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Unfortunate Situations;

Posted 03-14-2017 at 06:57 PM by Ard
Updated 03-15-2017 at 01:55 PM by Ard (Adding a post script to the entry)

Sometimes I feel I have to explain an occurrence and this is one of those times. This is a different type post into this blog, I will write here because only those who may have an interest in what I may have to say ever read here.

Back on the 23rd of January 2017, a member contacted me to ask advice regarding a Spey rod. I was busy getting ready for a trip to the cabin and had no time to begin writing about rods so I suggested we talk by phone. It was three days before he replied...
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Materials arrive, first flies

Posted 03-14-2017 at 12:30 AM by americanzero

Well, the box came as expected! I spent about an hour taking everything out of the packages, sorting the materials bags, setting up the vise. I grabbed a 4/0 wide gap worm hook to practice on. I got thread to start, and stay, on the hook. Did a few practice whip finishes. Even tried a little dubbing.

I need a lot of practice whip finishing! I get it to work, but it takes a few tries. I also made a mistake and bought the small sized finisher. Now I wish I would have gotten a bigger...
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Getting started

Posted 03-12-2017 at 12:07 PM by americanzero

I have decided to start tying flies! I was selected for a special fly trip to Montana in may, and I couldn't contain my excitement. Tomorrow all of my supplies should arrive in the mail. I ordered a few threads, some feathers, hook assortment, tools, and griffin vise. I will add pictures of the entire haul when it gets here. I plan on using some of the guides from FAOL, YouTube videos, and the nice folks here to start my learning.

A bit about me:
I was in the army for about...
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An Impromptu Comparo of a TFO BVK, Redington Vice, and a Fenwick Aetos

Posted 02-24-2017 at 03:40 PM by rangerrich99

So the other day I was at my local Sportsman Warehouse, just killin' a little time, when I found myself in front of the fly rod rack. Somehow. Anyway, I decide to actually see what kind of stock they had on hand, and I discovered that they had a TFO BVK, a Redington Vice and a Fenwick Aetos all in 9 ft. 6 wt. rods. All supposed long-distance line-hurlers, all under $260, and all available for a test-drive. And I luckily had a reel with 6 wt. line on it in the truck. Old, backyard line, but...
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Feeling Blessed

Posted 01-22-2017 at 01:51 PM by gzarboni (Living in the "DACKS" part 2)

I am no writer by any means but I want to share my feelings. I was on my way to Lake Placid to see the Dr. Along the way I had to pass a few small towns like Jay and Wilmington and North Elba. I could not help but feel blessed that I live in such a beautiful part of the country. The Adirondacks are truly spectacular.
My first stop was at a small park on the famed West branch of the Ausable river. I stopped here because a memorial has been set up for the late Francis Betters. Fran was...
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