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Name that tool

30 December 2018 - 10:21 PM

Okay what is it? This was in a box of tools I purchased at an auction. The box contained your ordinary array of wrenches, screw drivers, pliers and such so nothing that gave me a clue as to what this is.

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They look like pliers but have that funny thing between the handles. The metal knob end of the funny thing corkscrews out. The white plastic cap on the other end seemingly does nothing. The handles can be locked together by a spring loaded screw.

Anybody have any clue as to what the purpose of this is? I'm kind of a tool guy but I have never seen one of these before.

Deer belly hair

07 December 2018 - 10:50 AM

Since making the poopdeck packer I was excited to start packing some deer hair and I ordered 10 packs of belly hair in various colors from a well known, well respected online fly shop even though it was not the cheapest price that I found. I went with the well respected shop for piece of mind that I was going to get a better patch of hair.

My hair came today and to say I am disappointed is an understatement. I typically do not buy much online other then threads, lead, beads, hooks and such while preferring to stay away from feathers and fur simply because I like to physically see them. This has really taken the wind from my packing sails.

The hair packs do not have a consistent patch size, hair length, and some have very inconsistent coloring that bleach out to white at the roots. I can understand the patch sizes would very slightly but some are exceptionally smaller then the others. Only a few packs have hair that seems to be in a good workable length and some look like they have been stored under a crushing pile of crap that folded the hair out of shape.

Some questions to the guys who do lots of hair packing:

1) Is this normal when buying belly hair?

2) Where is the best place to buy quality hair.

Resource is full

01 December 2018 - 07:28 AM

When I tried to log in this morning I couldn't and would be directed to a screen that said the resource was full, or something to that effect. When I did finally get on there were only 75 people actively on the site.

Would 75 people use up enough resources that others would be locked out?

Making the welder pay for itself

09 October 2018 - 07:35 PM

I usually don't start my make busy projects until winter but this year has literally been a wash fishing wise. I have more cancelled trips then actual trips this year due to all the rain. In fact I probably have more cancelled trips this year then in the previous ten years. Partly the problem is I fish the Delaware river almost exclusively and it's been a brown muddy mess and rarely went below 4' on the gauge. Sooooooo I have been losing less flies and less gear so I have nothing to tie, pour or rig since I only tie, pour and rig when needed. So it's time to put my new welder to use saving me money. I now have a really nice vise/bench grinder stand made from scavenged free material and a can of spray paint. I guess I'm an upcycler but the free part is the real draw for me. I may make another if I can scavenge more stuff so I can have a grinder stand and a vise stand.

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3wt test drive

08 October 2018 - 12:25 PM

Having recently been given a 7'9" TFO Lefty Kreh finesse series 3 wt fly rod and an Allen Trout II reel, I decided to take it out on its maiden voyage today. Since the river is still very high like it has been all summer I went minutes down the road to a local WW creek (pronounced crick in my parts)

Overall its a nice rod and I'm glad I have it. It did reaffirm my belief that a 3 wt is a niche rod and I probably would not have bought one if I had to. I learned that 3 wt's are really sensitive to wind. Other then that it cast easy and it's not an overly fast rod which I like. I caught a few dozen sunnies and one SMB maybe 9" in length. It's definitely a fun rod for small fish and I will take it out again when I have a few hours to kill on pannies. It will be a perfect bait rod.

I've determined this was a great gift in that I would not have spent my money on one but it was a blast and I'm very appreciative of receiving it. I will put it to good use for sure.