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  1. Light for Curing UV Glue

    I'm going to break down an start using UV Glue products for fly tying. There are lots of UV flashlights for curing UV products with prices ranging from ten bucks to considerably more than that. Does anyone have recommendations for a light that will work well for fly tying UV glues? I don't mind spending a few dollars more for something that is going to do the job. Thanks, Alan
  2. Plunk Your Fly

    I like it. I will have tie some up. What is great about using Angel Hair on flies is that no matter hard I try to prevent it, the Angel Hair gets distributed throughout the house and leaves sparkly stuff in the carpeting. The sparkly stuff in the carpeting drives my wife crazy. It doesn't bother me a bit.
  3. Strike Indicators

    I use both indicators and floats or whatever you want to call them. Yarn type indicators work well for trout fishing or panfishing where high buoyancy is not critical. With yarn indicators, fish do feel much resistance when they suck in a fly or nymph. Floats like Thingamabobbers or foam indicators work well for suspending a fly. Using floats with a right angle hook works well, especially when I have enough patience to use them the right way. I really like Airflo Strike indicators. It is easy to adjust the depth with the Airflo indicators and they do not kink up the leader like the thingamabobbers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDwTz7VnqLU
  4. Line Choice for Barbless Hooks

    Last year I spooled up a spinning reel, which I use occasionally, with 10 lb mono line. I found that I could not get good hook sets with a 7 foot medium light spinning rod. The hooking results were better using a 6 1/2 foot medium spinning rod which is much stiffer. In general, I felt that I lost more fish due to poor hook sets with the mono line than I did with braid. I just didn't like the mono line so I went back to Power Pro braided line. I usually tie on a fluorocarbon leader, which provides some stretch in the setup. I have not had problems with losing fish, especially with the medium light rod.
  5. Rain, Rain, Rain

    According to the USGS web site, the South Branch of the Kishwaukee river rose 6 feet since yesterday. It is going to be a while before the river is fishable. I have fished the Kish once this year, and it was really too high to fish then. Yuck.
  6. fisherman drowns on the kankakee

    That is horrible news and it is something that could happen to any of us. I feel bad for Mike's family and friends. Be careful out there and keep your wading belts tight. Consider using a wading staff. Don't ever take the river for granted.
  7. Caught in a sieve

    Yikes!!!! I like whitewater rafting but that seems a bit extreme for my tastes.

    I will bring fruit salad. I hope that no one gets mad at me for bringing something healthy.
  9. Openings for ISA Road Trip

    Scott, Are the two openings for August 24 to August 26th still open? I will swap the dates that have on the 13th and 14th and John Loebach and will take the 24th to the 26th. Let me know. Alan
  10. ISA Road Trip 2016

    Scott, Put me down for two days as long as it can be during the week of August 13th.
  11. fly line question

    It could be that the fly fisherman that you ran into had a sinking/sink tip line for his seven weight rod and not for his six weight rod. I have a 5 foot sink tip line for my six weight rod and a 10 foot sink tip line for my seven weight rod along with an intermediate line for my seven weight. I also carry sinking leaders to use when I am on the water with a floating line and I want to get flies down in the water column quickly. Fly fishing can get complicated if you let it.
  12. 4th Monday tying new date recap

    I'll be there.
  13. Optogeekology 101

    Good sunglasses are important for fishing. Last year I purchased a pair of Cocoons Photochromic sunglasses to fit over my prescription sunglasses. I bought these glasses with amber lenses to replace an older pair of amber lens Cocoons that were scratched up after years of use. http://www.cocoonsusa.com/photochromic/ The Photochromic Cocoons with the amber lenses seem to work better in low light than the older pair that were polarized without the lenses. These are the glasses that I wear for most of my fishing. I prefer a pair of grey lens Cocoons for driving or fishing in bright, sunny weather. The downside to Cocoons is that they are not the greatest looking glasses. At this point in my life, I would rather look like the geek that I am and spend money on more fly rods than buy expensive but better looking polarized, graduated bifocal prescription sunglasses.
  14. rotary vice recommendations

    I have had a Peak vise for quite a while. I like it but with the standard jaws it does slip with hooks larger than size 2 and it is not the best vise for tying deer hair bass bugs. I have used it to tie trout flies as small as size 16 I have not not bothered to replace the Peak Vise or get the jaws made for larger hooks because I don't tie that many flies larger than size 2.
  15. Would you call this a fly?

    I would call it a lure. It looks like a beetle spin and it would be more to fun to fish that particular beetle spin on a light spinning rod than with a fly rod. Casting that thing on a fly rod would put some serious line twist in your leader. It could also do some damage to your fly rod tip. Using a double haul with that lure on a fly rod ought to generate enough line speed to make some very interesting noises. I saw a TV show a few years ago where Larry Dahlberg was fishing a lake in Canada for ice out pike. There were three people fishing in a small aluminum boat. All three anglers were using big bunny leech flies tied on 3/0 hooks and they were using light spinning rods to catch bunches of large pike. It was a windy day, too. You certainly couldn't have three people fishing with fly rods using those big, heavy bunny leeches in a small boat in the wind. It looked like fun to me despite that fact they they were using spinning rods to fish flies.