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  1. The NPS page on proper use of bear spray and...

    The NPS page on proper use of bear spray and links on bear safety. https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/bearspray.htm

    It is very sad for someone to loose their life. Even the best plans and...
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    Good deal, never too late to start over.

    Good deal, never too late to start over.
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    Not sure about "water proof" but Fly Shack has...

    Not sure about "water proof" but Fly Shack has this on sale right now for $59.95... https://www.flyshack.com/DisplayItem.aspx?ItemID=114498&src=froogle&msclkid=38bbd0556ced19b2b5b88f05b94456fa
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    Very nice. Jerry would be proud.

    Very nice. Jerry would be proud.
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    15687 Caught this last year in a retention pond...

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    Caught this last year in a retention pond in St Charles, a suburb of St Louis. Never know what you will find in Missouri That's an 11 inch Tenkara handle...
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    Kind of blows our manufacturer argument out of...

    Kind of blows our manufacturer argument out of the water. Wish I could hook a fish that big... The trout in the Missouri must be part Missouri Mule!
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    Steve, you don't say what brand you are using. ...

    Steve, you don't say what brand you are using. As other posters have pointed out, Tiemco and Mustad make great hooks in their standard dry fly hook. I've caught smallies (14"+) on the Mustad R50...
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    Paddy, looks like you are the lead for July. Any...

    Paddy, looks like you are the lead for July. Any theme in mind?
  9. Thread: June SOTM

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    This work thing is contagious, kept me away from...

    This work thing is contagious, kept me away from the tying bench too. Sorry, I'll be late (and they may not be pretty or PT nymphs)...
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    Wow! We pegged this one, some very nice Cahill's...

    Wow! We pegged this one, some very nice Cahill's arrived in the mail yesterday. Very good work everyone! Here trout, here trout...
  11. Thread: June SOTM

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    I'm In. I'll have to find a pattern... Ok, a...

    I'm In. I'll have to find a pattern... Ok, a variation of the Wiggle Tail PT Nymph.
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    We all have dozens of pictures with the fish next...

    We all have dozens of pictures with the fish next to the reel. What somebody needs to market is a prop rod and reel where the reel is about one inch in diameter. Make those pictures look really...
  13. Thread: Minimum gear

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    Was a rod implied in you list? ;-)

    Was a rod implied in you list? ;-)
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    Flies are sorted and will go n the mail later...

    Flies are sorted and will go n the mail later today. Everyone got a couple of spares and Geoff won't have to tie soft hackles for a while...
    Good work everyone.
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    Wrong end. (Well maybe not...) Usually the...

    Wrong end. (Well maybe not...) Usually the plastron (bottom shell) is concave in the male so it fits over the females shell. Not sure this is true in snappers as their plastron is...
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    Long winter but, finally, first bass of the...

    Long winter but, finally, first bass of the season. Caught on a file similar to a beaded hare's ear nymph. The rod and reel are what I call "The Noodle", it's from Walmart, cost $30, has caught a...
  17. Thread: 2015 SOTM May

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    Sorry Geoff. See you opted for the Klinkhammer...

    Sorry Geoff. See you opted for the Klinkhammer Special. Good thing mine are not so special...
  18. Thread: 2015 SOTM May

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    Flies are tied and tagged. In the mail Wednesday...

    Flies are tied and tagged. In the mail Wednesday morning. In the mail.
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    Just a follow up, if you are interested in...

    Just a follow up, if you are interested in participating in the swap of the month, we have an opening. Tie 12 flies each month and get back some very interesting examples of the fly tiers art.
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    Tied and in the mail Monday. Not my favorite...

    Tied and in the mail Monday. Not my favorite pattern and not sure I know how to tie it properly even now. Fish 'em everybody and be glad fish don't have hands...
  21. I agree with Scott. Changing a pattern or...

    I agree with Scott. Changing a pattern or substituting a material does not constitute a new fly. It is a variation. So if you want to call it a "Joe Blow's Variation of some fly pattern" I guess...
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    I caught a 16" large mouth on a Black Pennell....

    I caught a 16" large mouth on a Black Pennell. Not sure It thought It was a bug or small fish. In any case, one surprised bass when It found a hook in that bug. I have caught several on different...
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    I'm going to sort the flies for March and get...

    I'm going to sort the flies for March and get them In the mail this week. If I receive any late ones I'll forward them to the current month.
    Thanks,
    Bill
  24. Thread: 2015 SOTM May

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    The only parachute I tie Is the Adams but, we...

    The only parachute I tie Is the Adams but, we just did that... I'll have to find a suitable alternative. New patterns are the "fun" part of this swap. Looks like nobody opted for the Klinkhamer. So...
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    Jwb, ETA? Or should we move on?

    Jwb, ETA? Or should we move on?
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