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  1. Thread: Fore and Aft legs

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    For some reason Wally Wings just appeal to me....

    For some reason Wally Wings just appeal to me. Nicely done.
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    Beautiful partridge and orange variation! I tie...

    Beautiful partridge and orange variation! I tie hundreds of the ordinary every year and use them a lot, but I think you just changed the look of my fly box! Copper is becoming far more common in my...
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    Hull design is a monster-sized topic! Flat bottom...

    Hull design is a monster-sized topic! Flat bottom jon boats have a lot of "reserve bouyancy" which means they ride nice and flat... until suddenly they don't. For flat calm they are the most stable....
  4. Forgot to add loads... for rifles I almost...

    Forgot to add loads... for rifles I almost exclusively use Barnes solid copper X bullets. For most handguns I use hardcast lead bullets for reliable penetration. I use my own handloads exclusively.
  5. If hunting, guiding, or guarding photographers a...

    If hunting, guiding, or guarding photographers a short barreled bolt action rifle with a very low power scope. I have used many from 30-06 to 375H&H AI. I currently carry a 30-06 usually. If fishing...
  6. I remember well our previous discussions on bear...

    I remember well our previous discussions on bear spray. After decades of experience and I would suggest, more direct experience with bears than all members of AOL combined, I have had multiple...
  7. Last month I lost a friend to a bear attack. Dan...

    Last month I lost a friend to a bear attack. Dan Schilling was a mile or so from his home and absolutely not a novice around bears. He lived in a densely bear-inhabited area near Hope, AK.

    Dan had...
  8. Thread: Deer Hair Hackle

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    Nice! I have often felt the hackle growers did...

    Nice! I have often felt the hackle growers did tiers and themselves a serious disservice. They asked us to find other ways to float flies and and tiers did!
  9. Thread: Montana Brassie

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    Nicely done! This is commonly seen up here as...

    Nicely done!

    This is commonly seen up here as a trout fly in just about every size, but mostly small and very, very sparsely dressed. Like 5 or 6 hairs in the wing...
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    Bear Story...

    Wildly!!! While I was tapping out the last missive I was distracted by every dog in the neighborhood going nuts! As the baying, barking, and whatever you call the other sounds dogs make increased I...
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    Same motor source, but they build their own...

    Same motor source, but they build their own hulls, mostly. As they are small boats they do not need really thick aluminum, but it is still heavier than the typical jon boat. The bottoms are covered...
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    Marco, these are strictly for fun and their own...

    Marco, these are strictly for fun and their own amusement. There is a small group of guys building and running them up here and they are a social bunch for the most part.

    One of my "second sons"...
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    Thank you Marco, I am happy you liked them. The...

    Thank you Marco, I am happy you liked them. The boats are just for fun, but fishing and hunting access is the driver. There are a couple outfits making them now up here though. The first edition they...
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    I understand completely! My granddaughter caught...

    I understand completely! My granddaughter caught her two silvers this morning, 100% legally and ethically. She is counting the numbers of people she is feeding with every fish. My grandson caught one...
  15. Thread: Ecum Seeker

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    I understand, and new tiers have little...

    I understand, and new tiers have little comprehension of how much more difficult the old metal tinsels are to work with. And finding embossed tinsel???
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    Thanks ohiotuber... but I must ask, does that...

    Thanks ohiotuber... but I must ask, does that make you a potato? ;)

    We were fishing in a very public place with tons of boats running by... we were "hidden" in plain view, but too close to access...
  17. Thread: Ecum Seeker

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    Particularly nice job on the tinsel!

    Particularly nice job on the tinsel!
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    Thanks guys, it is fun... And yesterday was...

    Thanks guys, it is fun...

    And yesterday was more of the same. There was a very hot bite on fish with sea lice all over them! She landed at least 6 and my grandson even reeled one in. It was so hot...
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    At 6'4" with arms like a gorilla (almost 7' from...

    At 6'4" with arms like a gorilla (almost 7' from fingertip to fingertip) and I can close my fist and touch an 8' ceiling, flatfooted... I have a serious advantage in distance casting... and can bury...
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    A Pretty Good Day...

    My granddaughter is 4 and flies are still a little time into the future for salmon. She has caught a number of grayling on flies she tied herself, including some big ones, by almost any standard. ...
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    There are lots of ways to mimic an egg and...

    There are lots of ways to mimic an egg and different legal boundaries seem to determine what people think. Here in AK they recently decided a bead was a "fly" and allowed them in "Fly Fishing Only"...
  22. Thread: Marabou Muddler

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    For many, many years I fished the Kenai river on...

    For many, many years I fished the Kenai river on Halloween with yellow marabou muddlers. They worked incredibly well!
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    Got a free one for life some years ago... no...

    Got a free one for life some years ago... no longer worry about expiration date...

    Wait, maybe I should be! ;)
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    Cannot disagree, but prefer the reciprocal...

    Cannot disagree, but prefer the reciprocal description...

    Any number of hairs make marginal substitutes for polar bear! Look at it from below under varying light conditions and you will see why...
  25. Thread: Fly Tying room

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    Actually, I think that is the same design but the...

    Actually, I think that is the same design but the photos are taken with a very short lens (read cell phone)
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