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Mark Knapp

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  1. 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.
  2. Twenty or thirty tails in, I feel like I'm just getting the Mayfly tails dialed in.
  3. Saweeeet. Great job. Be careful out there. Both very nice fish.
  4. Sounds like a pretty good Sunday. 'cept for the Eagles part.
  5. Mark Knapp

    MCHELL

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

    MCHELL

    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?
  8. 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.
  9. I can fit in one or two more float trips, then the water gets hard. Regards, Mark
  10. Mark Knapp

    MCHELL

    Wouldn't per capita be the most accurate measure for a large state with a small population? If it was just done in total boats owned, we'd surely be on the bottom. The weather, and we carry a lot of stuff.
  11. Mark Knapp

    MCHELL

    It's a statistic I read in a paper boating magazine. I did Google it after you gave me permission too 😁 and I couldn't find anything with per capita data newer than 2014. Most everything I found newer than that was gross data. Can you show me a link? Not that I need to check up on you, I'm just curious. I found one from 2016 that said Minn. was no.1 and Alaska 9th. Arizona was 23rd in 2016. So I wonder why the huge discrepancy.
  12. That one's a chunker. What's the fly?
  13. I've never fished the transplants in the great lakes. They were just starting to get hot there when I left Minnesota. I knew there were some guys getting Atlantics from the tributaries of Lake superior. Gosh, it's been so long now, they could have been steelheads, I don't remember. (36 years ago now) At any rate, that's what we see here in Alaska too.
  14. I got up, finished cutting up the moose and caribou meat for this year. Put some caribou ribs on for four hours with a dry rub. Had some seafood chowder for lunch made (a couple of days ago) with all wild caught smoked salmon, rock fish, halibut, king crab, prawns and ling cod. Then, I went into the fly tying room to start cleaning it up but I got side tracked with some tying projects that had been left unfinished on the bench. Three hours later I'm still side tracked perfecting extended tails for Mayflies. Boy, what a good day. I hope you're having a good Sunday too. Tell us about it.
  15. Mark Knapp

    MCHELL

    Yep, advantages and disadvantages to everything. I wouldn't be able to ice fish without a truck, heaven forbid. Alaska has the highest rate of boats, private airplanes, pick-up trucks and labs (retrievers not meth) per capita of all the states.
  16. Mark Knapp

    MCHELL

    We have two, be lost without them. I'm not saying yur a girly man or anything..... Car's generally don't have enough clearance for the white stuff and they don't make snow plows that fit on cars. We also carry a bunch of stuff around.
  17. Is your fishing season over already?
  18. I think you are mixing some stuff up. I don't know much about Atlantic Salmon but I do know this. Pacific Salmon are the ones that go up stream to spawn once and die . As I understand it, Atlantic Salmon, the targets of the Classic Atlantic Salmon fly, have the ability to return to ocean after spawning and come back to spawn again the next year. "Unlike Pacific salmon, Atlantic salmon do not die after spawning, so adults can repeat the spawning cycle for several years." -the internet. I knew that was true about Atlantic salmon on our eastern shore, but had to check if it was true in Europe where the Classic Atlantic Salmon Fly originated. All five species of Pacific Salmon return to the river they were they born, spawn once and die. Of our Pacific Salmon only the Sockeye (red) is notorious for not eating while in fresh water. All four of the others readily take a fly, bait or lure. Since, as I understand it, Atlantic Salmon also take a fly, lure or bait in fresh water, I guess they probably do it for the same reasons that Pacific Salmon do. It is a wide spread notion that these species don't eat for sustenance but they do eat for some reason. We people think we know everything, so the experts say that the salmon that do take a lure or bait in fresh water, do so from frustration, instinct, to keep a nest clean of someone else's eggs or just to be mean. They say this because salmon caught in fresh water often don't have much the their' stomachs. I think if I swam a thousand miles up a river, I wouldn't have much in my stomach either. I think that food is also harder to come by in fresh water and it's not what these fish have been used to eating their whole adult lives, so they don't have much in their' bellies. I think we would need to be a fish to know why they eat or don't eat.
  19. I didn't know that it wasn't possible to become a member for a while. This is the first I've heard of that. We do have a few recent postings of people calling themselves new members. You are probably right about the ladies and their preferences. I have taught at a place called "Becoming an outdoor woman", they seem to be much more at ease around a lot of women. I was one of just a few men teaching everything from Running a chainsaw" to "Fly Casting" to "Trapping". It was very well run by women and catered to just women. It was a blast to teach there. I would probably do it again if asked.
  20. Mark Knapp

    MCHELL

    Mike, I saw a truck at the brewpub next door to my shop that had the license plate MCHELL. Don't tell me you're next door sipping on a sweet micro-brew and didn't even stop in to say "Hi"
  21. Nice flies Mr. Dan Just getting around to catching up here.
  22. Wow, that white is white, "a lighter shade of pale" so to speak. A real good floater and high vis. too. Do you get to fish all the flies you tie? It's a lucky man that gets to fish every fly he ties. Nice tie. Trout and char would chomp that up, up here.
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