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    It's easier to get the hook out of a fish's mouth...

    It's easier to get the hook out of a fish's mouth when you've got it in a net. I attach one part of a magnetic net release to the bow of the net with a zip tie, and the other half of the net release...
  2. spring creek trout fishing in the Driftless Area of southwest Wisconsin

    The southwest corner of Wisconsin is the largest part of what is known as the Driftless Area. Smaller parts of the Driftless Area are located in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. The Wisconsin portion...
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    Fly tying is an expensive pursuit that is...

    Fly tying is an expensive pursuit that is probably not worth it unless you are tying flies for resale. I found this out after tying for several years. You have to tie a lot of flies to get good at...
  4. Minnesota teenage fly fisherman catches 45.25-inch pike on a fly!

    Check this out:

    https://www.foxnews.com/great-outdoors/minnesota-teens-northern-pike-catch-breaks-state-record

    Caught on a fly!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!
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    beavers in Abrams spring creek

    Are there beavers in Abrams spring creek? There are a lot of deadfalls and what could be the beginnings of beaver dams in a few places, or they could be accumulations of debris washed there by...
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    I bought 15 lbs. of 3/8 chain (about 11 feet)...

    I bought 15 lbs. of 3/8 chain (about 11 feet) today, cut into approximately 3-foot lengths, which I have put on a quick-link. We'll see how it works. I have a 15-lb river anchor as well. I will look...
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    How much should the 3-foot and wad-o-chain weigh...

    How much should the 3-foot and wad-o-chain weigh each? Do you use the wad-o-chain in generation flows, or something else?
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    What are the specs on that wad-of-chain anchor?

    What are the specs on that wad-of-chain anchor?
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    anchor rigging

    Shawn,

    What do you think of running the anchor rope through a carabiner attached to the bow eye so that the rope pulls the bow up instead of down?

    SMCTrout
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    Shawn, Thanks for the advice. Already picked up...

    Shawn,
    Thanks for the advice. Already picked up the davit at the Gander Mountain going-out-of business sale, among other things. All I need is a pulley and something to mount the davit on.
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    anchor rigging for aluminum V-hull boat

    Based on Shawn Madison's reasoned advocacy of aluminum V-hull boats, I bought one. How have people rigged their anchors? Fancy pulley systems or just drop it off the bow and tie off? All advice...
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    Hugh, Would you mind posting the recipe for the...

    Hugh,
    Would you mind posting the recipe for the Giant Yellow Stonefly nymph?

    Thanx,
    smctrout
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    Need to tie some Yellow Sally stonefly nymphs. My...

    Need to tie some Yellow Sally stonefly nymphs. My information is that the nymph is a size 10, the abdomen is yellow, and the back (top) is imitated with brown mottled turkey. What about colors of the...
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    Found the answer to my question:...

    Found the answer to my question: tps://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring

    Posted for the benefit of other readers

    smctrout
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    air travel to other states

    I am flying to Montana soon. Has anyone had any problems with TSA over carrying tackle in carry-on luggage? I am thinking of nippers, knot-tying tools, flies, scissor-forceps and similar items with...
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    dubbing for sulphur dries on SoHo in May

    I would appreciate suggestions for the best commercially-available dubbing for sulphur dries on the SoHo in May. I understand that there are a couple of different "sulphurs" that hatch on the SoHo,...
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    emergency radios

    A few months ago I met a saltwater guide from Florida in Townsend. He was carrying a handheld transceiver which operates on certain ham radio bands. He told me that he could use it in an emergency in...
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    Dai-Riki vs TMC hooks

    Dai-Riki hooks appear to be substantially less expensive than TMC hooks. Are Dai-Riki hooks inferior to TMC, or a bargain?
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    mystery (to me) shoal

    There is another shoal downstream of Coldwater Shoals that seemed a bit tricky to me when I floated it with a guide in June. There was one generator running, and the water was pretty rough. It would...
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    Johnson Shoals

    Shawn,

    Is Johnson Shoals downstream from Coldwater Shoals? I am familiar with Coldwater Shoals, but I have only floated the Clinch once on only one generator. I do not know the name of the shoal...
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    Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas guides

    I have fished with Danny Snapp of Grassy Flats Charters a few times. He knows the waters in the Panama City Beach area, including Port St. Joe/Cape San Blas, well. He has Facebook and webpages:
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    navigating the Clinch

    I'm getting ready to take my aluminum 14-ft semi-V boat down the Clinch for the first time. My outboard isn't working, so I'm planning to float from Peach Orchard to the 61 bridge and take out there....
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    request for pictures

    Mr. Congleton,

    How about some pictures of your Cumby boat?
  24. Thread: caney fork

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    Floated the Caney Fork on Sept. 29 with Mike...

    Floated the Caney Fork on Sept. 29 with Mike Adams (guide) from Johnson City and a longtime friend/former prof/flyfishing-tying mentor. We had planned to fish the South Holston, but the water was too...
  25. leeroysramblings

    leeroysramblings is back up. Suggest that you save any pages that interest you. There is some good info about anchoring in addition to the motor maintenance pages.
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