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Mark Knapp

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  1. I like it too, I'm going to try and make one work for my new desk. Thanks
  2. Well this one is solid wood except for the plywood drawer bottoms. I saw one like it on eBay for $1,500.00. When I saw no one bidding on it I jumped in, i'm really glad I got it.
  3. The flies in this thread are crazy good, but so is the photography. I'm going to post some stuff, here's where my beginner status becomes evident. I challenged myself to tie some #26s. Here's some moose hair mosquitoes, black gnats and some nymphs. #26 was the smallest I could get locally. Now I have some #30s, I'll try them some day. Up in the arctic, the rivers are really young and mostly sterile. There are not many aquatics for fish to feed on. We have mostly terrestrials and spiders make up the vast majority of those. So I tied up a few spiders and beetles for next summer. These are all 12s and 14s with yarn, peacock hurl and ostrich hurl. I tied some more what I call "Salmon Fork Smolt" This is what I caught my big laker on as well as some really big pike, shefish and a bunch of other species. It's got polar bear fur, some blue bucktail and jungle cock eyes, with a little flash thrown in. and some "Chichigof Herring". I fish these in the salt for halibut, ling cod and rock fish. Here's a slightly different version of the "Chichigof Herring", These are on size 6/0 hooks. I also tie them a little longer with a stinger hook.
  4. You may be talking about surgical tubing.
  5. I went to a fund raising auction for the outdoor sports this week end and bid on a roll top desk. I got it for $350.00. This old desk is what I used to use. And the tool board is kind of my "white trash" answer to the fly tying station. Here's my new desk. Now I need to build a new tool rack, can't put that ugly old thing on this desk, just wouldn't be right. This is my private man area, it's likely to never be this neat again. The left side is my engraving area, (for knives I build). Here's my feather and fur cabinet. I try to keep everything I may need in there. It gets cold up here sometimes and I don't want to have to run out and get something if I should run out. I'll show you what my new tool rack looks like when I get it done. Thanks for looking, let me know what you think.
  6. Well, he does host this site, and he bankrolls it at no cost to you and me. That ought to count for something. I'm sure it's not inexpensive to do.
  7. I've seen it before, someone can provide a good product, but be a horrible businessman. I like this site and will continue to try and support it but it shouldn't be so hard to give the guy some business.
  8. Yep. Got it. It's going out tomorrow. No shipping money necessary, I might need some help here someday.
  9. I like this site, and was going to try and support it. I assumed (maybe incorrectly) that if I ordered something from Green Caddis it might support the site. Besides, I like some of the stuff in the ad. But, when I click on the link, I get a message with some technical jargon that the site has gone over their data thingy and can't be supported. Here's the real language; "The website is temporarily unable to service your request as it exceeded resource limit. Please try again later." What do I do?
  10. Kimo, I have a lot of moose mane (we grow the stuff here) I would be happy to send you (and any one else) some if you PM me your address. Mark Mahalo! I picked some up and am experimenting. Thanks again for the offer. Kimo You are welcomed. I'm sending some to two other members, anybody else?
  11. Kimo, I have a lot of moose mane (we grow the stuff here) I would be happy to send you (and any one else) some if you PM me your address. Mark
  12. You are a fortunate man. A practice stream, grandchildren to tie with and teach to cast. Have fun.
  13. Yes, middle of summer, July. 60 to 80 degrees. You definitely should do it. I can help point you in the right direction if you decide to come up.
  14. Fishing the Salmon and Aniak rivers in Alaska The Dollies aren't big here, but they are pretty. The grayling get pretty big (for grayling) and they sure are pretty. This chum salmon hit an egg with milt pattern. A good fight on a 5 wt. The rainbows are sure pretty, they call these ones with all the spots leopard rainbows. This is one of my chunkiest rainbows of the trip. The rainbows here are all catch and release, so we let them all go. I was catching over a hundred fish a day, toward the end of each day we'd keep enough Dollies and grayling for a meal. Caught some Sockeyes too. It was very difficult to get them to bite a fly, most were foul hooked. One of the brightest dollies. We call this one a "real toad" he's so chunky. A char wrapped in bacon. Yum. Sitting in my long johns while I dry my clothes. These chrome-bright cohos are fresh from the ocean. Here's a nice buck. A nice female. What a great trip, scheming another one.
  15. I'm just waiting for my check from the Nigerian Prince to arrive. Once I get that then you guys will all get paid. What a coincidence, I'm still waiting for mine too.
  16. Woo hoo, a promotion already. Does that come with a pay raise? yep pretty good one 50% raise the next ones even bigger, after that they are a little more normal like 10 percent until you become a moderator that's like a 500% raise but there's all this responsibility, so it might be more trouble than it's worth. That's what I'm talking about. A 50% raise in the first week. I'm already circling stuff in the Orvis Catalog. Just one question though, when does it start to show up in the pay check? I don't see it anywhere.
  17. Woo hoo, a promotion already. Does that come with a pay raise?
  18. I just went through Oct. flies from the vise. I can look at you guy's fly ties all day. ( I can't say that three times real fast though)
  19. All of the flies I see in this thread are very nice, but this one just does it for me.
  20. I mostly use 9 and 10 wts, that's what I enjoy the most, but I do use my 13 wt, 14 wt. and 16 wt. rods too. I have broken the 9s and tens more than I want to admit. And you are right, the casts aren't pretty.
  21. Welcome to the group...and nice catch Thanks everyone.
  22. These are all very beautiful, nice work everyone.
  23. Yes, I cast and let it sink naturally. I make my own fly lines, they consist of thirty feet of T20 line, welded to 90 feet of T17 line. We set up the drift so we will drift toward the structure we want to fish. We cast toward the structure, as we are drifting toward the cast, the fly is sinking straight down. Lets just say the structure we're fishing is at 120 feet, we know that because we have a graph. As we drift closer to the sunken mount, we strip line from the reel. We know when we have 120 feet out because we have 120 feet of fly line. 120 feet just happens to be the maximum amount the IGFA allows you to strip (mend) in fly fishing. If our structure isn't close to 120 feet I just count 2 feet per strip (mend) from the weld in the fly lines. If everything goes right, the wind and the current are right, we pass over our structure and tickle the top of it with our fly. It's not possible to fish like this everywhere and certainly we can't fish like this everyday. On days with high winds or days with extreme tides we have to do other things. We have used sea anchors and that helps, but mostly we just find a place where the wind is blowing the same direction as the current so the boat moves at the same speed that our fly does thus allowing us to keep the fly fishing as long as possible. Where we fish, the area is full of islands and fjords. It's not always possible to find favorable conditions but we do OK. It's possible for us to go out for a week and only be able to fly fish the ocean for 1/2 a day. ( then we hit the streams and lakes) but there have been times we fly fished the salt the whole week. We have done very short drifts over single sunken mounts but when conditions are right, there are places we can drift for up to an hour. During one such drift a couple of years ago, I casted 14 times and caught a fish on each cast, I missed a fish on one cast and then cast seven more times with a fish on each one.
  24. OH, OK pictures will do it. I hate showing pictures but if you insist. ' Here's a 23 pound ling cod caught on my Sage 10 wt and a fly I call the Non-Pelagic Squid. One of my most favorite things to do is fish the salt for halibut, rock fish and ling cod. Here's my biggest halibut to date, about 25 pounds, this one caught on a tiger rockfish imitation. Someday I hope to catch a real barn door on regulation fly gear. Here's a yellow eye rockfish. This was pretty funny, I caught the rockfish and put him on the deck to unhook him and this crab crawled out of his mouth. Then the sea lance came out and the shrimp. We let both the crab and the yellow eye go unharmed. Here's a black rockfish on a sea lance imitation. That deep-sea rod you see behind me is how we let the rock fish go using a deep water release. Otherwise the swollen swim bladders in the fish won't let them go down and they die. A copper rockfish on a sea lance imitation. There's about 30 species of rock fish in Alaskan waters but I've only caught about a dozen of them on a fly rod. A yellow eye on a non-pelagic squid. I call it a non-pelagic squid because we fish it near the bottom. I put a monofiliment loop at the bend of the hook to try to cut down on the snags. That's enough for now, I wouldn't want to wear out my welcome too soon.
  25. I don't like that "bait fisherman" thing by my name. How do I get rid of that?
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