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Mark Knapp

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  1. I started using UV resin instead of silicone. Here's some more of them, tried a blue one for a damsel fly too. Here's the first one with the new bodies. It had three tails when I started, don't know what happened to one of them. Got a bunch of these hooks in with a lot of vintage stuff at an auction. They seem perfect for these ext. body mayflies. These are size 16.
  2. I don't mind your .02 at all. That is a blue gill, and your are correct, we don't have them in Alaska, this one is in memoriam of a fine trip I had with a very good friend of mine in Washington State. It's a vintage skin-on mount that I got from eBay that I happened to find while I was Googling places to have a reproduction made. I also found a mounted group of four on a piece of drift wood that I sent to my host. They were extremely reasonably priced. The fly tying room is still a work in progress, I have a gun safe in the pole barn and plans for some more shelving for the vises and fly tying books. I also have to label more of the drawers. I also have a rack for the fly rods. The problem is, I'd have to clean up the room before I can do all that stuff. There-in lies the problem. I'd rather work in my fly room than work on the fly room. I'll probably work on it this winter. (Maybe) There's ice fishing to do too.
  3. Thanks Chug, I'll gitter done this week I hope
  4. I can never keep a pair of waders over a year. I guess I'm just too rough on stuff. We don't have any groomed fishing trails though. It's always rose hips and devils club, thick brambles and stuff. Real jungle warfare.
  5. Yep, we are losing 6 minutes of daylight everyday now. It will be fly tying and ice fishing season soon. You are right, it looks worse than it is, it wouldn't take long for someone to clean it up for me.
  6. That sounds like a great day. Oliver's a charmer, I can tell. And he's so cute.
  7. Mark Knapp


    I shoulda known.
  8. Not yet, but when I do, I'll post it.
  9. Thanks, I don't mind telling how I did it. Essentially, the ones on the left end were done my old way- dubbing and the bars done with wrapping floss. Most of them, the ones I like the most, were done with mallard, teal and gadwall flank feathers for reticulation, wrapped with dubbing. I'm still working on the technique but when I'm totally happy with it, I'll make an SBS or maybe even a video.
  10. Twenty or thirty tails in, I feel like I'm just getting the Mayfly tails dialed in.
  11. Saweeeet. Great job. Be careful out there. Both very nice fish.
  12. Sounds like a pretty good Sunday. 'cept for the Eagles part.
  13. Mark Knapp


    Have a good appointment.
  14. And you caught it in the ocean? 😁 He's a chunker for sure.
  15. Mark Knapp


    It might, if Alaskans had more children than all other states per capita. How come you're still up? Since you're not next door having a beer, isn't it getting late at your house?
  16. You must not be having a good day. Cheer up, it'll get better.😁 Is that all I have to do to get you to stop talking to me? Didn't know it would be so easy.
  17. I can fit in one or two more float trips, then the water gets hard. Regards, Mark
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