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  1. That was going to be my suggestion, or perhaps a Renegade.
  2. There aren't even standards for thread or hook size. Why would you expect one for chenille?
  3. I hope they also offer the new jaws separately. I've got one of the old ones; if it only held a hook better, it would be my go-to vise.
  4. Rhead is definitely overlooked, although arguably he was an Englishman who happened to be living in the US. To me, he's worth remembering just for pointing out, in The Speckled Brook Trout, that the Cahill is mislabeled in MOM. Between him and Atherton, there's a good case to be made that artists make excellent observers of trout food.
  5. Yes. His early nymphs were simply established fly patterns like a Tups Indispensable or a Greenwell's Glory that he called "nymphs" to disguise the fact that he was fishing wet flies on dry fly only waters. Or you could say that he simply recognized wet flies for what they are. He later refined his patterns to look more like actual mayfly nymphs. By that token, Americans have been fishing nymphs for a long time. We just called them wet flies. (I'll exclude the gaudy patterns from this, but think the hare's ear wet for example.) Bergman's description in Trout on how to fish wet flies (quarter up to quarter down) sounds an awful lot like nymph fishing. (And he had several patterns that he called nymphs.)
  6. Mustads for almost everything. I at least know what I'm getting.
  7. I was there on July 4th 1976 when she spoke at Independence Hall congratulating us on our 200th birthday. No hard feelings, apparently. In some ways, she was still our queen. If anybody spoke of "the queen", you didn't have to ask which queen. For example, Margrethe, queen of Denmark just celebrated 50 years on the the throne, but you never think of her as "the queen."
  8. Louis was simply the best. If you ever need to define the term "virtuosity" you need do no more than play the opening bars of West End Blues.
  9. I learned from Helen Shaw's book, and tied without a bobbin holder for the first ten years or so of tying. The waste of thread was what induced me to buy a holder in the first place. In a pinch, you don't need the rubber grommet either. Just clamp a hackle pliers to the thread when you need to maintain tension.
  10. The problem in this case is Ticketmaster, which is using something called "dynamic pricing" which means that as demand goes up, so does the price, often multiple times per day. They are in effect doing the scalping themselves and cutting out the middle man.
  11. My arrived today. A very nice set of flies. Touttramp -- thanks for hosting.
  12. Metformin is one of the cheaper drugs out there. If you have part D medicare, it's like $3 for a 90 day supply. Of course, if you can avoid having to take it all together, that's better still.
  13. That's counter clockwise. Oliver Edwards ties left handed and wraps under and away. Make for a nice video, because it shows up as looking like a right handed tyer would tie. That's not why he does it, though.
  14. A mistake, IMO. Sawyer intended the fly to represent Baetis nymphs, which swim with their legs tucked against their side. All legs do is make the fly sink more slowly. The Euro nymph fishermen seem to do alright with Perdigons, which have no legs.
  15. I'd glad, because according to USPS tracking, they never left the P.O. 😒
  16. Heading off to P.O. in a couple of minutes. The white wing doesn't show up at all against w white background (it's taller than the hackle.)
  17. Morus pretty much is Pearsall's. It's a bit pricey, but I can't tell the difference.
  18. redietz

    Ground Moles

    They all turn out to be squirrels.
  19. redietz

    Ground Moles

    Ground moles? Are there tree moles?
  20. You're right that there are far worse possibilities than appendicitis. Get well soon.
  21. Bleach will work, as will washing in salt water.
  22. The clinch knot is easier to seat correctly if you pull the running line (not the tag end.) If you can get the improved to seat correctly (a fairly big if) it may be a stronger knot. FWIW, I've never had a clinch knot fail in over 60 years of using it. I have had an "improved" clinch knot fail.
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