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  1. So you're thinking that the goal of fly fishing is to catch fish? A very interesting concept which could be debated for hours.
  2. I think the "bait fisherman" moniker is a good plan. Anyone who gets offended at being called a bait fisherman probably isn't worth keeping around Will have to check into the fly fishing expo; looks interesting. Is there any chance of catching something in the casting pond if I bring some night crawlers? Suffering withdrawal...
  3. Kind of a minor question here, but what good will it do to set aside billions of dollars? I should know better than to post such a question, but I can't help myself. It's kind of like a dart board. Every problem is solved by throwing a money dart at it and hoping it hits the right place. Legalized thievery.
  4. Your post kind of cheered me up actually. Well the fact that someone knocked them down is a real downer. But we had about 14" of the stuff in our driveway this morning. I was sick all day yesterday. Very unusual for me, but I actually laid down ALL DAY. Unable to get up due to nausea/dizziness. I felt a lot better this morning, ready to get to work on my long list of projects until I saw how much snow I was going to have to move. I am pretty sick of snow right now :wallbash: I'm glad you had fun with it, it makes me feel better.
  5. I once sat in on part of a demonstration by Kevin Feenstra at Cabela's in Dundee Michigan; he fits the qualifications Also Roger DePoy, the manager of the Lunker's fly fishing department (in Edwardsburg, MI) comes to mind.
  6. My first thought was perhaps you're nuts but apparently you aren't nuts so there must be something to the sow bug. Looks like some of the first flies I tied but apparently it works?
  7. Loki, the Norse god of mischief. A fitting name. We start dog training on January 2nd; I am just training him as a companion dog and not for birds, a decision I think I'll be pretty happy with. He's a great dog.
  8. My favorite fly book and the one I will use the most is "Essential Trout Flies" by Dave Hughes. Anything by Dave Hughes is a pretty good book. Another book I like is "Fish Flies", the encyclopedia of the fly tyer's art, by Terry Hellekson. It contains a lot of fly recipes and goes into some detail on how to tie them.
  9. The secret to success is excellence. If you do a job well you will reap many rewards for it, the least of which might be financial. I think you have a great magazine and perhaps the only thing it needs is marketing. What I have read in the magazine reveals the author's passion for their pursuit, which is often times lacking in magazine articles. I also like the idea of writing an article that covers a large portion of the details of it's subject and not limiting the article to a certain number of words or pages in the magazine. I think the detail in the articles is what makes the premier issue something that people enjoy and will go back to time and again, and then purchase the next issue. I think magazines can get "burned out" in the sense that they once they have a following they simply publish the sizzle and reap the profits, so the magaizne goes into a downhill slide. Some bullet points to sum up my thoughts; - continue with some variety in the articles that will appeal to a variety of tyers - use authors that are passionate about their tying - try not to limit the length of an article, so that it can go into whatever detail the author believes it needs. (this may require editorial judgement) The main reason for this is so that the reader understands how the author is accomplishing the task and why he is doing it in a particular way. Although their are many different ways to accomplish the same task and the readers may have their own style, it is still of great benefit to know exactly why it is being done in a certain way. The next time I go to my local fly shop I will take the magazine along; I am pretty sure they would stock their shelves with it, and sell a bunch.
  10. Trichoptera

    Mason recap

    As usual there was a lot of great information there. I was a little disappointed in not having the large vendor booths there that were there last year. I had planned on buying a few things but ended up stopping at D&R in Kalamazoo on the way home to buy the ceramic tipped bobbin I have been wanting, along with misc. other items. Another $40 in the sink hole. I did get a box of different floss colors at the show, but I passed on the $80 and $100 prints that they were selling at the door. Seems like a lot of money for a print to me but then I am not an art collector. I suppose I could always sell my house and have some very nice prints to push around in my shopping cart. I bought a fly from Day5 and had him sign a card to go along with it, will be the first item to go into my Day5 shrine :bugeyes: I'm putting it away somewhere to sell on ebay when he is rich and famous; or if he dies first it will be worth even more. Watcing the professional tyers at work is fascinating because they have developed their techniques way beyond the amateur tyer that I am.
  11. The gas prices have in fact affected my thinking about driving. Things cost more than they used to 20 years ago; a lot more. Mainly labor costs more. Food prices increase slowly, but they do increase. I never thought I would set around and complain about the cost of stuff when I get old, but here I am. Forty years old, setting around complaining because it is going to cost over $500 for just the labor to replace the heat exchanger in a 3 year old furnace. The furnace was brand new 3 years ago, the heat exchanger burnt through; the installer says it is because we have inadequate ductwork in our house, and that in addition to filters that had been a little dusty and a chimney that needed cleaning caused the heat exchanger to burn out prematurely. So I am totally remodeling our furnace room. Yesterday I went and got some flooring, cheap paneling for the walls, the cheapest ceiling tile they had, and some plumbing to move a drain line, for a room that is about 58 square feet of floor space. The bill came to $465. I am pretty sure 10 years ago those materials would have cost me less than $300. Whenever I go to drive somewhere now I think about how much it is going to cost. I just don't drive as far or as much to fish. I spend more time tying flies that way I guess. But I am still driving over to Mason on Dec. 1. The weekend after Thanksgiving I have a room reserved at the Wellston Inn for 2 nights, about 3-1/2 hours drive from here, but that is really going to be more like a honeymoon and less like a fishing trip :devil:
  12. I was there last year and would not miss it again. This is the only show I know of in this area though so it'll be a once in a year thing for me. The closest fly tying club is like 2 hours drive away so I am not a member of any of those either. So the fly tying show is the only live tying I get to see, and therefore well worth the 2 hours or so drive and the cost of admission. I plan on making a day of it this year. If you made a day of it I think it would be a good day. Lots of stuff there to spend your money on too. You'll never know if it is worth your time until you actually go. But for me I would go even if it was a four hour drive. You'll have to put some effort into it probably to make it worthwhile, you know like actually talk to people.
  13. Thanks for the great responses. I realize shock collars have there place in dog training but if you don't know dog training it is very easy to ruin a dog with the shock collar. Loki has adapted well to our other dogs which are smaller than he is by quite a bit, so that is one big sigh of relief. If he was agressive towards them he would have to leave. He has turned out to be a great dog and I think will be a fine companion for years. I have wanted a dog like this for a long time. He is laying at my feet right now dreaming about all the things we will do together. I am starting a basic dog obedience class in January and will order the Gun Dog book as well. We went for a walk the other night and he does well on a leash. The biggest challenge I see with a hunting dog is training them to come when called and not run off. One good thing we found out when checking his vet records is that he is only 17 months old.
  14. I tie flies to fish, so I try to tie at least three of the same pattern and size for my box. If a fly works I hate having just one. This past weekend was a perfect example; I saw a fly being tied at Lunkers at Edwardsburg MI and picked up the materials to tie it because I thought it would be a nice fly for salmon. I made one with the chartreuse head color they were tying, then expermineted with some wool for heads. So this weekend when the one fly I had was slammed by a salmon I landed the salmon and shortly thereafter I lost the fly on a snag on the bottom. No more of those flies, and that was the only salmon I landed. I will tie a dozen of those for steelhead fishing this winter and probably another dozen for salmon next year. I find that it takes 2 or 3 flies to get in a groove and they start looking better after that. I suppose if you are tying flies for show and are very careful then the first one will come out good but that is not really my experience.
  15. In a typical fly tying or fishing or woodworking magazine I find a few articles that I think are going to be interesting enough for me to read and worth the money that it cost. In "Hatches" I want to read every article. The magazine will last me a few weeks I think before I really get through it, and then there will still be new flies to tie out of it. I like the fact that there are a lot of names that I have never seen before covering a wide variety of topics. I think it would be possible to do a magazine that really specializes in one type of tying but I think it is much more interesting to cover a variety in each magazine and helps to broaden my mind. It appears that the people who are writing the articles are passionate about their tying and are not just writing or fishing for money. I plan on buying every issue published in my lifetime and they will all be saved.
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