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Mark Knapp

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  1. No, it's sold already. I can't afford to keep the really special stuff, I got bills to pay.
  2. It comes out of the ground stained from the minerals in the ground. It is not enhanced in any way except that it is sanded and polished. Yep, we make a lotta gun grips too.
  3. No worries, I can fix that for you on the ones you already posted. You are right, Alaska is amazing.
  4. Yes it's expensive, it's one of the things that makes custom knives so expensive.
  5. I have a small knife handle supply business (for knife makers). I buy ivory from native people who dig it up and I make knife handle sections out of it and resell it.
  6. I thought some of you would be interested to see the prettiest fossil walrus ivory I've ever bought and sold. The blue color is natural and it comes from the minerals in the ground where it was buried for a 1000 or more years.
  7. What a fortunate turn of events for you. Have fun. Welcome to the site too.
  8. I don't believe it, show us pictures. 😁
  9. Glad we could help, O' Soggy Footed One
  10. Hi David, If you are real, maybe you could tell us a little bit about how you catch tuna with a fly rod. Seems like it would be a blast. I deleted your post about swimming ear plugs because honestly, it seems like a spam. Perhaps you should join a swimming forum and post it. You would probably get more results.
  11. I think it's a matter of practicality. At the end of the video, it mentions how Hair wings were replacing the classics, and how much faster they were to tie. I learn to tie them at art, but I don't think I could fish them.
  12. I just added another technique to the extended body SBS.
  13. Still playing with different Mayfly patterns. Hook- Mustad size 14 shrimp/caddis. Thread- Danvilles Olive 6/0 70 Denier Extended Tail- three brown micro-fibettes, superfine yellow sparkle dubbing, lemon yellow mallard flank feathers, cling wrap. Wings- mallard flank feathers Abdomen- Olive CDC Hackle- Whiting Med. Dunn saddle hackle. All comments welcomed.
  14. I think I like the ones you did first but I realize it might just be because I got used to seeing them that way. They all look good to me.
  15. I knew there was something wrong with those flies, didn't want to say nothin'. 😁😊. No, I didn't know that either. They still look great to me, I bet they'll fish good too.
  16. Extended Body Wally-wing Mayfly Hook Mustad #14 caddis hook Thread- Danvilles Olive 6/0 70 Denier Tail - Micro-fibettes, superfine yellow crystal dubbing, brown peacock wing biot, cling wrap Wing - Wood duck flank feather tied Wally-wing Body - Olive CDC All comments are welcomed
  17. Yeah, we heard you say that already, They say it's a sign of dementia when old people start repeating themselves. 😋
  18. Hi James, Are the silvers in the Delta Clear Water yet? I have never heard of anyone catching salmon on top water. I suggest wets. I have had very good luck catching silvers in fresh water with egg sucking leaches (lean to the larger sizes), sparkle egg sucking leaches (one time, that's all they would hit for some reason), flesh flies, also, look up "coho fly patterns" I've had very good luck with them. For all other species, egg patterns dominate, except reds, go to krill patterns for them. Most people, like 99.9 percent agree that sockeyes (reds) will never hit a fly in fresh water, they have to be flossed. There are just a few fly casters (I met a couple in Kodiak) that swear up and down that you can catch reds in fresh water consistently with a krill looking fly. (With the hook inside the mouth as apposed to from the outside as with flossing) One of my life goals is to do that - catch reds that actually bite a fly. Here's a blog post that shows the flies and techniques I used on a trip a few years ago. http://akflytyer.blogspot.com/2013/ Good luck. Let us know how you do.
  19. That's a nice picture Norm, do you get to fish there? What a beautiful place.
  20. Thanks for the nice comments. The UV bodies do bend to a degree they, are not completely rigid. Its hard to say what effect these stiffer bodies will have, and hard to say if more durability equals more fish to the net or not as compared to a shorter fly life and more re-tying. I suppose the foam body flies (and straighter bodies) are the answer but I didn't care for the look personally (though I am sure they catch fish). I like to tie what I think is pretty, not necessarily what I think will be effective. We have mostly stupid fish up here, and lots of them. It doesn't concern me as much as if I could only get five strikes in a day and they could all be misses due to a stiff fly. The only way to tell for sure is to go fishing. I guess I'm going to have to take one for the team and do the research.😄
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