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  1. QUOTE (dbl_shot @ Dec 23 2004, 03:06 PM) Certainly varies for me. Ihave used an STH cassette reel for a number of years. Bought it when they first came out which was about 10 years ago. Still use it for anything from trout to steelhead. Most I ever spent was in the 400+ range for a good spey reel. Certainly helps when a salmon or hot steelhead makes a long blistering run and I don't have to worry about drag. Cheers. - Hansen Hansen, You are one of the few folks I have come across that has an STH cassette reel. The local bait shop carries the STH models. I like them when I looked at them. I asked for opinions back at the fly shop and everyone who heard the question (fellow fishermen more than staff) told me not to even think about it. I heard comments like "its a toy" and concerns about breaking the pin that keeps the cassette from spining free. They don't carry STH at that fly shop. If you have actually used one, I would love to hear your comments. It seems to me that they have a really nice little system there. And it looks economical. I won a rod in a raffle at the fly show a couple weeks ago. It is supposed to arrive here tomorrow. That means that I need to go out and get a reel and line. The new rod is a SAGE 5 wt. I have a 4 wt St Croix Imperial outfit already and an ancient 6 wt with an SA reel. Once I finish putting together the new rod with a reel, I will be shop for an 8 wt outfit. I would love to try this Steelheading these guys keep talking about. More later, Ken S.
  2. Thanks Will, I think it is a fine picture. I should try to get a picture of some of the donated flies we will be raffling off on Saturday. The guy who manages my local fly shop does some really nice clousers with three colors. His are rather different from yours. He binds two colors to the shank (in front and behind the eyes) and the third color is only bound in front of the eyes. They are really nice. We should add a reply and link to your picture from the discussion on how spares to tie a clouser. I very much like your proportions. I don't know if I have any black bucktail. Ken S.
  3. Just a short update. I have 17 different contributions sitting next to me here on the couch. I believe there is at least one more set that I left downstairs on the tying bench. I know that another officer from the ISA is dropping flies at my house tomorrow. And the store manager at the local fly shop said he was going to try to get me more flies as well. I need to stop by his shop Thus night to pick up the prize they are donating for the raffle. It looks like we will have at least 20 flies per box. I had a great idea for the next time we try something like this. Everyone is donating six flies to make up six fly boxes. Next year, I will raffle off five of those boxes at the fund raiser. The sixth set will be raffled amoung those submitting flies. If you submit one fly, you get one chance. If you submit 4 flies, you get four chances. If I get 24 flies donated, you get a 1 in 24 chance of winning a full set. 1 in 12 chance if you submitted two. You get the idea. So far, one ISA member donated four sets. Three tiers have donated two sets. More are on the way. I can't thank you guys enough. I'll post a list of what I have later. Right now, it is way past my bed time. :-) It is not to late to drop flies in the mail, but you might want to use one of those two day mail envelopes (less than $4 in the USA). If I do get any flies in too late for our fund raiser, I will use those to put together raffle prizes for other local area club meetings. More later, Ken S.
  4. I saw four different models of DayLight lamps at the fly show in Tinley Park, IL a couple weeks back. Those were pretty impressive. And their Compact Lamp at just $50 looked really good. It is small, but so is the space I have set up for tying flies. They have a page of lamps for Fly Fishing with several different styles at a variety of prices. Ken S. The Daylight Company Compact Lamp:
  5. Johan, It is a wonderful bench. Is Dutch anything close to Norwegian. I have a Norwegian Pastor friend who is living in the area until June. Then he and his family move back to Norway. Torkild and his wife Inger have helped us with some translation of letters that my Great Uncle sent back home to his sister in Sweden after his boat ride over to the states. These letters are a precious part of our Family Tree information. If I get stuck, I may ask Torkild for some help with the instructions. I remember when they arrived in the States. Torkild used to appologize for his "norwinglish". It still cracks me up when I think about some of those early days after his arrival. That is laughing with him, not at him. Who am I kidding. I don't think I could build anything that nice. Now my friend Michael is a different story. HUMMM! More later, Ken S.
  6. QUOTE (SmallieHunter @ Feb 21 2005, 07:43 PM) Chartruese over white, Grey over White are both good but my favorite is Olive with a thin black stripe over white. This is the perfect baby bass imitation. Hey Will, Have you got a picture up of this Olive/black/white favorite of yours. I checked the pictures you have posted in the pattern database. At least the one's listed under SmallieHunter. That sounds like a real killer. We have to get you over here to Illinois sometime. I'd love to show you Smallie Hunting in my "back yard". The Illinois Smallmouth Alliance has it's big fund raising banquet this Saturday. We call it the "Bronzeback Blowout". Imagine 200 Smallie hunters in one room. We will have a silent auction with several guides trips on the table. And a good collection of donated flies (thanks to members of the ISA and several contributors from the FlyTyingForum). My two favorite colors are the Chart/White and Red/White. And I use Crystal Flash on every clouser I tie. More later, Ken S.
  7. kschu

    Eminent domain

    The paper here in the western suburbs of Chicago had an article about Cabella's working on a deal to build a store near Hoffman Estates. The site in question used to be one of those outdoor music theaters. It folded several years ago. It would be great to see the site used for something worthwhile. This is certainly a better way to do things than condeming someone's property to take it over. Unless this new store goes in, the nearest Cabellas store to me is about 100 miles away. I normally shop my the local (non-chain) fly shop. Keeps them in business and keeps the tax dollars local. I know, I am very lucky to have a really good shop 10 mins from home. McFly, you said that the tax deal was such that they get to keep the tax that they charge. The tax deals that I've read about in Illinois have all been either serious discounts or even years of exemption from property taxes. If it really does build up the local economy, I can see some justification for that. I have a serious problem with the idea of charging customers sales tax and then that tax never get's to the state. In Illinois, sales tax is almost purely a state level tax. Very few smaller government entities get into the sales tax. Each city/village get's a cut of the sales tax, but I thought most of it went to the state. Property tax goes to the county and municipality. More later, Ken S. P.S. Please forgive my spelling.
  8. QUOTE (siestafred @ Feb 21 2005, 01:23 PM) This is a great post to read. I've been away for a bit and just got back and read it from front to back for the first time. I have about 200 Clousers in my saltwater box(es) now. Been using them here in FL for about 3 years. Started out 'fat'. Sure, they worked some. But the fish here are very toothy, and after a few hookups I began noticing that they still caught fish even with a few strands left....like about 5 strands or less! Hard to go with that, but I'm now tying with only a couple of toothpicks worth, and getting great action. I may start out a bit heavier, because I want them to last more than a couple of fish. But for sure, sparse is the way to go. Here's one I was playing with a while ago. The dark blue color is a wonder down here right now. Don't know why, it just works. The red is calf tail. Meant to look like gills and just be an additional attractor. http://hipwader.com/modules/NS-Upload/file...20Clouser25.jpg Hi Fred, That touch of Red really adds a nice touch. That is a mighty fine fly. I'm curious what hook you tied that on. Most of my clousers are on a straight eye hook or even a bent down eye. Yours is on a bent up eye. Now I am a fresh water fisherman. I so rarely get near enough to salt water that I can fish it. My one great day of saltwater fishing was down in Sarasota. We like to stay on Siesta Key. The guide I hired worked out of a little merina off Longboat Key, just across the road from Mote Marina (sp?). I think that guide has moved on as I can no longer find his web page. His name was Brian and he went by Low-Key charters. I think that was back in 2001. My wife and I are trying to determine where we might go for a vacation this year. Sarasota is on the "short list". So is Yellowstone. Either way I'll get to use my fly rod. I'm glad you enjoyed the thread. It got much more activity than I expected when I posted the question. It has been fun to watch. Thanks to all who joined in the discussion. More later, Ken S.
  9. I have always done a whip finish with 4-6 wraps. I normally use a tool since it is quicker (for me) and I get a much cleaner tie that way. The teacher of my first tying class insisted that each of us first learn to tie a whip finish by hand. He would not allow us to pick up a whip finish tool until we showed him we could do it by hand. When I did pick up the tool, the knot was much less of a mystery. I am very glad I learned to do it by hand, but it really is quicker when I use the tool. One guy I tie with will not use a tool. He insists that he finishes his fly much faster than I do because he does not have to stop to find and pick up the tool. Since he has done so many whip finishes by hand, he is pretty fast at it. Now, while I think the way I learned was worthwhile, I don't think I had heard an explaination of wanting the wraps to lay down next to each other before I read this thread. That makes lots of sense. I have been advised that I should work toward only using 4 wraps so the head on my flies is not so bulky. If I was more careful with laying down the wraps nicely, I expect 4 wraps would be pleanty. I doubt I could get the wraps neatly arranged if I was doing the finish knot by hand. I do not use any glue/cement except on my woolly buggers. Those seem to take a beating when tossed to agressive smallies. I normally hang a fly in a tree long before the thread starts coming loose. More later, Ken S.
  10. QUOTE (Gary Madore @ Feb 16 2005, 07:05 PM) (and how come there are no comments about my frog? Sheesh: What a tough crowd! LOL) Gary, We did not make comments because this is a family friendly forum and I knew that if I said anything about the frog with that thing ... (see, I told you we can't go there). Trust me, there was plenty of laughing going on when I saw the pictures. Can you imagine the fly rod one would need to cast that. It would be more like a caber toss than like fly fishing. Ken S
  11. Rochester I have not seen it myself, but I am sure that DVD will prove to be a great investment. I have a Renzetti Traveler vise and I use the rotary feature all the time. I find it helps my do a much neater job when palmering hackle or if I'm putting on a ribbing and want to be sure it is evenly spaced. I find I can keep a much more even tension on dubbing when I am wrapping that onto a hook shank. Lately I have also found it handy when putting the hair wing on an Elk Hair Caddis or a Stimulator. When I did my first few of these, I found that as I tightened the thread wraps, I would end up rotating the wing off the top and around the back side of the fly. Using the rotary it was much easier to check my work and rotate the wing back on top before I really tightened everything down. I was at the big Fly Show in Tinley Park (SW of Chicago) earlier this month. I was there representing the IL Smallmouth Alliance and the space with our assigned table was across an isle from Norman and his Nor-Vise booth. I got to see him tie so many things using his very very rotary vise. He could knock down a woolly bugger so very quickly. I saw how he would wrap lead onto a hook by spinning his vise. I found that I can do this in a similar way (not as quickly) on my rotary. I did a couple woolly buggers just yesterday and it was so much easier after seeing how Norman did those on his vise. I was lucky when I bought my Renzetti. The shop manager was very good with the rotary feature on a vise. He had some custom made German vise that was just remarkable. Anyway, he took the time to show me some of the things I could do with my rotary. This boys and girls is why I shop in that store. Mail order is a wonderful thing and I have gotten good customer service from many a mail order shop. But none of them can demonstrate a fine product like Geroge did for me when I bought my Renzetti. My shop does not carry 100 packs of Diaichi hooks. Those I will order mail order. More later, Ken S.
  12. QUOTE (Gary Madore @ Feb 13 2005, 10:33 AM) Well, I managed to string together 16 bundles of chenille and feathers. Nicely done Gary. In all seriousness, I would be happy with any of them. I don't think you ought to replace any of these. If I had to pick one, I would go with one like the bottom right corner. The wing lays back very nicely. The tail is a not too bushy. And the body is a nice even wrap without too much bulk. The proportions look good (longer wing, tail not too long). OMO. YMMV Ken S. P.S. I counted 17 of them. That must be like the "bakers 16".
  13. We tied Elk Hair Caddis flies at a tying session last month. When we finished, one of the guys said they would work really well when fishing for Carp. I look forward to trying that once the water warms up a bit. I got a few Carp last year with sponge spiders. I was after green sunfish in the shallows of a pond at work. Imagine my surprise when my 4 wt rod bent over for a Carp when I was expecting little sunfish. I'm going to have to check out some of the web sites that have been mentioned here. Quite a few of the ponds I frequent have more than their fair share of Carp. More later, Ken S .
  14. Nice article Mark! I ruined a camera in 2003 when I fell into the water. My one trip to Wyoming. Wading a river I had never waded before (the Wind River). Working my way under a bridge and did not see the deep hole I was moving toward. It was not a cheap camera and I really miss it. About a month later. I was fishing a small local pond very close to home. Someone had dropped some trash and I bent over to pick it up. As I reached the candy wrapper or whatever it was, I watched my cell phone slide out of my shirt pocket and into the pond. I dropped to the ground right away and tried to fetch the phone out. I learned that this little spot was much deeper than I thought and I was unable to retrieve the phone. When I got home for dinner, I took my daughter's phone and dial Verizon customer service. I told the pleasent young lady that I had dropped my phone in the pond. I explained that I was concerned about having that phone number disabled in case someone else retrieved it and was able to dry it out. The young lady giggled at me and said "Oh sir, there is no way anyone was ever going to make a call with that phone once it hit the water." She then looked on my account to see if I had purchased their insurance on that phone. I had not and figured it was going to cost me dearly to replace the phone. She then told me that Verizon had an "Oops" program. She said I could go into the local Verizon store and they would replace the phone for just $75. Two years ago, that was not so bad. I was back on the wireless bandwagon in just a couple days. So now my wife always asked me if I have my ziplock bags when I go fishing. If she calls my phone while I'm fishing, she expects I will not be able to open the bag and answer before it goes to voice-mail. She just leaves a message and I call her back. Thanks again, Mark. Ken S.
  15. Just to make sure it was clear. I use two toothpicks worth of each of two colors. So the total is about 4 toothpicks worth. Ryan, the store manager at my favorite local shop, ties his clousers with three colors of bucktail. He starts with the hook upright and binds down one or two toothpicks of white. He then turns it over and binds down one (maybe two) toothpicks of a yellow (a light color). Both of those are bound in front of and behind the eyes. He then ties in two toothpicks of a darker color (like a chartruse). This one color is only tied in front of the eyes. They look really nice. If you fish a clouser for a while, you may loose a bit of the hair over time. Think about it for a bit. Does one of those clousers that has started "balding" fish better or is it less productive than a "fresh" clouser with a "full head" of hair. My experiance has been that the balding one catches more fish. This just adds to the goal of tie it sparse. More later, Ken S.
  16. This discussion of Clouser minnows is interesting and valuable. I started a new discussion thread in the "tying bench" forum. I called it "How Sparse?" That may get a few additional opinions other than those of us watching this swap. And it will let us keep this swap thread more focused on the swap. Please pop over and add your two cents worth. Ken S.
  17. There has been a discussion developing as part of SmallieHunter's Smallmouth Swap #2. Discussion of clousers starts around page 4. I thought it best to start a new thread on "the tying bench" to continue this offshoot discussion. Anyone who has discussed tying clouser minnows has heard that the sparseness of the fly is a key factor. So the question is "How sparse?". I don't recall where I heard it. It was suggested to me that when tying Clousers, one should measure out how much bucktail to use in terms of 'toothpicks'. Imagine your average toothpick in terms of diameter. Now consider a clump of bucktail that is about two toothpicks worth. When I started tying clousers, I was thinking in terms of 3-4 toothpicks worth. I was told I needed to be more sparse. Now, I shoot for two toothpicks worth of a white (or other lighter color bucktail) and then two toothpicks worth of a chartruse (or other darker color). Some might even tie with less than this. Now look at one of your clousers. Honestly consider how many toothpicks worth of each color you are tying in. If the total is more than four you might have too much bucktail. Yes, the size hook your using may make a small difference, but I bet it makes less of a difference than you might first think. This is OMO (One Man's Opinion). YMMV (Your milage may vary). I'm not trying to start any heated debate or anything, but what would be your advice to the person who is just learning to tie a clouser minnow? More later, Ken S.
  18. QUOTE (skunked @ Feb 11 2005, 11:15 PM) Art- or anyone else knowlegeable, They are machined dumbell eyes, sould I still not use the lead? I have tied many clousers. I learned from the store manager at my local fly shop. I would definitely describe him as knowlegable. The only weight on the clouser is the eyes. I use the small lead dumbell eyes, painted red with black dots on each end. No lead on the hook. As Art described, the real beauty of a clouser minnow is the way the weight of the eye's makes this fly move like a jig. You do not want to try to "balance" the fly. Another thing that I personally see as a big advantage is that the eyes make the hook ride with the point up, aka. snag free. I like to cast a clouser just beyond an eddy in the stream/river. I slowly retrieve it until it just enters the slack water of the eddy and then I let it drop into the "hole". If it does not get taken on the fall, it get's down to the bottom and sits hook point up so it does not snag. Twitching it once or twice can sometimes entice a hit. Otherwise, I slowly drag it out of the eddy and back into the current. If there is a fish in that hole, they often hit the clouser as it raises back into the current. Sort of a grab it before it get's away. Dang, now I want to go fishing. Come on spring thaw. More later, Ken S.
  19. It seems to me that I take longer than most to tie my flies. I think a lot of my time is spent trying to learn how to choose the right feather off the saddle or which bit of hair or fur to use. When I took my first real tying class, the guy teaching focused on the tying techniques. He would hand me a feather and then show how to attach it. Then I got home and I had to learn how to select a feather of the right size off the cape or saddle. I have to agree with one of the more common comments I've seen here. It is a matter of practice and experiance. I have little confidence in selecting feathers and I am often second guessing myself. If I would lighten up and use the first "good" feather I find I would be better off than spending so much time looking for the "just right" feather. I'm working on Stimulators right now. I'll be teaching this at a tying session later this month. I've tied about 10 of them in the last two weeks. They are taking me about 30 mins apiece. Part of this is I am trying slight variations to see what methods and materials work best. I stopped by my local fly shop a week ago and the store manager tied one for me so I could see how he ties them. He had it knocked out in 10 mins. And that was slow because he was taking time to explain things to me as he went. I expect that the more time I spend at the tying bench overall, the less time I will spend at the tying bench per fly. I must say I was very impressed watching some of the tyers at the show last weekend. But those guys tie so much more than I (or most folks) do. I was particularly impressed by Norman and his Nor-Vise. I don't think that is the right vise for me, but I was amazed at what he could do with it. OMO, YMMV More later, Ken S.
  20. QUOTE (Cutthroat @ Feb 10 2005, 09:25 PM) Well I really liked all of your ideas- I defy anyone to stump you guys. I'm going to use several of them to make up small kits for kids that I know that want to learn to tie. I got a slick canvas bag that looks like a briefcase with plastic sleeves that velco down, a place to store tools and a box that looks like the Tiemco plastic hook box for hooks, threads beads and other small items. Got it at Michael's craft store for twenty bucks. Thanks again to all. Any chance you could post a picture of the bag? I'm trying to picture it. Perhaps it is just too late past my bed time. :-) Ken S.
  21. QUOTE (Gary Madore @ Feb 8 2005, 08:04 PM) Well, I wanted to practice tying a Wooly Bugger but didn't have any marabou. Or any chenille. Or anything else I needed. So I improvised.... Don't sweat fellas: I have a month to get it right! Hey Gary, I like your improvised bugger. I have to spend more time with the digital camera to get some nice close up shots like you did. I assume that since you must have been shooting in Macro mode, you did not use the flash. One suggestion on your pattern. If your fly attracts the attention of any toothy fish, there is a good chance a sharp tooth could break of rip the stem of your hackle feather. In your picture, it looked like you have a rib that is wound the same way around the hook as the hackle feather. If you wind the rib in the opposite direction, it will cross over the stem of the hackle and hold down that feather. Then if some tooth does break through the stem, the feather will still be held in place by the wraps of ribbing. Maybe my eyes are just tired and you already knew this trick for making buggers more durable. It is certainly a good looking fly. I look forward to swapping with you and the rest of our group. More later, Ken S.
  22. Just to be up front about my own bias, I have and love the Renzetti Traveler. The best advice that I think anyone can give you regarding the buying of a vice is to try before you buy. I took a fly tying class at my local fly shop almost a year ago. I walked in on the first day with my clamp on Thompson vise. The store manager said it was a fine vise but he offered to let me try some of their other vises while in the class. I started with the Dyna-King as it was the least expensive vise he had on his shelf. It was much nicer than my little Thompson, but I found it awkward to fit my large hands around the jaws and such. And I did not like the way the jaws held the hook. I know that one is purely a matter of personal preferance, but it was a factor in my decision. The next vise I tried was the Traveler. I love this vise. I ended up buying it. I have never regretted my decision. Now that was my decision and my experiance. Each of us could tell you want we like or don't like about the vise we have or another vise we have tried. But the fact is that you need to make your decision. To make the decision wisely, read all the comments the rest of us share. Notice what things people point out as the factors that affect their decision. For some it is the jaws. For some it is the length of the shaft/stem. For some it is pedistal vs. clamp. Then when you try out a vise, look at those things and see what works for you. Try before you buy. If there is any way you can spend at least an hour tying on each vise you are considering, that will be the best investment you can make in a vise. More later, Ken S.
  23. Just a quick update. I have ten sets of flies already. Each tier has turned in sets of six flies. I have six fly boxes. That means that with two weeks to get them in, I already have 10 flies for each box. I have more donations promised. And I still need to put in a couple sets myself. I'm waiting to see the mix that comes in and then will decide what flies I will contribute. I'll post a listing of what has come in (hopefully with pictures) as the event get's closer. FYI, many of the donations came from ISA tyers. Most had not heard of Toe Tags before I tried to describe the idea. Anyway, I think I'm going to give up on toe tags for these sets. I'll make some sort of map, like the map in the lid of a box of mixed chocolates. Keep them coming. I know I would love to get one of these fly boxes when all is said and done. Thanks very much to those who have submited flies, and to those who are about to. Thanks again, Ken S.
  24. QUOTE (mrjim @ Feb 7 2005, 03:08 PM) Kschu - I talked to you on Sat. (I'm an central IL ISA member) Did you see the foam that stretches (Bill from PA) and was being made into helgramites? If so, what did you think of those flies. I got the foam and chenile and made a couple...we'll see how they work. Was that the guy right inside the main entrance. He had three flies sitting down in a small tupperware dish of water. Those were really great. He was showing me the foam he was using. I saw them dry on his table and then wet in the dish. I was quite impressed. I have to admit, I am still a novice to tying. I took my first real beginner's class in March '04. I've been trying lots of new stuff lately. I've been leading a monthly tying session for the ISA. But I basically spend the first several weeks of the month practicing some fly that I will demo on the 4th Monday of the month. This month I'm tying lots of Stimulators. We sort of worked our way up to this. We did Fox Squirel nymphs back in November, since a few of these guys had very little experiance with dubbing. Last month was Elk Hair Caddis with more dubbing, a palmered hackle and then the hair downwing. By slowly building up, I hope we can step up to the Stimulator with it's two kinds of dubbing, two different hackles, wing and tail (not in that order of course). I'm still crowding the eye of the hook, but I'm getting better. I'm working hard on proper proportions. I was very impressed (and somewhat intimidated) by some of the awesome tiers that they had at that show. As I get more and more practice, my confidence builds slightly. I picked up a tool caddy (the Renzetti soft caddy) today which should help me organize my tying area better. What I really need is to get faster. That will come with time I'm sure. Our table at the show was right by Norman's booth showing his Nor-vise. That guy can spin out a fly in no time (pun intended). He was just amazing. I watched him tie a streamer on a #2 hook and the next fly he did was on a size 22 hook. Same vise, same jaws. I had never seen a hook that small and I can't imagine tying on one. Norman made it look so easy. And that Bobbin he had was really cool. Ken S
  25. QUOTE (lewy271 @ Feb 6 2005, 07:21 PM) Kschu, your part of ISA huh...Were you at the Flyfishing show in Tinley Park this weekend, I hit it both days it was pretty decent. I've thought about joining ISA a few times just wasn't sure if it was worth the $$$. I spoke to one of your members there he seemed to be a pretty good guy and I'm thinking about joining even more now...Ah we'll see. Hey Lewy, Am I part of the ISA? You could say that. My wife wonders if it is some part of me. Yes, I was at the show all day on Saturday. Since my picture is in the left margin, I'm guessing that you talked to Michael or Alan who were also at our table on Saturday. I spent a good bit of time crusing the show and got quite a few other donations for our fund-raiser. I also spent more money than I went in with. I knew I should have left the credit cards at home. On Sunday, one of our executive board members (Rich) was there and I'm not sure who was there with him. Did you get one of our little yellow cards that the ISA was handing out. URLs and info for Illinois DNR on one side and phone number for reporting poaching in Illinois on the other side. Don't go fishing without it. I think that any member of the Smallmouth Alliance would tell you that joining was one of the best moves they made. I've enjoyed meeting smallie fan's from the organizations in other states as well. The club is heavily focused on conservation and education. Both are incredibly valuable to all fisherman, not just Smallie fans. I won't drag this out into a big long comercial for the ISA. Drop me an e-mail if you have other questions I can answer for you, or we can start a thread in a more appropriate forum. And yes it was a pretty good show. More later, Ken S.
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