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  1. Extra Spool For Orvis Battenkill LA III

    I'd prefer the spool in black. Here's a photo of the reel:
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    To fight micro drag I firmly believe in longer,...

    To fight micro drag I firmly believe in longer, thinner tippets for this simple reason: At the end of the cast I do not want my leader to perfectly turn over and land in a straight line. Sometimes, a...
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    I now use waterproof fly boxes. After I use a fly...

    I now use waterproof fly boxes. After I use a fly I never put it back in the box until it dries out. Also, I tape a foot-long piece of string to my small fly boxes, then I put a loop in the other end...
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    I pretty much gave up on small tippet rings, as I...

    I pretty much gave up on small tippet rings, as I have a very difficult time tying them in, especially on a river. I add tippet material using loop to loop connections even though I often have to cut...
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    I like this blog post: Scandi (spey) vs Skagit...

    I like this blog post: Scandi (spey) vs Skagit (spey):
    http://www.jsrods.com/blog/skagit-or-scandi-pt-1-history/
    Randy
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    I don't like using a spey rod for making short...

    I don't like using a spey rod for making short casts. Also, unless I'm using a Skagit line, I don't like using a spey rod for casting heavier flies and fishing below the surface.
    Randy
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    Two problems that two-handed rods solve: 1. It's...

    Two problems that two-handed rods solve: 1. It's less tiring to cast a two-handed fly rod than a one-handed one. (True, with a 3- or 4-weight this isn't as big an issue.) 2. Using a two-handed fly...
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    Just make sure you get a line - one with a short...

    Just make sure you get a line - one with a short head - that matches an eleven foot spey rod. The only problem is that after each cast you'll probably have to retrieve some line before your next...
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    Generally I prefer a vest, except during the...

    Generally I prefer a vest, except during the summer when it's too hot to wear a vest. (The mesh vests don't seem to have enough pockets.) . Also, sometimes I wear my vest and my sling, especially...
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    Hope you have a great day. Happy birthday. Randy

    Hope you have a great day. Happy birthday.
    Randy
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    I recommend this book:...

    I recommend this book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Tandem-Flies-Tactics-Techniques-ebook/dp/B007XXQVPA/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1417527681&sr=1-1&keywords=tandem+rigs
    Randy
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    I can't imagine what it's like to lose a son or...

    I can't imagine what it's like to lose a son or daughter, especially to suicide. My prayers are with your friend
    Randy
  13. Modern Emergers: When Did Anglers Begin Using Them?

    Does anyone have info on when anglers started tying and fishing modern - post spiders and traditional wets - emergers?

    Thanks,

    Randy
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    Of all the fly rods I own, the CT is the best...

    Of all the fly rods I own, the CT is the best bang for the buck.
    Randy
  15. Folks, Thanks so much or all your suggestions....

    Folks,

    Thanks so much or all your suggestions. I really appreciate them,

    Randy
  16. Good Books on the Techniques and Tactics of Fishing Emergers?

    Any recommendations would be appreciated. Seems like few books were published on this subject.

    Thanks,

    Randy
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    I bought a Redington CT fly rod for about a...

    I bought a Redington CT fly rod for about a hundred bucks. To me, it casts just as well as my slow-action rod that I bought years ago for a lot more money. I own a lot of premium fly rods. I will...
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    Curious myself: Are there a lot of places to wade...

    Curious myself: Are there a lot of places to wade fly fish? Also, is there smaller stream fly fishing near Missoula?

    Randy
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    Glad she's doing well, Randy

    Glad she's doing well,
    Randy
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    Folks, thanks for your replies. I guess I should...

    Folks, thanks for your replies. I guess I should have said I was wondering about swinging mayflies.

    Rand
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    Swinging Dry Flies?

    Just curious: Does anyone swing dry flies? I never read of anglers doing it, but I don't see why not.

    Opinions please,

    Rany
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    This question came up on another board. I didn't...

    This question came up on another board. I didn't know that we can use mallard flank as hackles on soft hackled flies.
    Randy
  23. Folks, thanks for making this a great thread. I...

    Folks, thanks for making this a great thread. I learned a lot.

    Randy
  24. What effects do floods have on insects?

    I'm reading Leonard Wright's The Dry Fly as a Living Insect. In his book he briefly mentions that when rivers get flooded much of the insect population gets washed out.

    I wasn't aware of this. As...
  25. Let's all say a prayer for her. Randy

    Let's all say a prayer for her.
    Randy
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