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  1. Glad you found somebody to work on the door. Part of the problem may be the construction of older mobile homes. My understanding is that the newest ones are built like a standard stick-built home with 2x6 wooden framing, standard sized doors and windows, and real insulation. Little risk of inducing failures when replacing doors and windows. Older ones seem to have metal framing roughly 2x3 or less, use water absorbing sheathing under sheet metal or vinyl skin, little insulation, and often have particle-board flooring, which is a sponge. A series of federal HUD construction standards over the years has transformed the mobile home into essentially a code-compliant house. Except the foundation and under-home support, and location of electrical metering. Code-compliant (on-site built or manufactured) homes need a cellar or slab with frost-walls (or an Alaska slab floating on gravel) and the meter is usually attached to the home, while mobile homes have a slab in the North and are typically on blocks above the slab or ground, metering detached from the home. Other than that the only difference now seems to be whether the HUD or the state/local building codes apply.
  2. Old tying thread or tying thread exposed to sunlight will fail. Usually black thread is the worst, but other colors also fall victim to this deterioration. Check your bobbin, chuck the spool of thread and get back to tying. As others have said, use ceramic tube or a bobbin with a ceramic bead at the tip.
  3. That's great! A new enthusiastic fishing buddy for you!
  4. It IS true that laziness, NOT necessity, is the mother of invention. As early man discovered, one CAN eat raw meat, but it takes a lot of chewing. Add FIRE, and the meat is tender, less work. One CAN catch fish with one's hands (e.g. noodling, as discussed in this forum earlier), but using an artificial fly is less work, and we believe it is less work (we DO believe that, right? ) This rule of thumb was of great use when I was working. Harness people's laziness and the world beats a path to your door.
  5. The guilty party needs to be ducktaped to that chair in blackfly season...for a week.
  6. A bit of shameless self-promotion: The cover and leading article in the Autumn 2022 issue of Fly Tyer magazine Click Here feature my dressings of several unnamed, unknown, or unusual streamer fly patterns of Carrie G. Stevens, the well-known Maine streamer tyer of the early 20th century. Complementing this article is the launch of my website, www.petersimonsonflydresser.com which contains the recipes for my flies featured in Fly Tyer and will be hosting all 180 tying recipes for the unnamed, unknown, or unusual streamer fly patterns of Carrie G. Stevens.
  7. The rowboats pic reminds me of Pittsburg, NH. All the lodges and a few private owners have boats at many of the ponds which are off the beaten path. The trees in your pic look like spruce or fir, and the American flag in the background is reminiscent of the monument for one of the locals at Coon Brook Bog.
  8. Suspect an old property boundary marker... common in New England to have iron rods driven into rocks as corner markers. Not sure how it came to be bent unless there was a flood and ice jam one spring. Is the iron rod bent downstream? Today one sees property markers as rods in dirt and rectangular granite markers with a cross on top for more modern subdivisions. My surveyor friend tells me in New England the markers and the property description in the deed often do not match, anything from measurement errors and use of magnetic North instead of true North. Hence the markers are generally used as the final arbiter. Probably a never-ending source of revenue for lawyers...
  9. If the officers don't donate the fish to a food pantry, then they should let'um sit outside until the [alleged] poacher's court date, and dump them on the defendants table in court. I'm guessing the guilty plea will come shortly after...
  10. The R.B.M. series of Gem Flies, are a set of 12 similar flies in Hale's book (2nd ed. 1919) that all use colored celluloid bodies. Perhaps the first use of synthetic materials in fishing flies (you flashabou folks got nothing on this...). I suspect R.B.M. is Mr. R. B. (Robert Bright) Marston, editor of The Fishing Gazette, a very popular periodical of London from 1878 - 1927, since Hale thanks him in the preface of the 2nd edition book. And nice tie, SalarMan!
  11. Agn54, The proportions are fine. That fly will catch fish. Note that Herb Welch, the creator of that fly, had a wide variation in proportions, ranging from a wing much longer (3x) than the body, to the more traditional wing being 1.3x the body. And various hook lengths. Tail generally is 1-1.5x the hook gap. Wings of saddle feathers and also wings of marabou. Tails and throats generally yellow hackle feather fibers or schlappen fibers. Also he used a variety of bodies, from a narrow silk body, a silk tapered body, to a fuzzy wool body. Typically the body has a tag (a few contiguous wraps of tinsel at the rear of the body), but this is getting to details the fish probably don't notice much.
  12. My freshwater reel gets wet and or put down on gravel all the time. It is a (4-5 wt) mid-grade large arbor reel about 6 years old, no longer on the market (~$200 new), from a merchant you all would recognize as a purveyor of fine sporting goods and clothing. Two bad things have happened to it as a result. 1) The aluminum alloy is apparently much softer than the vendor advertised, as it is dinged up worse than an older cast-aluminum reel I own with many more years on it. Cheap $#!~ from a nation known for low cost labor, stealing intellectual property, and cheating customers when it comes to meeting product specifications. I shoulda known better. So should have the merchant. 2) There is an anti-reverse bearing assembly (unfortunately part of too many modern reels) made of a cast nylon "cage", steel hub, and steel roller bearings. The steel roller bearings rusted and the reel seized up. The bearing sits in a "waterproof" cavity with an o-ring seal - but alas, water got in. Repair was simple - a short term cleaning with waterproof grease and a coarse cloth to polish the rust off; and as a longer term fix, I found an industrial supplier of the same bearing (they have model code numbers stamped on the hub) that sold them in small quantities, so if it locks up again I can replace the bearing. Lesson learned: I will open the reel hub up and dry it out to keep this from happening again after any trips where the reel gets soaked. And avoid reels imported from certain nations when I buy my next one.
  13. Couple of differences between the various UV lights. As noted above, some vary in intensity - and the results are sort of obvious - more light energy = faster cure. Many of the LED UV lights are on slightly different wavelengths (colors) -and further they are narrowband, that is, emit one or more vary narrow ranges of wavelengths of ultraviolet. Sunlight, filtered incandescent sources, and some (not all) UV fluorescent tube sources are broadband, containing a range of many different wavelengths. The various resins are chemically "tuned" for specific wavelength light to initiate hardening. The wrong wavelength will often eventually cure as there is some residual light that falls into the sweet spot of the specific UV resin cement, but not as fast. The slower cure, as SilverCreek noted, lets oxidation of some of the resin occur and hence sticky residue. So at a minimum, ensure the UV light you use is of the wavelength the resin vendor specifies. Now to be sure, some vendors try to keep this a "trade secret" so they can sell you their "proprietary" light source - it's their right to have trade secrets to protect their business. But vendors of UV resin for fly tying that are primarily making UV resin for industrial use will have the needed wavelength in their literature, although maybe not in the retail fly fishing literature.
  14. Red and white look like either tips of small turkey tail feathers or turkey "t-base" feathers. Upper black might be black dyed turkey t-base or maybe marabou? need a better picture of that.
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