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  1. Hopper, you're like I used to be. Jump on a swap and have them tied in a day or two. Not so much anymore. Couple last night, couple tonight, and I have 7 tied and will have to change pattern no matter how many get in since that used up the material for the first 7. I got in the "No Chicken" swap and have 3 tied for that but not happy with them so may go in my box and take a different path on that one. It's gotten hard for me tie a single pattern for any length of time anymore. Now my wandering old mind thinks, "Gee, if I doodle with this and diddle with that it'll really make a neat new pattern". 'Course, there are no new patterns, only variations of what's already out there but it's fun just swap around material and see what it looks like at the end. Very few things you can do a bluegill won't eat it and there's always the Xacto there ready to clean it if need be.
  2. atx, you're better with a fly line then I am. I have fished up to three flies at a time on a lake from a dock with no wind but if you can tie a dozen flies on a leader and make it work power to ya'.
  3. John, you've been around and reliable. PO was always the best in the world but now I'm wondering. Not to get too political but since Joe mandates ALL Federal employees get the shots and that's PO too I know several who will fight this and say they'll quit first.
  4. Hopperfisher, I sent you a PM that covers the swap practices. It can seem a bit tricky at first but hope you get in here and add to our regular swappers in the future. Nick
  5. I'm in. If we're short I'm up for two each to a max of maybe 14 or so.
  6. Got a great package of flies and material in mail today. The little tool in there is one I've had my wife looking for in Hobby stores. Thank you very much and thanks to all the great ties.
  7. One thing Silver Creek forgot to mention is either of your flies are going to catch fish. Maybe the lump on the back of the bully is wrong or maybe the fish will see it as an egg sac. Perfect proportions are great and some of them have been developed to float or cast a fly better but I had a friend who would tie a few chicken feathers on the hook and outfish most of us. Have fun with it and enjoy the craft, the art part will come along later.
  8. We used to hook minnows on our jigs for walleye upside down. Makes sense to try to defeat nature's camouflage then just imitate it. Like Philly said, makes an easier meal for the predator if the prey is struggling.
  9. Got a couple of shipments out today. Karate Kid swap and this one. Did the amber dubbed #14 and found another batch of #20 hooks and did a microfibbet tail, dark olive thread body, olive dubbed thorax, blue CDC wing. These hooks are safe. First hooks I used went to garbage.
  10. When you get caught up with your relatives you could come give my wife a hand caring for me. I've been on and off fighting edema and cellulitus (sp) in my lower legs. Bacteria resistant and right leg erupted so I've got home health coming in to change out dressings and apply silver pads which burn like a blow torch on the open wounds. Then, just for amusement I went to sit on my walker seat in kitchen while cooking breakfast and walker slid backwards I crashed straight back smacking back on walker seat and landing hard on tailbone. First time I've crashed since I fell and broke femur a couple of years ago and just laid there and caught my breath for a bit. Managed to get back up and take inventory and sore tailbone, sore shoulder and back. I did get flies together and wife got them in mail today so I should skid in under deadline but never got to tie the long legged adult I wanted to.
  11. I don't need the reminder. I just need to get them in. Since I'm the Swap Mod I always push others but like we all know life can sometimes get in the way. I tied a set of grubs quickly, then wanted to do some adults. Health problems, visits to offices and home health care and minimum mobility has backed me up on everything. I will try to make sure I get them out tomorrow and will include some Jim Teeny nymphs I tied for another swap that fell apart and add one of those to the grubs. The Teeny nymph is a simple design that Jim has caught fish every where he goes on it. It is pretty much all he fishes and he makes the fish eat it. Hope your aunt's knee recovery goes well. Mine came out good and has been fine for over 20 years now. It took quite awhile to really know it was not real down there but after maybe 6 months or so it became natural and in a year it was only the scar that reminded me it was done.
  12. Been on many long trips over the years and been on both ends of that situation. People pull off to eat, then get back freeway and pass you again, or vice versa. One of the funniest ones was on one motorcycle I had that at 80-85 mph needed gas almost every hundred miles. On the way from OK to MN on I35 I passed a trucker with bike decals on his truck. Waved at him and he smiled down. Got gas, back on freeway at 85, passed him again and we both laughed. Somewhere in IA we lost each other but with gas stops and blasting off again on freeway I must have passed him about four times as he chugged along at a consistent 65-70 and I smoked him at 85 or so until I had to stop for gas.
  13. Yes, I believe we had a lot more fun growing up when were kids 50 or more years ago than the video game kids of today who folks won't let them out without a cell phone and never after dark. What I'm talking about is the things that we have today at our disposal that so far outclass what many of us cut our teeth on. We were talking about cars the other day. When I lived up north and had old beaters with chokes and carbs I'd go out on a -20 morning, squirt some ether in the air cleaner, hope it would fire without needing a jump, and if it did I'd have to prop the foot pedal with an ice scraper to keep it running. About the time I'd go in house to get the lunch bucket and anything else going to work I'd hear the car start to roar as it got hot but choke would not close. Hit gas and it would drop down in idle. Take off and old oils would be so stiff you'd have to overcome their drag. Now you can reach in, give the key a twist without touching anything and FI just takes over. Modern oils eliminate the viscosity drag of old oils. Add to that you'd be changing points, setting dwell and timing every spring or before any trip. My old Mopars used to fry the resistor block regularly and I'd always have a spare. You'd be leery of buying a car with more than 50K on it. Now my Ford F150 called for it's first tuneup at 100K and is strong at 150K. Brakes were a 20,000 replacement, often with new tires as well. Modern syntered metallic discs go easily 50+ for good drivers and 60K on tires is not unusual with them still with some tread. Sure, some of these things had learning curves while Detroit (Japan?) worked out bugs but our vehicles today are maybe too good. Kids growing up will never shifting gears and many will never change a tire or even check their oil. Think about kitchen appliances. Modern kitchen appliances are years reliable, our washer and dryer are actually nice decor besides so much better cleaning and drying than our old models. I grew up with my mom still using a wringer washer and clothes lines. Yes, I heard the joke back then about "Don't get your tit caught in the wringer". My wife says the modern version of that is the Mammogram. So, those of us in the so called "Golden Years", think about it. The good old days are now. There are few things I really miss about the past except the friends and health I've lost along the way.
  14. Beautiful prose that is. The thing I'm reading in your post is that maybe life has thrown you a curveball that backed you off the plate for awhile. I've had a couple of really bad years that have nothing to do with Covid but a 77 year old body runs into problems never thought about 20 years ago. My time on water is limited to nearly non existent last few years but I too hope to get out and begin to gain some time back on the clock with time on the water. Nick
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