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  1. I'm definitely not an audiophile but I'd like a decent pair of headphones in the $75 to maybe $150 range with a fairly flat response and decent comfort. I've been looking at the Audio Technica ATH M40X, Sony 7506, and the Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pro. I want something with a low enough impedance (less than 40 ohms) so that my phone, MP3 player, Desktop PC, etc. can drive them. What do you guys use/recommend? Thanks.
  2. I was pushing the wheel chair my wife's great aunt was in to get her to her gate. Airport security wanted to confiscate my Victorinox Swiss Army Tinker pocket knife and not give it back after I dropped her off for her flight. I wasn't flying. Ridiculous!!! A little pocket knife. I think the rules have changed since then but that was crazy.
  3. This morning I started wondering about using a seat to raise me up a bit. I think both of you have good ideas. I'll work from that angle. Thanks guys!
  4. An 8" bluegill but not on the fly rod unfortunately. I think my main problem with the Jon boat is the lack of flexibility in my hip joints. I had absolutely no issues 2 seasons ago but now they're too tight so I'll have to do some stretching to see if that loosens them up again. Simply sitting on the seat is literally a pain because it's so low to the floor of the boat. I'll get there!
  5. Almost a total failure but I did catch 1 fish. I'll try the boat again in another month. Until then I'll fish from the bank while sitting in a chair using a spinning outfit. Now a bass boat with higher seating would have worked great but I don't have access to one. It's a good thing you guys talked me out of a kayak a while back. Sitting in a chair on a dock with no one around would work better for fly fishing. It was worth a try ... sort of.
  6. Feeling recovered from my surgery enough to try some time on the pond this afternoon for the first time this year to see how it goes. Didn't fish even once last year. Pressure washed the Jon boat Friday night then got it down to the pond yesterday. Pushed it through the cattails enough so I can slide it onto the water. I'm taking my better fly fishing outfit for panfish and my heavier (but not very heavy) spinning outfit to try to catch some channel catfish. I'm psyched! Wish me luck.
  7. For me it only works on Search results. I use Mozilla Firefox. Which browsers are you guys using and say if it works or doesn't work. There may be a common thread among browsers.
  8. DWSmith

    Bad bear

    I'm really enjoying this thread. No alligators here to worry about. Just a few cougars. Black bears have been reported but I haven't seen any yet. Oh, and rattlesnakes. Good times! 👍
  9. Geez! I can't believe I just ran across this thread. That is a really good idea! Very nice.
  10. I tied a couple of Gill getters yesterday. These legs made the flies look terrible to me but I'm getting practice. That's the main thing. And if they catch fish, which I think they will, that's a bonus. I'll soon get the Hareline legs I mentioned and things will be fine.
  11. So from FTD this is par for the course it sounds like. I'll try the hot water suggestion but I'm not expecting much. Thanks everyone! And thanks for the tip on the Hareline legs Norm!
  12. Straight out of the package before they are tied on mine are not straight like that so it's not the tying in method. They are curly and twisted. In the package when I got them they were all a mess. I'll hang them for a few days and see if that helps. They need to relax those curls! It's like someone's hair after a perm.
  13. Fly Tyers Dungeon Bug Legs Bright White
  14. Thanks! I have a hot cup of coffee sitting on my desk so I'll use that. ... just kidding. But seriously, Thanks.
  15. Any tips on taming down some twisty, curly rubber legs before tying them on a fly? I've already tried stretching them a bit. No luck. These are new and I'll not buy them again. Next time I'll get the Hareline Medium Round Rubber White legs MRR377 like the guy in the Savage Flies video used that behaved quite nicely. Thanks!
  16. Got my HMH Spartan delivered Saturday but with getting ready for family coming over on Sunday for my wife's birthday and Mother's Day I haven't spent much time with it until today. At this point I know it was the right one for me. I love it! I tied my first two flies today after about 28 years. Both of them were (supposed to be) Gill Getters. Really messed up the first one but I'd never worked with moose mane before plus I had to keep tweaking my new bobbin holder so it wouldn't break the thread. Second one was much better and went much more smoothly. I whip finished both by hand. I was proud of myself on hand whip finishing the second one! I don't think I'll bother with the tool for a while. Anyway, it's coming back to me.
  17. I have. Salmon egg patterns were working great with no salmon anywhere near southwest Missouri. In my post above I didn't say bait was an attractor pattern but I did say that I think all lures (successful ones) are attractors; they attract fish. Whether it looks to us like an actual food source or not doesn't matter to me. Successful lures are meant to look like a potential food source to attract fish. I don't see how the fish cares if it looks like a natural/actual food source other than it may strike it quicker if it thinks it has been feeding on it already. Fish are fish. Some stimulus triggers a reflexive action and it strikes.
  18. While fishing in trout parks I've seen very selective trout caught on Velveeta cheese balls and on dough bait balls made of trout chow when not much else, if anything, worked. They much more quickly ate what they were used to eating.
  19. 👍 A predatory fish attacks what it thinks may be food. I don't know what a Hendrickson dry fly looks like to a trout other than a potential source of food. If you have something on the end of your line that looks at least somewhat similar to what the fish has been feeding on you may dupe the fish into taking it quicker. It helps. But if something on the end of your line looks nothing like what the fish is currently feeding on but he thinks it may be food he will still take it. I've seen some strange non-food items in the stomach contents of fish, frogs, snakes, and others. I've always been convinced that you could super glue a pebble to a hook and fish with it to catch a hungry fish. People have caught fish on a bare hook and I'm not referring to snagging. I think all artificial lures are attractors but that's just me.
  20. Excellent! They're still teaching C. Love that language. One of my majors was Computer Science. (My other major was Mathematics.) Congratulations for taking those courses!
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