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Mark Knapp

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  1. We felt it, and stuff was swinging around on the walls here but no damage here. We are 350 miles north of the epicenter. No one got killed from this one but there was a lot of damage south of us.
  2. Very nice. For bass, pike? Thanks! These are mainly for trout, but I also bring some when I go fishing along the coast here in Norway. Amazing, we, or I guess I, don't normally think of something like that when I think "Trout Fly". Um, big browns? Yes, targeting the really big ones in May when the fishing starts! But I also use these fishing saltwater on the westcoast of Norway for seatrout, cod or pollock Very cool. I wonder if something like that would work for trout over here, or would it be too flashy. Is there a SBS for these somewhere? I would try them in the salt water here.
  3. good luck http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?showtopic=86877&p=719578 I did get my order, very quickly and exactly what I wanted. I was impressed and going to post very good stuff about it and then the Green Caddis site went down and this whole site went down with the same message. So...
  4. I haven't been able to log in here for a few days. It is just me or everybody? It's been really affecting my work and home life. Been getting way too much done around here without the diversion. It's a serious problem. Does it happen often?
  5. Very nice. For bass, pike? Thanks! These are mainly for trout, but I also bring some when I go fishing along the coast here in Norway. Amazing, we, or I guess I, don't normally think of something like that when I think "Trout Fly". Um, big browns?
  6. These are very nice, good luck. Let us know how you do.
  7. To me, they mess up the whole job of the tippet. The tippet and the knot at the tippet are supposed to turn the fly over and lay it out on the water properly at the end of your cast. You can't do that with a clip. It seems to me the clip would foul and hang the fly improperly more times than not. Other than that, to me there are few things prettier than a well tied fly attached to the leader with a well tied knot.
  8. Sometimes my flies are under-dressed, sometimes they're over-dressed, but I have the same problem dressing myself. Good thing I have a wife. She can't help me with my flies though.
  9. I'm staying away from this one for now, I'm afraid of another rabbit hole. I have three CNC mills. This would not be good for me.
  10. Wow. Some people got some nerve. Thank you for your insights, I appreciate it.
  11. Hi Poopy, (still sounds a little informal to me). Yes, I originally started this whole project to tie for myself, to catch fish. Not to save money, I'm sure I haven't done that, but for the sense of self accomplishment. I've gone so far as to land on a remote river with just bare hooks and fishing line, gather up feathers and fur from the environment around me, tie flies and fish. That's the kind of "crazy" I am. I try to make sure there's red in my socks so I have some red thread to tie with if I need it (is that cheating?). I never aspired to have a fly named after me, but stranger things have happened. I wouldn't hate it if it happened. I don't think I could get rich doing it. Much to my wife's dismay money is not a motivation for me. Neither is fame. I just like to do things well. When I started knife making, and still, lots of people said "There's nothing new you can do in knife making, it's all been done. There's only so many way's to attach a piece of sharp metal to a handle" But because I approached it from a different direction, and because I didn't know the "right" way to make a knife, I came up with some different stuff. I broke a lot of rules and took a lot of grief for it but I developed a distinct style that is recognizable. I invented a new knife, got it patented and now it's a big part of what I do. I continue to do things in knife making that nobody has seen before. Some of it is not good, and some will tell you they never want to see it again, but every once in a while something sticks. I have a five year back log in custom knife orders now. It's seriously cuts into my tying and fishing time. Everything that has ever been done, at one time had never been done before. Innovation come from imagination, unfortunately greatness seldom does. You guys are king, and I understand and believe everything that you're saying. I have a lot to learn from you. I don't have aspirations of becoming the next great Popovich I just want to have fun, catch fish and do things well. Thank you, regards. Mark
  12. Do you have any pictures of it? I 'spose I could Google it but is there a link to the FFF fly pattern encyclopedia? Probably on this site somewhere.
  13. I would love to see that fly. In your mind would you call it an original or a variant?
  14. Hi Captain, I'm getting a picture of what a "Published fly" is thanks. I love your crabs, and that's not something I say to just anybody. I'm also getting a clue on what an original is. Like many things in life, that line seems to move around. In some cases a subtle difference in the fly makes it a new pattern, probably early in fly history. In others, probably later, any fly vaguely similar to another is a variant. What do you think. Here's a crab I tied without looking at crab recipes or flies. It's not a copy of someone else's crab but there is nothing new here, there must be many crabs like it, it has to be considered a variant of another fly. No? It's apparent to me that I tied the fly up-side-down. I have no ambitions of entering the world of contract tying or royalty patterns. My hat's off to you. Thanks Mark
  15. Hi Mark and with MUCH respect for those of you who practice the art of realistic tying- I have never forgotten what the guy who sold me my first fly rod said to me- "I know a guy who ties flies that look exactly like bugs. They're almost indistinguishable except for the hook. Yet when he fishes with us we always out fish him using traditionally tied flies". I tend to think flies with plucked dubbing or soft hackles/feather fibers catch fish because they do a really good job of imitating a dead bug that has been banged up in a stream or waterlogged. Here's how I see the "Original" question- There are certain flies known the world over, with distinguishing features, if your creation ends up resembling one you should probably use the word "variant" out of respect for tradition. If your winding peacock herl for an abdomen divided with red floss you kind of have to call it a Royal Coachman "variant". Otherwise why not consider a fly you create based on looking at a natural, matching up materials and visualizing the tying technique an original? Someone somewhere may have (or not) come up with a similar concept but that doesn't diminish your insight. Who knows maybe in a few years "Mark's Tiger Rockfish" will be huge with the salt water guys. Too many times a fly tied to an exact imitation of the real thing is too rigid, it lacks the fluidity and movement that the real thing would have, that it needs to catch fish. If you could do both, then I think you'd have something. I'm with you on the "original" question. Thanks Mark
  16. I'm all over the place too. It's exciting for me to catch fish on a fly I developed, but I like the classics too. I would really like to be able to tie known patterns well, maybe even try some of the classic salmon patterns, some day. That may take some serious training though. If I tie my own patterns, no one can tell me it's wrong.
  17. now that's the important thing, imo. Yep, thanks
  18. Thanks Darrell. I think things are changing, as they always do. Early on, every variation of a pattern may have been a new fly, the Zebra and Mercury midges come to mind (I understand why they are different). Now, it seems you could tie a completely different fly but if it fell into a category of known flies it would be a variant. Maybe the world has enough flies.
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