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Crockett
12-24-2010, 01:12 PM
My wife Amanda had this sign made and gave it to me last night I love it! Got it hanging on the wall now so I can admire it but plan on putting a hanging rope or chain on the top of it and hanging it at the campsite this year when front country camping.
http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/CrockettCreek/Misc/100_2826.jpg

She got me this "shug saw" (after Shug Emery the hammock camping guy) its a Gerber but not sure of the model I always call them Shug Saws. My friend Mundele had one and I loved them cause they are super light weight and cut really good:

http://i284.photobucket.com/albums/ll9/CrockettCreek/Misc/100_2828.jpg

Got some flyweight II waders too I must have been good this year lol.

So what did you all get?

kentuckytroutbum
12-24-2010, 01:32 PM
Cool Christmas gifts! Its great to have a spouse that supports our hobby/passion. I know that I'm blessed. :smile:

Merry Christmas.

Bill

Streamhound
12-25-2010, 03:42 PM
I have been blessed with family/dog and friends. My wife got me a lucky cap and my dog got me an ornament with a royal wulff fly in it.

Knothead
12-25-2010, 04:14 PM
I must have been good this year
We fooled the old guy again, didn't we? I got a new camera, Nikon Coolpix P203, as my wife always carries the digital camera so we won't forget it for pictures of grandkids. She got tired of me borrowing her camera to take pictures. Now I can take pictures of lots of things- fish, rods, scenery, etc. and post them.

JoeFred
12-25-2010, 07:13 PM
The first gift I opened given to me by my bride of 44 years was a nice pair of hiking poles. The message could have been... "go take a hike." But since she also gave me some bear spray and a bell, I took that to mean it would be okay to return. :smile:

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread14710_pic1.jpg
I'm blessed.

JF

spotlight
12-25-2010, 11:51 PM
Good stuff Adam love the sign that will look good hanging at your camp in Elkmont! glad you got some waders....is it Spring yet?

jeffnles1
12-26-2010, 01:54 AM
Nothing fishing related here. I got parts to build a rifle over the winter (actually, a flintlock smoothbore fowler), and a purple Fender American Standard Strat. The Strat isn't new (2000 model) but it's new to me. Eric Clapton doesn't have much competition from me but it's fun to make noise with the thing.:smile:

Love the sign. So far, some pretty cool gifts.

Jeff

Crockett
12-26-2010, 10:52 AM
Jeff a Flintlock that is cool! Kevin you need to post those pics of what you got wow.

Knothead
12-26-2010, 12:22 PM
I'm with Crockett. Post some pictures. Not many people use flintlocks anymore. Most use the modern in-line front stuffers.

Rog 1
12-26-2010, 12:43 PM
Picked up a Brodin Firehold net from the Big Guy and best of all a promise from my son for a fishing trip in the back country before he heads off to college next summer.

Crockett
12-26-2010, 01:39 PM
The first gift I opened given to me by my bride of 44 years was a nice pair of hiking poles. The message could have been... "go take a hike." But since she also gave me some bear spray and a bell, I took that to mean it would be okay to return. :smile:

http://www.smokystreams.com/mbpics/thread14710_pic1.jpg
I'm blessed.

JF

Fred +1 on the bear spray but you can't wear that bear bell cause 1) you might not get to see as many bears which is one of the true treats and treasures of being in the mountains and 2) you will hear lots of snickering after you pass folks on the trail!

jeffnles1
12-26-2010, 04:55 PM
I'm with Crockett. Post some pictures. Not many people use flintlocks anymore. Most use the modern in-line front stuffers.

I haven't started the one I got for Christmas yet.

Here's one I built last winter. It's a .58 calibre and I copied it off of an original that was made in the early 1760's in PA.
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Marshall/PA020006.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Marshall/PA020014.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Marshall/PA020009.jpg
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Marshall/PA020018.jpg

Here's the purple Strat I picked up a couple weeks ago (my christmas present from me to me).
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Strat/PC260012.jpg

jeffnles1
12-26-2010, 04:58 PM
Picked up a Brodin Firehold net from the Big Guy and best of all a promise from my son for a fishing trip in the back country before he heads off to college next summer.

Rog,
So far, sounds like you got the best present. A back country fishing trip with your son before he heads off to college is absolutely priceless!

Crockett
12-26-2010, 07:41 PM
Jeff that rifle is truly a work of art!

Grannyknot
12-26-2010, 08:12 PM
I got an 8pc fiberglass 3 weight, a massive aquatic entomology book, & some socks.

501
12-26-2010, 08:22 PM
Picked up a Brodin Firehold net from the Big Guy and best of all a promise from my son for a fishing trip in the back country before he heads off to college next summer.

Cherish every moment of your trip with your son. You are indeed a lucky man!
I am green with envy.

Lee

jeffnles1
12-27-2010, 01:17 AM
Jeff that rifle is truly a work of art!

Crockett - Thanks! I have a little over 200 hours in building that one.

Jeff

rivergal
12-27-2010, 09:04 AM
Jeff your flintlock is a work of art ! Flintlocks were the firearms of the frontier.
Black powder smoke is the smell of freedom. Squirrel hunters became patriots.

JoeFred
12-27-2010, 10:51 AM
Here's the purple Strat I picked up a couple weeks ago (my christmas present from me to me).
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b110/jeffnles1/Strat/PC260012.jpg

Jeff, very nice rifle.
Does the Strat kick?:smile:

JF

ifish4wildtrout
12-27-2010, 01:38 PM
I got myself one of them lightweight fancy fast drying fishing shirts.

Streamhound
12-27-2010, 04:38 PM
So does this mean you'll look like a real fisherman?

spotlight
12-27-2010, 08:10 PM
This don't hold a candle to the flintlock! but to me it's the holy grail of fly rods kinda like the kid Ralphie in the Christmas Story with the Daisy Red Ryder BB gun....only Daniel didn't tell me you'll shoot your eye out kid....My new Korker Chrome wading boots wont be here until tomorrow.http://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad342/spotlight722/P5040002.jpghttp://i950.photobucket.com/albums/ad342/spotlight722/P5040006.jpg

MadisonBoats
12-27-2010, 09:00 PM
I got another day of life on this World. I just hope God gives me many more to fish and to share with my family! I really wish we could get away from giving monetary gifts and spend more time writing letters of love/appreciation and making things from the heart and soul for one another. It took many years for me to learn to appreciate the value of a gift and the answer is so simple=the sacrifice and love of the giver.:rolleyes:

spotlight
12-27-2010, 09:06 PM
Ooops I left out the part where I bought these gifts for myself hard work pays off once again. Very touching post...

foureyes
12-27-2010, 10:21 PM
My wife surprised me with this on Christmas morning. Something that I have always wanted but probably would have never actually purchased.

http://i1101.photobucket.com/albums/g435/foureyes2020/newwagoneer.jpg



I'm a lucky guy to have her. I'm talking about the wife not the jeep : )

Cheers,

Josh
Chattanooga, TN

spotlight
12-27-2010, 10:42 PM
You don't see many of those Wagoneers that clean left. What a sweet ride!

Knothead
12-28-2010, 08:24 PM
Are you going to put one of those rod racks inside on the roof? That is a nice Jeep. They don't make them like the used to!

jeffnles1
12-29-2010, 01:57 AM
Jeff, very nice rifle.
Does the Strat kick?:smile:

JF

Joe,
The rifle kicks pretty good but the Strat has more of a bite :smile:

Yes, the Strat does sound pretty sweet.

Jeff

GrouseMan77
12-29-2010, 10:27 AM
Spotlight - I've got that same Fishpond vest and love it.

Foureyes - that jeep is awesome. I've never really cared too much for jeeps byt those always turn my head.

JoeFred
12-29-2010, 10:54 AM
Fred +1 on the bear spray but you can't wear that bear bell cause 1) you might not get to see as many bears which is one of the true treats and treasures of being in the mountains and 2) you will hear lots of snickering after you pass folks on the trail!

Adam, on a straight away trail, I will simply drop the bell into the convenient mesh carrying pouch with the special tinker-silencing magnet in the bottom. But on trails with tight bends, I'll tinker away. Embarassing yes, but not really much more so than now with folks hearing me repeating out loud, "Yeah, I'm cool. Yeah, I'm cool." Can't sang or whistle very good. :smile:

JF

GrouseMan77
12-29-2010, 11:26 AM
But on trails with tight bends, I'll tinker away.
:p:p:p:p:p:p:p

gmreeves
12-29-2010, 02:46 PM
Just now seeing this thread. That rifle is amazing!!!

I got a cheap bandsaw for Christmas and hope to make a few landing nets over the next couple of months. Should be fun to play with. I just have to remember to not touch that whirling blade!

JoelO
12-29-2010, 07:17 PM
Great gifts everyone. I love toys as much as anyone (Santa brought me a new 3X9 Zeiss Conquest scope for my rifle) but Shawn said it best...some of my most cherished gifts are the hand made ones. Not a Christmas gift, but my older brother built me a beautiful fly tying station for my 50th b-day last year...I guess he's hoping I'll keep him stocked in flies! :biggrin:

gmreeves
12-30-2010, 09:39 AM
Yep I agree. I got a lathe as a gift last year for Christmas and spun up several gifts throughout the year and for this years Christmas. I'm hoping the table saw will be able to build my repertoire of possible gifts.

MadisonBoats
12-30-2010, 11:04 AM
Yep I agree. I got a lathe as a gift last year for Christmas and spun up several gifts throughout the year and for this years Christmas. I'm hoping the table saw will be able to build my repertoire of possible gifts.

Man, I have wanted a lathe for some time. Do you have a wood working lathe or metal working lathe. I would love to have both. One for making nice walking canes and the other for fabrication components. I have seen the combination lathe/mills and wondered if anyone has ever had any success with them at a project level....?

Rodonthefly
12-30-2010, 11:04 AM
I got the gift of sweet baby Jesus, who later died for my sins!

gmreeves
12-30-2010, 11:52 AM
Good on you Rod.

I just have a wood lathe that lets me turn my cork grips, reel seat inserts, and a few other odds and ends that make good gifts like pens, bottle stoppers, turkey calls, handles for other tools, christmas ornaments, the list is pretty much endless.

I've wanted a metal lathe to make reel seat hardware and ferrules but I just don't have the money or the space and really the time to learn how to do it but I would love to try.

Knothead
12-30-2010, 12:01 PM
FWIW, lathes are the cheapest part. Wood or metal, the accessories, tools, cutting tools, etc. really add up. Shawn, there are a number of websites that carry new and used machinery. Just search a particular word/words and go for it.

I got the gift of sweet baby Jesus, who later died for my sins!
The reason for the season!

gmreeves
12-30-2010, 12:19 PM
You are definately right Knothead! My mother does a lot of quilting and I recently saw someone who made handles to hold seam rippers. I thought that would make a cool little gift. To do the job, I wanted to be able to drill on the lathe and needed a different chuck to correctly hold the piece. Parts for the seam ripper, about $2.00. Chucks and Collets, over $100.

JoeFred
01-01-2011, 01:56 AM
Fred +1 on the bear spray but you can't wear that bear bell cause 1) you might not get to see as many bears which is one of the true treats and treasures of being in the mountains and 2) you will hear lots of snickering after you pass folks on the trail!

Adam, you are so right about getting see bear in the backcountry. In '09 I got to see a female and two cubs cross the trail about 20 yards away as I was descending the upper part of Porters Creek Trail. It was after a rain shower and the mist just added to the experience. I don't think she saw me, but instead was eyeing two hikers coming up the trail.

JF