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Forum: Fly Rod Building 07-26-2016, 08:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 558
Posted By williamhj
Re: New Build

nicely done!
Forum: Fly Reels 07-26-2016, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 227
Posted By williamhj
Re: Just got a deal on a Battenkill I reel ...

I have a Battenkill 1 for my 6'6" 2wt rod. The only issue I could imagine for you is if the reel is too light for the rod. Mind you, I am not one who worries much about "balancing" the rod and...
Forum: Flies 07-23-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 528
Posted By williamhj
Re: Comparadun vs Parachute

I tie both for my boxes. Here is why:
- Though they do both sit low in the surface film they have slightly different profiles. To my eyes the comparadun gives a slighter profile on the water. ...
Forum: The Lodge Den 07-12-2016, 11:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 439
Posted By williamhj
Re: This could make for an awkward moment with a buddy

Made me think of this amazing video
Forum: Fly Rod Building 07-09-2016, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 148
Posted By williamhj
Re: Parts list for new / first build

I answered questions below. First of all I'd recommend spending up and getting Snake Brand guides. Other guides you buy require you to do some file work on the guide foot before wrapping. Snake...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 07-05-2016, 08:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 406
Posted By williamhj
Re: Rod repair

Use a two part epoxy (called 'finish') to seal the threads. I use this kind ( There are different products on the market and...
Forum: Forum Prize Competitions 07-03-2016, 11:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 652
Posted By williamhj
Re: July 2016 Caption Competition - sponsored by Allen Fly Fishing

No I've never done it before either. I guess she finds a nice spot and picks a guy then, well I don't know what happens then but I'm dying to try it.
Forum: General Discussion 07-03-2016, 10:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 475
Posted By williamhj
Re: When the fishing ends

Thanks for posting Mike. Truly a good man and good husband. Your post is a fine reminder that however wonderful fishing might be there are many things more important in life. Your love for your...
Forum: General Discussion 07-02-2016, 11:27 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 2,484
Posted By williamhj
Re: A Griz human encounter that went bad....

You know there would be a guy who'd read "FRONT TOWARD BEER" and things would go bad.
Forum: General Discussion 06-29-2016, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 365
Posted By williamhj
Re: Body of missing Rafter Found, Boise ID News

Agreed. For some fishing spots I don't bother with waders because I know it would be stupid to really get into the water. Ankle to shin deep with some wading shoes is all that feels safe.
Forum: General Discussion 06-26-2016, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 665
Posted By williamhj
Re: How big a rod for streamers?

I love fishing streamers - from the nice slumpbusters to large musky flies with a sinking line (10wt for that). When I'm trout fishing I will cast articulated streamers with a sink tip with my 5wt. ...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 06-25-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 449
Posted By williamhj
Re: Musky on Fly Near Traverse City ?

This guy ( could be worth talking to. He's in the wrong part of Michigan (fishing Lake St Clair), but may know of folks guiding up near Traverse. Could also just...
Forum: Forum Prize Competitions 06-21-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 931
Posted By williamhj
Forum: General Discussion 06-08-2016, 08:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 812
Posted By williamhj
Re: Smallmouth rod -which wt

6 is fine but my go to is an 8wt. One reason is sometimes it is fun to throw larger hair bugs etc and other times I use sinking line. 8wt is a nice rod for both, though 6wt works. Necessary? No. ...
Forum: General Discussion 06-07-2016, 08:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 461
Posted By williamhj
Re: Oh Hail.

Here I thought the post was about this inspiring song!

But yes, the hail here in Colorado can be intense. Got me a new roof last year.
Forum: The Lodge Den 06-06-2016, 10:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 252
Posted By williamhj
Re: Bag it or box it.

I have the Sportrack and am happy with it. Got it when we were moving across the country and took over a month to do it. Had everything my wife and I and our daughter (only one then) needed for...
Forum: General Discussion 06-02-2016, 11:01 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,281
Posted By williamhj
Re: Fly Fishing "Posers"

Odd indeed. My first thought was to wonder if it is for some kind of advertisement etc. Going for a fly fishing aesthetic
Forum: The Lodge Den 05-30-2016, 07:26 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 169
Posted By williamhj
My Sour Memorial Day

Worked today. What can I say, that hospital never closes. Decided to cheer myself and my co-workers up a bit with a loaf of fresh baked sourdough bread. I think it is my favorite yet.
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2016, 06:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,031
Posted By williamhj
Re: Keeping hydrated

I usually bring a bottle of water but more recently bought a Life Straw and love it. Does take a bit of work to get the water but it was cold and clear and delicious to drink out of a Rocky Mountain...
Forum: The Lodge Den 05-25-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 322
Posted By williamhj
Forum: General Discussion 05-25-2016, 10:21 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 1,572
Posted By williamhj
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 05-25-2016, 08:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By williamhj
Re: What do you think of this vise?

I have a Traveler vise and it works great for a wide range of hooks - from tiny hooks for tailwaters to bass and musky hooks. You'll have to choose between the pedestal and c-clamp base - the latter...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-22-2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By williamhj
Re: Standard or Large Loop Tip Top

+1 I always use a large tiptop - even on lighter rods. If there is one time a knot makes it through rather than getting hung up, it is worth it.
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 05-18-2016, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 538
Posted By williamhj
Re: Colorado Guide Reco

We've had great success with Cutthroat Anglers in Silverthorne. Used them 4 times with family. Groups ranging from 2nd time fishing to experienced and they did well with all.
Forum: General Discussion 05-14-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 370
Posted By williamhj
Re: Not what I was expecting...

Wonderful! Successful streamer fishing is hard to argue with :)
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