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    Today, 12:54 PM
    Just a few days ago I was speeding down a big river in my open hull ATEC Sockeye. The air was in the mid 40's and it was raining at 5:30 AM. Gear?...
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    Today, 12:31 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    Hi Tim, There's always the chance I had a rod that was somehow defective. By the time I purchased that one I was fairly good at putting things...
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    Today, 12:06 PM
    Hi Mike, If they are not pinned ferrules and if they are still tight when joined they may just have lost their grip on the shafts. You said they...
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    Today, 01:45 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    Hi Tim, Back then there were few choices when it came to lines, there was little thought given to over or underlining where I grew up and the rod...
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    Yesterday, 07:48 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Rods that suck! in Fly Rods
    Back in early 1979 I bought an eight foot Fenwick HMG 5 weight, at the time I had been fly casting for about 10 years and had most recently been...
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    Yesterday, 05:49 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    He got in just under the wire, the river was closed this morning at 6:00 AM to salmon fishing. No C&R no salmon fishing period. I went up and snooped...
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    Yesterday, 09:45 AM
    There are several threads posted as stickies in the Spey Fishing forums about getting flies down and the techniques work the same with single hand...
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    Yesterday, 03:09 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Friday = A day for me :) I've made a new head to help with the water levels and hope I might catch at least one. I haven't transferred the Raw images...
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    06-21-2018, 02:17 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Not the river you are thinking of Dewayne, that one is blown out big time, no records there and I'm not setting foot in that one for a few weeks by...
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    06-21-2018, 02:04 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Thanks Larry, Yesterday (Wednesday) he lost 2 as he was getting them to the net but we bagged ten successfully. It took 12 hours on the river but...
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    06-20-2018, 01:42 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Against All Odds; in General Discussion
    Another challenge, before I left the river last night I put a stick on a shore line stuck into the sand to act as my water level gauge. This morning...
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    06-19-2018, 01:17 AM
    That's how I felt Saturday night when I went to bed, I knew I had a fellow fishing for kings beginning on Sunday morning with the first cast to be...
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    06-16-2018, 08:29 PM
    I wouldn't sweat the sand, it's the pebbles that can be a bother. Get yourself a piece of rug to keep in car or truck for changing in and out. Ard
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    06-16-2018, 07:02 PM
    What brand of wader? Built in gravel guards or wraps? Try not to stand in really swift water, the current swirls around to your downstream side...
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    06-16-2018, 06:16 PM
    Hard to get anything past you Steve, remember the body suit he always wore?
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    06-16-2018, 03:50 PM
    I was reading a post from a guy who was expressing concern about the cast collapsing a bit as it reached the terminus. His post ask whether people...
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    06-16-2018, 03:32 PM
    Hi Steve, I don't get a lot of leapers but it happens. When it happens they usually repeat with several jumps in a row. If you notice that when a...
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    06-16-2018, 09:16 AM
    Hi Ed, SFF is The Salmon Fishing Forum UK. a forum specifically dedicated to salmon fishing. It is another of the Fish & Fly websites. Salmon...
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    06-15-2018, 08:17 PM
    I forgot the beer, I've found Mirror Pond IPA and Coors Gold in creeks and rivers as well as a can of Spam and full tackle boxes sunk in bad spots. I...
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    06-15-2018, 07:40 PM
    You must have missed the 'Have you ever found a fly rod' thread, I found an 8 foot Hardy with a perfect on it back in the 90's. It took nearly 5...
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    06-15-2018, 07:32 PM
    1995 after a high water on a spring creek I fished often I found this little Brodin net submerged and caught in a large Multiflora Rose bush along...
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    06-15-2018, 06:57 PM
    With a 5 weight I fish 10 or 12 pound level leader and change to a tapered leader for dry fly fishing, same line. A good habit to adopt when you fish...
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    06-15-2018, 06:52 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Confirmed its broke in General Discussion
    I saw your original post and now the aftermath of the fall, sorry you are having trouble. Like the poster above me I've had fractured ribs and it...
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    06-15-2018, 02:40 PM
    Hope springs eternal! Yesterday the weir passed 170 fish :cool: What that means is that in the 7 miles of river below the weir station there are...
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    06-15-2018, 02:28 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Cheap Ebay Fly Lines? in Fly Lines
    I'll never say never and that's based on a one time incident. About ten years ago I broke my Greys Platinum X 9'6" seven weight rod. Those were the...
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    06-15-2018, 01:03 PM
    I was hoping for levity and you give me that! Now where did I put that rope...................................
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My passion for fishing began when I was 6 years old upon my family moving to a house across the street from a creek. At 14, an angling relative gifted me a Sewell Dunton 8 rod for HDH, a Pfluger Medalist with Aircell line and a leader tying kit. I later supplemented this with a fly tying kit including a Thompson A vise from Herters. During a college summer break in the late 1960's, I loaded my little car with camping gear and cane rod and headed for Yellowstone Country which I had read tales about in the magazines since I was a kid. My education and subsequent life involvements remained in my native East but my heart was/is in the West. Since those college years three month long trips, I have missed only two July's camping along and fishing the rivers and streams of Idaho and Montana. Back in the early "fishing bum" days we would gather around campfires after the evening spinner falls and the friendships which evolved then have endured through the decades. Many of my fishing companions from back in the day have become outfitters, outdoor writers and tackle manufacturers but now our ranks are beginning to thin with each passing season. I still live in a tent camp during my annual month-long Western adventure and continue to explore and pursue mythical hidden spring creeks where the PMDs always emerge and the un-fished trout are huge.

Mayfly emergence seasons east and west do not last year round so over the years I included in my repertoire Atlantic salmon and steelhead fishing and saltwater fishing both up north for striped bass and migrating false albacore and, in warmer climes, for tropical flats species. During the 80's I developed a particular love for bonefish...which persists and continues to intensify. My wife fishes too and our home is over run by leaning cardboard boxes full of fly rods old and new and our living room perpetually resembles a spider's web of fly line and leader rigging activity. An inveterate experimenter, no new knot does not get tied and no new line does not get tried. Every year a couple of new sweet and salt water rods find their way into our inventory.

Many of my friends, even the ardent fly fishers among them, think I am over the top but that is what facilitates taking the time to enjoy participating in the North American Fly Fishing Forum. I strive to be objective and explanatory in my opinions which are founded on my personal experience and comparative analysis of tackle and technique. Though we are on the Internet, I fact-check data whenever there is reasonable doubt, often directly with sources in the fly tackle industry, none of whom I have a professional relationship with.
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