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  1. Nooooop, at least not where DogtaEff fishes and wanders. However, down south (a bit) in Ol' Virginny the fish is known to some as the Shenandoah Tarpon. That's some serious panache in the world of flyfishing. Perhaps a bit overstated, but who give a hock if they're biting and fighting well when nobody else is. Check it out...https://dwr.virginia.gov/blog/fallfish-little-tarpon-of-the-commonwealth/
  2. Good on ya! Bend the rod, increase the knowledge base, enrich the pastime as you go. Kinda figured you'd go back through the thread and review Denduke's post with a discriminating eye for attributes on the two species. http://www.flytyingforum.com/index.php?/topic/91604-can-anyone-identify-this-fish/&do=findComment&comment=774469 Even with sketches and drawings, there's usually some hard attributes to go by in distinguishing similar species such as relative fin positions with these fish. It'll prove more useful in the future as chubs and shiners can morph into some pretty interesting looking creatures during the spawning seasons. Males can get downright freaky and the coloration alone throws anglers off on ID. You'll encounter specimens that look as much like weapons as they do fish, but it's actually the same species you caught 6 months ago and it's just horny now (literally and figuratively).😍
  3. Well...don't. What you have there is a Fallfish, albeit a rather young one. They look very similar to Creek Chubs, but there are two easy "tells" and you should get familiar with them as you will likely catch plenty of both species in your angling life. Creek Chubs always have the spot on the front/base of the dorsal fin when it is extended. Very obvious in catchable size Creekers. Another distinguishing difference is the relative positions of the anal fin/dorsal fin on the two species. The anal fin on a Fallfish is noticeably farther back whereas on Creek Chubs anal fins begin right about where the dorsal fin ends on the body line. I'll try to find a few comparison pics for you and post 'em here. You'll see, it's obvious as heck once you know what to look for. Nice fish, BTW.
  4. Very wise words there, Mr Knapp. To do otherwise often makes it look more like "abandon property" than any kind of real theft. I see a lot of this around with fishing tackle, always wonder if someone will come back to get it or someone else will make the claim for themselves. Of course if there is excess litter left along with it, I can see one's argument to claim abandoned property AND clean-up the litter properly. Sometimes that happens, too, and I've had some explain/justify it to me in such a way. They gotta point.
  5. Who is "Boston Kennedy"? They are listed as the organizer, is that the fella who supposedly got his stuff stolen? Assuming this is not a scam (kinda has that flavor, though), perhaps you guys should check Lost & Found or other resources before you go off screaming "theft" and setting up GoFundMe pages. Might have been found by someone who thought it was forgotten about, they may try to return it. As an aside, folks who own $1000-$2000 of recreational toys and leave it laying about unguarded rarely get much public support if it's reported stolen. It might all be on the up & up here, but don't expect much public outpouring on the money side of things.
  6. I'd bet a lot of the sourcing of flytying materials comes from China regardless of where we buy from. Me? I'm with you on the practice of buying a bit closer even if it means a bit higher price and a middleman. The "Ali" thing is attractive in price, but their definition and descriptions of a given product just don't jive with my ideas of what they are. Slotted beads are on example, their pic looks a lot like recessed round despite description. No idea if they are really tungsten, doubt the person packing the order has a clue as to what any of it is either. I could see being highly annoyed at what I receive versus what I ordered on these type of merchant sites. Much prefer to buy from folks who may know what they are selling and advertise it accurately. Don't mind a bit if the merchants (online fly shops) buy cheap in bulk from overseas and evaluate/sort correctly before bringing it to market, I'll pay for that.
  7. I'm feeling same way, but I'm only 49 now so it'll have to be a few more years.😆 The Great Pandemic Shutdown put a lot of folks minds to retirement dreaming and plenty who returned to work with me as of late are doing just that. Context and viral stuff sucked, but all the free time was more than really friggin' cool. Still aiming for 55 & out, but it's market based and we'll see how it goes. This is your first day of freedom since age 12 so congratulations and go catch some fish. Careful around poison ivy, ticks, and (most of all) "help wanted" and "now hiring" ads.
  8. Light or dark foam sheet on desk depending on what the material is. I like the big 1/8" thick sheets in various colors and have a small stack for tying and background use.
  9. As a lifelong birder and flyfisherman, I just have to say...that's really cool!👍
  10. knotjoe

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    Sounds like if this change occurs in a given blank, it’s probably more to do with the binders/resin than the actual carbon fiber itself. Here’s a link which describes this… http://flyanglersonline.com/features/rodbuilding/tips/rt53.php Would be kinda interesting to see if anyone could ever measure this with a meaningful metric, I’ve never bothered to on any build. I don’t think it’s a bad thing or even a weakening, more like how the fiber is supposed behave without excessive interference or influence of the binder matrix. New stuff can be that way, but I’d doubt it’s infinite or ongoing beyond the initial change. Good point on the adaptive nature of anglers, but I think some folks overestimate themselves there. Sometimes the rod itself might be meeting us halfway with use. Either way, adequate time and use before final judgment of rod fit to person is a prudent approach. Good excuse to fish the heck out of a new stick and make less out of first impressions and some parking lot casting. There are some who will say this is a negative should it occur in heavier blanks, I'm not of such opinion nor do I have the skill to claim it as a reason for lack of casing distance or efficiency. The softening effect addressed by Kirkman, Kreh and others suits me quite well.
  11. Yeah, I've seen the same type of thing naturally occur in inter-dunal ponds around the Great Lakes. Not good for pure Bluegill populations, but those natty hybrids get obscenely large. Ferocious, too. Can't say I didn't enjoy doing battle with them during the years of my youth.
  12. knotjoe

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    I think there is, in some rods, a difference between brand new and after a few years of use. New sticks always seem a bit crisper and graphite/resin does seem to have a break-in in terms of flexibility. I liked some of my St Croix blanks even more after a season or two, those were old SC4 and SC3 builds. Lighter rods, anyway, hard to detect much up at 7 wt or so. Bear in mind, I have few rods at a time and thus fish them all quite a bit. Might not be a noticeable thing if one has a great many, but relatively little time on any given one. I'm a sunfish freak too, so there's that (we tend to cast alot catch alotta fish).
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    Nice spread, love the plow. A piece of very functional art from a long time ago and much prettier than anything combustion driven, save for you gruntin’ and fartin’ behind it. I dig hand tools/people powered ideas like that. They may be more effort and even a bit arduous, yet relaxing and meditative at the same time. Cool approach.👍 Still undecided on veggies and edibles this year. Maybe some toms, perhaps a yellow crookneck, I dunno. Blue Sage, Dill, Beebalm, and other pollinator friendlies have come back all by themselves from last year’s growth or seed drops. Even B-Fly Milkweed is re-emerging now and I have some of last year’s seeds soaking/germinating in prep for a new enlarged space for them. Always a pollinator garden here and there, sometimes veggies. Heck, I thought the Larkspur was done & gone after the fungus blight last year, low & behold it survived underground and is all over again reaching for the sun. Kinda wondering about my time when work starts again, any 2020 garden might just have to be a largely self-sustaining type of endeavor.
  14. IME, most anything does and it's kinda sucky yet really cool at the same time. It's the most basic of jiggy flies...simple tail, easy body, weighted head. Essentially, the $0.25 crappie jig idea in more sizes and variation. They do catch just about everything well and often better than the more thoughtful flies we like to think should work better. I utilize the style from #16 on up to whatever in furs, hairs, marabou, craft hair, nylon rope (tails) and bodies from easy chenilles to various dubbing blends of anything dubbable, be it touch, loops, or pre-made brushes. Call it a standby and "first fill" idea for any flybox. It will humble you and your other more elaborate efforts at the vise, but in the most pleasant manner imaginable at the waters. It's not a boring fly, it's...just right. Often.
  15. I'm with ya! Best thing about all this free time , you get to rummage through the garage and use all the material saved for some purpose undefined. For most projects, I cop out and hit the store or lumber yard to save time. Can't justify that now, even went through the bins of odd nuts, bolts, screws, etc and made use of 'em. Garage is lookin' tidy after finally using so much of what I horded and salvaged over the years. Still some items for which I can't remember why I saved them, but time will tell if they have a use.
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