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  1. Very cool,looks like something from the Sharper Image catalog back in the day.Well your photography is of that caliber too.
  2. Since they are not manufactured here as well as most hooks there is a quite a wide range in sizes and weight.I did buy one of those scales,a cheap one,and got what i payed for.Useless on the small stuff.I noticed early on that some tung beads can be easily picked up by a magnet and some just barely.I like them for deeper water and brass glass and bead chain for shallower water.I fish mostly still water and i think the tung weighted flies sink too fast at times.
  3. Think it's gonna look like the AK Best vise pictured.I know the originals with the tools and accessories are hard to come by.Good discussion about tying in hand on another board.We don't need no stinking vises.Like my old man used to say anybody can do it with tools
  4. Cool stuff N.Basically these are archeological as many generations have lived in that area.Some of my buddies went on an epic pheasant hunt to Kansas a few years ago.Not days but weeks.One last hunt for wild pheasants.They could not get over the small ghost towns and abandoned farm houses still full of furniture and yards full of old equipment.!00s of square miles with hardly an occupied house.They had contacts out there who had lots of places to hunt.They said corp farms now farm 100s of thousands of acres.All the small farms were long gone.IL is mostly farms .Most of the state is corn or beans for 100s of miles but there are still a lot of people in rural areas.
  5. Necessity is the mother of invention.Nice fix!
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    Flyfishing Show

    They sure do come and go.The one i still attend is local but really took off.It used to be at the high school in 2 gyms.After a couple years all the hallways were filled.Kayaks to try in the pools.Seminars in the theatre.Covid killed it but it is coming back to a local convention center.Will check it out ,bring the grandsons.
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    Flyfishing Show

    We really don't have FFS here but we do have fishing/outdoor shows.They are cheezy,filled with the latest and greatest gear .Spinning casting ice fishing great lakes archery etc.Some wild animal displays with snakes turtles gators.Some rescued raptors .Resorts and destinations are well represented.Great way to spend a winter day and there are some fly tying items here and there as well as a tying club or 2.I have picked up a few vintage fly rods and reels over the years.I fish glass 90% of the time and the new stuff around here is all graphite.I have at lest 40 flyrods and don't need another until i see that Phillipson or Heddon on the used rack.I love the shows,have since i was a kid.
  8. Great ties all around.Might start posting a few myself in the coming weeks.I just don't take many pics of flies fish etc these days.Happy New Year to all.Stating a new phase in life in this coming year.Can finally retire,actually have to at least from my lifetime occupation.After a stroke i can no longer do manual labor 8hrs a day.Had hoped to make it a couple years more ,having to take SS early as well as my modest pension a little early. my income will not be what i expected but i will be fine.Feeling good and permanent damage is not that bad.Feel blessed and plan on enjoying the rest of this ride.
  9. Very nice,i have several Gapen tied muddlers.And a bunch of other Gapen flies on display boards.The original Muddlers had a scraggily head like yours.Modern ones have a more tightly packed and trimmed head.I like the originals,they have been around a long time also.
  10. I used to work with tile setters from Germany building Aldi store for a few months a year.They really did not fish much at home because of all the hoops.They did fish some when working here.Good guys, 2 had already purchased property in FL to retire.They were allowed to work here 3 months out of the year and just loved it here.
  11. When i used to sell a few rods and other stuff online this craziness happened more often than it should.Sending something from my midwest state to one next door would go to the west coast east coast Florida once and on and on.Mostly USPS ,rods sent via UPS often got beat up even in heavy tubes.I try to sell locally these days,less money but less stress .Paying extra for premium shipping never mattered.All things arrived eventually and 99.9 intact.
  12. I still can't go back one page on this site.So i can't even see anything except pages 1-4 or the current one for any post .The flies are the reason i come here.
  13. I have seen some big ones in public water and the fact there are some big pike in them is even more baffling.I see koi in a prak pond i take the grand sons fishing.Some have to be over 10 lbs but they don.t eat flies or the bait the kids toss to them.When i was a kid growing up in Chicago we would take the bus to a golf course in a nearby suburb.There was a pond full of big fancy goldfish.We would sneak in and catch them on bread.We would keep most.Haul them back to the bus in buckets and sell them to a local petshop.They all surprisingly made the trip without dying.
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