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    Very nice ...

    ... and I can testify to the effectiveness of the FEB ( furled extended body ) flies with almost ten years experience with them in various sizes and patterns.

    If you go to the FAOL Fly of the Week...
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    Hmmmm ...

    Les -

    I have no personal experience to rely on, but I do have a few thoughts.

    As of the past few days, at the Canadian border the Columbia was fluctuating rather wildly at up to about 90,000...
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    Shout out ...

    ... to Brad, aka Kaboom, for an excellent video on Youtube on how to furl leaders.

    You can use the search feature on Youtube to find his "guide recommended furled leaders".

    Nicely done, Brad.
    ...
  4. Thread: Weight

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    Hmmmmm....

    ... not being Brad, I'll offer my own opinion.

    I do have a similar set up to Brad's, but my technique is somewhat different, though not regarding weight used to maintain tension.

    For the...
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    Kudos ...

    ... to both of you, Jim and Larry ! And to you, too, melk !

    I'm not to the point of giving up fly tying, but will try remember when that time comes to follow your EXCELLENT example.

    Can't...
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    It's been a long time, but I recall using spar...

    It's been a long time, but I recall using spar varnish on guide wraps.

    I went back on this forum to a 5-10-09 thread that I started on the subject of spar varnish. There were a number of posts on...
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    Hmmmmm ....

    Jim -

    A couple additional thoughts.

    First, knot strength, not leader or tippet strength, is the weakest point in your rigging. ( Knot strength is typically expressed as a percentage of tippet...
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    Jim - Whatever tippet material I am using,...

    Jim -

    Whatever tippet material I am using, when I tie a clinch knot, after I pass the tippet through a tip ring or through the eye of a hook, I form a fairly large loop and then hold the loop,...
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    A bit late ...

    ... to the party, Jim, but thought I would chime in.

    I haven't used fluoro leaders or tippet much since virtually all of my fly fishing is with dry flies, with an occasional outing with streamers,...
  10. Actually ...

    ... bear spray is highly effective when used properly and is much preferred over firearms by virtually all state and federal agencies as a matter of policy in dealing with bears.

    It's been about...
  11. Hey Marco ...

    ... ran across a bunch of NUT CASES you might be interested in.

    Go to YouTube and search "Lincoln Project Unprecedented."

    John

    P.S. Speaking of medication - Route 66 does not enter Nevada at...
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    Virtually ...

    ... all of my fishing is with a 4 or 5 wt rod, a 4 wt line, a 5 foot thread furled leader, and about 3-4 feet of 4X tippet to cast a large hopper or stonefly pattern.

    No amount of practice will...
  13. Thread: Casting

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    Today ...

    ... was the day.

    After a brief discussion of the anatomy of a fly line, line types and weights, and rod lengths and weights we got into the basics of casting.

    I told Sam about the classic...
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    Choose your poison ...

    .... errr, make that choose your position.

    Any hour of any day of any year in SE Idaho, the wind can come up the Snake River Plain from the SW unobstructed and at speed. Breezes in excess of 25...
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    Add distance for any rod weight by underlining...

    Add distance for any rod weight by underlining it. The faster the rod, the better.

    Some folks consider the TFO BVK too fast and overline it. I like my BVK 9' for 5 wt underlined with a 4 wt...
  16. Thread: Casting

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    Principles

    Steve -

    Seems to me that anyone getting started fly casting should be introduced to the three principles of fly casting before even picking up a fly rod.

    Slack is an enemy when casting.
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    Some things new ...

    ... as in three new osprey chicks on the Osprey Nest North, hatched out since yesterday.

    Things get much more interesting over the next 8-10 weeks for these little guys, assuming they make it. ...
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    Been a bit ...

    ... slow this spring.

    But today, on the live camera feed, there are a bunch of kestrel chicks in the Sanfoin Bench Kestrel nest, and two new eggs in the Sanfoin Osprey Nest.

    The kestrels have...
  19. Thread: Mpg ...

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    Horse lover's ...

    ... delight.

    If you go to the trail cameras at 5-15-20 18:37 p.m. ...

    ... you will see a new foal with spectacular coloration. Dare I say unique ??

    John

    P.S. It looks like three osprey...
  20. Thread: Mpg ...

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    Indeed ...

    ... the south osprey nest now has two new occupants - future occupants, anyway. Uncharacteristically, the female was off the nest leaving two eggs unsheltered and unprotected just a few minutes ago....
  21. Thread: FEB Hopper

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    Northern Rocky ...

    ... Mountain freestone rivers are a real challenge in the transition from winter flows through the runoff. My home water in northern Idaho is no exception. Although it has deteriorated as a fishery...
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    John - Your 75% whole wheat sour dough loaf...

    John -

    Your 75% whole wheat sour dough loaf would be a real treat. Do you have any good tips on how to "start", maintain, and use the sourdough starter ??

    John
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    Lion and kittens ...

    ... if you scroll back on the trail cameras to about 7:15 a.m. on 5-6, you will see a cougar with two or three kittens. Hard to tell just how many kittens there are, but then again you don't often...
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    Something different ...

    ... requiring no yeast.

    A while back, I ran across an oatmeal cake recipe which makes an oatmeal cake enhanced with raisins, cranberries, and apricots. The raisin and cranberry flavors do tend to...
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    Heads up

    I baked the half bread flour and half whole wheat flour loaf on either 4-24 or 4-25.

    As usual, I left the bread out on the kitchen counter, which served as a good experiment on how long it would...
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