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  1. Those are some nice flies. The Crystal Schminnows have been real fish catchers for me. I also like craft fur shrimps in tan and brown or a combanation of the two. Muddler Minnows with a wire weed guard can work well also. Don't forget some floaters. Gurglers, poppers, sliders, and -----(CRS has kicked in and can't think of the name) (tail and then craft foam body folded over and glued to create a floating minnow that will pop) I will think of the name shortly.
  2. Short shipping has been going on since Adam and Eve and will continue forever. Most scales do not get checked regularly. They are supposed to by law but out budget folks won't budget enough money to do the job. Look at all the health issues that have come up in our food supply in the last couple years. Not enough inspectors and corporate intimadation corrups the system. That being said, digital does not mean accurate. The scales need to be zeroed and at a minumum, a certified weight of maybe 8oz placed on the scale to verify linierity. Even mediocre labs will have thier scales certified at least once a year at a cost of several hundred dollars per scale.
  3. When a package gives a weight the seller is bound by federal law to have that much or more in the package and is liable for a huge fine and to being sued by the buyer. I personally am aware of a blue chip corporation paying a multimillion dollar lawsuit for putting 300ft rolls of paper out the door that was up to 3' short of the stated quantity. Selling short IS a big deal and needs to be treated as such and I doubt if it is just an oversight. Yes, complain loudly and if they are any kind of company they will step up and fix the shortage issue and they will give you some compensation for your trouble. Unscrupulas people will and do take advantage of the attitude that "well it is just a mistake" etc. Short sell is just unethical business. As a word of caution, as someone stated above, make sure your scale is acurate or you could be liable for fraud of some sort.
  4. what a wonderful present....He will love it. I sure love my 2wt
  5. Thanks for the suggestiongs on procuring some props....
  6. Utyer....I am looking forward to the editorial on your new home.....If I can't move down I can at least read about it.
  7. Hey Flytier....where do you get your small propellers? My small supply from Herters many years ago is almost depleted.
  8. Coming from another old foggie, I like many kinds of music. Old rock into the 80's, old country into the mid 90's, blues, bluegrass, some big band, and some jazz. Sorry C-rap is not music IMO. It emulates jail birds. Why do some of our young folks want to be a jail bird and degregate females.
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    The OCDC

    I bet that thing swims on its own. Does it pinch too?
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    Deer Hair Stuff..

    Ditz. You can do this in one stack if you have good hair. I believe on the tan one I used yearling elk. Grab a thick piece (2 pencil thickness or so), lay on top of the shank, tie two pinch wraps and pull up. Easier then most think! When we get back home I will give it another try. I have spun deer hair for years but have never stacked it. The pulling up may be the trick. I have always pulled down and it just does the spinning thing. I will give it another try. Thanks
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    Deer Hair Stuff..

    I would like to try the tan one if I get to FL this winter but I have never been very successful stacking deer hair. This makes me want to again give it a try.
  12. Those are some nice looking flies but I bet you ain't casting them with a 5wt. Never hunted muskie nor do I ever plan to but it they won't eat those they have the stomach flu.
  13. I would try a 9wt line in either a bass taper, saltwater taper, or a red fish taper. These lines have a short heavy front taper to help cast a larger fly with fewer false casts. It will slow the rod action and help you to feel the 'load'. I understand that some rods are so fast that they can be overlined 2 or 3 line wts. I have a very fast Colton rod that I overlined 1 line wt and it casts great. I tried 2 lines over but it did not feel right to me 2 line wts over. Most good fly shops will let you try different lines to fit a 'winner'. good luck
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    Nice tie. Watching your skills makes me feel like the hack that I am.
  15. I also use the eagleclaw hook 084 for several of my flies. I also use the plated version that I bought down in FL at Walmart. I always use the Mustad stainless for any swaps that I happen to join but the Eagle Claw plated hooks seem to work real well as do the bronze models. I do straighten the offset but I am not sure that is really needed. There are 2 versions of both the plated and the bronzed which is bait holder and plain shank. I use the plain shank. These hooks are quite sharp out of the package. My only complaint is I have not been able to find any of the bronze hook smaller than size 6.
  16. Hey fellas...My flies are tied but the eyes have not yet been added. My wife has been having some issues and we have been called to the Cleveland clinic. We have just left the clinic and made a stop in Indiana with the folks for Christmas. As soon as we get home I will finish the flies and get them in the mail but alas it will be around the 1st of the year. I hope that is not a problem. If it is please proceed without me. Sorry for the problem.
  17. For anything short of salmon, steelhead, and saltwater I would buy a Pflueger Medalist to match the rod. I love them. Simple and almost indestructable. Did I mention cheap. I have never fished salmon or steelhead but I think I would even try one of the large models of the 1500 series on them too. They will work fine on most salties too but they do require some careful cleaning after each trip to the salt.
  18. Most of your point and shoot cameras have a center weighted focas and light meter. On some cameras you can fool the camera by focasing or getting the light setting by pointing the camera in whatever direction needed and them pushing the button half way down which will hold the setting you desire and then moving the camera to frame the picture desired and then finishing pushing the button. Don't forget that you have to hold the shutter button in the half way position while you are framing the desired pic and then finish the shutter button depression. Even high dollar slr's can be fooled in the this way when used in auto mode. there is always more than one way to skin a cat....hehehe
  19. How about some Grey Poupon?
  20. Nice looking ties. Are those craft foam bodied toads? Don't believe I have seen anything like that before. Have you ever flung them at a fish?
  21. As far as I am concerned your trip to FL takes precedence over the swap. The swap will wait till you get back and give us a detailed report on all the big ones you caught and even on the ones that got away. There is one hitch. You must throw the swap flies at some of the those fish. At least the ones that you received before you go.
  22. I did make a couple of the small poppers make from the foam disks glued together. It will be a while before I will be able to try them out though. I did put legs on them. I also used some rubber legs for a tail on one as an experiment. I had never done that before. I will say that I never noticed any twist with my old cork poppers without legs but maybe I just did not see it. Could be all the fish I caught just took out all the accumulated twist. hehehe
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    Colton Reels?

    He is located up there in striper country and I would believe that is where a lot of his sales are located though I know that there are some sold in the south east as well. I know he does sell some big stuff though I didn't question him about it since I have no need for such big sticks. If it happens that you do get the Colton and after you get to use let me know how it works out for you if you happen to think about it.
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    Colton Reels?

    I just bought one of the Torrents and it sure appears to be a winner but I have yet to get it wet so I am only going by looks. I did have a "net conversation" with a fella in the FL panhandle that has been useing one on the big tarpon that travel thru his area and he had nothing but good to say for his Colton and it convinced me since I doubt I will ever put a reel thru the stresses that he does. I also bought one of the new Colton rods and it does a fine job in the backyard. I also have one of his older rods over a year ago and it is a strong rod with lots of backbone. It is quite fast and I did overline the 7wt with a 8wt line to slow it down some but I have no regrets on this first rod that I purchased. I understand that Colton has some real heavy stuff for bluewater if that is the kind of tackle you are looking for. I would suggest that you call the folks and talk with them. I have temporarily forget the Bob's last name but I believe he steered me in the right direction. I intended to buy the reel that is one step larger than the one that I ended up getting. Bob talked me out of the larger reel and I think it was probably the correct decision. I think he will lead you into the correct reel. Bob is located in one of the areas that 'Sandy' hit pretty hard so if you have any trouble getting a response just be patient. The last I heard he was living off of a generator for power. My outfit luckily was shipped just a day or two before the storm hit. Good luck and I think you will be happy with the Colton if that is what you decide on. I will also add that this is my first reel of modern times. Until now I have been using Pflueger Medalists and an old Model SA reel that was made by Hardy in the early 70's.
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