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    No Worries Wee Grey May

    In the description for our fly of the week it lists the following hook:

    "Hook: Tiemco@ - TMC 9395 - Size #8 Streamer - Straight eye - 3X Heavy, 4X Long, Forged, bronze."

    Is this an error? The...
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    Re: Ceramic guides vs. chrome

    I prefer ceramic guides on the fly rods I build for myself. I like the way they feel when I cast.

    Since so much of this depends on your own preferences, You may want try out both types of...
  3. Thread: Autographs

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    I have my books autographed by the authors as...

    I have my books autographed by the authors as often as I can. It is a major effort to write a book. Authors rarely write just for the money. They seem to enjoy interacting with people who are...
  4. Thread: Porta boat

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    I have owned a porta bote for several years. I...

    I have owned a porta bote for several years. I have found it useful for a variety of different types of water. It is very stable and I can stand and cast in it unless the water is really choppy. ...
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    I also get significant back pain when standing in...

    I also get significant back pain when standing in one place. I have been using the Hodgman Wadelite belt which helps a lot. It increases the time I can stand without pain from about 20 minutes to...
  6. Thread: Cape Cod Trip

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    If you get to Brewster, walk way out on the flats...

    If you get to Brewster, walk way out on the flats from Paines beach to fly fish for stripers at low tide. Start about an hour before low tide and work your way back as the tide comes in. The fish...
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    I fish to be alone! I work in a high stress...

    I fish to be alone! I work in a high stress people business. Fly fishing transports me to a different state of being. I am polite and friendly to the people I meet on the stream - and avoid them...
  8. Thread: Duck skins

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    When I removed and washed the feathers from a...

    When I removed and washed the feathers from a woodduck skin and a mallard skin, I used a blow dryer to dry them in a small burlap sack. They came out perfect. It took a lot of time but now I have...
  9. Thread: Fishing Glasses

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    Cocoons have worked well for me. They are...

    Cocoons have worked well for me. They are polarized and fit over my prescription glasses. I use amber for most stream fishing and grey for bright conditions. They are not cheap but they are good...
  10. Thread: Eflytyer.com

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    I have always been pleased with with both quality...

    I have always been pleased with with both quality and service.
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    I often stay at the Rockland House. They offer a...

    I often stay at the Rockland House. They offer a basic hotel room with the added bonus of Ralph Graves' fly shop which is in one of the rooms. Ralph is a great fly tyer. You can stop in to watch...
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    Years ago, my wife decided that she liked peacock...

    Years ago, my wife decided that she liked peacock feathers as a decoration placed in a flower vase. After reading these posts, I examined them and found they have all turned the ideal bronze color. ...
  13. Thread: Salmon Flies?

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    A history of flyfishing and fly tying would be...

    A history of flyfishing and fly tying would be incomplete without salmon flies! I recommend the book, Pretty and Practical Salmon Flies by Dick Talleur if you want to learn the tying techiques . He...
  14. Thread: Net or Not ?

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    I did not use a net for many years. I fish for...

    I did not use a net for many years. I fish for trout, salmon and steelhead in upstate NY. I was wading in Lake Ontario in February and caught one large steelhead after another. It took forever to...
  15. Thread: Skinning Ducks

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    If you have access to Eric Leiser's book,...

    If you have access to Eric Leiser's book, Fly-Tying Materials, there is an excellent section on skinning a duck on pages 70-72.
  16. Thread: The Customer

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    These warranties seem to have the effect of...

    These warranties seem to have the effect of helping companies sell very high priced rods. Unfortunately for the consumer (us!), it is very difficult to figure out whether the high priced rod with the...
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    Mendon Ponds are fun to fish with a fly rod and...

    Mendon Ponds are fun to fish with a fly rod and popper. Lots of panfish. There are big bass too (if you can get your fly to the right place). Lots of places to fish from shore.

    You do not have...
  18. I live in Fairport, NY also.

    I live in Fairport, NY also.
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    The article is a good summary of how the...

    The article is a good summary of how the extravagant salmon flies became popular in the 1800's. The author, Mike Daunt, accuses Francis Francis of abusing his "power" as fishing editor of The Field...
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    I own 2 8/9 original Battenkill reels that have...

    I own 2 8/9 original Battenkill reels that have served me well for many years with one exception. The line guard snapped off one after dropping the reel. Since the body seems to be cast it is more...
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