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Mark Knapp

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  1. 50 minutes ago, flytire said:

    were you a member in the late 1980's?

    i went on a lot of the yearly trips to the big horn river in montana

    i left that chapter when i couldnt get many members to help me with the auctions 👎

    i no longer belong to trout unlimited

    That seems to be the way with many boards, the upper one, two or three chairmen seem to be stuck to do all the work. I have left all my seats for the same reason. I am still active in just one association, a knife making one and again, I am one of two doing all the work.

  2. 9 minutes ago, Steeldrifter said:

    Didn't you JUST get back from a 5 day trip last week. I'm really starting to not like you! 😄

    I'll tell you the same thing I tell my wife ( she just said the same thing to me that you said), it was actually 11 days ago. Seems a lot longer than that though.

  3. 7 minutes ago, DFoster said:

    Not to worry Mark the extreme climate will keep "those who know better than you" from moving in and ruining your state.  I wish I could say the same for the rest of us-

    We're pretty much free range up here still. We sure like it that way. I'm leaving for a five day trip tomorrow and it won't cost me a thing except the gas for the motor home.

  4. 36 minutes ago, Steeldrifter said:

    That seems like a really odd reason to not allow wading. It's not like they pipe the water directly from the lake to peoples home :blink: it has to go through a treatment plant. Guess that's Cali for ya though. Couldn't pay me to live out there.

    Me neither.

  5. 6 hours ago, mikechell said:

    With the exception of this year, I've been to the Stockton area of California every year since 2007.  I'm there for a few weeks sometime from November to March ... each year depending on the training schedule.  In that area, the rivers and creeks are the way to go, as there are usually places you can get in and wade fish.  I've always had fun in those.

    A couple of times, I paid to get into one of the lakes or another.  Never caught anything that made it worth the money to get in.  I went with a resident, so a reservoir, to fish for Stripers.  Had to go through an inspection station (looking for signs of Quagga or Zebra Mussels).  Also, had to sign releases that neither the boat, nor our tackle had been used in another body of water less than 5 days previous.

    Unfortunately, those kinds of regulations will propagate through the Country in the next few years. 

    Not in Alaska. Not any time soon anyway.

  6. 6 hours ago, DFoster said:

    Mark I treat my TRV the same way I would a firearm since it's made out of pretty much the same metals (stainless, brass and tool steel).  I spoke with John Larabee from HMH at the fly fishing show last year, he said once per year take the vise apart and use white lithium grease on the bearings and a few drops of gun oil on the threads.  He also said wipe the exterior of the blued tool steel jaws down with a very thin coat of oil just as you would a revolver.

    I'm sure it's a fine thing to do, and certainly wouldn't hurt.

  7. On 1/15/2021 at 1:46 PM, Steeldrifter said:


    Still have to clean it up and paint it when I can get some free time, but this came out really nice looking.


    Mark I wouldn't be surprised if they have some Vikings files on Thingiverse, they have almost anything on there. I'll have to look and see if they do.

    Well, that stuff is very cool. I feel like I'd be beholding to you. I'd have to think of something cool for you.

  8. 1 hour ago, Sandan said:

    That's warmer than I keep my house. Guess those looks are deceiving. 😎


    Yeah, the last picture is of the first fish I caught one morning. That was just a few minutes after we got to the house, It looks pretty frosty in the house. Most of the other pictures show us in much less clothing, after things warmed up a bit. We're actually having a very mild winter up here. For the most part it's hovered around zero all winter. Not too bad really. Our holes haven't even been freezing up over night with the hole covers on them.

  9. 58 minutes ago, Steeldrifter said:

    Because of the COPPA laws youtube did last year it opened the door for huge headaches and fines on any video that is labeled as made for kids but does not follow to the absolute strictest guidelines they put forth. So now when you publish a video it gives two choice, made for kids & not made for kids. Pretty much everyone just clicks not made for kids to avoid all the BS and hassle.

    I think I understand

  10. .40 might be OK for black bears, maybe. A grizzly is a whole other thing. I'd go with what SD said for black bears but for grizzly country, I'd go with a large caliber rifle. Where James lives (and fishes) there are mostly black bears but there is an occasional grizzly. What he needs is a dog to go with him.

    We have had black bears and once in a while a grizzly eating dog food out of bowls in peoples yards. It's even worse near Anchorage. Someone gets eaten every other year around there.

    Like I said, he's fine for now.

  11. 2 hours ago, Steeldrifter said:

    I was wondering, that spear fishing pic on the wall in your shanty with the giant pike. Was that one you guys took?

    No, that's a poster that was given to me by a friend. It's something someone painted.

  12. 16 hours ago, mikechell said:

    Guide to a young couple that wants to wander the wilderness on their own:  "Be sure to carry pepper spray and wear bells, in case you wander into bear territory."

    Young couple:  "How will we know if we're in bear territory?"

    Guide: "You look for signs.  Bear scat is pretty easy to spot."

    Young couple:  "How do you recognize bear crap?"

    "Easy.  It'll smell like pepper spray and have bells in it."

    A classic oldie but goody. We have lots of bears up here, James just hasn't seen any of them yet. Right now they are all asleep so he doesn't have to worry, not for three more months or so.

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