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  1. I used low heat to take set out of my Montague. But, there are supposedly some early glues that heat affects. Rule I've read is don't get it too hot to hold with your bare hand. Search the web for "straighten set bamboo fly rod" , you'll find some experts.
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    Hearing loss

    Lucky guy Skeet.
  3. tjm

    Hearing loss

    Thanks for the response. I asked out curiosity more than need, I'm sure VA will have some kind of replacement when these die, but I doubt that they use top of the line or newest technology either.
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    Hearing loss

    @DFoster can you set those just to "fix" certain frequencies? If so how do you which fequencies need "fixing"? My hearing aids are VA supplied Phonak, that seem to only amplify the stuff that I can't hear, like bird calls and soprano voices, or at least amps those up many times more than other stuff. I recall when the audiologist was explaining my hearing loss that there were 3-4 dips in the graph and "normal" hearing in between them. There are a few things they over-amplify though like the turn signal clicker and dishes being hit in restaurants. These were supposed to be tuned to my needs prior to delivery, but when I had a complaint the audiologist did some re-tuning with her desktop and bluetooth. You've gotten my interest because mine are a few years old ,so are likely nearing end of life.
  5. You probably want 50# to make looped butt sections? https://www.cortlandline.com/products/braidedmonoloopingmater They also have a waxed version - https://www.cortlandline.com/products/waxed-braided-mono-shooting-line
  6. try eBay there are a few listed
  7. I don't tie as much as I did long time ago but I've always cut ribbing wire/tinsel with the tying scissors that are constantly in my hand, not with the points but with the thickest part near the hinge. This means a few things, a) I don't have to take the scissors off my fingers, b) I don't have to look for the nippers, c) when done with the nippers I don't have to move every thing on the table to find the scissors again. For hard wire, nothing beats a professional quality set of 4" dykes. If there is any tag left I simply mash it to the hook with thumbnail or back of scissors and go on. (Well I didn't always use the scissors, I started out using ordinary fingernail clippers, but I've used the scissors for decades.) btw, the dykes will trim toenails and cuticles too.
  8. Been living with tinnitus more than 40 years, since late 20s; always crickets, sometimes peeper frogs or cicada and the volume is variable, but never really off; have had multiple frequency hearing loss for decades but only got hearing aids ~5 years ago. I feel sorry for my wife more than myself for it though, I've grown use to saying "sir???" or "hanh?" and she hasn't gotten used to repeating stuff, so she yells. Our children all have learned to enunciate. They have found that I can interpret a whisper better than a shout, that if they speak loudly and rapidly I may not even notice it as it blends with "my noise". With hearing aids stay out of restaurants, or stick the things in a pocket. With radio or TV turn the volume down to the point that words are barely heard, loud volume makes it all worse. Don't try to hear the radio, it should be a buzzy background. When your grandson brings out his thunderously loud guitar, take a walk outside. Tell the people around you that enunciation is ten times better than volume. Stay out of rooms with slick finished walls or glossy paint, they have echo that will set you nerves off. For the wax, turning my ears directly into a hot shower for a couple minutes each keeps most of it washed out, it did take me a while to get used to that but it's much better than the suction cleaning, that pulled hair roots that hurt for months. The good news is tinnitus probably isn't fatal. The bad news is you can't read lips when people are masked. Be cheerful things can always get worse. And not everyone gets to hear crickets in winter. For you folks that make videos- leave the "music" out of them, it is more distracting than strobe lights and explosions.
  9. This is what I did ~'76- This was on eBay recently, you might contact the seller and see if there are more where it came from- https://www.ebay.com/itm/Vise-Pedestal-Base-Adapter-DYI-Fly-Tying-Vise-3-8-Shaft-FV2172-/253599281248?var=0&mkevt=1&mkcid=1&mkrid=711-53200-19255-0&campid=5338590836&toolid=10044&customid=a97b29e3935a177d311f49a16d561815
  10. Not for me, - one or two pages work others are 404s and the contact is shown to be an insecure connection.
  11. That tubing wasn't very available then, painters tape was. Although I now have many sizes and colors of heat shrink, if i was doing a new set of pliers I'd still use the tape, because I believe it has a softer surface.
  12. About 47? years ago I read or was told to wrap one jaw of my English hackle pliers with 3-4 turns of masking tape to both increase the grab and keep them from cutting, that original painters tape is still on them and they still work, although I have recently started using the test probe clips a lot.
  13. Cats on trotline, and on pole/line/live bait; never a cat on a fly and I fish streams full of them for bass. Have taken bullheads on fly, on purpose and accidentally.
  14. Link works for me, it doesn't open a page though, it is a file down load or can opened with Adobe.
  15. That's only about three hours from me and I've never fished it, made a few trips over there only to find the water way to high. I used to fish the Beaver tailwater of the White regularly and think I'll start going there again in summer.
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