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Mark Knapp

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About Mark Knapp

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  • Birthday 05/02/1961

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    Fairbanks Alaska

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  1. Yes, and good news for Alaskans and people that want to come to Alaska.
  2. I'm not sure where you are going, but around here, they like salmon egg colors like red and pink. There is a very popular, local grayling pattern that was developed here called the "Salcha Pink". Small Egg-sucking leaches work well as do Royal Coachmen. Blue Sparkle Duns work good too. I tie a fly I call the Egg Butt Scud that works well. Although they lack color, mosquitoes and gnats work well too. Good luck, Have fun.
  3. Yep, that's really cool. At least now you can find a place to work on your cars.
  4. You can try a file, I slid a file across mine and it wouldn't cut it. It just skated across it. That was at the jaw end, they might be softer on the screw end.
  5. The jaws are quite hard and would require grinding instead of filing, but yes, that would do it without any change in structural integrity or effectiveness.
  6. Sorry about that, maybe they can be cleaned up.
  7. Um, what's the problem? 😄 Nice vise
  8. Yep, the Lab was catch and release. Did you get to eat any of the cats,? Are they as tasty as the smaller ones we eat? I'm going to look up that fly, I can always use another good minnow. Thanks. M
  9. Here it is holding an 11/0 Owner. That's big wire. It miked out at .091" and it's 3 1/2 inches long. I did not pad the jaws as a presentation, classic tier would and it did scratch the hook some but I don't think the pike will mind.
  10. Never caught a cat on a fly, I did catch my Labrador once. 😁 Nice fish
  11. I can't speak about all of the vises you speak of, I can't even speak for all of the HMH Versions, but I can tell you that my HMH TRV holds size 28 to 9/0 hooks very well, I posted a picture of me bending a 9/0 hook in my TRV. I have tied 11/0 hooks in my TRV too, but it doesn't hold them with as much confidence as it does the 9/0 hooks. (the 9/0 and 11/0 hooks were heavy wire Owner hooks) I'm not sure if or why HMH would change the jaw design in later models, mine is fine.
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