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About vicrider

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  1. If messy is as good as some people say you got a winner. Unusual tie but may be a killer on the stream. I like it.
  2. For years I was a diehard Cubs fan back in the Ernie Banks and Billy Williams and Ron Santo days. Year after year it was going to be next year for the Cubs. Ernie always had something optimistic to say, "The Cubs will shine in '59" and it never happened. I was after I moved here to OK they finally put one together and I did this streamer in celebration of their win and used their logo colors. Would have worked for this swap too I guess.
  3. Well, I made use of some blue dyed UV herl I got some time ago. I have a take off on my favorite fly, the red butt soft hackle. This one has red butt, blue hackle body reinforced with thread wound through, and white hen hackle collar.
  4. Yep, just sent another package and saved $3.50 on a small package of items. Pirateship also keeps a running log of where you sent and how much postage was. Not a big deal if you're just shipping a few odds and ends you're selling like I am but for a business it would be really nice.
  5. Yeah, guess I'll do something along those guidelines.
  6. Our fridge is over 10 years old and still works fine but makes a lot of weird noises, clunks and wheezes. I'm thinking of having a repairman come on and go through it but I've had bad luck with these guys on other stuff before and was thinking just wait it out and look at new ones. Ours has to fit in a fairly small space and like Steve has Fridge on top and Freezer on bottom. Wife does all the stuff in freezer cause she can still sit on floor and get back up. I have not priced a new fridge and reading the above posts I'm now scared to find out. I was thinking a couple hundred bucks would cover it but now find I need to at least triple that guess. Scary and I'm sure prices thanks to day to day inflation are not going to come down soon.
  7. Yep, great set once again from the crew on here.
  8. Aha! A bin for packages. Darrell is talking about those letter only metal bins outside of the PO. Thos are for letters only, no packages.
  9. As a mod I don't really know if we should be pushing one company over another but enough people, including me, have been burnt by the new USPS rates and on recommendation of a couple of people I dug into the Pirate Ship shipping costs. What I didn't expect was to find how easy it is to setup, print labels yourself for your packages, save real money, and then let the USPS do your shipping. I don't understand exactly how this works and am not going to spend time trying to figure it out but I'm assuming there is some sort of agreement behind closed doors that if we do the heavy lifting of weighing, measuring, and labeling our products ready to go then PO and UPS gives them a break on costs enough for them to make a profit, which I'm sure is why they're in business. https://www.pirateship.com/ Okay, after I got (with the help of my son) the printer set up on my computer and I did a few simple answers on the site I established an email and password account. I've shipped several packages recently and it's really simple and for a 78 year old guy who once said he'd never turn on a computer that's really saying something. You need a physical address but then you can put a PO Box as your return address like I did. Once that's established you type in name and address of recipient, go down and select type of package (box, bubble wrap, etc.), weigh the item, hit rates and it will give you PO and UPS rates and their savings rate. On four packages I sent I saved about $10 dollars. Had I done this on a bunch of things I sent recently it would have easily been $20+ which for you deep pockets is nothing but for a S.S. guy I'll take it. As of right now if you (or I) are going to send a rod the way to go is UPS and not PO. These are the rates I just looked up to send a rod at 4' long weighing 4 lbs. from OK to IL. UPS Ground, $10.13 - UPS 3 day select, $12.86 - UPS 2nd day air, $17.59 USPS Ground, $25.11 - USPS Priority, $26.54 Those rates are better than USPS but do include their new $15 surcharge and UPS does not, at least yet. All of the shipping gives you tracking label with your return, the recipient, and tracking # and all those line and bars that mean something to someone somewhere. With all the talk recently about USPS rates I can only say for myself that I found this easy, fast, no lines at PO for them to weigh and sticker, and just now I sent a small bubble wrap pakage with flies for a fly swap the PO would get $4.75 for and Pirate Ship is $3.48. Since my bank acc't. is hooked to paypal like a lot of people have I just send with paypal and they pull the money from my acc't at no charge. Now a $1.27 is not a huge savings but I'll take it. NOTE: I typed this over a month ago on a different forum and since have added peel off label paper to my printer and this is really slick. No lines at PO, wait to weigh, wait to stamp, you do it all yourself and then just drop off packages with several dollars of savings.
  10. gadabout, are you well known to the PO that you're dealing with? I live in a small town and the ladies at the PO are either relatives or friends and they do a lot to keep me from getting messed up. I don't know for sure but think I could drop fly envelopes and get away with it too since they know how much of that I do. For those who participate in a lot of PO mailing I'm going to be putting a couple of posts on about Pirateship.com and the simplicity and savings you can get.
  11. jv, those flies have two of the best fish catching triggers combined one could ask for. They will go in great with the soft hackle flies when they get here. Nick
  12. I agree with redietz but don't quit looking until last minute. I've given up on how I lost someone's flies and then found stuck inside someone else's mailer as I began sorting. Foolish to send a separate post for each one of us EVEN THOUGH woodenleg's was one of the one's I looked forward to. Hope you find them. Nick
  13. I sent out some of my high floating catepillars your way. The thing with these cats is that there is a strip of 2mm foam wrapped under the body. This should give them the bouyancy to float one of those ants down under it. Find tree branches sticking out over the water, throw these cats with an ant or beetle hanging under it and maybe get yourself a double. Maybe most catepillars don't have chopper mandibles but in OK there are mutants everywhere.
  14. At one time I had a collection of Fenwick, Sage, Bamboo, and even old Wonderods. Most of these have been sold and now I use primarily two bamboo rods. First, 7' Penta 3wt. bamboo build of Jeff Hatton "The Gnome" with a Cholla Cactus handle he built special for me. It comes alive as only high quality bamboo can with Wullf 3wt. Long Belly Line and balances beautifully with a Hardy Cascapedia 2/3/4 reel. Second, a 7'6" bamboo built by a member of the Classic Fly Forum. It is a hollowed Penta faster than most bamboo rods and does the job for bigger flies. I bought the blank and finished this two tip rod myself and it does the work I don't want to press the lighter rod for. It handles and balances with a Wullf TT 6wt. on a Hardy Cascapedia 4/5/6 reel. Picture with Hardy Bougle I had on before the Cascapedia.
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