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    Many years ago I had two rods of the same make...

    Many years ago I had two rods of the same make and model, and both 9-footers; one a 4-weight and the other a 7-weight. They were also kept in the same type of aluminum tubes so, of course, early one...
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    Thanks for a little waft of common sense, that...

    Thanks for a little waft of common sense, that increasingly rare commodity,
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    Although I don't suffer from arthritis (not in my...

    Although I don't suffer from arthritis (not in my fingers, anyhow) I agree with rainbowchaser. My belief has always been that the best knot is the one that can be easily and accurately tied with...
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    Sticky: I thought I had responded to this thread in the...

    I thought I had responded to this thread in the past, but apparently not. Here's my mug shot with a nice sea-run cutthroat from the Stillaguamish River in October a couple of years ago.
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    What kind of trout are you fishing for that...

    What kind of trout are you fishing for that require an 8-wt. reel?
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    As I said above, I've never felt it was necessary...

    As I said above, I've never felt it was necessary to use any kind of adhesive (Pliobond, Aquaseal Shoe Goo, etc.). I would never rely on the "Chinese finger trap function"; try it some time without...
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    I have always preferred using a short leader butt...

    I have always preferred using a short leader butt of heavy monofilament with a perfection loop, nail-knotted to the fly line for the line-to-leader connection, but in the past, when I built my own...
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    Speaking of the Okanogan (the region, not the...

    Speaking of the Okanogan (the region, not the lake), one of my absolute favorite patterns for the Callibaetis hatches at Lake Chopaka is what I've long called the Chopaka Emerger. A friend of a...
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    Yes, most of our lakes have good populations of...

    Yes, most of our lakes have good populations of damselflies but the fly shown was tied as a Callibaetis imitation and has proven to be particularly effective in the half-hour or so prior to the hatch...
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    While the Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear may be a...

    While the Gold-Ribbed Hare's Ear may be a serviceable imitation of the Callibaetis nymph it bears scant resemblance to one. The Callibaetis nymph is a "swimmer" and, as such, has a much longer and...
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    The Sixpacks shown on the planettrout site are...

    The Sixpacks shown on the planettrout site are not Sixpacks. They appear to be what are referred to as "self-bodied Carey Specials". The self-bodied Carey can use any natural or dyed pheasant rump...
  12. On a slightly different note; one of my favorite...

    On a slightly different note; one of my favorite (or what used to be favorite) fly fishing forums seems to have been taken over by a small group of (apparently) younger posters who have nothing much...
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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...
  16. 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...
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    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...
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    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...
  22. 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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