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Mark Knapp

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  1. Nice video, great job. Not that Norm needs my back-up but yes, the original Blacknosed Dace calls for three different colors of hair to resemble the real Blacknose Dace. People tie, and make videos of their' own variations of flies all the time but to be accurate, if you want to be accurate, you would want to point out how your variation differs from the original. You didn't ask for critique but we know you are eager to learn and do good stuff. Nice vise too, your rotary is a true rotary. Good stuff.
  2. Good luck with your chicken chuckin'.
  3. It is a lot like a Klepper. This one is 21 feet long and has three seats. All aluminum frame. It has no inflatable sponsons though. I like it.
  4. I'd have to go to Anchorage to find a Dollar Store. Yuch
  5. Gettin' ready for 2 weeks of deer hunting and chicken chuckin' down at Sitka. These are some Non-Pelagic Squids I brought back from the last trip and put new chicken on. The heads were re-used as is.
  6. A four dollar box might cut into the profits a little. I s'pose you can charge the guy for that too. I put a dozen size 14 blue sparkle duns in one blister pack. They fit no problem. Someone offered me 5 bucks each for those so now I guess I'm a commercial tier.
  7. Yep, they are good too. We've used those too.
  8. I little while back Landon asked if I had a good solution for shipping flies so they don't get crushed. I've shipped them in a lot of things like Sucrets boxes but I didn't have anything of standard nature that was a dependable source. I was recently asked to tie a bunch of flies for some one and again, the problem arose. And here's my solution. https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=p2334524.m570.l1313&_nkw=clear+clam+shell+blister+pacs&_sacat=0&LH_TitleDesc=0&_osacat=0&_odkw=clear+clam+shell+boxes Clear clam shell blister packs from eBay. They're cheap, obtainable in large quantities and come in a variety of sizes. I did find out it pays to shop around as some of them are a lot more expensive than others.
  9. WWII Russian surplus collapsible
  10. I think you are right. I can't think of anything it does better than anything else but I'll see. Like maybe it would be handier on parachutes than any other given thing.
  11. We have some pretty wild fish up here so they really aren't used to being burned on many flies. Even things that you wouldn't think would work up here work. For instance, Egg sucking leaches work really well but the only leaches we have up here are the egg sucking variety. We don't have any Blacknose Dace up here either but the fly works. For us, it's more about water conditions that determine if a fly will work or not (or something else going on). Last weekend the grayling in a particular stream near us were so full of salmon eggs, they weren't eating anything, not even salmon eggs.
  12. Yes, do it. Let us know what happens.
  13. Hi Mike, It's a wolverine, not that it matters much to your point. In the art world, they call what you are talking about "using a limited pallet" It is kind of thing. That's the nice thing about this endeavor, we can go in any direction we want. I'm sure it would be fun to see just what one could get away with in limitting the pallet. In the case with my current flies, I'm exploring the different ways to build a Blacknose Dace. The original called for all these elements ( the red tag, the body tinsel and the counter wrap tinsel, the three colors of wing, etc.) so I'm looking for different ways to build the fly using different materials for those elements. Certainly, the fly can be tied and successfully fished, I am sure, with fewer elements. It would be a fun experiment with that.
  14. I have some of those Norm, they are a little clumsy for me though and didn't hold onto the feathers very well. The examples you picture look a little better than mine. There must be different manufacturers and I got a poor quality one.
  15. More fun with Feather Daces. Flat wing. And standing wing. And a short hook. Any and all comments welcomed.
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