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Hatchet Jack

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  1. I have completely mis-judged the demographics of FlyTyingForum. Please lock the thread, call it a day, lesson learned.
  2. My post was out of a deep concern for when an oil pipe line bursts over or under a major waterway, such as one of our Great Lakes or one of our rivers that we fish. It affects everyone.
  3. https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/16/us/keystone-pipeline-leaks-south-dakota.html If this gets me banned, well then so be it, but we're living with our heads in the tar sand.
  4. There was an old man from Nantucket who kept his dead wife in a bucket. He said with a grin as he rubbed his bruised shin, "If I hit that again I shall chuck it."
  5. STEELIE! Sorry for shouting but after reading 'bout your trip, my shoulder hurts. Not sure if you have enough back-cast room for overhead casting with a switch rod but if so, give it try next time. An ortho doc told me years ago that joints are like tires - just so many miles on them ☺ Nice trip you had there, wish I was with you as fly fishing for snot rockets is my favorite.
  6. One - two whip finishes with a Materelli whip finish tool + some plain old bee's wax rubbed into the thread prior to whipping. Then I apply a heated bodkin point to the hook eye - this melts the wax into the thread & head. Works great for small flies & no glue is clogging the hook eye. BTW, Silver Creek posted an excellent detailed drawing* here in the forum some time back on how to properly do the whip finish, but it appears to be lost in the ether. Main idea is to make your wraps with touching turns going forward, from hook shank to hook eye. *Maybe he could re-post it here for all to see?
  7. (a must do fix-it for ya, Piker) I gained 2 stone watching the video plus chest pains to boot. Is there not a smoke alarm going off in the background? Have not a clue as to why ☺
  8. Not sure how you managed to land a catfish with your Tenkara & not break the tip. What model and make is your rod? The cats I've caught on my fly rods have fought like demons possessed.
  9. "I tried contacting Rio but no response...At least acknowledge my email." I recommend that you call Rio and explain your situation. Many companies have an email contact but they won't answer a query that way. I've had good luck with them when I've called with questions - give it a try, let us know what happens.
  10. PrairieDrifter's post about Carrie Stevens & her feathered streamers got me thinking about a fishing experience from long ago, back in the day when Jungle Cock nails were within my reach and Grey Ghosts were my favourite streamer fly. I had been fishing for steelies on a well-known river for some days without any luck. Throwing spoons & even spawn sacks with a Shakespeare Ugly Stick 8 wt. 9' fly rod, Martin multiplier reel & Maxima mono just didn't charm the stubborn buggers. I was tired and worn out and in a fish-fueled funk. What in Dog's Creation did they want? I chucked the 8 wt. and rigged up my old 6-er with SA Wet Cell 3 full sink and a #10 Grey Ghost & settled down to fish a pool known as the Box Car. I was tired of casting & flinging & half froze up so I said to hell with it all, let the streamer whirl about downstream in the current and depths. Just long-line the bastage and see what happens. For some time, I sat there on the bank, watching a few snowflakes drift down, & occasionally twitching the rod tip. Finally a solid, strong tug woke me up and it was fish on. Long story short...a 24" Brown, fresh in from the Big Pond came into my net and then later, into a hot cast iron frying pan. Upon cleaning the fish, I discovered that the greedy Pig-'O-Fish had devoured an entire 12" milt sack that someone had flung into the river from a previous catch. That Brown looked 20 months pregnant and then some. Why he took my streamer, well who knows? When I'm fishing now & my luck is grape-sour, I remind myself of that day, and to slow down. 'Tis a perpetual lesson, often forgotten yet happily re-learned. Good fishing to all!
  11. oldtrout58, stellar joke, that.
  12. I vote for a new name: Steelie "Picasso" Drifter. The level of detail you put into your rods is astounding - I'd be hard pressed to fish such a beautiful rod.
  13. A third vote for Oliver Edwards' "Flytyers Masterclass", c. 1995! A superb book with detailed drawings and a level of complexity you will find challenging. Also mentioned in the book for suggested reading are Mike Dawes' "The Flytyer's Manual" & "The Flytyer's Companion". BTW, one cannot go wrong with flytire's Visegrip ® array of vises. They'll hold and crush any size hook ya throw at 'em. Have a size 40/0 for sturgeon flies? No problem.
  14. Rocco, woven hollow core Dacron is the backing used for decades, then came along the Spectra/Dynema zero-stretch type lines. One can fashion a loop on the backing, using a bobbin threader and a wee jar of finely tuned elbow grease ☺ The backing is pulled back into itself with a bobbin threader, then pulled back into itself again, thus locking the loop. Once you've done a few, it goes fast and a big plus is that the fly line loop/backing loop junction goes through the fly rod guides fairly easily. Carp can show you that connection right quick, so can a mad goose.... I've got a hunch you're bang-on regarding Cortland's Micron and it's thinness. It's hard to tell from their advertisements if it's a 'solid' woven line, or other.
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