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  1. Are Stealth Cougars addictive? Something made me do it. In a whole bag of Guinea I found just two that were right for the job. BTW I am beginning to think that the White one is a good snowflake imitation. BlackStCougarsv by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr BlackStCougar3 by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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    monthly isa tying

    Sounds like a great fly. Please get some pictures. I can't make the event.
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    Wader Repair

    UV cure glue would work. Actually the UV cure glue I use on flies is marked as a wader repair product. Then, logically, 2 part epoxy would also work since it is similar. I never used shoe goo as a patch.
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    Good Read

    Are we there yet?
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    Kayak Name

    Great Idea to name your boat. I have a homemade canoe named after the African Wildebeest, the Gnu for short. Two other boats came with the name already on them-Wenonah and Lowe. When you get a faster kayak, Terry, name it Liquor, because "Brandy is dandy, but liquor is quicker."
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    Lefty Kreh

    We owe a lot to Lefty. He is up there with all some great outdoor writers like Ray Bergman, AJ McClane, and Tom McNally, all of whom kept my interest in fly fishing alive over the years. Lefty did so much that it is hard to put it all in a nutshell. He put it in his Bug. Lefty’s Bug LeftyBugOrig by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Here’s what it says. This is a bug you can make yourself with easily obtained materials. Lefty came up with it when he was a guide on the Potomac. He needed a bug that beginners could handle and cast all day. You do not need a Black Belt in One Handed Skagit Casting to catch bass on this one. Fly fishing is for e everyone. I forgot to mention that Lefty is also an internet star. A Google search will call up countless articles, blogs and videos. Recently I rediscovered the link to the classic video of Lefty tying his signature Deceiver, showing above. I think this song fits.
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    Lefty Kreh

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    Speaking of Lefty

    Here's an update on the Godfather from a recent Midcurrent. Lefty Kreh Update: I spoke to Lefty for almost an hour this morning and he sounded great. Since there have been so many questions about his health, he asked that we publish this short note: “God and my doctor have given me an extension. Some weeks ago I was put in home hospice care with three medical problems and it was assumed I’d be here a short time. Word about it went on the Internet and my computer and iPhone were flooded with wonderful and humbling messages. I read every one but regretfully wasn’t able to reply to most. My granddaughter used Facebook to handle messages. My doctor and best friend experimented with medicines and said, ‘I going to try to keep you around.’ So far it’s working. I’m confined to my home, hooked to oxygen and have little stamina. My daughter and son are taking constant care of me and no father was more blessed. Several computer projects keep me busy. There have been been ups and downs with some additional surgery, which is slowly getting better. There is no guarantee on how long I’ll be here but am so humbled and grateful for all your wonderful messages. All The Best, Lefty” — Marshall Cutchin, MidCurrent
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    Any Rod Builders here

    I will be watching this since I have built a few in my time. I never gave it much consideration as a way to get rich quick. Millions of Americans, Canadians, Europeans, and Asians know how to build rods; so you are competing with the world market. For the three Gs - grass, glass, and graphite - the niches are overflowing. Unless you can come up with a miracle rod material or a miracle gadget, Ronald's is a better choice.
  10. My best memories of great Smallmouth fishing are the trips my father and I took every year for many years camping and fishing in the MN Boundary Waters and the adjoining Ont Quetico Park. I figure it won't be long before ISA sends an expedition up there. well, maybe. There's news about a foreign mining operation with big plans to mine right next to the park. Congressman Tom Emmer (R) MN is promoting a bill to allow the mining. Please read and act as you will. Those parks are Smallmouth treasures. https://midcurrent.com/2017/12/04/speak-out-for-the-boundary-waters/?utm_source=MidCurrent+Fly+Fishing+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=988fd0d639-MidCurrent_October_5_2017&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8efbf3b958-988fd0d639-18956357
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    Vintage Lures

    Quote me on this, "A bottle of wine is too good a thing to be enjoyed just once." Once the wine is gone give the bottle a new life as a candlestick. And more importantly give the cork a chance to enrich your fishing life. I am just beginning to see the possibilities in the corks I used to toss out. The new synthetic ones are especially intriguing. Elsewhere I have already exhibited my Prop Popper. Here's my new 2018 creation-the Roto-Popper. Rototail by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr If you want to get into this, here are my insights so far. Dark Day, dark wine cork; Light Day, light wine cork. Contrary to the opinion of French Chefs, red wine corks work very well on fish.
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    Good Read

    Tim Holschlag? John, can you compare it to Holschlag's book?
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    Who's tying what?

    stealth18 by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr The #18 is great for big Smallmouths. Fish it on a 1 wt. to catch a bucket of 4-6" Creek Chubs. Usethe shubs on a medium spinning rod to cach the Smallmouths. On a serious note. A good pattern is a good pattern. It can be scaled up and down to suit the fish you are after. Consider that the old classic Flatfish is still being made in sizes fron F-2 (1.0") to T60 (6.0"). Still catching. Better pic? Stealth18c by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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    Who's tying what?

    #18 Midge :-)
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    Who's tying what?

    Here you go. Stealthinches by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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    Who's tying what?

    Back to comment on how I did the foam. Originally I could find only two decent flank feathers in the whole bag of Mallard that I had. So I did not want to mess up. First I rewatched Woody's video on the Zoo Cougar a few times. Then I literally went to the drawing board to refine the template. Though Edmonds' template had served to make several squadrons of Stealths for me, I knew that it did not quite give me the diving collar to match the Cougar's. The sides of the triangle are set at too narrow of an angle. So I made a new template that set the sides at a 90 deg angle instead of the original 35 deg. That worked well on the White Stealth. I even had to trim the collar back since it extended too far down. You have the plans for the Atomic bug. Here is the template for the Stealth plane that goes with it. Stealth3-0greycw The tie of the foam is pretty much the same as Edmonds' original, though I practically eliminated the loop reducing it to a bump about the size of a 1/2 a pea right behind the tie down point for the head.
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    Who's tying what?

    John, that fly is always worth tying. for a long time there was a You Tube video of Lefty and Bob as a tag team tying the 1/2 &1/2. Sadly I can no longer find it. Maybe you and Rob could do one.
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    Who's tying what?

    Dang! Mark the date, 2/26/18, first test flight of the Stealth Cougar. Pilot considers it combat ready. Rob, please give me credit as a design consultant. Now are you going to break the news to Kelly? I will comment on tying the foam soon. I need to get a picture or two together.
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    Who's tying what?

    Stealth Cougar StealthCougar by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr Real Cougar Cougar by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr I can't take credit for this one. It is from Slide Inn MT. I used it to gauge proportions. StealthCougar3 by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr
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    Feedback to Bart

    In the Bulletin Bart asked for feedback on the new website. So what better place to put it than here. First I like it a lot. The notifications we get via eMail are a lot better since we get a preview of the message instead of a notice. I have figured out how to do almost all the things I did before. So far the only thing I miss are the archives of old newsletter issues. I archived the PDFs up to 2015 myself, but I have a gap in recent issues. That would be frosting on the cake.
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    Feedback to Bart

    PS I noticed the old members list is missing just now. So I can look at a members profile or pmail him only if I can work from a post. Awkward. That would be the cherry on the frosting.
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    New member intro

    Welcome Jim. First Smallmouth 65 years ago, Lazy Ike. Your best is yet to come.
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    Hand shaped balsa popper

    The idea of making poppers out of bottle corks could really catch on. LeftyBugOrig by Michael Gerharz, on Flickr I have a plopper in the design phase as you read this.
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    Hand shaped balsa popper

    There is another contest. Biggest fish caught on equipment bought with Green Stamps. I won't enter so someone else can win.
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    Hand shaped balsa popper

    Nice work John. I like the 13, the Oreno, and the Ike's. My goal when I was in my teens and 20s was to carve a Flatfish. I never got one that worked. Why, when I could buy a real one at the hardware store for $2-3.00? That seemed like a lot back then.
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