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  1. 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."
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. My arrived today. A very nice set of flies. Touttramp -- thanks for hosting.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. I'd glad, because according to USPS tracking, they never left the P.O. 😒
  10. 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.)
  11. Morus pretty much is Pearsall's. It's a bit pricey, but I can't tell the difference.
  12. redietz

    Ground Moles

    They all turn out to be squirrels.
  13. redietz

    Ground Moles

    Ground moles? Are there tree moles?
  14. You're right that there are far worse possibilities than appendicitis. Get well soon.
  15. Bleach will work, as will washing in salt water.
  16. 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.
  17. The first fly labeled with my name isn't mine. (The second one is.)
  18. Picked up mine from the post office today. Well done, every one.
  19. May I suggest (with the approval of others in swap) that when you find them, it might be better to donate them to a TU chapter or something similar, to be auctioned off. No reason you should have to pay for all that postage. Things happen. Thanks for hosting.
  20. It's actually available in some garden supply store as a deterrent to rabbits and such. Coyote urine is also available as a deer deterrent. Both are for sale at my local hardware store. Neither ever worked for me. No subvarias are truly pink. The females are mostly olive and the males are reddish. I don't use Flick's version, either, but I do use Steenrod's version, which uses muskrat, so it's similar to an Adams. I do find Flick's Red Quill to be useful, though.
  21. No goat involved. It's from a ram.
  22. I can't say that I've found anything more valuable than a cheap camera, but if you add up the cost of all the forceps that I've found, you might be talking real money.
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