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Mark Knapp

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  1. Wow, very nice. Maybe now she'll give you a little more room in her office for fly tying.😁
  2. The skis I have are bent, I suppose to carry the weight of the skier. If I put them on a flat surface there is a gap in the middle, under the ski about 1'' high. That makes turning hard. I thinking I will preload the skis so there is just a little rocker in them, about a half inch, so the low spot in the skis would be in the middle instead of the ends. Too funny about the extra ice holes.
  3. We don't like to fish in anything over 6 but you kind of have to pay attention to the wind and tide too. We can easily fish in a 10 foot swell but certainly not a 10 foot chop. If we had a 10 foot swell with a two foot chop (12 foot combined) we'd fish it. We stay the heck away from anything calling for 15 foot seas. Thanks Poop. You had mentioned a spring pole lathe before. I make a lot of tools for a guy with a spring pole lathe (forged lathe tools, but not really chisels)
  4. I just returned home from a salt water fly fishing trip and deer hunt. The trip was cut short by forecasts of 19 foot seas. Since we don't want any part of that in a 32 foot boat we came home early. On the way to camp the first day we stopped to catch some fish for camp. The fishing was good and we caught these in about a half hour. We didn't have our fly fishing gear set up yet, so these were all caught on conventional gear. The next day the weather was good so I spent some time fly fishing while my buddy stuck to the conventional gear. A nice big yellow eye rock fish caught on a Non-Pelagic Squid. And, a new species to add to my all-time fly-caught species list, a Vermilion Rock Fish. Making 29 Alaskan species on a fly all together. Not a new species for me but a Quill Back Rock Fish. One of about 45 ling cod we caught the next day between conventional and fly fishing. My buddy Rick getting ready to use the deep sea release to return a Yellow Eye Rock Fish he caught on conventional gear. A Copper Rock Fish. A 97 pound halibut on conventional gear. Then we took a few days off from fishing to do some deer hunting. Here's my first buck, a real dandy as far as Sitka Black Tails go. A little surf and turf for dinner tonight. This is him again in the skiff for the boat ride to the cabin. This is my second buck. We are allowed six each so my gracious host let me take them both while he did the calling. All in all, even though the weather was rainy and a little cold and windy it was a great trip. We brought home about 220 lb's of deer meat and fish fillets. We put the boat away for the year, can't wait till next year.
  5. Hi D, I didn't get to use the Olivers yety but I did get to repair my nine wt. rod with a cork you sent me, thank you very much. Mark
  6. That would be flux for the making of damascus. Borax, it melts and seeps between the layers of steel. At that high of temperature, it's caustic, it removes dirt and scale from between the layers of steel and prevents oxidation from occurring that would make for a poor weld. That blob of steel is actually many layers of steel that the knife maker wishes to weld together into one block of steel, making damascus.
  7. Very good D. I didn't know there were fresh water herring.
  8. Real good, I will post pictures here later, when I get them uploaded.
  9. Yes, good thing. You can put a stick over the snare to make sure dogs don't get in the snare, it's called a stepping stick. It forces dogs to step over the snare and lift their head so feet and muzzles don't go in. These sticks don't deter rabbits from going in, they go right through, under the stick.
  10. Nope, was he OK. The very last thing you want to do is catch peoples pets.
  11. You are welcomed. Maybe you are restricted from using traps for fear of catching someones pets with a trap in your more urban setting. It's much less likely with a snare.
  12. Boxes are heavy, and do not nest. It takes a lot of time to pack them around with no roads. When I use cubbies, I use plastic planters. They are cheap, they nest, they are light weight and durable.
  13. I would say yours are very reasonably priced and well worth the money. Nice job. If I wasn't a maker, I would certainly buy some.
  14. Martin are not weary of human scent. You don't need to worry about it at all. Not for lynx either. Only the dogs, fox, coyote and wolf.
  15. Not for me, no basses, but it's a nice offer.
  16. Did you straighten the "straight" part on yours, or did you leave the "In-step" in? Mine was very hard to turn when it had the hollow under the middle. I'm actually thinking of putting a little "rocker" in the skis so it even turns a little easier. What happened to your face?
  17. I assume, and that might be a problem, that still water stockers (or lake-bound) are different from still water wild fish (lake fish that have outlets, stocked or not) We have a lot of the former and not a lot of the latter. We fish them with the normal dries ( mosquitoes, gnats, terrestrials) when they are hitting dries. For wets we use scuds, nymphs, and caddis. Again, assuming you're not talking about Lake Trout.
  18. Very nice D. Pretty water and pretty fish and very nice fly. Is "herring" a local colloquialism for that fish?
  19. Mark Knapp

    Indicators?

    Put your' foam in water, and squeeze it, let it go. Now take it out of the water and squeeze it again. If water comes out, it's open cell and not good for indicators. If no water comes out, it's closed cell, good for indicators.
  20. Very nice. As a guy that has worked with his hands his whole life, Arthritis is one of the things I fear the most. Best wishes to you on that.
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