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Bryon Anderson

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  • Birthday 08/10/1970

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  1. good point -- maybe late Feb. - early March 2022 then
  2. I have been wanting to host another swap, as it's been quite a while for me. I have one in mind, but it's more of a bass fly swap so I'm thinking I'll put out the call next spring.
  3. How to Build a Fly Rod Vault - Catch Cam Nets
  4. My first recommendation is to go with knotless tapered leaders. The knots on handmade leaders just collect so much crud, especially in still water. 7 1/2' tapered to 1x or 2x is about perfect. However, if you're dead set on tying your own, an easy formula that works well is to start with a butt section that's about half the length of what your finished leader will be. The next section should be smaller diameter (I usually go down by 5-10 lbs. breaking strength) and half the length of the butt section. Keep repeating that process until you're within a foot or two of your desired leader length. The last 1-2' should be whatever you want your tippet breaking strength/diameter to be. For example, for a 7' leader, I would do 3' of 30 lb., 18" of 25 lb., 9" of 20 lb., 18" of 10-12 lb. It's not delicate, but then neither are bass. 🙂
  5. Had a chance to get out on the very stream for which I named my little net-making business tonight (Stony Creek). About a dozen or so fish, and approximately 9000 mosquito bites. Lovely cool weather. Tried out my new pack (Fishpond Switchback Pro) which I like very much, and even used one of my own nets, which I have not done much, because my old pack had no good place to hang the net. Great way to end the week. 🙂
  6. Thanks for the kind words guys!
  7. Here are some pics of a few of the most recent ones.
  8. Finally read all the way to the end of this thread after being away from the forums for a bit --- wow! Super-cool shop Mike! I love everything you've done with it. Your new bench looks great, too. I have to admit I'm a bit envious -- my little woodworking hobby of a few years ago has now grown into a side business that really needs more space than one half of my basement can accommodate (the other half being finished and therefore off limits). Only 3 more years of college for two kids to pay for before we can move to a place in the country with a proper shop space. 🙂 Enjoy yours!
  9. I love this thread! Unfortunately, because I usually fish alone, I don't take that many pictures of the fish I catch. The most memorable ones were probably some of the first big trout that I caught, but those were before digital cameras or camera phones were widespread, so they remain mental snapshots. There was the 18" Brown on the Pere Marquette that had been crashing hoppers all afternoon but wouldn't touch anything I threw at him...until the sun went down and he hammered the streamer I chucked into his hole on the first cast. Or the 21-incher the next summer that did take my hopper. (I do have a Polaroid of that one ). This guy I just caught yesterday, and he was, if not memorably large, very memorably fun. Kept chasing one streamer pattern after another but refusing to commit until I decided to give up and move on. I switched back to the first pattern he'd chased, then thought, "What the hell?" and chucked it at him one last time. Wham-o! Fish on
  10. my flies were mailed a day late (3/16) - they may not have arrived yet. I apologize if I'm holding things up.
  11. Thanks Michael, I appreciate that. Have you made any more nets since your first one? Would love to see them if you have!
  12. Thanks Chugbug-- I am excited about the fly shops. I didn't really expect that to happen so soon, but I'll take it!
  13. Thanks Mike! I thought you might like the blue... I'm carving the pattern with a "Flex Shaft" attached to my Dremel tool, then filling them with a slurry of epoxy and crushed stone. It's fun! I've been using a stone called Chrysocolla, but I just received some nice crushed turquoise in the mail today...
  14. Thanks Steve! That 3rd one down has a handle of Maple burl -- a friend gave me a good sized burl, so as a "thank you" I made him a net from it. I really appreciate your comments about getting established online -- it's something that I've really felt confused and frustrated about so it is very helpful to get some real insight from someone who is experienced in this arena. Being brand new, it's hard to know what my expectations should even be. You know how it is -- you work so hard on this stuff and you put it out there, and then it just sits, and self-doubt can really creep in. Hearing that it really does take years to build that momentum helps me to just relax, take a breath, and focus on the work. Thankfully I still have my day job, so the woodworking gig can take all the time it needs to bear fruit. My website is FINALLY almost ready to launch -- this Saturday, in fact, if all goes to plan! For a while I thought I could just rely on social media and Etsy, but I've discovered that while "likes" are nice, they aren't accepted as payment at Woodcraft. 😄 I would love to have a link on your site--thank you!--and you'll have one on mine as well.
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