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  1. 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...
  4. 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.
    ...
  5. Thread: Mpg ...

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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. ...
  6. Thread: Mpg ...

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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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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....
  9. 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
  11. Thread: Mpg ...

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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...
  14. Thread: Mpg ...

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    Just a couple more notes. Watching the osprey...

    Just a couple more notes.

    Watching the osprey from nest building to the point when their chicks begin leaving the nest, fishing on their own, and finally leaving the nest has been a really...
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    Joe's recipe is similar but his specifies all...

    Joe's recipe is similar but his specifies all purpose flour and takes quite a bit longer to complete.

    Bread flour results in a more substantial and tastier bread, at least to my taste buds, than...
  16. Thread: Mpg ...

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    Steve et al - To get to the Ranch's website...

    Steve et al -

    To get to the Ranch's website and access the trail cameras and live video feeds, go to --- mpgranch.com.

    When you get to the homepage, use the horizontally barred ( menu ) icon in...
  17. Thread: Mpg ...

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    Mpg ...

    ... ranch ...

    ... not as in "miles per gallon" but as in MPG Ranch in the northern Saphire Mountains just south of Missoula MT.

    They got this bunch of trail cameras going 24/7 that pick up all...
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    Stay at home ...

    ... means that I cannot go to my favorite bakery ( which is closed for the time being ) for bread ...

    ... and that I have more time than usual to find interesting things on YouTube.

    A couple...
  19. Thread: FEB Hopper

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    Yep ...

    ... that was me, Steve.

    I've written on the subject of "playing tag" several times. The first time was a thread on the Fly Anglers on Line Forum on 5-4-12 titled "What's the point..."

    There...
  20. Thread: FEB Hopper

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    Sized up ...

    ... today to the salmonfly verson - tied with orange thread on a size 6 3X long curved shank hook with orange accents on a medium brown antron extended body, and medium brown foam for the forward...
  21. Thread: FEB Hopper

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    FEB Hopper

    It ain't really hopper season yet, but it's not too soon to start getting ready for summer.

    I have a couple smallsh versions ( with a minor variation) of this FAOL Fly of the Week for August 10,...
  22. Thread: J. A. R. S.

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    First day out ...

    ... in 2020.

    Fished a stretch of Northern Rockies freestone water that I have not been on for a couple of years. Started with a JARS and stayed with it.

    Over the course of an hour and a...
  23. Sticky: Started reading the weekly home page soon after...

    Started reading the weekly home page soon after taking up fly angling in 2003. It was foundational to my experience. Happened to look at the BB a few years later and found a really interesting and...
  24. Hmmmm ....

    77 year old who served six years in the Indiana Army National Guard in an SRF unit from Jan '65 through Jan '71. For juxtaposition, go to youtube and search and view "Donald Trump's personal Viet...
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    Not so, at least for some of us. I just read the...

    Not so, at least for some of us. I just read the entire article, and do not have a subscription.

    John

    P.S. Some interesting information that is directly related to what happened to the "old"...
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