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    Eagle River Alaska
  1. Greetings from even colder Alaska, Ex yooper here from Sault Ste. Marie. I sure do miss fishing in the U.P. Never made it down to Troll Land to fish. Life is good here in Alaska... got 3 inches of snow last night. Gonna make it hard to cast my fly into that 8 inch hole in the ice. Tight lines to all Russ
  2. I'm glad your dog is doing better. I know if it were me, I'd probably go shoot his car tires or something like that and then wind up in jail myself. Keep it within the law but make him sorry for what he did. Tight lines, Russ in Alaska Hey Michigan Trout Guy..... Tool fan here too. "I am just a worthless liar, I am just an imbecile"
  3. Ok guys, here's my 3 cents. About a month ago I noticed a loon on one of our local lakes acting strange. (my wife and I are members of Alaska Loon Watch) The next day we talked to a Fish and Wildlife agent about the behavior. She thought it could be lead poisoning. My wife and I went out in our canoe to get a better look at it and noticed a fishing line in its mouth. We thought it may have swallowed a lure and a lead sinker. After consulting with the agent, we decided to try to capture the loon. We gathered our big salmon net and a large box and headed out to the lake. We saw that the loon could not swim very well and could not close its mouth. Its tongue was swollen and prevented it from closing. We were able to net it and bring it into the canoe. I managed to cut the line ints mouth and the tangle of line, swivels and a 2 ounce lead weight from its feet. We called the agent and she ssaid to bring to her. We drove into Anchorage and she examined it and determined it needed to go to a local bird recovery organization. They x-rayed it and found many hooks, swivels, line and a lead split shot in its stomach. Unfortunately the loon died a few days later from lead poisoning. You can not imagine how we felt about losing such a magnificent animal for such a sensless reason. My wife and I immediately threw away all our lead split shot. I was already using lead free line weight for my flies. As far as how much better it is over lead... I don't care if lead is better.... saving a animals life far outweighs any benefit lead may have. I urge everyone to use ONLY lead free wire and sinkers. They cost the same and will help save ducks, fish, and LOONS. Tight lines.
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    Vice advice

    In my search for the perfect vise, I have bought the Dyna-King Barracuda junior Trekker in a C clamp model. I did alot of research and talked to alot of people about their vises. The overall choice was the Renzetti, but I decided n the DK. Why?... it was the quality of the machining and roller bearings. It felt like it was built better. I also liked the grooved jaws... they seem to hold a hook stronger. I want to thank everyone who gave their comments and advice. For anyone having the same delemia about which vise to buy, I would suggest www.flyfisherman.com They had a great vise shootout. Thanks again, tight lines and happy tying.
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    Vice advice

    I want to thank everyone for their input to my vice question. I have a monumental decision to make soon. I have narrowed my search to the D-K Jr. Trekker and the Renzetti Traveler cam. Both appear to be a great vice for the money. I went to www.flyfisherman.com to look at their vice shootout. The D-K took tyers choice in the $200-300.00 category. The Renzetti didn't do as well in its class. I have heard from many many tyers about their vices and their experiences. Although the majority chose the Renzetti, I feel the D-K may be a better choice for my tying style. My next step is to take some of my tying material to the local fly shop to do a few test flies on each vice. Thank you again for all the advice. Stay tuned...
  6. I am planning to buy a new vice and would like your comments. I am looking at the Renzetti Traveler and the Dyna-King Junior Trekker. Both are about the same price and, I think, quality. I would appreciate any info you could pass along. Russ in Alaska
  7. Glad you liked the flies. Now get out there and fish!!!!
  8. Russ

    car accident

    Will, Good luck on your recovery and I hope you get on the water again real soon. Tight lines!
  9. Russ

    Float tubes

    I have a U shaped one from Cabelas. It is made by Caddis. I love it! One suggestion, buy some fin straps. they attach to your fins and your ankle. No one wants to loose a fin in the middle of the lake.
  10. I love my tube. I have a Caddis Nevada Gold U shape. My wife has a round one and wants to get a U tube. We used to fly fish out of our canoe but tubing is better because I can go here and my wife can go over there. Wear good neoprene waders with long underwear and warm socks. Here in Alaska the water is cold all summer long. One suggestion is to buy flipper keepers.... a strap that attaches to your ankle and fins. It sucks to loose a fin out in the middle of the lake. I have a dry bag that I keep items like food, drink, camera and toilet paper in. I attach a rope to it and float it behind my tube. Another suggestion, bring sunblock with you. The reflection off the water is very strong. Good luck and FLOAT ON!
  11. Russ

    Beaded Bugger

    Great looking fly Smallie. Maybe you take a few pics of how you wound the hackle from bead to bead. Is this a fly used for bass?
  12. Russ

    worst movie

    Plan 9 from Outer Space is suppose to be the worst movie ever made. I saw a movie called Dark Star about a group of guys in a space ship that are attacked by a killer beach ball. Oh my god, it looked like it was made in some guys garage.
  13. I'm almost Canadian. born in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan. Fished the St. Mary's River and Munoscong Bay in eastern upper Michigan. All my ancestors were Canadian. How's that???
  14. Russ

    Favorite non-movies

    Smalliekiller, Go Steelers!!!!
  15. Anyone ever fish in the U.P. on Munoscong Bay or the St. Mary's River? That is my old stomping grounds. I haven't been on those waters since I left home 27 years ago. My dad and I used to fish for walleyes, perch and pike all summer long. What great memories. Of course that was before the river had salmon, now everyone is into salmon derbies and competitions. Sort of takes the fun out of it. If I could just go back to the days of sitting in my dad's boat, listening to his stories and soaking in the hot sun on Munoscong Bay.
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