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  1. An Old Bamboo Rod I restored Back in the 1980's

    This is a reprint from a forum thread, the post is just too detailed to let it disappear when that thread is forgotten.

    I received this rod in pretty rough condition in the late 70's or early 1980's from a friend Jerry Zapola who had inherited it from an old fellow from upstate New York.

    Here we go.

    This is the entire box 39 1/2" L X 3" W X 1 3/8" H The planned red oak veneer pieces are just a little under 3/16" thickness, I doubt ...
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  2. Seeing Is Believing ;

    While I hear reports on radio of extreme cold gripping the mid west and north east things here remain upside down. We had very warm conditions throughout December although by Christmas I had once again lit a wood fire for heat. I don't use the hard fought wood pile unless the temp drops below 20 degrees. The cold snap reached all the way to zero here at home which tells me it was about 10 - 12 degrees below zero at the cabin.

    Since the 29th of December things began to warm again. ...
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  3. Reliving The Glory Days During Winter Doldrums;

    Doldrums, that seems to describe the situation here on December 30 2017. I am not sure when I'll leave for the cabin but it does appear that once I do I'll be away for a while. I'll be making a few trips back because I'm going to haul out more furniture but I expect to spend most of January through the end of March out there. In the meantime I found myself intruding on the Show Your Kayak thread so I copied my post and moved it here. Many posts turn out more like a bolg entry anyway so I preserve ...
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  4. Recognizing Evidence of Spawning Brown Trout In Fall

    Here's another bit of memory & experience that I entered onto a thread where a new member ask about how to know if you're about to walk into a red. Of course I got into a little more depth than I had planned when I clicked on the "Quick Reply To This Message" icon........... I wonder what part of Quick Reply always seems to elude me? At any rate I tried to answer with enough detail to provide a young fellow new to trout fishing a little more knowledge than he had when he joined the ...

    Updated 11-27-2017 at 10:07 PM by Ard

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  5. Fish Charges Downriver, Should I Break It Off?

    Another thread reply that got pretty in depth and I thought worth saving here

    My streamer rigs are stepped down in tolerance from a 50 pound double loop at the tip of the fly line to the 12 pound tippet. Various connections are 25 or 35 pound so if a fish breaks off it is the tippet that goes. That heavy braided loop at the tip of my lines is more about protecting my welded loop line than the break strength. All of my backings are 30 pound strength and I make sure I have good knots ...
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