallies.

    But, as I like to fish for largemouth too, I will be working on a variety of deer hair lmb flies....
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    Not sure how well this info might apply to elk...

    Not sure how well this info might apply to elk hides but Chris Helm has a chart on one of his deer hair spinning videos that shows what parts are good for spinning, etc. He might have this info on...
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    John, Please add me to the list of thankful...

    John,

    Please add me to the list of thankful fly anglers.

    Rick
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    Thanks for your generosity John. What a great...

    Thanks for your generosity John. What a great gift. Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Rick
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