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Mark Knapp

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  1. I have several inflatables and folding boats, and have been a floater for about 30 years, both in guiding and in my own pursuits. Like everything, they all have their advantages and disadvantages. I have two Ally Pac Canoes and one Russian army surplus folding Kayak, a 21 footer with three cockpits. They all work well in smooth water. In rough water, an inflatable is preferable. I personally wouldn't even think about one of the inexpensive inflatables for reasons already mentioned (except to try the kayak experience without soaking too much money into it at first). The inexpensive ones are susceptible to popping, and who wants to mess with that? A good quality inflatable is almost unsinkable in regular fishing situations. They bounce off of rocks and pointy stobs with no problems. Hooks won't penetrate unless you do something really silly. They generally have at least three compartments and you'd have to pop them all to sink the dang thing. We carry knives with rounded tips (but with sharp edges) when using inflatables. Inflatables go together faster and more easily than the folding boats. If you should damage an inflatable, the repairs are not difficult, just a little trickier than patching a hip boot. If you damage a folding boat, (like break a rib) repairs are more of a problem. One draw back to kayaks is that you are seated very low in them and some people find it difficult to sit with legs straight out in front of them for long periods of time. Fly casting can be a little more difficult in a kayak than in other boats. On the other hand, you don't have to bend over very far to net or release a fish.
  2. Nice, what kind of salmon is that? Any more, now-a-days, it's hard to tell just by the location and a picture, what with all the introductions of new species these days. What fly did you use?
  3. Nice bug Chug. No worries on the elk hair, let me know when you need more.
  4. Goodness, that looks good. Put on some purple hackle and some purple in the body and it's perfect for Halloween.
  5. Very cool. Try not to be so humble. We know you're a stud.
  6. "That's a good idea" Quote from "Never Cry Wolf"
  7. I see a bunch of them on eBay https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2380057.m570.l1313&_nkw=fish+skin+fly+boxes&_sacat=0 Carbondale CO.
  8. Wow, that's a pretty place. Very nice.
  9. No, I've been cutting them out by hand with scissors. The idea of a cutter or burner is intriguing though.
  10. #16 parachute extended body Mayfly Hook - #16 hook I got with a bunch of stuff Thread - 6/0 Danville's med olive Tail - Lemon wood duck flank, Micro-fibettes, clear cling wrap, amber scintilla dubbing Abdomen - olive CDC Wing - wood duck flank Hackle - Med dun rooster saddle hackle
  11. Yep, it was a crisp, clear fall day. Just perfect.
  12. That means I was in my new fishing shack, ( a 1991 class "C" motor home that I got real cheap and worked on for two weeks) I was down in Delta (100 miles from my house, where TIER lives) and I was on my cell phone, the system didn't recognize me because I couldn't sign in with the two bars of service. I was on a duck hunting scouting trip, combined with a salmon prospecting trip and grouse hunt. Got two grouse, didn't find enough ducks to warrant a duck hunt and didn't find any salmon in fishable waters.
  13. I tested mine up to the chest pocket yesterday, no leaks. Didn't catch any fish either. There were just enough silver salmon in the river to get all the grayling full but I couldn't find any salmon in the fishable holes. Did get a couple of grouse on the way to the hole though. So now I have a couple of fresh skins for soft hackles. Sheared three pins in the little outboard trying to get back to the launch. Still, nice day to be out.
  14. One of each, in this order. Cree Cree Cree Cree and Cree. Then I could share some with my friends. 😁 I'd have to think about it. Dun and grizzly would certainly have to be first. then, of course a Cree, cuz they are so hard to get. Then a cream because white or light flies are so important up here. And a coachman brown. And thank you, I'll PM you my address. 😁😊
  15. Very pretty, and tidy. And the quill. your stimi is really nice Scott. Nice stuff everybody. I'm waiting for the 32 Chug.
  16. When something like that happens, the best thing to do is turn it off for a while and let it reboot. That's what I do. Sometimes there are glitches in the system that just need to be worked out.
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