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  1. And NOT working today. I note that one can sometimes click on other pages from the main forum list of topics to get to another page. But once in a topic one is stuck.
  2. Blue and Gold Macaw is the tail feather of the blue and gold macaw. The upper side (on the bird) is blue and the underside is yellowish. You'll want 2, one from each side of the tail, and of the same size. Or if you can get a center tail (has same length fibers on each side of the stem (rachis). Look on ebay or at a pet bird store. Can't be imported or exported but readily available inside the US.
  3. Tying at Marlborough and the Edison show. The Edison show used to be about 3x the size of Marlborough show. Last year the Edison show was about 2/3 of its usual size, but I attributed that to the "hangover" from COVID. Should be back to the typical size this year, based on the number of celebrities and fly tyers listed. The shows generally only list the exhibitors when they publish the map, about 2-3 weeks before the show. No idea why they wait so long - ask Ben Furimsky (Fly FIshing Show manager) when you see him there. The CFFA show was about 1/2 to 2/3 the size of the Marlborough show, when it last occurred (2019?). It is shorter in duration (6 hrs on one day, not 8 hrs/day for 3 days). And it does not have the number of presentations and speakers. However, it is a friendly show, with a relaxed atmosphere. It has several interesting small vendors and good bargains on unusual items. And a bunch of tyers. It's small enough that allows for spending time with each of the tyers. I'm tying at that show also. Hope to see you at one or more of the shows. -Peter www.petersimonsonflydresser.com
  4. Glad you found somebody to work on the door. Part of the problem may be the construction of older mobile homes. My understanding is that the newest ones are built like a standard stick-built home with 2x6 wooden framing, standard sized doors and windows, and real insulation. Little risk of inducing failures when replacing doors and windows. Older ones seem to have metal framing roughly 2x3 or less, use water absorbing sheathing under sheet metal or vinyl skin, little insulation, and often have particle-board flooring, which is a sponge. A series of federal HUD construction standards over the years has transformed the mobile home into essentially a code-compliant house. Except the foundation and under-home support, and location of electrical metering. Code-compliant (on-site built or manufactured) homes need a cellar or slab with frost-walls (or an Alaska slab floating on gravel) and the meter is usually attached to the home, while mobile homes have a slab in the North and are typically on blocks above the slab or ground, metering detached from the home. Other than that the only difference now seems to be whether the HUD or the state/local building codes apply.
  5. Old tying thread or tying thread exposed to sunlight will fail. Usually black thread is the worst, but other colors also fall victim to this deterioration. Check your bobbin, chuck the spool of thread and get back to tying. As others have said, use ceramic tube or a bobbin with a ceramic bead at the tip.
  6. That's great! A new enthusiastic fishing buddy for you!
  7. It IS true that laziness, NOT necessity, is the mother of invention. As early man discovered, one CAN eat raw meat, but it takes a lot of chewing. Add FIRE, and the meat is tender, less work. One CAN catch fish with one's hands (e.g. noodling, as discussed in this forum earlier), but using an artificial fly is less work, and we believe it is less work (we DO believe that, right? ) This rule of thumb was of great use when I was working. Harness people's laziness and the world beats a path to your door.
  8. The guilty party needs to be ducktaped to that chair in blackfly season...for a week.
  9. A bit of shameless self-promotion: The cover and leading article in the Autumn 2022 issue of Fly Tyer magazine Click Here feature my dressings of several unnamed, unknown, or unusual streamer fly patterns of Carrie G. Stevens, the well-known Maine streamer tyer of the early 20th century. Complementing this article is the launch of my website, www.petersimonsonflydresser.com which contains the recipes for my flies featured in Fly Tyer and will be hosting all 180 tying recipes for the unnamed, unknown, or unusual streamer fly patterns of Carrie G. Stevens.
  10. The rowboats pic reminds me of Pittsburg, NH. All the lodges and a few private owners have boats at many of the ponds which are off the beaten path. The trees in your pic look like spruce or fir, and the American flag in the background is reminiscent of the monument for one of the locals at Coon Brook Bog.
  11. Suspect an old property boundary marker... common in New England to have iron rods driven into rocks as corner markers. Not sure how it came to be bent unless there was a flood and ice jam one spring. Is the iron rod bent downstream? Today one sees property markers as rods in dirt and rectangular granite markers with a cross on top for more modern subdivisions. My surveyor friend tells me in New England the markers and the property description in the deed often do not match, anything from measurement errors and use of magnetic North instead of true North. Hence the markers are generally used as the final arbiter. Probably a never-ending source of revenue for lawyers...
  12. If the officers don't donate the fish to a food pantry, then they should let'um sit outside until the [alleged] poacher's court date, and dump them on the defendants table in court. I'm guessing the guilty plea will come shortly after...
  13. The R.B.M. series of Gem Flies, are a set of 12 similar flies in Hale's book (2nd ed. 1919) that all use colored celluloid bodies. Perhaps the first use of synthetic materials in fishing flies (you flashabou folks got nothing on this...). I suspect R.B.M. is Mr. R. B. (Robert Bright) Marston, editor of The Fishing Gazette, a very popular periodical of London from 1878 - 1927, since Hale thanks him in the preface of the 2nd edition book. And nice tie, SalarMan!
  14. Agn54, The proportions are fine. That fly will catch fish. Note that Herb Welch, the creator of that fly, had a wide variation in proportions, ranging from a wing much longer (3x) than the body, to the more traditional wing being 1.3x the body. And various hook lengths. Tail generally is 1-1.5x the hook gap. Wings of saddle feathers and also wings of marabou. Tails and throats generally yellow hackle feather fibers or schlappen fibers. Also he used a variety of bodies, from a narrow silk body, a silk tapered body, to a fuzzy wool body. Typically the body has a tag (a few contiguous wraps of tinsel at the rear of the body), but this is getting to details the fish probably don't notice much.
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