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  1. Excellent work on that. Amazingly smooth body using just thread. That’s pretty awesome. Looks like chain mail.
  2. Very nice work. Planning to make something similar this weekend, though it won’t look nearly as good, so thanks for the inspiration.
  3. 1: Muskie on a fly. 2: Carp on a fly. 3: Hybrid striped bass on a fly. 4: Fish the Wisconsin driftless. 5: Fish all the wild trout streams in Missouri. 6: Somehow get the kids interested in doing some of these with me. No particular order. Fishing has really been put on the back burner for me the last few years, 2020 especially. Not sure how it happened but this year is so far looking like I might be able to get more time on the water to accomplish some of these goals.
  4. Got some great looking flies from Jay Dzik and denduke (along with a sweet trout skin from pattern box). Thanks for the awesome fish-getters, gents! And, again, thanks to Nick for running such a great swap every year.
  5. Really nice set of flies arrived yesterday. Thanks for hosting and the extras, Bob. Merry Christmas, all!
  6. Boxes got here Tuesday. Really looking forward to opening them on Christmas morning. Thanks to all for joining and making this a great swap. A special thanks to Nick for hosting every year.
  7. I’m still a trout newb and am fishing for stockers in small ponds so take this for what it’s worth... The trout here seem to be grazers. Always moving, mostly picking through the submerged vegetation. At times it seems like they’re doing laps around the ponds. Bites will be really frequent in one spot for 10 or 15 minutes and then they’ll shut down. People on the other side start catching then. Another half hour or so and the bite is back on.
  8. I’ll add another vote for the Cortland clear intermediate. Had one on my 8wt for a while before I ruined it by stepping on it on rocks. I bought it on sale but would have no trouble paying full price for it. I have one coming for a 6wt now. Heck of a good line.
  9. Flies are on the way. Expected to arrive next Tuesday. It’s a bit of a mixed bag but hopefully they’ll all be useful to someone. Thanks for hosting this swap every year, Nick!
  10. Should be pretty easy to skin and that’s what I’d do instead of shaving it. Peel the skin off, dry with borax, and you’re good to go. I’ve done a mole and a starling this way so far and it’s worked great.
  11. I’ve ordered a couple hundred-packs from them. They are pretty dang good. The pics I’ve seen of their whole capes and saddles look nice. Great customer service, too. There was a mix-up on my first order. They unexpectedly sent an extra hundred pack and they were super nice during the whole thing. Thanks for the reminder about them. Need to see about ordering from them again.
  12. Pretty sure it was dried with salt. No hair slipping yet. I just put it in a couple gallons of saltwater to rehydrate last night. After a couple hours it was still pretty hard but the hair is still holding tight. Hoping when I get home this morning it’s still together.
  13. Anyone know if there are problems with tanning an old pelt? I ran across a groundhog hide I bought a couple years ago and forgot about. It was dried when I bought it and it’s been kept in the garage where the temp and humidity are stable. Planning to rehydrate it, pickle, and then tan with a paint-on product.
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