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  1. I use the Opticaid magnifiers both at work and while tying. So used to having them on it becomes automatic. Unlike the Optivsor, which is also used by many people at work, I am able to look 'around' the lenses to see peripherally. Using loupes takes time for your eyes to get used to, but with time focus becomes automatic.

  2. thats one of those questions that has perplexed me as well. make red line because it is invisible to fish. and yet at the same time red hooks are claimed to imitate blood flowing out of a fish. i dont use red line or red hooks. figure one of them is just using a marketing scam to hook fisherman. and until something really definitive comes out i'll stick with whats working for me now. that includes the use of red in my flies.


    p.s. somewhere in my stack of mags i am pretty sure there is an article authored by Dr. Hal Schramm on this topic. but its almost bedtime so i will look for it at another time.

  3. i was leaning more towards the oft written fishing reports that mention "i caught 5 but had 4 break off" as opposed to the gut hooked. 4 fish out there with stainless stuck in there jaw was more of what i was driving at.


    to be honest i am a warmwater fisher and have not fished the local streams for trout, although at the shop they are always encouraging me to get out there and just do it. in the style of fishing i do, i do not use skinny tapered leaders or fine tippets and consequently dont have many break offs. my leaders tend to be oversize, and when i am pike fishing i use Tyger Wire.


    personally i dont see many freshwater pattern recipes that call for a stainless hook like the ones in the aforementioned article so perhaps it really isnt that big of a deal afterall. maybe it really is a non-issue.


    thank you both for your input.



  4. not a fool. fish them all.


    i have one from Carlin. i love casting it. it just has such a cool feel. you will love it, especially if you are like me, and all your other rods are Fast action. slowing down to cast the 'boo just adds so much more to the experience. you will enjoy it too. i am sure of it.

  5. In the latest issue of American Angler there are a couple of freshwater patterns detailed that use stainless steel saltwater hooks in their materials list.

    Maybe its just me but that does not sound like the most prudent thing to do. My thinking is that it is going to take a longer time for a stainless hook to "rust out" if lost in a fish.


    Am i alone in thinking this is not the correct thing to do?


    I am sure an appropriate non-stainless hook could be substituted with a little research.


    Is there some kind of ethics or environmentally conscious way to handle a situation like that?


    Should stainless be used in freshwater?



    Thoughts and opinions.



  6. they look good. a little less material to thin them down a bit. they are a little "thick". they should be a little more "airy". and after you think you have brushed them out and trimmed them enough--brush them out and trim the fuzzies of them 5 more times.


    i have been tying some of these up as late as well. the hardest part is getting the amount of material down to the correct amount. luckily at Guys Flies and Pies there was a chap there who had studied under Enrico so i got some tips from him. well basically he showed me the correct way to do it start to finish. he is holding a more formal class in January that i will be attending with a few other folks that were at GFP as well. keep up the good work.

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