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subailor618

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  1. About a 6" Brookie in a little creek feeding the Saco River, Maine on a little size 16 black gnat, 1987.
  2. I do the same then store in Zip Loc or tupperware laying flat with just a touch of Borax/Salt in there.
  3. My wife works in Sterile Processing and I get all the hemostats, clamps, scissors, picks, etc. that I could ever dream of, for free.
  4. Mossy's Fly Shop and World Wide Angler are both very good in Anchorage, at least to me. However with the coming of Bass Pro Shop in north Anchorage this year and Cabelas, midtown next year, World Wide is not sure he will remain in business. He's afraid a lot of the non-resident purchases he sees will go to the big box stores when they open their doors.
  5. Nice Job! Now you just need to have some little ones come up through the ranks and join in the fun!
  6. Like others, stuff the cavity with onions. herbs, salt, pepper and a big ol' pat of butter. Wrap in foil and throw in the coals of the fire. Do the same with some taters about 15 or 20 min. before the fish. When it's done right, it's like opening up some special silvery pouches of goodness! Chase with good beer or scotch!
  7. +1 to what everybody else said about the spinning.
  8. This so very true! I do not throw away or scrap my ugly (or mistake) flies, I use them personally for fishing. Surprisingly some have fished very well, which just shows me that it is not for the fisherman to decide what the fish will attempt to eat!
  9. I use my coffe grinder and keep a little 'recipe' book next to it so I can keep track of my blends. No problems with long or short fibers and I got the grinder at Salvation Army for $1.
  10. Thank you for this Site! I appreciate it, the people and the information very much!
  11. subailor618

    Calamari!

    Awesome! I wish I could help you in attributing credit but your own work is very good sir!
  12. I agree with Seadog on this. I love to admire what others are able to craft and seek to emulate some of their abilities. I tie primarily for myself but, now and again I attempt a Classic or a Realistic for a flyfishing family member or friend.
  13. Nice area! Thank you for sharing.
  14. I have about a dozen of these 6 X 5 compartement about 1 1/4" deep plastic boxes with tight sealing lids I picked up at a Dollar Store a few years ago that I use. I drill a hole in the lid over each compartment and label the color name (I like to blend my own). All 12 cost me $12 and I use most of them for hook storage with a small craft magnet in each compartment to organize my hooks.
  15. I have my own coffee grinder also, I got it at the Salvation Army Store for a $1. I also maintain recipes of blends I like and I agree 100% with the synthetic warning.
  16. Way more talent than I have, it looks awesome!
  17. Outstanding! Anything to help our Vets! The wife and I contribute anything we can up here to the local VA and the VEts. I'm retired and disabled and the vA has helped me so we dp what we can. Good on you! and Thank You!
  18. I did something similar, I used the little flat disk shaped magnets from the craft stores in the bottom of each compartment.
  19. A good friend of mine, a former bird breeder, raised a multitude of Pheasant, Quail, Peacock, Guinnea, Turkey, Waterfowl and chickens when I lived in Washington. His birds would sometimes have accidents and I would be called to clean up. Then in 1994 he had to move and eliminated over 80% of his flocks and I ended up with more hides, meat and feathers than I could manage for awhile. I plucked and sorted some but most I preserved carefully and then packaged with a nice piece of cardboard and some Borax in size appropriate Ziploc bags, all properly labeled. What worked for me for the smaller skins (quail, chickens)was some of the paperboard accordion file folders to keep them organized and flat. The larger skins (pheasant, guinneas) are stored in layers in a rollout drawer set and the largest (turkey, geese) are stored in an artists/drafters portfolio. My son just returned from hunting the other day and I got 5 Ptarmigan and 3 Sharptails from him. Feathers are not a problem for me! As for care, I think you're on the right track just like troutguy said above, a very mild, gentle soap and water or gentle steaming and then I have used a blowdryer on the cool setting to get them dry, held about 12" - 16" away. Freshen the Borax in the package and store normally.
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