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Bryon Anderson

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About Bryon Anderson

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  • Birthday 08/10/1970

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    Whitehall, MI

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  1. I'm sorry for your loss Steve. Life is senseless sometimes. I'm glad you got to have such a good relationship with her while she was here, and that you have fond memories that will live on.
  2. My all-time favorite was Sting at Riverwood Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO. It was one of those velvety-soft summer nights when the air feels like warm water. As the sun went down, a storm passed by, close enough to be seen and felt, but not so close as to ruin the show. The damp, heavy air gave way to lovely cool night-breezes, the sky over the theatre was embellished with flickers of purple lightning and there were soft rumbles of thunder off in the distance. It was the "Nothing Like the Sun" tour, so a lot of the songs were mellow-jazz-infused and moody, and the natural theatrics just served to enhance the atmosphere of the show. Tied for second place would be Billy Joel and Elton John on the same stage at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, and Simon & Garfunkel at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, MI. I also saw Tom Petty at Van Andel around that same time, which should have been great, but actually wasn't anything to write home about. The Black Crowes opened (meh); Petty and the Heartbreakers came out and played about a 1-hour set that sounded like it was lip-synched to the recorded versions of the songs. No riffing, no solos, no audience engagement. Plus there was so much weed smoke floating around that we all got to drive home half-baked whether we smoked or not. 😄
  3. Before breathable waders were introduced, neoprene was the latest-and-greatest in wader technology. Neoprene was an improvement over the rubberized canvas that preceded it, but, as anyone who's ever worn it can attest, it did not "breathe" at all. Between sweat and condensation...well, you can imagine. John Gierach once wrote something to the effect that neoprene waders were "kind of an elaborate practical joke on fishermen, because you end up wet whether they leak or not." Breathable waders seem to be a slightly modified continuation of that "joke" -- they're just a whole lot more comfortable.
  4. I have had this same experience at random times with every pair of breathable waders I've owned. When you think about what we're asking the breathable/waterproof membrane to do, it's no small feat: completely seal out liquid water, while simultaneously allowing water vapor (from perspiration) to escape. That would be a tall order even if we wore them standing fully upright, perfectly still, in a uniform current. Of course, we do just the opposite -- we walk, crawl, climb, kneel, squat, sit...at any given moment, some of that fabric is under no stress at all, while other parts are being stretched or compressed into folds, or ground into a hard surface, etc. Some of us barely sweat at all; others sweat a lot. When we sweat, we don't do it uniformly. Add in the fact that we're frequently submerging the waders in water that's much colder than the "environment" inside the waders, and you have ample opportunities for condensation. The first few pairs of breathables I bought, I ended up returning/exhanging multiple times because I was sure they were leaking. Then I had a pair that really did leak, and concluded that I'd been returning waders that were just abiding by the laws of physics. I'm no physicist, these have just been my experiences and my thoughts about them.
  5. +1 on the Peet boot dryer -- my wife got me one a years ago and I love it, especially in the chilly Michigan spring and fall! Nothing worse than starting a wet, cold day in ice cold boots.
  6. The only pair of waders from which I ever got more than 3-4 seasons' wear was a pair from the Cabela's "Bargain Cave" that I paid $40 for. Go figure! My current Simms Freestone (? I think? It's the mid-range, $279 wader) is on its 3rd or 4th season and going strong. Of course, ever since I got a fishing Kayak (2014) I've spent far fewer days per season in waders than I did prior to that. My point (I DO have one LOL) is that waders seem to be a total crapshoot. There are so many variables that go into determining how long they'll last any individual user that it's practically impossible to predict return on investment, IMO.
  7. I have had two pairs of Frogg Toggs waders; one was the Hellbender; the other was a different model. Both performed quite well for the price. My son is currently using the Hellbender and is having good luck with them.
  8. Mike that box is gorgeous -- would never guess that it began its life as pallet wood if you hadn't told us! Really nice work. Makes my itch to get my shop back up and running that much stronger!
  9. I think it looks great! I tie mine exactly like this--both materials and proportions--and both brown trout and smallmouth regularly go for them. A fun variation is to make the body out of black woven tubing over cut-to-shape lead tape (a la the Zonker) for a little extra bulk and weight. I do a version with a small black conehead as well. Lots of options.
  10. That is no small achievement! Congratulations!
  11. make it +2 on Midwest Custom Fly Rods. I defy anyone to find a better value for the money.
  12. I've started applying to fly tying waste the same rule I use for scrap lumber when woodworking: before I'm allowed to save it, I have to be able to verbalize exactly what I will use that scrap for, and when I will use it. If I can't supply a solid answer to those two questions, it goes in the trash or (for scrap wood) the firewood bin. If I start saving things based on the premise that I might use it for something, someday, I'll be drowning in scraps before I know it.
  13. I got the same surprise yesterday! Luckily my small town Postmaster is a kind soul, and alerted me to the problem. I thought she said packages couldn't be more than 1/4" wide, but I must have remembered that wrong. I had to go to the P.O. and verify that all 13 packages for the Confidence fly swap (which I had dropped in the drop box the day before) did not contain unsafe materials. It was kind of them to let me do that--normally they just ship the offending >1/2" thick packages off to some postal black hole and no one ever receives them. Good to know!
  14. There was -- unfortunately, the flies were already in the drop box by the time I saw that.
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