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flyrod98

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  1. Ghostdncr, here is a THREAD that has 265 pages of info on DIY light boxes. Might pick some ideas for yours.
  2. My spring and summer birding hasn't amounted to much this year. My old hide isn't as tough as it used to be and I am bothered by sores on my arse. I did make one drive to the Poudre River trail. These are the keepers I came away with. This was a new bird for me. The Lark Sparrow A Western Kingbird A Bullocks Oriole A Great Blue Heron. I was really lucky to spot this bird, but I got so excited and didn't pay attention and cut its toes and foot off at the bottom of the frame.
  3. The bully of our feeders. . . The Common Grackle. I wonder how some of those iridescent feathers would look on a fly?
  4. A couple of new birds for me to observe and photograph. First a couple of shots of the Black-headed Grosbeak Then this little guy with a high cute factor - A Chipping Sparrow
  5. Seeing Steeldrifter's photo of the Downy Woodpecker reminded me I have a couple of firsts for me to add to the collection. First the Black Capped Chickadee A Red Breasted Nuthatch. These little guys are like little rockets. The zoom in grab a couple of seeds and they are outta there.
  6. The key word in the fly's name is "minnow" not jig. Most people tie them with the eyes forward and when the fly is fished the head drops like a rock when strip/pause retrieved. But they still catch a lot of fish. By placing them farther back from the eye the fly glides on the pause. At least that's the theory anyway. Part one of a you tube video of the man himself tying the fly. Pay attention to how he puts his eyes on the fly. He ties them in behind the thread bump at the 1/3 hook point as he measures it using the overall hook length. As a jig with the eyes forward or as minnow with eyes farther back, it is a very effective fly.
  7. Thanks to you both for taking the time to look. I was inspired by the bird photos that Graham and Wulff used to post and feeding them seemed to be the best way to get them close enough to get decent shots. We want to place some natural perches, later this spring, so that the feeders aren't one of the main elements of the photo. Right now it is snowing like crazy though.
  8. Did somebody mention birds? It so happened it warmed up enough on St. Pat's Day to where I felt comfortable sitting outside for a while. These Nut Hatches and Chickadees are like little rockets. They zoom in on a feeder and grab a couple of seeds and they are outa there. These are both new birds for me to observe and photograph. Red Breasted Nuthatch Black Capped Chickadee
  9. Canon XT(350D) EF-S 18-55mm Kit EF 70-300mm IS USM EF 400mm f/5.6L EF 50mmf/1.8 II EF 1.4X II Extender Manfrotto 055XPROB Tripod Manfrotto 393 Gimbal Tripod head 430 EX Speed Lite Better Beamer
  10. I have been really enjoying watching the Blue Jays go after whole peanuts this winter. When they have more than one to choose from they will pick up one, put it down and then choose another. I wonder what makes one seem better to them than the other? Seeing these pics sure makes me want to get out, especially on days like today. Nice shots!!!
  11. Here is a link to a long running thread in Canon Digital Photography Forums that has numerous titles on all aspects of photography. Photography Books Hope you find it useful.
  12. Stunning shot. The others on your web site are very nice as well.
  13. Got out with the camera for the first time in 2010. This male house finch posed for a shot or two. They are already starting to get dressed up for the girls but this guy needs to clean up his beak. Thanks, everyone for the comments on the earlier shots.
  14. Blue Jays were about the only bird around when I wanted to try out a new Manfrotto 393 gimbal type tripod head, aka the poor mans Wimberly. It is really going to make it easier for me to get on birds quickly from my chair. Blue Jay in Late Evening light.
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