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    Contact established. Thank you.

    Contact established. Thank you.
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    Seeking Heinrich Schlarb

    Would like to get in touch with Rick re tying some flies. Anyone have contact info?

    Thank you,

    Bob Sedlak
    Westminster, MD
  3. Re: How to determine correct weight fly line on antique bamboo?

    Tex:

    I suggest you post your questions and any pics you can come up with on clarksclassicflyrodforum.yuku.com. The depth and breadth of knowledge available via that site is unparalled.

    Bob
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    Re: SA Lines Question Which would you choose?

    Re the SA position that they don't put welded loops on both ends because guys don't reverse their DTs: My DT4F GPX has loops on both ends. So, they must mean guys who don't use GPX lines. Love...
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    Re: SA Lines Question Which would you choose?

    Gramps is right and SA is dead wrong about DT line reversal. Just dumb not to add that loop, especially since it's the best in the business, right now. Much easier through the guides than Rio or...
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    Re: Fly Boxes for Midges

    The best possible combination is one of the C&F midge boxes and a fly spinner from Feather-Craft. The latter is a small cross-lock tweezer that one can use to pluck the smallest fly from the C&F...
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    Re: my first post, what is this fish?

    I think it's a deformed brown.

    It reminded me that I caught a 12" rainbow that was normal in every way, except it had a very pronounced banana shape...like a ( rotated 90 degrees clockwise, but...
  8. Thread: Go-To Fly?

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    Re: Go-To Fly?

    Absolute last-chance, no-excuses, Gotterdammerung, catch-one-or-die selection: Zebra midge, black & silver.
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    Backing Issue

    Alex:

    Good advice already given. Would add only suggestion to take off a little more backing than seems necessary.

    My experience has been that it's difficult to get your line evenly...
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    Bi-Metals

    The Alchemy shown above is beautiful. There's also a Godfrey equivalent, the Bi-Metal. Now discontinued, but still some around.

    Also, I think there's a reproduction Leonard Bi among the used...
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    Fine Reel for Fine Rod

    First, you'll love your Bill Taylor rod. I have a few, with another in the works. Great performers and excellent cosmetics.

    Second, don't skimp on the reel. Bogdan the very best, I think, but...
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    Smallest Fly Reel

    My smallest is a Godfrey Bi-Metal 212. It's 2.1" in diameter, and is designed to hold a 2wt line and a little backing. It is a gear & pawl design, with a 5-point adjustable drag that's extremely...
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    Lanyard & Pouch

    Jed's idea good. Also: I have an LLBean pouch that I use on my wader belt. Holds two C&F boxes. That plus tools on lanyard is all I need.
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    Rodmaking in the U.S. - Books

    1. Best choice (basics) for someone thinking about getting into bamboo:
    "Fishing Bamboo" by John Gierach. Inexpensive and informative.

    2. For more history with good depth on the Eastern early...
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    Remembering Which Tip to Use

    In assembling the rod, use the tip from the slot next to the butt section. Then move the tip you're NOT using into that (now empty) slot next to the butt section.

    After fishing, put the tip you...
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    Paf': You'll like your Dietrich rod more every...

    Paf':

    You'll like your Dietrich rod more every time you fish it. I've got a couple of Wyatt's rods, and am more than pleased with them. Wyatt a great guy, too, which adds to the pleasure of...
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    1. The recommendation on the Landis book is...

    1. The recommendation on the Landis book is right on the money.

    2. Also try Midge Magic, by Don Holbrook and Ed Koch. Solid info, instantly applicable to Yellow Breeches, Letort, Big Spring,...
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    Solidly in the Bamboozle camp. A reel of the...

    Solidly in the Bamboozle camp.

    A reel of the right weight and decent casting technique (easily developed w/a little practice) are all you need to avoid discomfort in casting that rod. I was...
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    I carry loads of streamers, but none more...

    I carry loads of streamers, but none more effective than 2-3" strips of chamois I cut into various shapes and tie (badly) and glue (sloppily) onto #18 - 8 hooks.
  20. Thread: Ty-rite

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    Absolutely one of the best gadgets out there for...

    Absolutely one of the best gadgets out there for fishing small flies. I use mine all the time, and would be hard pressed to fish midges (18-26) without it, especially during the winter.

    I keep...
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    Easiest for me is to take length needed for...

    Easiest for me is to take length needed for dropper into account when tying on top fly, leave a long tag end, and tie point (dropper) fly to it.

    You can also tie the dropper into the eye of the...
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    Try "Midge Magic" by Holbrook/Koch. Directed to...

    Try "Midge Magic" by Holbrook/Koch. Directed to fishing small flies, but principles are of wide application. They work for me.
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    For $150 or so, you ought to be able to get...

    For $150 or so, you ought to be able to get really close to one of the Abel TR series on sale. Excellent reel, made in USA.
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    I use a lanyard as long as the weather is warm. ...

    I use a lanyard as long as the weather is warm. Much cooler than a vest in summer. Clip at bottom to attach to shirt a good idea.

    One zinger-like attachment is placed high on left side of...
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    I think you're on the right track. I fish...

    I think you're on the right track. I fish similar venues with a 7' 2/2 4wt quad, and with a 6'6" 3/2 4/5wt. Both work fine.
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