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    As a long-time FolStaf user, I've found sticking...

    As a long-time FolStaf user, I've found sticking of the sections to be only a minor problem and I've never had the sections pull apart. I don't like the idea of banging it against a rock to aid...
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    I don't know if the ban has worked or not but I'm...

    I don't know if the ban has worked or not but I'm sure it has slowed the spread. Elimination of an invasive species, once it has become established, has generally been a losing game. One of my...
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    The latest findings seem to indicate that...

    The latest findings seem to indicate that Didymosphenia (rock snot) is native to North America and northern Europe, and that the troublesome increase in "blooms" of this algae are not due to its...
  4. Or, if you want to go a bit fancier, this set of...

    Or, if you want to go a bit fancier, this set of tools from Wasatch Fly Tying Tools was originally designed for painting eyes on streamers.
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    Cortland no longer makes the Retro (or any reels,...

    Cortland no longer makes the Retro (or any reels, for that matter). Due to a change in management, the company no longer offers anything but line products. Fortunately there seem to currently be...
  6. For some reason the reply box will not accept a...

    For some reason the reply box will not accept a message of less than 10 characters. Otherwise, I would have simply answered "No".
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    Umpqua offers (or, at least used to offer) a...

    Umpqua offers (or, at least used to offer) a spring scale for weighing fly lines that was far more convenient than the usual grain scales (usually gunpowder reloading scales). The scale is...
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    Santa, in the form of a friend's son, gave me an...

    Santa, in the form of a friend's son, gave me an exceptionally fine carved and painted sea-run cutthroat. The sculpture was based on a photograph I took of a 21-inch cutthroat I caught on the...
  9. Simply as an historical comment (the article...

    Simply as an historical comment (the article doesn't go into it in any depth), the basis for the "X" system goes back to the days before the development of synthetic leader or tippet materials. The...
  10. Thanks WarrenP for offering a little common...

    Thanks WarrenP for offering a little common sense. It has always baffled me that anyone would think that establishing a static balance point in the highly dynamic system of coordinated movements,...
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    Funny, with all of these technological...

    Funny, with all of these technological "improvements" my two favorite rods are a Sage LL and a Gary Lafontaine Stealth, both of them well over twenty years old, and I have had the opportunity to fish...
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    Hype, hype, hype! As the writer of a product...

    Hype, hype, hype! As the writer of a product review column for a fly fishing magazine, I've had the opportunity to cast some of the most expensive rods from some of the most prestigious...
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    Just for reference, here's a picture of the true...

    Just for reference, here's a picture of the true October Caddis, Giant Orange Sedge; whatever you choose to call him (this is Dicosmoecus gilvipes, one of five western North American species). The...
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    The technique of "waking" a fly is quite commonly...

    The technique of "waking" a fly is quite commonly used for Atlantic salmon and steelhead and, under most conditions, is more effective than a conventionally dead-drifted dry fly. Sometimes waked...
  15. The Elwha River is the only river closed because...

    The Elwha River is the only river closed because of dam removal and it will be closed to fishing for a number of years after completion of the demolition. If you are not aware, most of our western...
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    A couple of popular mallard flank flies for...

    A couple of popular mallard flank flies for sea-run cutthroat here in the Northwest are the Knudson Spider and Mike Kinney's Reverse Spider. Al Knudson developed his Yellow Spider for steelhead on...
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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...
  20. 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...
  25. 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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