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  1. from a wife: "Give a man a fish, and he'll have food for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you can get rid of him for a whole day." > Zenna Schaffer
  2. I call them "Chell's Panfish Attractors". I catch more fish on these than any other fly. Saved a few trips with them. Hook: size 8 or 6 Aberdeen (pictured are 😎 Eyes: ceiling fan bead chain (hardware store) body: neutral dubbing (tan or mustard) Tail: Fly tier's dungeon "Crystal Flash" in blue hook covering "wing": raccoon tail (I like raccoon because it doesn't soften in water, so it keeps the fly a little more weed resistant. thread: the one bright spot other than the eyes on these. I also use a color similar to the body if I'm heading for clear water.
  3. That first one was a nice fish!
  4. Welcome to the site.
  5. It gets confusing. After a while, I just know they've changed because of the suggestions being made. Hard to tell who is who in there, anymore !!!
  6. Propane is not gasoline, obviously. It burns differently, with different BTU and power outputs. Propane requires ignition timing changes, exhaust tuning changes and air/fuel ratio changes. All that said, it is possible to convert a gasoline engine to propane, but it's more than just pumping propane in. Good luck, if you decide to go that route.
  7. If the voices in my head switch every 6 months ... does that count as a change on this site?
  8. Okay birds ... that picture is okay.
  9. Can't put my finger on it, but I like this one.
  10. I only ran it an hour or so. I figure a butterfly can start a hurricane, an hour with a shop fan should be able to warm the entire Northern U.S. You should start feeling it in a week or so.
  11. Thank you Sandan. I'll put my shop fan out and point it north. A day or two blowing in that direction should start the butterfly effect and Spring for the North should be along shortly. Remember to thank me when it starts getting warmer !!! I doubt it will be in time for your show, Squeezy.
  12. Or on any trout less than 3 pounds or so I'd bet ... but I do catch bass in the 5 to 9 pound range once in a while. It's not the size of the fish that's in my question, though. I watch these videos where someone is playing a fish to death on 2# or 4# tippets. A metal hook isn't weaker than a light tippet, right? If you're using 6#, 8# or 10# test tippet, then the strength of the hook might come into issue. I do understand the comments above for those who smash barbs or go for bent back profiles etc. My questions are not intended to insult anyone ... just curious as to what would actually bend or break a hook? And is the hook weaker than the mono lines we use for leaders and tippets?
  13. Been in Ohio for the past three weeks. I'm flying home in the morning, to warm sunny Florida and I don't plan on returning North any time soon !!!
  14. Yeah ... not as much room to adapt and change the way you can in that workshop/aquarium/gun room. Oh, and R/V room for a while.
  15. Now that you're done with the gun room, you can complete the work on the "throne" room. Gun room looks great !!!
  16. I buy the $4 a box (50 or 100 hooks) aberdeens from Walmart, so I don't think they come much cheaper than that. All my rods have 10# tippet mono, and I've rarely bent open a hook. Are you guys really able to bend open a hook fighting a fish on your2# and 4# tippets?
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