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  1. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Santa brought me the Dennison Research Products blood knot tier. I just got done making a leader. This tool makes tying blood knots about a million times easier and neater. it's relatively cheap too. 10 or 15 bucks. I tried making a tool out of alligator clamps. Don't bother, this is easier.
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    Winter Solstice

    Thankfully. This is hard on me. I go to work and come in darkness. I try to go outside at lunch for at least 30 minutes and get some sunlight.
  3. Mark K

    Des Plaines River Help

    Salt Creek is supposed to be good. I fished it a long time ago, but closer to the Zoo. Caught a few smallies.
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    Des Plaines River Help

    Here is a link to all the stream gauges by county. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/il/nwis/current/?type=flow I think 05532600 might be the closest.
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    Terrafin Wet Wade boot

    I used to have these: https://www.orvis.com/p/wet-wading-shoe/28xa They were terrific....so naturally they got discontinued. :-( !@#$ Since...I have been using a Simms bootie in regular wading boots, I have narrow feet and they don't fit me well and beet the crap out of my toes, but other than that they worked if you have normal feet they would have worked fine. Since then I just used a Columbia hiking boot with the bootie and that was kind of slippery on slimy rocks, but really comfortable- other than neoprene in summer.. I was thinking about screwing sheet metal screws in the sole for a better grip. That works for running shoes on ice.
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    Terrafin Wet Wade boot

    What makes them a "wet wading" boot?
  7. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-and-army-propose-new-waters-united-states-definition Article in Scientific American. https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/trump-administration-redefines-waters-of-the-u-s/
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    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    I can tie back to back to uni's in my sleep. That's a great knot.
  9. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    typo-lot neater and wearier> should be "easier" wearier.
  10. Mark K

    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    Thanks. I made a tool like this https://www.hookandbullet.com/gear/fly-fishing-leaders-tippets/frog-hair-blood-knot-tool/ It makes the whole thing a lot neater and wearier. But overall I think that 40-30lb connection and the next one is way too big. I am going to experiment with this stuff and a smaller knot. https://www.amazon.com/Loon-Outdoors-UV-Knot-Sense/dp/B01EONA0R6 It's like 30lb test- how freaking strong a knot do you really need!!??
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    Clouser Leader Kit- Any Interest?

    I tied a few, before running into a problem with my left hand. I have been noodling around with a guitar which is what I think caused it. Actually had my hand "lock up" tying blood knots, specifically that muscle controls your pinky abductor digiti minimus. This goes back a couple months and it's still bugging me. My hand actually starts pulsing where you can see the muscle spasming like an alien is going to spring out.. That happens out of the blue. It pretty freaky. I don't find the blood knot tough, especially with a jig I made. I think it's hard to get the spacing right. I casted one I made and it laid out a bug just fine. The first knot is gigantic, I can guarantee it would be a nightmare in the Kank in floating weeds, but again anything is. I think I am going to try the Rob suggestion.
  12. I know. weird name. I stumbled on these looking up some of Japanese tackle. These look like pretty cool designed bags and they are not outrageously expensive. That one looks big, especially for wading but they have a bunch. http://www.lsd-designs.co.jp/l_original.html Looks like they are under 50 bucks with 16 bucks to ship. https://www.ichibantackle.com/products/c6-SECOND-HAND-REEL-TUNE-UP-PARTS/
  13. Mark K

    Finesse-Fishing.com

    Cool forum. Thanks for the heads up.
  14. Mark K

    Finesse-Fishing.com

    I have been looking up stuff about ultralight fishing and came across this site. Gear intended for the "JDM", japan domestic market. Really nice gear, priced accordingly. Should not shock fly fisherman pricewise. Pretty cool stuff though. https://www.finesse-fishing.com/
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    Better see some reports

    My report is that a snowstorm occurring on a Monday morning rush in Chicago is an unholy plague. :-(
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