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  1. Good evening Dave,

    I have had three so far. I had a YJ (1987-1995). I had a TJ (1997-2006) and I now have a a JK (2007-2017). The YJ (1988) was a 4 cylinder soft top. Really got the fever with this one. Had to left it go because I took a job traveling. Gas milage was making me broke. My JK (1999) was a 6 cylinder soft top and a hardtop. I made this into my project Jeep. Ended up selling this two months ago with 210000 mile on it. I had a Body Armor rack on it and went every where with a canoe on top. I also duck hunt as much as possible. My new one is a JK 2007. I suspect I will make this into a project it also. I have put a Body Armor rack on this one too. Everything I have owned so far has been a two door.

     

    First the bad. They all LEAK when it rains! If you purchase one and find it doesn't leak WAHOO!!!! My first one leaked where the steering column came through the fire wall. My second one leaked where the heater/fan was and the new one I just figured out and fixed it was leaking around the door frame. The biggest draw back/difficulty is the lack of interior room. However there is many Molle racks for the interior to help with it.

     

    As for driving them on the road, I have never had an issue traveling 65-70 down the interstate. The largest tires I have had on them was 31". When you test drive one you will find they feel very different from anything you have driven. The reason for this is because you are a mere 12" from sitting on top of the rear axel.

     

    Lastly, If I can add my two cents, It is very easy to get caught up in everything you can do to a Jeep to make it yours. I think the onIy other vehicle that has as many add ons, might be a Harley Davidson. I found my wife mentioning the budget quite often.

     

    I have told many people, "It is more fun to drive than legally should be allowed"

     

    Michael


  2. Few years back I had started a sales job in Rhode Island. Came in one morning (April 1st) and was handed a lead from a customer I had spoken with a few days prior. Just imagine how funny I found it when Roger William's Park and Zoo answered the phone and I asked for "Ellie Fant".

    The very polite man on the other end said "I think someone has got you good this time."

    I had to agree with him and bid him a good day. I'm still laughing about it.

     

    Michael


  3. Good morning Salty,

     

    We are in for another Snowmageddon in Maine also. Yesterday I was out on a pond with my dog. Talked with a couple ice fishing and asked them how much ice was left. They said between 22" and 24" they cut through. I'm thinking we are going to have ice-out sometime in June. Good news, open water fishing starts April first, or when there is actually open water.

     

    Michael


  4. Michael

    Nice but your canoes are awesome still remembering those beauties.

     

    Steve

    Sorry man. Like I told you in my email I have a jackass neighbor on the small farm next to mine that cut a tree down that landed on my fence. My son and I removed it last weekend. Luckily, I didn't have any cattle in that field right now. The funny part is that I forget to tell you is that he some sort of preacher from the Detroit area that has transplanted to Southern Kentucky. His place is a complete sh...hole. Junk everywhere. No pride. Maybe he is kin to your neighbor? No, I don't like him either.

    Thanks Kudu,

     

    I found a small difference between the canoes and the wine glasses, this wine glass I can make in an afternoon on a day off, the canoes take between 300 and 350 hours to get to the water.

     

    Michael


  5. I have had the opportunity to play with an 870, and played with a Benelli Nova. Just my personal preference I liked the Nova because it fit me much better and had a great deal less felt recoil. The 870 was at a skeet range as was the Nova, however I did use the Nova in the field with 3 1/2" goose loads. I also felt the Nova had a more solid feel than the 870.

     

    I have not seen or had an opportunity to fire an 877 yet. I'm sure you have been looking a the reviews, what are the write ups so far?

     

    Good luck with you decision. I'm sure your new gun will kill well and last you for many years to come.

     

    Michael


  6. josephcsylvia

    I have found A gentleman in northern Maine that has an amazing shop. I have purchased some capes and other material over the years. I finally had an opportunity to visit his shop this fall, I was completely amazed at the quality and selection he has. He grows his own roosters, sheep, and even Jungle Cock. I found it rather interesting.

     

    One think that is a bit different, his internet is EXTREMELY slow because of where he lives.

    His preference is that folks call him.

     

    http://theriaultflies.com/aboutthefamilyfarm.html

     

    Hope this helps in you search.

     

    Michael


  7.  

    The D.H.Russell Canadian Belt Knife. I have had one of these for 30 years. I've used on Moose, Bear, Beer, Geese, Ducks, Rabbits, Groundhog. I've tried to skin squirrel, but it is a bit big. They also make a Tout & Bird Knife. It is a bit smaller than the original. A good friend of mine has this one and loves it. That being said, my niece gave me an Old Timer Sharpfinger. This is reasonably priced and it holds a shaving edge.

     

     

     

    Michael

     


  8. Cockroach

     

    This was originally a tarpon fly and I do believe it was created by Lefty Kreh. I could be wrong on the origins. The tarpon fly is usually tied to the back of the hook near the bend. The shank is wrapped in thread.

     

    I tie it more in the common fly style. I tie to behind the eye. This keep the hook point further back in the fly.

     

    One issue I have found with this fly, the squirrel tail is quite slick. I have had many that the hair has pulled out. I now put a drop of super glue on the buts of the hair as I tie it in. This seems to help a lot.

     

    Michael

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  9. WAY OFF SUBJECT.....

     

    Poopdeck,

     

    Is that a Stanley #60 double spoke shave in you picture? I looks like you were making a hammer handle.

     

    Sorry 'bout that,

    I have to agree with L.B. I just received a couple of these before my last swap. I really enjoyed how it felt in my hand. Only one thing I need to get used to is not using my little finger as a break and not to use it to roll up my thread. I keep loosening the tension knob doing that. As for being out of balance when I spin it, I do this very little so what wobble there is is not a big concern. JMO

     

    Michael

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