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  1. An interesting bit of trivia (for lack of a better word) I always save a link to the swaps that I am participating in. So I just saved the link to this swap. How cool that Smalliehunter's swap is topic number 8000. Just 7 months ago, SmallieHunter's first smallmouth swap was number 4023. This is a moving and shaking message forum. Ken S.
  2. Hey Will, Please count me in. I will be demonstrating how to tie a Stimulator at our club's monthly tying session on the 28th. I've got seven done already. I am practicing and working on the recipe a bit. I want to make sure that this pattern does not overwhelm some of our more novice tiers. So I should have plenty of these to pick from by the end of the month, which means I will be on-time and won't hold up the show. I'll just pick out the best twelve and away we go. Being the (fairly new) Fly Fishing Coordinator of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance, it would not look good if I passed up the chance to swap Smallmouth flies with my friends on this awesome fly tying forum. More later, Ken S
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    Hi Gary, To be honest, I have not heard of Dick Talleur's books on tying. You must understand that this discussion has been about "if you had to pick two, which two". And as this excellent discusion progressed, we brought in the thought that the two for a beginner would likely be different than the two for someone with some experiance. In fact, most of us own more than two. My first books were heavily influenced by the advice I got when asking questions at my local fly shop. Others go to discussions like this when making decisions about which books to invest in. It is very rare for me to buy a book without taking a good long look at it first. Others will buy a book unseen based on recommendations of those they respect and/or trust. I am also influenced by the species that the book favors. As I said in an earlier post, I rarely fish for trout. Now if the flies in a book will work on Smallies, Panfish and maybe an occasional outing for Trout, that works for me. I don't think anyone here will tell you that you are making a mistake in buying the books you have choosen. I'm sure no one here is saying that their short list of two is the only two books anyone should own. I do believe that everyone here would appreciate a brief review or some comments once you get these books and can tell us what you find valuable in them and even what you might find lacking (if anything). I hope this helps. More later, Ken S.
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    OKay, I must agree that if a beginner is the one asking what two books to get, the Benchside Referance is probably not the place to start. My copy is at my friends house. Wasn't Jim Schollmeyer one of the authors or at least a contributor? This guy is awesome. He is mentioned right up front in Dave Hughes book for his showing Dave some stuff about taking pictures for his book. So, if you are still getting started building your library, wait till later for the Benchside Referance (you will still want it at some point). At this point, you ought to check out Jim Schollmeyer's Nymph Fly-Tying Techniques. He covers lots of good stuff, with step by step instructions and the great pictures you expect in his books. I have never met a Jim Schollmeyer book I did not like! I still think the Dave Hughes book is fine for a beginner. He covers topics from start to finish. And he has so much common sense wrapped up in those first five chapters. He offers lots of good information. I've only been tying for less than two years. I wish I had seen this book earlier. More later, Ken S.
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    Here's my two: I have to agree that the "Fly Tiers Benchside Referance" is a must have. Now someone else mentioned how magazines add so much in addition to the books in one's library. So, if you go to the website for Frank Amato publications, you should look at the "Fly Fishing and Tying Journal". The key is to check out the TV offer button. I ordered the five year subscription to FFTJ and they sent me a copy of the benchside referance. So I have a subscription for five years (20 issues) of what is probably the best fly tying periodical out there AND the must have book. I love the book. I have gotten three issues of the magazine already and I'm anxiously awaiting the Spring issue that should be out in the next few weeks. I got all this for basically the cost of the book. Amato Books Special TV offer Just this week, I showed my copy of the benchside referance to a fellow fly tier where I work. He took it home Thus night and came back very excited on Friday and asked if he could keep it through the weekend. He brought me his copy of "Trout Flies, The Tier's Referance" by Dave Hughs. This book is basically half the price of the benchside referance, but it is a great companion. I very rarely fish for Trout. After all, I am an officer in a Smallmouth club. But I will probably own a copy of this book within a month. Dave Hughes is my kind of fly fisherman. The final sentance of his introduction says "Beauty finds its surest seat in trout flies that catch trout." I read the first five chapters of this book very carefully. When he talks about why certain techniques or materials are used, he is talking about catching more fish. When he talks about which flies he carries with him, he talks about covering the bases, not being prepared for the rare moment when the hatch perfectly matches those three flies in the top right corner of your fly box. The benchside referance will answer almost every "how to" question. No where in that book does it show you all the steps to tie any one pattern. But it has every way one might make a wing on a fly. The Hughes book not only covers patterns very carefully (each fly from start to finish), it also talks about why you want this fly in your box and which flies are used for which functions. I own more books than these, but these are the two that I think everyone should have on their shelf. One man's opinion. Your milage may vary. Ken S.
  6. QUOTE (SmallieHunter @ Jan 30 2005, 08:37 AM) Ken, I will defiently try. Things are a bit hectic but if I get the free time I defiently want to contribute. My flies should be worth millions Will, Your flies will be a highlight just because of the name on the tag. Imagine pulling your fly out of the kit, checking the tag and wondering which name is the fly pattern and which is the fly tyer. I bet you would draw applause just being introduced at our Smallmouth club. Have you had any contact with the Ohio Smallmouth Alliance? Maybe that would be discussion for another thread, maybe in another forum. More later, Ken S.
  7. Thank you. The donations will be greatly appreciated. When I posted the request for donations on our own club message forum, I told our tiers about how I had learned of toe tags here on the FlyTyingForum. The tags are a great idea. If you don't mind putting tags on your donations, I would appreciate it. Please don't feel like you have to. I'm the one tapping your generosity. I'm certainly not going to be picky. If you put a tag on, please list the name of the pattern and your screen name on this forum. If you add the letters FTF, I'll make sure everyone knows that is the Fly Tying Forum. Several have already heard from me about this great site and the fine group of fellow fly tiers they should get to know. What I asked the tiers of the ISA to do was submit six flies, all of the same pattern. Something they themselves use for Smallies on their home waters. I'll then sort these into six nearly identical sets of flies for the raffle. If you have six similar flies to send, that's great. If you just send a few mixed flies, I'll work all those into mixed sets and we'll set them out. If any of you will be attending the big fly fishing show in Chicago's SW suburbs (Tinley Park) next weekend (2/5-6/2005), It is right off I-80 not too far from the Indiana Border. I will be in the ISA booth all day Saturday. Please do stop by. If any of you generous souls plan on visiting the Western Suburbs of Chicago this season, please drop me a line. I'll do my best to put you on to some fine Smallmouth fishing. Ken S. -- ISA Fly Fishing Coordinator
  8. Greetings fellow fly tiers, I recently took on a role as fly fishing coordinator for the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance (ISA). I was already hosting a monthly fly tying session. I was involved in leading a some outings for the fly fishing members within the ISA. I was rather involved in our "BassBuggers" forum on the club's website. Not much has changed except that now I have a title. Each year, the ISA has one big fundraising event. This year our "Bronzeback Blowout" will be Feb 26th. At this event, everyone is given a goody bag or door prize when the arrive. Last years bag was probably worth over $35. Not bad when the tickets are $20. We have dinner (not too fancy), speakers, a silent auction and the big raffle (hundreds of prizes). http://www.illinoissmallmouthalliance.com/blowout_05.html So now that I am an officer, I feel an obligation to look for new ideas to help make this event the best it can be. I have asked each of the fly tiers in the club to pick one (or more) pattern and tie six of them. I will assemble these into six nearly identical sets of flies. There are more chances to win that way. If I get enough people to donate, Perhaps I could put together more sets. I ask you (yes, you) to please consider donating a few flies that you have tied yourself. Tie six of your favorite Smallie catching pattern and mail them to me. I'll assemble the donations into sets which we will put into the raffle at this year's BronzeBack Blowout. I'm working on getting fly boxes donated. I need to recieve the flies by Saturday 2/19. If you are willing donate more than one pattern, that would be greatly appreciated. I will photograph all the fly boxes I assemble and post those photos so all who donate can see how their contribution was put to good use. Send your flies, in a crush proof container to Ken Schumacher, 26W210 Harrison Ave, Wheaton, IL 60187-2505. Please drop me an e-mail if you have any questions. Thanks in advance, Ken Schumacher
  9. I voted price. The fact of the matter is that my hobby budget is limited. And now that my daughter has started college, it is not looking any better. That being said, the other factors do matter. I really don't care what name is on the rod. I do care about the reputation of the manufacturer, and I count on my dealer and the recommendations of others to fill me in on the reputation. I do prefer rods with more/shorter pieces than long two piece rods. They just fit into the back of my Subaru better. The warrenty does make a difference. I have had to "excercise" the warrenty on my St Croix twice now. Both times the it snapped where the Butt section fit into the next piece. The dealer reviewed with me how to properly tighten the fitting when I put these together and I have not had a problem since. St Croix replaced the butt section both times. All it cost me was some shipping charges. My older rod is a fiberglass whip. Once I learned how to cast that, I can cast most anything. I was out Monday night with the part time guy from my fly shop. He had a nice Sage 6wt that he let me try. He was shocked when he tried to cast my old fiberglass. I just loved casting that fast action Sage. But we both noticed that we have learned enough about fly casting that we could trade like this and not break a rod or hurt anyone. All that is to say that I prefer a faster rod, but I'll fish any rod when given the chance. The last rod I bought was a 4 piece 4wt St Croix Imperial outfit (Rod, Reel, backing, line, leader and a nice reel on the rod case). All this for less than my buddy paid for his Winston rod. Don't get me wrong, I like his Winston, but I could afford my package deal. And I am very happy with it. Ken S
  10. I sent out the package today via Priority Mail. You should have it on Wed. I did the delivery confirmation thing. That does not require that anyone sign for it or anything, but I can hit a post office web page to make sure that the package does get delivered in the timeframe they promised. I am sorry I did not get these in sooner. Ken S.
  11. When fishing the local rivers, I find Clousers to be the go-to fly. When fishing still water, it's woolly buggers and woolly worms (little red tail). When the fish are not biting these basics, I down side to a prince nymph (with or without bead head) or Hare's Ear nymphs. Most of my clousers are chartruse and white. But I really like the idea of Olive and Orange (to imitate a bluegill). I may have to try that. More later, Ken S.
  12. I'm sorry, I'm one of the ones holding this up. I will get my flies out in the next day or two. Things at work turned ugly and I should have had them all tied earlier rather than putting it off so I could spend more time fishing. Mozes, I wll drop you a PM once I have them in the mail. I'll use 2-day mail and be able to give you tracking information once they are in the mail. I should finish tying after church tonight. You know if will be a bad day when you arrive at work Monday AM to hear that they need to schedule a building wide power outage for the compter center when you manage hundreds of systems. It turned into a two day headache. Again, I am sorry. I will be as quick as I can without tying garbage flies. Ken S.
  13. Nice tie. What size hook did you tie that on. It looks smaller than what I tend to tie buggers on. But I know that I need to add some variety to my fly box. A friend showed me a bugger he tied during an outing a couple weeks ago. He called it a "Bloody Bugger". He used two strands of chenille, one red and one black. These strands are wrapped something like an old barber pole. It came out really nice, and the added color really makes it into an interesting fly. He gave me one, but I have been reluctant to fish it until I try to duplicate it. I don't want to lose the one example that I have. More later, Ken S.
  14. When I started my fly tying class this last spring, I had a Thompson vise that I had bought from a fly tying friend at work for $10. The manager at my fly shop saw me take the vise out for class and offered to let me try any of the vises he had on display. I looked at the low end since I had almost no tying experiance at that point. I started with the low end (ballpark $100), a Dyna King but I don't recall what model. I found the jaws to be awkward and just felt that the vise was "in my way". I know that is totally objective and just one man's opinion. Next I tried the Renzetti traveler which bumped me up to $150. This is the one with the two screws and the O-ring folks have mentioned. George was careful to show me how to properly mount a hook into this vise. I loved it and bought it before I left that day. I've been using it for five months now. I've gotten plenty of use out of it. My instructor and several others who have taught me various patterns have all been fans of rotary vises and have showed me how to properly use this feature. I find it very helpful when putting dubbing and other materials on nymphs. The one time I make a point of not using the rotary is when I tie clousers. After I tie on the first bundle of material, I dismount the hook and then mount it inverted. One just can't tie the second side of a clouser with the vise inverted and the jaws up in your way like that. They do make a clouser arm which is straight and works lets you tie the second side without remounting the hook. It works very nicely, but changing the vise between the clouser rotary arm and the "bent" rotary arm is a bunch of effort. If I am tying a couple dozen clousers and/or other streamers, it is worth the effort, but for just a couple, I will just remount the hook. One of the main features that I like is the portability. I can tie in the dining room to be near the rest of the family (and plenty of sunlight). Or I can tie downstairs in the hamshack, to get away from others and the interuptions (and near my good quality desk lamp). I've taken it into work to trade demonstrations of other patterns with a co-worker. (We had quite an audience for that lunch hour). And I take it into the fly shop for working with other tiers. I also bought a very nice case for carrying the vise and a good assortment of tying materials and tools. Lately I have been "hosting" a monthly tying session at the local shop for members of the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. Last night we learned each others different techniques and tips for tying clousers. I demonstrated why I find it best to remove and re-mount the hook when tying clousers. I also learned how much of a difference it can make when you cut bucktail from different portions of the hide. And I now tie a much neater head on a clouser. The shop owner enjoyed telling us about the time Bob Clouser visited the store and tied with the customers. At least one other club member has tried the Renzetti like I did and then bought it. The best advice I can give is to tie a couple flies with any vise you are thinking of buying. There is no subsitute for hands on testing when it comes to a primary tool, like the vise. "Try before you buy" can only help you make a better buying decision. More later, Ken S.
  15. Karin, Let me tell you my wife's theory of old age. She says that she is planning to live to be 120 years old. That means that she won't hit middle age until about 60. If the good Lord calls her home before 120, well, she has just skipped all that "being old" stuff. I just turned 45 earlier this month. My daughter is 18 and headed off to college in four weeks. My wife and I will drive her to St. Paul MN on our 22nd wedding anniversay. More later, Ken S.
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    Hey computer guys,

    QUOTE (luvinbluegills @ Jul 22 2004, 05:32 PM) My BIGGEST problem is that the only room in the house I can use for the computer is also the dustiest and 2nd hottest! I just set up a fan in there though, and I'm gonna start turning it off nightly. Things are a bit ahead of schedule and hopefully I'll be up and running tomorrow! I have no idea what a node is. Except for that hard little thing on my heel... Since the new one is 560 watts, I guess I better buy more new toy--uh-- equipment to pla--uh--work with! Hi Mark, Each node is a seperate computer. They are all 2 CPU pentium systems running a Linux operating system. We buy these now installed in racks. The last order of 96 nodes fits into three racks, 32 per rack.. The rack is powered by 4 20 amp electrical circuits. The air conditioning in our computer center in measured in tons of A/C capacity. I'm not sure how A/C can be measured in tons, but I do know that even with all the A/C we have, we are up against the limits and can't add more computers into the computer rooms without removeing older computers. And while we do have lots of A/C, we still have some problems with dust. Dust is a computer killer. If your computer has to reside in the room you describe, I'd recommend that you open it up at least once a month and use a can of compressed air to blow the dust out of the case. Make sure the CPU heat sinks are clean and blow out the fans on the power supply and chassis. In the room you describe, you probably do want to turn the computer off overnight. I have three computers at home and only one of them stays on all the time. And it is in the coolest room in my house. Be carefull about adding more stuff to your computer. Yes, you have the bigger power supply, but all the stuff you add will likely generate more heat. If the room is warm already, you don't want to take a chance of making even more of a problem. Best of luck, Ken
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    Hey computer guys,

    If the power supply is too big for the load it normally handles, it will have a tendancy to be very inefficient. That is not a big deal when you have one or two computers in the same room. But I deal with 380 nodes packed in racks with 4 seperate electrical circuits per rack. I think you said this is the second time you have had to replace the supply. You might want to check the temperature specifications on the new supply. It will probably list a required temp for air being pulled into the supply. Perhaps the supply is going bad because it is getting too warm inside. Just a couple thoughts. Good luck. More later, Ken
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    car accident

    I'm very sorry to hear of your accident. I certainly am sorry to hear of Will's injuries and I hope that no one else was hurt. Kendra, please get us an update when you know more about the prognosis and have a chance to let us know. Know that you and Will are in the prayers at our house. Take care of things at home. We will all miss you while you are tending to your doctor's instructions for recovery.
  19. OKay, so Jim has filled the spot on the rotation. I'll be in the dugout waiting to see if anyone needs a pinch hitter. Will, drop me a note if anyone needs a sub. Ken S.
  20. QUOTE (BoubouBomber @ Jul 8 2004, 09:01 AM) QUOTE If however 40 people bought three tickets for $25 each then it would mean a 1 in 120 chance of winning. Actually this is wrong because everyone of these 40 has 3 tickets, therefore its 3 chances in 120 or 1 in 40 I can't argue that those of us who have bought 3 tickets could have a 3 in 120 (or 1 in 40) chance of winning. But there are those who have bought just 1 ticket. For them the worst case scenario is about a 1 in 120 chance. Still not a bad deal. Still a great way to support a great site. Everybody wins. Ken S.
  21. OKay, so now that I have subscribed to this forum, I won't miss out on new swaps like this again. It looks like you folks already have your twelve. That is probably for the best as I know I am tying for one other swap on this board and I think I have promised to participate in another swap elsewhere. I just mailed off the flies for another swap last week. And it looks like I am starting to "host" a regular (monthly) fly tying session at my local fly shop for the Illinois Smallmouth Alliance. I knew when I started tying that I would jump into the deep end quickly. My wife is convinced I can't do any hobby "just a little bit". I figure anything worth doing is worth doing right. Besides, she says this is the only hobby I'm into that has a "creative" side to it. If anyone has to drop out, let me know. If I can make the deadline, I may be able to fill the slot. I know I could come up with a dozen clousers. I still need to tie another dozon or so of the Madonna I learned two weeks ago. Still getting used to spinning deer hair and I've not quite got the proportions down yet. I would not submit the one's I tied last weekend to any swap. More later, Ken S.
  22. QUOTE (mozes @ Jun 18 2004, 12:12 PM) QUOTE You may purchase 1 ticket for $10 or 3 tickets for $25. QUOTE The drawing will be held once we have reached our $1000 goal. We we no longer sell any tickets once the goal has been reached so that each ticket will have a 1 in 100 chance of winning(those will additional tickets obviously have greater odds at winning). If 33 people buy in at 3 tickets each = 825 + 1 at $10.00 = 835.00 and not a 1000.00. Put me down for 3 tickets anyway. I will send a check. Mozes The way Will's initial post reads, one would keep selling tickets until the $1000 goal. If 100 people bought one $10 ticket each, then it would mean a 1 in 100 chance. If however 40 people bought three tickets for $25 each then it would mean a 1 in 120 chance of winning. In fact, the odds will be somewhere in between these two. Either way, it is an excellent idea and a very worthwhile way to support the board. I just sent my $25 via paypal. Wether I win a prize or not, I still think I come out ahead in supporting this great board. More later, Ken S.
  23. When tying a bead head nymph, I was taught to wrap a bit of lead onto the hook shank after installing the bead. I then push this bit of lead forward into the bead and this holds the bead up against the eye of the hook. I then wrap the shank and build the fly similar to the sequence used when your not using a bead. I tie most of my nymphs on sizes 10-16. I use 2x long hooks for most nymphs without a bead head and 3x long when I am using a bead. Bead size, just like the size of lead wrap used, varies by hook size. More later, Ken S.
  24. Shoe, Those are some really good looking rod cases. It is very good of you to contribute one of those to go with the raffle. I also want to thank you for sharing the link. I had never been to the HCF web site and found it to be very nice. There appears to be lots of good information there as well as some good equipment available in their store. I am re-working my own web site and will very likly put in a link to HCF. More later, Ken S.
  25. Wow, Science Surplus has a website! Their West Chicago, IL store is about 6 miles from my house. I have been in the store a few times and have always been amazed at the stuff you can find there. Now I see they are on the web. I have not been in there since I have taken up fly tying. I'll have to pop over and check them out again. Now that I have found new and creative ways to use materials that I had previously not found usefull, I bet that store is a gold mine. More later, Ken S.
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