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  1. Bravo! Chuck Yeager, Twig Branch & Amos Hashimoto would he proud!
  2. Commerce city comment cracked me up No offense intended to the Municipality; after all, the Burrito Company's there...
  3. My setup is as Commerce City (cheap) as one can get. A cardboard box my Materials came in, a block of wood to hold my tools, & a Thompson Model C on a weighted pedestal.
  4. Worked in Construction for 10 years. Wore Carhartt's most of the time because they were durable, comfortable and did the job. A local Surplus store always having them on Sale helped, too. The kicker? Wearing blanket quilted, insulated Carhartt's whilst Ice Fishing in -15° temps. Stayed nice & toasty, & never got cold. But, once they were washed a few times, they seemed to lose some of their oomph. So... I stopped washing them. I figured they were good, once they started to stand on their own, without any visible means of Support.
  5. When I got my 'starter' fly rig, I found a 4 1/2' long Rod/Reel case with an exterior pocket @ the flea market. It's lasted 20+ years with no rod/tip damage. The rod/reel stays in the case, safe & sound except when I'm fishing with it. The damn thing is almost as tall as I am!
  6. Forgive me if this was mentioned before, but couldn't one drill a small hole in the bottom corner of the lower case, thread a small loop of cord through the hole, & tie it off?
  7. Have a friend of mine & his nephew making their way along 395 this Week, exploring all of the fishing options. They'll also make a stop @ Manzanar, looking to tap into the karma of The Manzanar Fishing Club.
  8. A time to recharge & re-invigorate the soul. Reminisce about the times you had with your Sister, and have a cry or two in the solitude of your surroundings. Nature has a way of both healing and putting things in perspective. Enjoy your journey, & we'll all be here when you return.
  9. Why do people look at me so oddly when I'm fly fishing? Maybe it's because: -- They're sizing me up, checking me out to see what kind of stuff I've got, and if it's better/worse than what they've got. For the record, it's worse... much worse. -- I'm in their 'spot'. FWIW... I 'western' fly fish. I also put a chunk of rainbow Play-doh on a weighted hook & huck it from shore. Right now, I'm playing about with Tenkara. Why? Because they all interest me, & they all catch fish.
  10. Hey, OP... When are you coming to CO, & where do you plan to Fish? You could call for Recommendations... Denver Fly Shop (720) 524-8006 Discount Fishing Tackle (303) 698-2550
  11. Killer Bugs & Shetland Killers. They're easy to tie, catch fish, & I tie them because I'm pretty lazy @ the moment.
  12. Pick up the Yellow Pages & call some Landscape Contractors directly. Talk to an Estimator or Project Manager, & explain to them the Work you want done. If they're hungry, they'll want the Work. If not, call the next guy.
  13. Like most have said, decide on the flies you want to tie, then buy just the Materials to tie those flies. Start out small, then if you get into tying, you can go hog wild buying all of the chatchkas. I started out with a cheap Tool kit with a Vise that was OK, then 'moved up' to a vintage Thompson Model A. The Tools work just fine. The important thing is to enjoy yourself. Take your time, learn the Basics, & watch lots of Videos. I find the ones from 'tightlinevideo' are very good. Alan
  14. It's true. For me, Whip Finishing was like eating gourmet Olives (GAAAGH!), until I watched a YT video by Tim Flagler. After that, the process became crystal clear. Alan
  15. The only thing that bugs me is YT's Subtitle translation matrix. I'm still trying to figure out what Language they're using, 'cause it sure ain't a Language I'm familiar with!
  16. I own one fly reel... a Scientific Anglers Concept 2. It's never missed a beat, & always works as advertised. My fellow angling 'associates' scoff @ my frugality, & needle me about the cheapness of my rig. Yeah, whatever. I catch fish with it, & that's the important thing.
  17. Many thanks for the Illustrations, Norm!
  18. Has anyone tried adding a short loop or tail of tippet to an Indicator fly that they're tying? I wonder if that would make it easier to tie droppers to the Indicator?
  19. I have one flyfishing rig; a SciAnglers Concept 9' 6wt kit with the stock WF-6-F line. I learned how to cast with it, & used it for everything from perch to 14" trout. It's always done the job for me, so I never thought about anything else. I have a tenkara setup, but that's for small streams & for playing with the little parr marked fishys. These days, I fish primarily on the Upper Colorado below Gore Canyon; my fly rig works very well there except when I want to cast across the river; then I'll grab my Wonderod spin cast rig. I really like the look of Steve's rods, though!
  20. Swinus Americanus, on full display. Hope those fish were donated to a local Food bank or restaurant.
  21. Master Packer. Simple, concise, non - cutesy name.
  22. We don't have "Closed Seasons" on species of fish per se, but from time to time CPW will close certain stretches of rivers due to low water levels or high air temperatures (drought conditions). Catch & Release is dependent on the particular stretch of water (Dream Stream, Blue River, etc.) Alan
  23. Question... What makes a Euro nymph rod different? Another piece of simple, elegant artistry! Alan
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