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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...
  4. 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...
  9. 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...
  16. 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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    Kodiak sea louse

    The article on the Kodiak Sea Louse has rather piqued my curiosity. Here in Washington and British Columbia the term "sea louse" is commonly applied to a small (usually around 1/4 inch in length),...
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    While Harry is often remembered for his "in hand"...

    While Harry is often remembered for his "in hand" tying of full-dressed Atlantic salmon flies, we shouldn't forget his even greater contributions to to the art of steelhead flies and fishing. Black...
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    I can't imagine it ever "getting old". Even if...

    I can't imagine it ever "getting old". Even if it does, the memories will linger. At any time I can call up the ten-or-more-year-old recollection of a rainbow trout rising to a size 20 midge...
  21. Definitely an alderfly. The alderfly looks very...

    Definitely an alderfly. The alderfly looks very much like a caddis except it doesn't float. When it falls to the water it sinks and drowns. By the way, I think the word you're looking for is...
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    Sagefisher, I believe you're wrong about that. ...

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    I believe you're wrong about that. In Washington state (in almost all cases) the river bottom (defined as "below mean high water) is state property and access may not be denied. Of...
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    You don't mention whether your newly-acquired...

    You don't mention whether your newly-acquired reel is a current or an older model. All of the early Medalist reels were right-hand wind and not interchangeable. This was true at least through the...
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    Not much color yet on the west side of Washington...

    Not much color yet on the west side of Washington but, yes, ya gotta love October. Until the rivers blow out, it's prime time for sea-run cutthroat.
  25. The eyes are extra-small bead chain and aren't...

    The eyes are extra-small bead chain and aren't heavy enough to invert the fly. When the fly is being stripped, they do tend to make the fly fall off to one side or the other between trips.
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