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  1. Hi Dan - Question #1 4# and 6# will work with light/small flies but not well with any real weight on your leader (weighted/larger flies, split shot or indicators) I use 8# or 10# mono when I make mine which results in a butt section of 32lbs or 40lbs (4 strands). The other half is 2 strands and will be 16Lbs or 20lb depending on what size you use. I tie mine to a 5' total length with another 4' or more of tippet. So 9' or more total leader. Either of these sizes turn over beautifully on my 3 wt or my 5 wt. The leader made from 10lb mono works better at turning over heavy flies and the 8lb mono is better for the lighter flies like dries or soft hackles. As for question 2 I'm sorry I can't offer any advise because I tie my tippet to the end loop directly with a clinch knot. Their are many opinions about furled leaders vs a tapered leader. Some of us love them and others not so much. I think it really depends on what type of fly fishing and techniques you favor as to which category you'll land in. My purpose with this topic was simply to let others know that you can make your own furled leaders without needing to set up a large cumbersome board. These are simple, fast, inexpensive and anyone can make them. They do have some shortcomings but offer the advantage of having no memory and a really long lifespan. Make one with 8# or 10# mono and try it on your 4wt. You don't need to add a tippet ring yet just tie the tippet to the end loop and have at it.
  2. I'm with you Rick- I only have a few rods but I use each of them often. Despite wide variations of actions and lengths after a few acclimation cast I can usually get a fly pretty close to where I want it to be. I enjoy each one for different reasons and best of all we have wonderful memories together just waiting to be recalled with every cast.
  3. I found a "left for dead" bamboo rod in an antique store near Sebago Lake Maine. All but one of the guides was missing, it had a substantial set, the reel seat was badly pitted, the varnish was cracked and the cork was crumbling. That said is was a nice size at 7' 6", approximately a 5/6wt and the bamboo was under the varnish in decent shape. I bought it for $20. Previously I had restored a 1945 -1955 South Bend 9' 7wt so I was pretty sure that this one was not beyond my skill set. In the process of stripping it down to the blank and removing all the old varnish I never found a single makers mark anywhere so I have no idea who built it or where it was made. I'm guessing from the old style reel seat and ferrules it was probably made somewhere in the 1960's. Anyway I replaced every part on it for about $150 and 50 hours of time. I fish this rod often and with a 5wt line it really shines as a roll caster. She's not perfect but she also didn't cost 3 grand so I'm not terrified to bring her on the tight water I love to fish. Here is a before and almost after photo. My lap top's hard drive blew this week and the photos of the completed rod were on it. I'll take some new ones of the finished rod and edit this post.
  4. Oh I see, well let me know the next time your in central Mass- 😆
  5. You let me know the next time your in Massachusetts and we can make that happen!
  6. Thank you- I just ordered a new nymph box and I've decided to fill it with new flies as much as possible. I've gotten a little better at this hobby over the years so I'm trying to limit the amount of nymphs that I will transfer from the old box. Here is the link to the fly I copied. I'd love to BUT my wife and I are in the middle of a full kitchen renovation so until we reach a point where the kitchen is usable getting out to fish is tough. That said, the new counter tops are scheduled for install on Friday and if that goes well I should be able to get out on Saturday morning for a few hours.
  7. I saw this nymph from Scotland on youtube and deceived to try a couple on the local streams. It's called the "Ke Diawl", In the video it's tied with a jungle cock wing case which I subbed for starling tip.
  8. For anyone interested- I prefer to float my leader vs using an indicator. This weekend I tried Mucillin green on these furled leaders with great results. I worked it in with my fingers and it kept the leader section floating for hours.
  9. I'm really glad you're enjoying theses, I certainly like the concept a lot. I only fish with a 3wt and a 5wt so I don't need the diversity that you have made. I really like the way these leaders "feel" while casting. I tie them with 8# or 10# mono to a total length of 5' and use about 4' of tippet and that seems to be the sweet spot for my rods. I prefer to float my leader and not use an indicator. If you work the floatant into the braid with your fingers it seems to hold on to it longer than straight mono.
  10. I'm 100% with you Mike. We humans have been keeping climate records for about 200 years and the planet is billions of years old. How arrogant it is of us to say what's normal. 12,000 years ago the north was under 2 miles of ice and now it's not and the fact is human activity didn't create the ice or it's recession. "Climate change" happens on it's own and humans are powerless to stop it. The inconvenient truth really is that "man made climate change" is the latest in a long line of boogie men crisis created to scare the ignorant for political reasons.
  11. Beautiful fish- Rain ruined my fishing plans over the long weekend. 🙄
  12. Oooo shiny! Still it looks like the jaws are again too stumpy to open wide enough fit the steel rod that Salarman calls hooks-
  13. George My vise was made in December 2019. I remember reading post back during the introduction of the vise (late 2017) and people complained about the same issue. HMH say's they're are on their 3rd generation of Jaws. I don't know if my vise is 2nd or 3rd generation. I do know that the 1st generation of jaws had a terrible finish on them and were apparently soft. Here's a photo that I dug up of an early model. Notice the jaws are silver and on the newer models they're almost black. For comparison here is my vise from 2019-
  14. DFoster

    Hearing loss

    I've had my pair since may and no problems to report. While nothing beats the original God provided equipment the Bose set works very well for me. I certainly hope you have positive results with your set. You could have them sent to your friend in TX and ask them to ship them to you. Please let me know your feed back.
  15. At this point I've tried 10# and 8# mono. I like the 8# for small flies and prefer the 10# for anything weighted on my 3 and 5 weights. I love that they don't have the memory of a typical mono leader. Try wearing a surgical glove on your twisting hand, it will give you the extra grip your looking for.
  16. George here is the issue with really large hooks fitting in the LAW copies. My vise will hold a #28 but when you start getting into the really large stuff the jaws will only open to a point where the outer jaw hits the inner jaw. See the photo of my TRV below. As an engineer I can say the solution is to lengthen the jaws which will increase the angle and span of the opening. I'm guessing HMH and the rest of the copies are aiming their vises at the more standard size flies and longer jaws would cost more to produce.
  17. Beautiful vise. The Regal design doesn't work for me personally but that's not a criticism, it's simply that I learned to tie on a Renzetti traveler and other designs "feel" strange at this point. Regal makes a high end quality vise and I believe your vise with the stainless jaws and bronze base is the top of their line. Congratulations!
  18. I ran out of PTNs and had to replace them so here's my version of the fly. Nothing to drastic, I don't add the gold wire rib because I like the look of just the wound tail fibers. I do like to add a drop of UV to the wing case.
  19. I know that I tried the really large classic salmon fly hooks Salarman sent me in my TRV and the largest did not fit. Personally I never tie bigger than a #4 so my vise works perfect for me, however if you need to tie really large stuff I would say look elsewhere.
  20. For what it’s worth I have found wing wets very productive on heavily pressured Rivers. I think it comes down to almost no one uses them anymore and the fish on these rivers are very educated when it comes to all the generic nymphs that most anglers use. Winged wets have caught fish for a few hundred years and they still work today but most people don’t know how to fish them correctly. IMO they are most effective upstream but it requires a lot of attention to your leader and rod angle. At times they work when nothing else does.
  21. Stone River is a fantastic shop. I found the staff to be exceptional and I ended up buying a Fish Pond mini pack from them. I try to stop in anytime I’m in New Hampshire.
  22. Moshup I do know that HMH has had a booth at the Marlborough MA Fly Fishing show and there are several other vendors that have TRV's available. It's an excellent place to try out almost any U.S. made vise. The Talon being new and European my be more difficult to get a hold of. I ordered my TRV straight from Jon at HMH and I can say I will never part with it. I would love to try a Talon sometime (and any of the other LAW copies) for comparison. The trouble is most if not all are made in Europe and the local vendors don't seem to have them available. Nathan I'm just curious were you able to try out a Talon somewhere before you purchased it? Your obviously a fan of "LAW" style vises as am I and I truly wish more of the U.S. manufactures would offer a version. I love the HMH but it's always nice to have choices. Also it looks like you changed your base? I ordered the tall stem from HMH. I'm more comfortable not looking down and or $20 plus shipping it was money well spent. I also built the wood riser which widens the footprint and raises the vise another 1.5".
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