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  1. I'm happy to hear your recovering, it sounds like it's been a tough stretch. A few Bass would certainly lift my spirits but I'm at least a week away from attempting to wade. Comfortable fishing weather in New England is limited and I hate wasting it for any reason. I can't believe that recovering from a stroke doesn't qualify for you for disability? Don't take no for an answer- spend some time on line and reach out to a few law offices that specialize in this area and find out if your rejection was actually legal. You might be surprised. They will most likely review your situation for free. In my experience insurers always make it as painful as possible before they pay anything. I'm fortunate that my employer offers both short an long term disability and still I fully expect a fight if I ever need to use it. Good luck-
  2. WICKHAM’S FANCY HOOK: #12 NYMPH 1XL 2XS TAIL: BROWN HEN FIBERS ABDOMEN/BODY: GOLD TINSEL – MEDIUM. PALMER WITH BROWN ROOSTER HACKLE RIB: SMALL GOLD WIRE WING: HEN PHEASANT HACKLE: HEN -BROWN HEAD: SH HARD AS NAILS
  3. Thanks Steve! If you got to replace a leaking head gasket you might as well do the rings while it's apart, LOL.
  4. That's beautiful work Norm!
  5. Thank you! Thanks Mike- I'm told the older you get the less likely it is that you'll have trouble and even if you do for most people it's pretty easy. The trick is don't tough out the pain for to long because it can get serious. I waited to long to get to a hospital because a few days earlier my mother in law had a 24 hour stomach bug with similar symptoms and I was convinced I had the same thing. The story I got was that because I take Plavix and the CAT scan showed my appendix hadn't ruptured the doctors made the decision to wait until the next day. Plavix is a blood thinner and according to the surgeon it make their job pretty messy because you blood resist clotting anywhere they cut. Any way it partially ruptured sometime during night and like you that won me an extra day at the hospital.
  6. Ouch, that sounds serious. Following the Docs orders is the quickest way to recover. The best of good luck to you!
  7. Thanks gentlemen, I'm already starting to feel better. My surgeon is a fly fisherman and he told me he struggles to tie winged wets so I'm using my down time to tie him a few of the classics as a thank you. He's supposed to remove the drainage tube from my belly on Thursday if all looks good. Amen to that, the incision for it is right on my belt line and the 18" of tube catches on ever drawer knob I brush by. Compared to what Mr. Knapp is dealing with a bad appendix really isn't too big a deal. It ruined my anniversary plans this weekend but it certainly could have been far worse. Partsman, I'm glad your feeling better- are you recovered enough to get out and cast a line?
  8. Last Tuesday morning I headed into Boston to complete several site surveys for my day job. I rode in with another engineer and we we’re both looking forward to a quiet work week followed by a long holiday weekend which would include a wonderful restaurant meal to celebrate my 18th anniversary. Boston is an hour and a half away from my house, traffic was unusually light, all was well... So, there I was minding my own business, taking my notes, and not bothering anyone when I start with a stomachache. Literally from out of nowhere. After an hour or so the pain got bad enough, I had to ask my coworker to drive me out of the city. As he needed to continue the surveys, we decided to have my wife meet us halfway. By the time we reached her I said, “drive me to the hospital”. It was crazy how severe the pain was getting, and it just appeared without explanation. I hadn’t eaten breakfast and the only thing I did have was a coffee which I made myself. After a CAT scan the ER Doctor came in and told me it looked like acute appendicitis to his eye but that the images would need to be confirmed by other doctors who specialize in CAT data. Fortunately, they confirmed it was appendicitis. I say “fortunately” because as I’m sure a lot of you know there is a really long list of truly nasty possibilities that can be associated with severe abdominal pain. The little brother of a close friend was rushed to the hospital with similar symptoms as me about 2 months ago. He was told he had stage 4 stomach cancer and he passed away this morning. I’ve been a professional musician for 40 years so liver disease was an early odds-on favorite. I am married so poisoning is always in the running😜. Yep, I was pretty ok when they told me my appendix was destined for the trash bin, a stomach virus would have been my first choice, but an appendix diagnosis was not so bad. Much better than many of the other possibilities. I had surgery on Friday and said goodbye to the holiday weekend ruining little SOB. We got along well together for over half a century, but I can tell you that I’m truly grateful you won’t be growing back. The guys in white coats tell me I should be back to “normal” in a week to 10 days and as you can imagine I’m really looking forward to fishing again.
  9. Funny -once you get south of Connecticut most people don't have a clue what "steamah's" are. I was in a nice seafood restaurant once on Long Island and they looked at me like I had 3 heads when I asked for them. I tried explaining and they thought I was joking. When ever I'm in Maine or on the New England coast I never pass them up!
  10. I got to ask - what is that rod? Very different and It looks like glass-
  11. Wow! You can't complain about the scenery even if the fish didn't want to play. The smell of the salt air at the ocean is wonderful!
  12. Norm that sucks. Fly shop products are supposed to be treated to prevent bug infestations from happening. Even so I do my best to reseal each bag after use because the weak link in the system is the person who treats the skins.
  13. That sucks Norm. When you get the replacement I hope you save a little $$ on your electric bill.
  14. Wow! That Brown is one to remember. Really nice fish so far Steve! I'm really sore as well but regrettably it was from working on my house this weekend and not from fishing.
  15. Where she left it is a popular fly fishing spot so I think whoever found it probably was a fly angler and would have been aware of its value. It's nice to know they made the correct decision and I believe by doing so something great will come there way. IMO no good would ever come from keeping something like that without first making an honest attempt to return it.
  16. Here's a couple of versions of a simple soft hackle- Two materials unless you count the thread. PARTRIDGE AND FLASH HOOK: FIREHOLE 633 1XL 2XG HEAVY NYMPH THREAD: #70 BLACK UNDER BODY: THREAD ABDOMEN/BODY: PEARL MYLAR TINSEL -ICE BLUE, LARGE HACKLE: PARTRIDGE HEAD: S.H. HARD AS NAILS PARTRIDGE AND FLASH – HOT ORANGE VARIANT HOOK: FIREHOLE 633 1XL 2XG HEAVY NYMPH THREAD: #70 HOT ORANGE UNDER BODY: THREAD ABDOMEN/BODY: PEARL MYLAR TINSLE -ICE BLUE, LARGE HACKLE: PARTRIDGE HEAD: S.H. HARD AS NAILS
  17. Good news everyone the missing rod and reel found it's way home. From Ken's blog- Two weeks ago we posted a notice of a lost T&T flyrod and a lost Bogdan reel. This blog has a good record of finding lost equipment but this was a special case. The rod/reel were the property of a woman's late husband and it had a ton of sentimental value. I also thought that the chance of reuniting this classic equipment were slim. But good things do happen. This morning I got an email from the owner that the rod/reel were returned and that she is very grateful to the local fly fishing community for spreading the word which resulted in this happy ending!
  18. Glad to see you having such a wonderful trip Steve- the fish are gorgeous!
  19. George It's never a bad thing to proceed with caution when it comes to computers. For most of us, including me, how these things do what they do is black magic. I can use one but I am no techie. Both my iPhone and laptop are the property of my employer and as it states in my employee handbook "may be monitored", the handbook doesn’t say by monitored by whom. Therefore, I never use either for banking, purchases or anything personal besides briefly storing a few photos which are off loaded to a remote hard drive. My wife handles all the scary stuff on her personal laptop and that allows helps me sleep well at night. I am planning on buying my own PC just as soon as I receive my 5 million dollar check from the Nigerian prince. 🤣
  20. DFoster

    Smokys

    My favorite fish to chase- those are beautiful!
  21. If she wasn't already addicted I'm sure she is now! Nice job!
  22. Another gorgeous pooch! My wife and I have been looking for a companion for our Oliver. He’s 3 and goes all of 25lbs. He loves other dogs. In the old days we would go to the local pound with $15 and walk away with a great dog in need of a loving home. But not since Covid, these days shelters want hundreds of dollars even for a mongrel assuming you can pass their “adoption” standards. We were told our yard must have a 6’ high fence. When I finished laughing I told them Oliver hates fences and for that matter leashes as they make it harder to catch squirrels. What’s wrong with these people?
  23. It depends on what your looking for out of the trip. If you want stellar fishing there are better area's in the country. I live in Massachusetts I have been to the Catskills but I have never fished the area. I'm told by the local fly shop guides that have fished the storied places that they can be busy. Even so they recommend going because it's the fly fishing equivalent of getting to take a swing at Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. You'll be fishing on hallowed ground even if you have company with you. If you're used to having miles of river to yourself they told me there are many tributaries with small wild trout to be sought out. You also have the Fly Fishing hall of fame and museum and a lot of fly shops all nestled in the beautiful catskills- what's not to like? https://cffcm.com/facilities-grounds
  24. Wow what a pooch!. We dog sit my daughters Golden every so often. He loves to swim in our pool so to protect the filter system I always brush him out before he goes in. His undercoat makes a wonderful golden dubbing and has caught me Brook Trout. That got me to thinking what I could do with some of our cats under coat- just like that 15 years of building trust went down the tubes.
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