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Mark Knapp

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  1. Those are some "hella" hellgramites and stone cold, stone flies.
  2. t, I'm smelling what you're stepping in.
  3. Poop, I'm with you on your whole first paragraph. Kind of with you on your second. There's something to be said for not reinventing the wheel. Everything (almost everything) builds off of what others did before them. I'm spread very thin. My wife scowls at me when I spend too much time talking here with you folks and tinkering with things. Or when I load up the truck for fishing too many times a week. One day is fine, two are allowed but when I go three times a week, I am pushing it ( I push it quit a bit). We are so far behind. If my time is worth $100.00 an hour (I don't make $100.00 an hour when I'm making custom knives, more like 20.00, but I earn my company $100.00 an hour when I do company stuff). I have to decide if it's worth it to me to start with a $500.00 vise or build one from scratch. Or, more importantly, do I want to take time off from fishing to stay home and build a vise from scratch, I've already had to cut back my fishing time to try and catch up on work. Bazzer would say I have built a whole new vise. I wish everybody the most fun tying, and fishing.
  4. Les, yes, "stuck" seems to be the wrong word. Steeldrifter, Yes they are, one of my dreams is to go up north and catch a 40 pounder in full spawning colors on a fly. Thanks everybody.
  5. DrLogik, I've had my medical supply versions for years, and I never took the batteries out. This is the first time I changed the batteries in 6 years. If you think about it, one meant for surgery should neither have drained batteries or be finicky. I've never tried the commercially available ones so I can't say, but I wonder if they are inferior. Can you tell me which ones you've tried?
  6. Pete, that is nice. Thanks for showing it to me.
  7. Bazzer, How much importance should I place on the way you tie or the way Davie McPhail ties? I think there are many fine fly tiers, but I don't wish to emulate any of them. You tie your way and I tie mine. You don't need one that spins, I like the way mine spins. I like the palm wheel and now, I like my hand wheel. I found the finger bar awkward to use. You are comparing the old version of the HMH to what you now have. I, admittedly, have some country loyalty. I like that my vise was made in the US, putting US workers to work. You also must admit that you are biased. Your vise is $200.00 more expensive than mine, add to that the exorbitant cost of getting things shipped from the UK (higher than any other country that I deal with) I already had all the extras that the CAE comes with and didn't need them. The decision for me was easy. You have a fine vise, I hope you enjoy it. I am enjoying mine for sure. I'm really having a lot of fun tying on it and tinkering with it, making it, what I think, is better.
  8. tjm, I agree with most of what you said. However, any commodity is worth what someone is willing to pay for it. To say the feathers had no value but they were sold for several thousand dollars is contradictory. The world market value of anything is exactly what it is worth. Now, if you are talking about questionable scientific value, we may be in some agreement there. Things like the antiquities act and huge collections seem to place an extraordinary amount of importance on old stuff for little to no good reason. I've been in a couple of wildlife managers houses and they look like museums with mounted peregrine falcons and other stuff. In Alaska if you find a mammoth tusk on public land (people do all the time) you must surrender it to the University of Alaska but they have so much of the stuff they buried 30,000 pounds of it on University lands, and then forgot where they buried it. They had to use ground searching radar to find it. Didn't matter, it's still in the ground but at least they know where it is. I will leave all that up to the experts. I don't buck it, who needs the hassle. When someone's caught breaking these laws, it makes the community look bad. Whatever that community it happens to be, fly tying, ivory, whatever. It adds support to the people trying to protect the stuff. Incidentally, in Alaska, it becomes a felony at $500.00.
  9. Bazzer, Well, I did explain that, if you read my answer to your first post about my mods (please see my post #109). I wanted to be able to spin dubbing Norvise style on my HMH but I didn't want a Norvise because there's no clearance behind the vise like there is on the HMH. Also, the HMH is 200 bucks less expensive than yours so that made it more attractive to me. I am a machinist, the mods cost me nothing. If I want, the vise can be restored to it's original condition by just pulling a couple of screws. Innovation only occurs by when people mess with stuff, I like to mess with stuff. I have four patents, it's how I make my living. You seem to be troubled by people owning the HMH TRV, why is that? I am happy with mine, you're happy with yours. So lets all just be happy.
  10. Mike, are you in Anchorage? You're only about 365 miles away from Fairbanks. You're not even in the north yet. I took your post to mean you were in Anchorage. Come on by if you get up here.
  11. Gene, No I wouldn't, and no, I wouldn't give him a pass. I would like to see all poachers and burglars prosecuted to the greatest extent of the law. I think I know what you mean, but to be clear, he sold and tied with stolen feathers, not poached ones. He still should have been jailed, and I think if he had used poached feathers, the courts would have been harder on him.
  12. TJM, I use a hackle guard to protect my head and hackles when I use it to clear the eye. Works good.
  13. Poop, come up here, I take you.
  14. I use it to remove head cement or CA glue from the eye too. It's a handy tool.
  15. I have two medical cauteries that my brother in law, the ER nurse, got for me. The Docs throw them away after one use, it's not possible to sterilize them for another use. The batteries ran low in them and I thought it a waist to throw them away so I changed the batteries in them. I realize I'm probably not the first person to ever do this and I suspect that it may have been posted here before. If it's been covered I apologize for using up band width. If it's been a while, someone may benefit by it. Here's what I did. This is what the back end of the cautery looks like. I used my belt sander to remove the rolled end that holds the end cap in. Under the end cap is a spring and a plastic divider. Take them out.... ....and it looks like this. Bend the copper tab up and remove the batteries. Here's all the stuff. Put in new batteries. Reassemble it the way it came apart and put on a new end cap. I use these rubber end caps that I got off eBay for ice fishing rods I make. They work perfectly for the cautery. You will need a 5/8 inch cap. One warning though, the cautery will be much hotter than it was when you last used it so be careful. You could singe the heck out of stuff if you're not careful. Some ice flies for this winter and soft hackle wets for this summer all made with the help of my regenerised cautery.
  16. It's winter here, and the Ice is 30 inches thick. We are not doing much fly fishing these days. I have been ice fishing though and it's been a pretty good season so far. I like to adapt my favorite flies for fishing vertically. Typically I put a bead in front of the eye of the hook. The water we are fishing in is shallow and crystal clear so we can look down the hole and watch how fish approach the fly. We can differ the presentation and see how fish react. It's a lot of fun and I learn a lot by watching. We do keep some of the big fish, they are delicious. I like them smoked. These fish are triploids (sterile) and have a five year life span so we don't feel bad about keeping them. Here are some of them. Friends with a days catch, we let a lot of the small ones go, had to keep some that bled a little. A 22 inch char and some nice rainbows. Some more friends, that's one of my best char this season, 24 inches. This is a Quartz lake grand slam, a char, a king, a silver and some rainbows in the same day. 14 to 18 inch rainbows. My Cuz with a really nice char. And that's her punk- azz boyfriend with a 26 inch rainbow. He's not really a punk-azz though, he's pretty good to her. Friend Christine with her very first rainbow. My bud Steve with girls and a nice catch. The first time fishing since the girls were kids. Only four more months and I can fly fish again. Till then I've move the house to a lake with thirty pound lakers and 15 pound char in it. Wish me luck.
  17. Mogup, yes I read yours. It's the reason I decided to get the book. Yes, we did come up with the same conclusions.
  18. Df, I'm pretty sure he must have tied them all. Something else that's pretty interesting, I was at an auction several years ago and I was bidding on fly rods and fly tying stuff. There was also a box classic salmon fly materials and some books. I was able to get most of the fly tying stuff without too much trouble but when it came to the classic stuff he was going to get it. Every time the bid was back to him, his hand shot up with such determination that I knew he was going to get it no matter what. I saw no point in running him way up so I quit bidding. I don't remember the man himself but I do remember the materials and the books. I'm pretty sure I have them now. It's funny how things go around.
  19. Dfoster, there isn't any antique stuff at all, mostly framed flies and flies on pedestals, as well as several hundred ( maybe thousands of) flies for sale in labeled partitioned boxed like you see at fly shops. These all appear to be hand tied, (by him?) The most exciting thing is the box of capes.
  20. I finished reading mine last night. I bought it used on eBay, very inexpensively. I don't think it was a waist of my time or money to read the book. I'll pass it on to someone else who won't have to donate to the author. It gave me and insight to a world I wasn't familiar with (even if it was tinged with his protectionist perspective). I found it to be an interesting read. The author did do quite a bit of research but I found several factual inaccuracies. The book, having been written from a preservationist, as opposed to a conservationist, view point certainly had the anti-sportsman slant, demonizing anybody that used natural materials in their' craft. Anybody that thinks he needs to hire a body guard, and thought that 250 people at the symposium knew, or even cared who he was, clearly wasn't able to view the facts concerning the case objectively. I think the ending was anti-climactic, it just fizzled out in the end. You can't change the ending of a real event but if there is no story, what's the point. The book probably should have ended when Edwin got caught. Instead, the author set himself up as "Captain Chatterer" the defender of wild life. He was going to get to the bottom of things...but he didn't. Certainly not every exotic feather at the symposium was illegal. Some of them probably were but to make everybody that sells a feather or ties a classic Victorian salmon fly a criminal falls in the category of absurdity. It's similar to the use of ivory. Near as I can tell, the author only counted one of the subspecies of birds stolen as on the Endangered Species List. It's no wonder that no real law enforcement agencies care about what goes on at fly tying symposiums, maybe there's nothing there. In the mean time you Classic Salmon Fly thugs need to work on your images, quit scaring people. I wonder what new worldwide tragedy the author will choose next. Full disclosure: I do not condone the burglary of museums, or any body. I do not condone the illegal use of any threatened or endangered species or the poaching of anything. In my business, (I sell ivory) I work very hard to make sure I comply with all agency laws and regulations. I work with my area USF&W closely to make sure I do. I hold all the appropriate import/export permits and have gone through the CITES application process many times.
  21. It's like Christmas around here, today my copy of "The Feather Thief" finally came in. Plus that, I got my new vise, my new dubbing spinners. I got a Guinea fowl skin. To top it all off, I went to an estate sale and got a complete fly tying room. There's so much stuff, I'm going to be sorting for quite some time. Just the stack of fly tying books was 3 1/2 feet tall. I didn't know the old fella but he must have been an interesting guy. He had some classic salmon fly stuff and lots of shadow boxed sets of flies. There was one box of hackle capes, buck tail, schlappen, Chickabou, calf tails and hair patches full to the top of a 2 X 2 X 2 foot box, all in original packaging. It seems as if he had owned a fly shop 'cause there was lots of stuff for display. Also, drawers and drawers and drawers of hook, tools and 3 vises. I paid the family what they were asking but, they were so nice, and the widow is strapped for cash till the affairs are cleared. There's so much more than I thought there was so I'm going to give them some more money.
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