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  1. Here's one that is battery powered, clamp on and magnetic. https://smile.amazon.com/Jhua-Flexible-Attaches-Barbecue-Workbench/dp/B07P65CJLM/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=led+grill+lamp&qid=1570026938&sr=8-3
  2. I had the same problem until I discovered that it was the weight of the tool box I put on top of the drawer unit that caused the whole unit to flex a bit and misalign the drawers. Solution was a piece of plywood under the tool box.
  3. I think those might work for a crayfish pattern.
  4. Hello plugs, Nice pattern, looks like it would work for steelhead too. What is the wind material?
  5. whatfly, I agree. They're all produced to help others.
  6. Thank you cb, great quote.
  7. Flytire, is that a synthetic JC?
  8. Caloosa bug I tried something like that but it swam upside down. Have yours done that?
  9. I think a switch rod is one small enough to cast with standard single handed methods and long enough to effectively cast two handed spey style. I use a 10' 11" rainshadow and like it very much. I built it with a Tennessee style grip with rings so I can spin fish with it too.
  10. Good article. The part about fish mortality is why some of the guys around here like them. To those who say fishing with beads is snagging; I agree with you if your definition of snagging is hooking outside the mouth. Here in NY that is not the definition. Here is the definition of snagging/snatching fish in NY from the DEC website: "Snatching means taking fish not attracted by bait or artificial lure with hooks, gangs or similar devices whether or not baited. Snagging, lifting, and single hook snagging are types of snatching. Snatching is indicated by repeated or exaggerated jerking motions of the fishing rod." I have seen it done, they don't bother with beads and size 12 hooks. Some use big spoons, some try to look a little more legal and use a big fly, but whatever they use they just pull it through holding water and they don't care where the fish is hooked.
  11. I can see why states would make it illegal, and maybe others should too because it might be difficult to legally differentiate between intentional snagging and proper use of beads. If a method is illegal I would never do it myself or advocate it be done, but whether a method is fair and sporting is another question. I think we all agree that dragging a hook through the water in hope of snagging a fish is not sporting and should be illegal. The sport is fooling the fish into thinking your bait is food and eating it. Intent has to be considered, anything with a hook can be fished in a way that can snag a fish and when 30 or 40 steelhead are holding in a small hole it wouldn't be too difficult. I don't see how trying to fool a fish into eating a bead is any less sporting to trying to get one to eat any fly pattern. Does anyone think its easier? I don't. I've caught far more steelhead on nymphs, wooly buggers and streamers than I have on beads. And what about fish hooked from the outside with other tackle where the hook is separate from the part that looks like food? How many times has a spinners hook punctured the fish's mouth from the outside because the angle it struck at? How about stinger style streamers? Their design is similar to the pegged egg, an attractor element connected to a hook by a length of line. Ultimately, regardless of what we put on the end of our line, each one of us is responsible to fish in a fair, sporting and legal manner.
  12. Here in WNY yarn eggs and beads are very popular for steelhead and are almost always dead drifted under a rather large float. Not really fly fishing but not snagging either. State law says that the bead cannot be farther than 1 3/4 inch from the hook. Fished on a dead drift the fish has to take the bead into it's mouth, just as it would any other fly or bait, in order to be hooked. The challenge of getting the fish to eat the bead is the same as getting it to eat your nymph pattern, the presentation has to be right. The only difference is that the fish is hooked on the outside of its mouth rather than on the inside and if you are interested in being gentle with the fish you want to release this is a good thing. Can a fish be snagged with this setup? Probably. So far I have not snagged one with a pegged bead but I have foul hooked quite a few browns and steelhead dead drifting wooly buggers, nymphs and streamers. The reason is that these flies are usually allowed to swing across the current before being recast. When there are a lot of holding fish and your fly is swinging across the bottom it's easy to foul hook one. So if you want to snag a steelhead with your fly rod a nice size 6 or 4 streamer or even a size 10 stone fly is a much better choice that dead drifting a pegged bead with a size 12 hook..
  13. He wasn't exactly a fishing celeb, but I met Cory Wells (Three Dog Night; Jerimiah was a bullfrog...) on my first steelhead outing. I had no idea who he was even after he told me his name - embarrassing. I didn't know it but he loved fishing and fished all over the world. A real nice fellow, easy to talk to and very helpful with technique tips.
  14. Usually the last one I tied.
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