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    Today, 06:47 PM
    I learned a very simple tie years ago here in Alaska. Take a marabou feather _ leave the tip fibers but strip one side of the quill from below the...
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    Today, 12:16 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Best fly rods of all time in Fly Rods
    Since he failed to mention the early Orvis graphite rods (circa 1974) I question his authority. He names the Leonard Model 50 as if this were a rod...
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    Yesterday, 11:47 PM
    I like the fact that you are using 12 pound for streamer fishing regardless of the source of the tippet material. I have used mono targeted for...
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    Yesterday, 05:00 PM
    Is it just me or are these pictures missing for everyone? The lack of images made it hard to relate to the point of the post for me. When you say...
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    Yesterday, 02:21 PM
    I was doing a little catch up reading on the thread to see what everyone had added since I was here last. The quote reminds me a little of my life, I...
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    01-20-2018, 03:09 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Show us Your Photography in The Lodge Den
    I'd like to thank our current contributors to this thread for keeping it going with such beautiful images. Of all the theads in all the various sub...
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    01-20-2018, 12:00 AM
    Hi Steve, I don't have that particular Sage but I do have some Hardy Swift rods in 11 1/2 foot 7 weights. I use them for medium size water and...
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    01-19-2018, 11:51 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Princes in Fly Reels
    Unless you turn to the Marquis series reels there are only 2 larger ones in the Lightweight Series. Larger than the Princess are the St. Aidan & St....
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    01-19-2018, 08:37 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Princes in Fly Reels
    The only way I know 100 yards is if I have a 100 yard spool, most of my stuff has been on bulk 1200 yard spools so I got one of these..... Click...
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    01-19-2018, 08:27 PM
    Hi James, If you are looking for early examples of graphite from American manufacturers I would point to Orvis and H.L. Leonard as being the first...
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    01-19-2018, 02:37 PM
    That part about the recovery of the old timber is right on! The outfit that was 'mining' it from the Susquehanna was from Long Island NY I think I...
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    01-19-2018, 02:12 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Princes in Fly Reels
    Hi Richard, I'm one of those cats who likes the spool filled when the line is fully retrieved, based on the OP I figure that is what he is...
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    01-19-2018, 03:05 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Princes in Fly Reels
    Hi, If we're talking about a Hardy Princess then fill the arbor with backing until you have the first row of perforations covered. Look at the...
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    01-19-2018, 12:31 AM
    What an outstanding post! You'll forgive me I hope but I was expecting a link to a video or something but this was a pleasant surprise Henry just...
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    01-18-2018, 06:16 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Ice Dub in General Fly Tying Discussions
    Hi Steve, I use a lot of ice dub making my salmon flies. I don't know what size fly you're making but I don't split thread. I just throw a loop...
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    01-18-2018, 02:33 PM
    I'd have to say that the large part of the time I've spent fishing things were pretty well under control and safe. Reading Rob's original post...
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    01-18-2018, 12:22 AM
    Another Renzetti Traveler user here, like Sparsegraystubble I picked one up in 1994. At that time I still tied on both a Thompson model A and one of...
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    01-17-2018, 10:31 PM
    Just to update, Things have remained the same here with the high being 41* today January 17th. I drove to Anchorage today and the coldest spot I...
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    01-16-2018, 02:18 PM
    Maybe it means something and maybe not, as far as I know I still have the first 2 attempts at making a fly. I'm really not a hoarder, I just tend to...
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    01-14-2018, 04:53 PM
    You need to look into vintage sub divisions where there are old style Bi Level and Split Level style homes built in the mid 1970's through the late...
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    01-14-2018, 01:12 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Powell fly rods, in Fiberglass Fly Rods
    Tim pretty well provided more than I ever knew about the rods. A friend of mine from NY. who was a collector had some of their rods. That was in the...
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    01-13-2018, 04:14 PM
    For years now I've been posting extremes with regard to winter weather here in South Central Alaska. Specifically conditions in the Interior or in my...
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    01-13-2018, 01:53 AM
    Welcome to the forum, if I may I'd like to suggest you give a first name and maybe add your general location to your posting details. Those 2 things...
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    01-12-2018, 07:27 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Yeti at it again... in Other Gear
    I don't know that I'll get 4 of them but I may get one. Over the past six years I've spent an easy 500 on camp chairs and all but one has issues at...
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    01-12-2018, 07:16 PM
    You betcha Larry, I sat there right in front of the fire watching the thermometer for any signs of warming. When it hit 15 degrees I took off my...
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    01-12-2018, 04:45 PM
    Ard replied to a thread 6 wt line for streamers in Fly Lines
    Thanks for the nod :) I seldom use the single hand rods any more but for many years relied on either WF or DT lines by Scientific Anglers. I would...
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    01-12-2018, 03:19 PM
    Gaining 3:47 / 24 here right now and it becomes more noticeable by the 21st. I just came back from the cabin yesterday and longer days are what I...
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    01-12-2018, 01:12 PM
    Hi, With a 12'6" rod I'm not surprised that you were comfortable with the Scandi line. You may find that these long rods are much like single hand...
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    01-12-2018, 02:33 AM
    I'll be first to admit that I never would have thought of that in a million years. I'm probably not going to start working on one for myself but...
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I am an avid fly fisherman that has been tying since age 10. I have fished all over the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S., but have found nothing that matches Alaska....yet. Along with my father-in-law I run a small booking agency, "4 Points International Fishing", for trips to AK and Costa Rica. I run a Fly Fishing Club at the high school I teach in, and give presentations to various civic groups like the Cub Scouts. I have a wonderful wife and one awesome daughter. Someday I will actually cross the Mississippi River to fish the Continental West, but until then I'll keep casting where ever I am and its wet enough to float a line.
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