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  1. Very glad to hear it, Steve. Concentrate on the sounds of nature while you're up there and the "background" tinnitus will be gone for the duration.
  2. Like many large, deep reservoirs, the big fish are usually deep. The subject of this thread was caught on a "Dropshotted Nightcrawer". Since Havasu is a very clear lake, it could've been on a bed in 20 or 30 feet of water. Your snail flies, fished deep like you do for saltwater fish, might be a great combo.
  3. I'm going on Poopdeck's comment being a hit against keeping fish that are trophy fish. The fact that Havasu is known for it's huge Sunfish, this one is only slightly special. As far as holding the fish out at arm's length ... it only bother's me if someone is trying to lie about the size of the fish. Holding a 4 pound bass out and claiming it's a 6 pounder ... that would raise my hackles. Holding a true trophy fish closer to the camera? Just a happy angler proud of his catch and keeping his face in the picture, as far as I'm concerned.
  4. Once again, I seem to be on the wrong side of a discussion. It's a big Red Ear, for sure! I'm not much of a critic to the way others treat fish. Can't get one in the record book without official weight and measurements. I believe the last Record Red Ear was from Havasu, too. Most people keep Sunfish of all species, because they're considered "eatin'" fish. Just because this one was a huge fish doesn't really change that, since it comes from a lake apparently full of huge fish. Sorry, I can't empathize with you guys who think this is some kind of atrocity. It's a Red Ear ... they're everywhere. And hero shots of fish being held at arms length ... I just can't get worked up about that, either. If it was some rarer fish, maybe. But not this one.
  5. Nice time catching fish! Cute little ducklings! Wife would've wanted to take those home.
  6. Get up and go without him. I'm a morning person, but I don't push to get on the water early. I've done it, many time over many years. So far, I've never caught anything "early" that made me say, "Ooo, I have to go this early again." I catch as many fish through the day that early morning fishing isn't a big deal.
  7. I guess I'm a lucky one. I tie for my fishing, so I don't "need" to tie. Can't get tier's block if you don't have a tying addiction or a product deadline. I've got a lot of hobbies. I'm not "dedicated" to any one hobby, so feel no "push" to do any of them. They're all just for fun. If I don't have a need for flies, I don't have a need to tie.
  8. That wood is beautiful, Mark. Nice work on the bowl.
  9. Grays and silver ... nice combo I haven't seen on a fly rod before. I like it.
  10. That looks wickedly dangerous! I know it can be done, but I am no where near confident enough to approach something that large with those edges. I like your wood choices, though. Gonna be a beautiful piece ... if it stays in one piece!
  11. Run the 6 miles, fish a bit, then run back. If you're using a bicycle, get your heart up to over 120 beats a minute, then keep it there. If you're not breaking a sweat and breathing hard, you aren't getting much of a work out. Riding a bike by just pedaling enough to get somewhere (pedaling and coasting) isn't actually doing much, exercise wise. Biking and running aren't strength training. You can run everyday without injury, as long as you're doing it correctly. It IS high impact, if you're just stomping along ... which is the easy way to run. If you're placing your feet, instead of falling forward onto them, it is lower impact, more difficult and a MUCH better exercise. Keep at it, your definitely doing the right thing, getting in shape, whether you end up in an academy or not.
  12. I've not tried anything that large, yet. I'm finally getting comfortable with small stuff, so a larger bowl is coming. BUT, I won't be working near flying corners anytime soon. I'll stick with round things.
  13. Always ... ALWAYS ... train harder than you intend to perform. If you want to run a faster 1 mile, run ten miles. When you get to the point you're running ten miles without slowing, then a mile is easy-peasy. When I was running 3 mile PFTs, I ran an average 15 miles a day.
  14. mikechell

    Black Ice

    No, I meant what I said, and that was the problem. Without slip, the wheels all turned the same speed. In a turn, the wheels couldn't slow and speed up as necessary. That's what made driving it so strenuous.
  15. Unfortunately, the hooks are likely too small. I doubt you'll ever get hook profiles on the outer surface. It'd be super cool if you do! As you stated, more hooks less filler ... like ... almost nothing BUT hooks. I recently gave away a bunch of hooks, but I'll look to see if I have some more from Dad's tackle box. Oh! Maybe you could magnetize the box, making the hooks stay against the outside as you pour in the powder.
  16. mikechell

    Black Ice

    Okay ... I'm a little confused. While in the military, I drove a true 4 wheel drive. I don't remember what kind of vehicle it was (ugly tractor type thing), but it was a real terror to handle. Both rear wheels were on one axle, both front wheels were on one axle, and a chain drive system ran both axles. No differential, no slip. On a straight line, it was great. You could take your hands off the steering wheel and it would run straight even over rough terrain. BUT ... trying to turn is a real test of arm strength. The inner wheels of the turn are turning faster than the distance covered while the outer wheels are turning slower. All the wheels are turning the same speed, as always, but the distances travelled are different. It chattered and bucked as the wheels tried to grab and slip. My understanding is that you CAN'T have a vehicle with full power to all the wheels without some slip, or it would steer like crap like that tractor/vehicle did. So how does Subaru do it?
  17. Hmmm. I am so glad new things come along and I don't have to use the "first" of anything. 😁
  18. mikechell

    My new shop

    I'm just learning the basics of turning. Doing multi-axis stuff isn't in my capabilities at this point. On a technical note, the wands develop some serious vibration when they get to the thinnest, finished diameters. I don't think they'd be a good candidate for it.
  19. If you don't learn from your mistakes, you'll just make them again. On the other hand, if you're constantly analyzing your methods, are you missing the fun of fishing? For me, it's all about the fishing. If I catch fish, icing on the cake. I can be on the water all day without a hit, if the weather's good and the scenery is pleasant. I miss too many hits to worry about what I did or didn't do. I catch enough to keep me going back with fishing rods and not with cameras.
  20. Ah, so THAT was the orange flashes I saw in the northern sky. I thought it might be the Aurora Borealis ... but it was just you casting your new flyrod!
  21. Even I can stand to be out in 66 degree weather. Well, for a few minutes, anyway.
  22. Nice lamp ... too much money for my budget, though.
  23. According to my search, saying "Mouton Sheep" is actually redundant, as "Mouton" is French for "sheep". So, Mouton sheep = sheep sheep. I've never tried tying with wool. All I know is, the wool clothing I've been forced to wear was ... uncomfortable. It held onto water like a sponge and got heavy with it when wet. I don't know how it would be in the water, on a fly. I'm betting that casting any fly made with wool would be like casting a fly 3 times as large in any other material.
  24. mikechell

    My new shop

    You'll be seeing it up close in a couple of weeks ... depending on finishing and mail delivery.
  25. mikechell

    My new shop

    I started working on an easy-to-duplicate design for boxes to put wands in. I got one done today, and I'm pretty pleased with it. It still needs sanding and finishing, but it works, and it looks good to me.
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