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  1. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    Chug we cut the cable cord this year so I haven't see that. Great commercial!
  2. I struggled with not being able to grab the mono tight enough to get it to twist correctly. Any amount of perspiration on the finger tips and there's no chance. Surgical gloves have a pretty good grip.
  3. My father was a WWII vet, while on Okinawa preparing to assault an air field he received word he was being discharged under the "only son" rule. His father had passed as a result of the long term effects of having been gassed in the trenches of WW1. My mother told the story that not long after Pearl Harbor she was so frightened by a large group of bombers passing over their family home that she hid in a shed. She was not able to tell if they were "ours" or "theirs". Terrifying days to live through for anyone. The Greatest Generation had to face a better armed enemy of Nazis and fascist (Content deleted to prevent arguments. Mike)
  4. Hi all, recently I found the video below on how to make your own furled leaders by hand twisting them without the use of a pegged board. These are very simple 50/50 -5' leaders (without the tippet) meaning when completed I have 2.5' of 4 strand and 2.5' of 2 strand. A loop to loop attaches to the fly line and at the other end I clinch knot 4' of tippet. So far I've only used 10lb mono but I intend to try other sizes of mono and other materials. I'm surprised at how well they cast on both my 7' 3" 3 weight and my 9' 5 weight. Besides costing almost nothing to make the great thing about furled leaders is that they have close to no memory and they are really durable. I thought I would share this for anyone who's interested. - I have found that wearing a surgical glove on my twisting hand works better than bare fingers at least with mono.
  5. I can't say I remember when people didn't use vises to tie flies but I was probably alive when this was filmed. At 16:50 Lee demonstrates tying without a vise- BACK ON TOPIC; In a perfect world the local fly shop would have at least one of every premium or hand made vise sitting on the shelf for us to try out. The Fly Fishing shows have the largest variety that I know of. Over the years I have been able to handle most of the premium vises available on the market at the various dealer stations. If your serious about buying, some will allow you a test drive and tie a couple of fly's. Even if you don't actually get tie you can still get a feel for the quality and engineering level in a way that a youtube video can never provide. On occasion pro tyers have allowed me to test their own vise functions like rotary action and opening and closing the jaws including a LAW and a J-Vise. If I was considering spending $500 + on a vise like a Talon it would probably be worth making the trip to the closest or biggest show.
  6. Poopdeck the HMH TRV is the last vise I will ever own and I suspect you will find many people on the forum with the same opinion. So my advice is to try one out.
  7. Exactly why I purchased the HMH TRV. I love the design of the law but the copies that were being produced at the time hadn't been around for very long. Generally speaking they were a "one man show"- most if not all being produced in a basement machine shop. That in itself isn't a bad thing, after all the original LAWs were made by one guy (I believe working from his home) and like Barry said the design is not prone to failure. Still things can fail and to my way of thinking with HMH having been in business for 40 years parts should be easy to come by. Plus I can drive from my house to the shop in under 2 hours and I talk to the owner John Larrabee at the fly fishing show every year.
  8. As did I - not that I'm looking for a new vise but I wish he would have placed a few hooks in the jaws. Close attention to the effort required could tell me if the engineering is actually there or if it's just over priced because it looks like a Law. I have noticed from watching Davie McPhail and Oliver Edwards videos how easy it appears to clamp the hook with an actual Law. They don't need to "crank" on knob to firmly hold a hook and usually just roll the knob with their thumb. As for the $895 price obviously Renzetti Master, J-Vise, Tiemco II, the Swiss vise and other top of the liners are all in that club. At that price I start to wonder where the line between the cost being justified by manufacturing, materials, design and "Ooh shiny" is. Still if you work for your money you can spend it on what you like.
  9. Thank you all for the replies! I thought the first was silver pheasant (maybe) but I didn't have a clue on the 2nd one.
  10. Hi everyone, my daughter runs a part time business creating custom crafts. For a recent wedding she needed some feathers for boutonnieres which she purchase through an on line commercial craft supplier. She gave the extra's to me which consisted mostly of pheasant and guinea hen. However there were two small bags that I couldn't ID. They were labeled only craft feathers. If anyone can ID these I would really like to know what bird they're from. Thanks- I'm pretty sure I've seen these hanging in a fly shop somewhere. These look like iridescent blue green turkey flank but from the dime you can see how small they are.
  11. We have a grandchildren IT dept. They even have the same eye roll as the IT pro at the office!
  12. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    Thank you Steve. After a day they are performing as well as my previous set which is all I was asking for. As I dial them in to specific situations they should perform better. Beltone's new top of the line models would do better but these are 1/6 the cost so overall I'm extremely pleased. The type of fishing (streams) I do was a challenge for my previous hearing aids, much like restaurants because they want to over amplify the ambient sounds like moving water. Because I can adjust these while at the river I will be able to find a best results setting for fishing and that was next to impossible while sitting inside an audiologist office. Still nothing beats the factory equipment.
  13. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    My new Bose hearing aids arrived from UPS late yesterday. Because it was late and downloading a phone App was involved I decided to wait until this morning at my office to get started. When it comes to apps and my limited tech skills there's always potential for disaster. I've only been using them for 3 hours so obviously this is just a first impressions report. First after opening the box every thing seems to be of equal quality to the multi thousand dollar units I'm used to. The box contained the instruments, 3 sizes of replacement ear tips, a cleaning brush, a pack of batteries, the owners manual and a really nice storage case. The Phone App- The app down load process was super simple and fast. There was a "start here" note along next to the link and once it was open it could not have been easier. (Not always the case with some apps). Anyway as promised the app allows the wearer to control the volume and the equalization of the aids via blue tooth and again its super simple. A screen tap switches the amplification between 360 to in front only. There is also a left to right balance control. Once you have them tuned to a setting you like you can save it. There is an option to save up to 10 specific settings which you can label - "conversation", "Outdoors", "Television" etc. A tap is all it takes to get from your normal setting to one you like for the restaurant. The app connects to the devices almost immediately. The hearing aids will go to the most recent setting if you power them up when your phone is not nearby. There is also a mute button. In short the app functions exactly like a car stereo but these are Bose so that would make sense. Genius marketing really since pretty much everyone on the planet knows how to use a car stereo. The Hearing Aids- The Bose units are minimally larger than the Bel Tones I had but the Bose are more comfortable for me personally to wear. Everyone is different so your results may vary. That said they do offer longer and shorter cables from the unit to the ear tip domes of which you have 3 sizes to choose from. A perfect fit should be possible for almost everyone. They are powered by standard 312 batteries. After I turned my set on all I did was boost the volume from the preset 20% up to 40% and I was immediately impressed with how clear, good and normal the world sounded. Literally 5 minutes after I turned them on a coworker arrived who is a notorious low talker. I was actually able to hear him explain how is debit card was hit with fraud last night. Yesterday the choice would have been to ask him to repeat most of what he was saying or just nod politely. My hearing loss is borderline severe especially in the high frequencies. Within minutes I had them at a serviceable tuning and so far this morning here at the office I can hear as good or better than I could with my super expensive Bel Tones. I also zeroed the EQ and cranked up the volume to test it out. I'm pretty deaf and all I can say is you would need to be extremely deaf for these not to help. I'm sure there are more powerful aids in the world but keep in mind these list for $849.00/pair not $8,459.00/pair. So far I'm super impressed with these. The one negative I've found in the short time I've had them is that they are more prone to squealing/feed back than my Bel Tones if you get your hands near them. My wide brim fishing hat will probably cause some squealing too but I can tune that out when needed via the volume/EQ controls. In the coming weeks I'll be tuning them to work in various locations. I'm sure I'll find weaknesses and limitations but at this price I they are exceeding all expectations. I can't speak to the reliability/longevity yet other than they seem to be as well made as my Bel Tones and Bose usually makes solid products. I hope this is helpful to anyone out there that is looking for a first pair or to replace their current hearing aids.
  14. Mom's advise was to marry a woman who can cook...so I did and I have an extra 50lbs to prove it- 😋
  15. You sell knives she's probably a customer-😄
  16. DFoster

    Face masks

    Thank you- I plan to get vaccinated but if I'm being honest it's mostly because of the looming restrictions here in the peoples republic and not fear of the virus. A lot of local commercial buildings are considering "restricting access" (some would say discriminate) of those without the proper "papers". The restaurants and bars I play at on weekends can't force customers to produce a vaccine card yet but as a musician I am technically an employee. Employees fall under a whole different set of rules. There will be some really fascinating constitutional cases heading to the SCOTUS in a few years over all of this.
  17. Well Mark, saying that to her could result in any one of a whole range of unpleasant possibilities. At one end of the spectrum she might serve Kale covered in fat free dressing with non alcoholic beer dinner 🤢 or at the other there's getting stabbed in my sleep - not as bad as the kale but still bad. I live with fear everyday, sometimes she lets me go fishing. 🤣
  18. Because my tying area is in my wife's office I do my best to keep it looking nice. When it came to storage I thought no problem I'll just get a cabinet and flat file cabinets are as classic to fly tying as a roll top desk. It was a great plan until I started looking for one. The used prices were landing in the "fine antique furniture" category - I'm talking thousands of dollars. Personally I just can't justify that kind of money to store feathers and fur. So when my wife found this one on FB market place at $340 I called immediately. After 3 years of searching an hour later I finally had my cabinet. Mine either and it's usually poor planning/rushing that are to blame. This past Covid year really slowed life down for a while and It gave me time to focus on what I was trying to do. My wife has been telling me for 20 years that I suck at multi tasking- 😉
  19. Thank you all - I don't know about perfect but it's certainly evolved over the years to better suit my particular method of tying. As I've posted before my desk occupies a corner of my wife's home office. I keep it tidy, clean and above all every hook is accounted for (we have a dog and cat). Both my wife and I are very organized people and for me it's a non issue. Free time can be hard to come by and I hate wasting it hunting for things hidden in a mess. I generally stick with tying traditional trout flies for the year plus a few dozen Atlantic Salmon Flies for our October river run so I don't need as much material storage as someone tying a wider range of flies. It may be wishful thinking but I'm hoping the watch makers cabinet will be it for storage. It's at about 70% capacity now but honestly it's pretty rare that I don't have a material needed or something very close. By the way only us old guys or a serious gymnastics fan will have any idea who Nadia is 😁
  20. DFoster

    Face masks

    Here's a quick Covid story Silver- I'm a heart attack survivor and just getting the flu can be fatal to people with my condition so I get the flu shot every year . When my wife and I both got the worst "flu" we ever had after Christmas 2019 I knew something was up. That Christmas our daughter and family were at our home when she developed a fever. She works in Boston's financial district and there are Chinese nationals in her building almost daily. Covid was beginning to hit China hard at that time but we never even thought of it when she told us she wasn't feeling well. At the time there wasn't a covid test available unless you were an important person say like Tom Hanks- Months later we all tested positive for antibodies. Thankfully after spending 5 days horizontal and mostly unconscious my wife and I fully recovered. We have a large family and at this point all of us have had it. I'm thankful our family was spared any serious effects from it when so many others were not. I'm hopeful Covid 19 will fade away like the 1918 flu never to be heard from again but if not I can live with an annual vaccine.
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