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  1. #431
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    Default Re: "The 2020 Miracle XL+"

    Curtis,

    Better late than never, my friend! Thank you for your kind words. I'm going to hold you to that "repeat customer" promise.

    Fish 'em hard, Curtis, and give me a shout when you need a refill. And, as always, thanks again for thinking of "my kids" and me...

    My best to you and yours...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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    Over the next few days, six or more boxes will depart the chilly confines of Grayling and head to their new homes. I've been a bit off my game this month, as I've had to help the families of two of "my kids" deal with the loss of their child. And, to be completely honest, the eulogies spoken by yours truly are getting harder to bear, especially with the 10-year anniversary of the loss of our youngest daughter to leukemia closing in on this household. Lately, the eulogies seem to be hitting even closer to home...

    Please excuse the lament, my friends. I just wanted to post an update on pending boxes. My best to one and all... always...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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    Sigh.....Jerry, I can only imagine what that's like my friend. Damn!

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    A quick update before hitting the vise again... Six boxes made good on their escape earlier this week, and I plan to finish up another two or three before the first of the new week is upon us. I've found that spending more time than usual wrapping hooks keeps my feeble mind busy, and doesn't allow me to dwell on the recent losses.

    Windwarrior, thanks for the kind words, my friend. Always appreciated...

    Have a great weekend, everybody, and if you're going to be on the water, wade 'em safe...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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    It struck me recently that I hadn't updated this thread on the progress of boxes closing in on the finish line. Suffice to say, there have been a bunch shipped over these past few weeks, with more slated for their final ties in the coming days. As the boxes are packed and readied, I'll be sure to send off tracking numbers, my friends.

    With this week's tying class in the books, I'm headed back to the vise that sits within my old roll-top desk for a few "marathon" sessions. Hoping that one and all are having a great weekend, and thankful for those who've thought about "my kids" and me.

    Take good care, my friends... always...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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    And, another half-dozen have made good on their escape from the confines of the cabin. The runoff season has started in a big way, and the "flying mud" challenge-- the 1.3-mile drive to the mailbox from our driveway --officially has begun.

    Let me know when you get 'em, guys, and if you're already fishing, wade safe! I'm soon to be paying another visit to my orthopedic specialist after recently damaging the left Achilles/ankle again.

    Until then, you'll find me at the vise. Have a good one, everybody, and thanks again for thinking of "my kids" and me...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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    My “2020 Miracle XL+” box and “emergency bass bugs” arrived today. I am amazed and impressed! Can’t wait for tomorrow, I am heading to the Brazos to tempt some stockers before they all go away.

    I will be ordering more!

    Thanks, Jerry!

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    You're quite welcome, Txbart. Just let me know when you're ready for those saltwater flies we discussed.

    Until then, it's back to the vise for me. Have a good one, everybody, and stay safe...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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    Jerry,

    First I have to build my argument to convince my wife why I need an 8wt saltwater rod and reel! Iím easing in to that. 😉

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    Before this coming weekend, look for another large group of boxes to be departing via USPS Priority Mail. It's been rough of late, as the shipping time from some of my usual suppliers of hooks, hackle and the like has been doubled or tripled, thanks to skeleton crews. Hopefully, once my next orders arrive, I'll be in good shape for a decent amount of time.

    Stay safe, my friends, and keep an eye on your health...

    Jerry, aka hairwing530

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