Gilbey

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    fishing, raising kids, home improvements
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  1. Hi Gooner. Yes, absolutely. The denser you pack the head, the more buoyant it will be. A slightly lighter hook can also help if that is your desired effect. I find many times the strikes occur on the pause as the fly rises in the water column. Good luck! Alan
  2. Last night I set up my hives in an area of some fruit trees near my garden. I have 8 or 10 assorted apple and pear trees that are just starting to bloom. Bees arrive on Friday. My assistant and I will acclimate them to their new home that afternoon!
  3. I thought this might get more interest in the DIY forum rather than getting lost in the Tavern. Here is a copy and paste from the Tavern thread, and I will update on this one. There seemed to be some interest.... In case anyone is interested I thought I would update my progress. I ordered by two hives (nucs) of bees a couple months ago which will be delivered this coming weekend. Yesterday with some help from my son we assembled and painted the hive boxes (supers) and assembled 40 frames. They are ready to go and will be placed out near my garden and orchard one evening this week. Looking forward to getting into this hobby .
  4. For tippets 5X and under I use a 7 turn clinch knot. For mono to mono of similar sizes I use a 5 turn blood knot in material smaller than 2x. For thicker material I back off the turns on both knots. Be sure to moisten your knots, makes a huge difference.
  5. Yep, my bees were delayed two weeks too. I'll try to get some pics of the bees going into the hives this coming weekend.
  6. In case anyone is interested I thought I would update my progress. I ordered by two hives (nucs) of bees a couple months ago which will be delivered this coming weekend. Yesterday with some help from my son we assembled and painted the hive boxes (supers) and assembled 40 frames. They are ready to go and will be placed out near my garden and orchard one evening this week. Looking forward to getting into this hobby .
  7. DG, this should be a daily post! I would love to see "In the Drop Net Today" everyday! Cool stuff! Alan
  8. Well heaven knows I would use it a LOT more for casting than I do for actually catching any fish!
  9. I'm not sure I would want to look to glass for demanding saltwater applications, but I own a couple old glass trout rods, and I do still enjoy them from time to time. I keep getting a Cabela's pop up add for a sale price on their glass rods, and I would be lying if I said my mouse finger isn't a little twitchy when I see that 6'3" 2 Wt. Alan
  10. I took my dog for a run yesterday and thought I would take a couple pics of the heron colony I was talking about. There are about 15 nests, and the herons were very active. They were not happy I was taking pics, or maybe it was my spaniel they didn't like . Cool stuff.
  11. Here's a few pics of my current backyard set up. I needed to upgrade my old coop, and I had plans to build one from the ground up. But before I did, I searched CL looking for options. It's kinda crazy the prices people are charging for used coops or "chicken tractors" as they are called. $1500 - $2000 was pretty common. I thought outside the box and found this kids playhouse that a guy down the road was getting rid of cheap. I bought it for $100. With some paint and trim work it cleaned up nicely. I cut in a chicken door and added 5 laying boxes on the side. I bought a trailer axle and a couple tires, a 4" x 4" and a hitch coupling. I wouldn't take in on the road at highway speeds, but with my tractor I can move it around pretty easily. As I mentioned we have major issues with foxes and hawks, so I built this caged in run for the girls to get some outdoor time, grass, scratch, dirt baths, etc. It's just framed with PT 2" x 2" and 2" x 4". The walls and floor are wire mesh, and the roof is plastic netting. So far this has been bullet proof. The run is on wheels which can be deployed as needed. Two guys can move the whole rig in 15 minutes. I can do it alone with my tractor if needed. Best tasting eggs ever!
  12. BLilly gives good advice. I've kept a backyard flock of 8 to 24 hens for about 10 years. Without question the foxes are the worst here in central NJ. Twice I have had them break in and kill every single hen, leave with one and leave the rest dead on the ground. WTH? The hawks are a problem too, but they at least only take one at a time. Last fall I built a mobile coop and chicken run that so far has been critter proof. I have a big meadow, and they get moved around every other week to get new ground to scratch. When I am home I will often let them free range, but it is risky, although the benefits are huge for the flock. Healthy hens eat grass and bugs and scratch and socialize. It's common to lose one to a hawk while I am working nearby. Just last night I had them out and was just lucky enough to look out the window at the right time to see a fox stalking the flock. My dogs chased him off, but foxes are smart. He will be back. I'll take some pics of my rig this weekend. They aren't cheap, but there are some really nice prebuilt mobile coops for flocks of all sizes available at feed stores or at the Amish shed places around here. Without question, a freshly laid, still warm egg cooked over easy with some nice whole grain toast is one of the best breakfasts ever! Alan
  13. Hi Gooner. You might well get more play on this if you post it in the Fly Fishing Forum. In short however the answer to your question is "it depends". 14cm = 5.5". A fly of that length can definitely be cast with an 8 weight, but there are a TON of factors that come into play. What type of fly are we talking about? A big, bulky deer hair slider is going to be a bit challenging. However, a thinner profile flatwing would be no issue at all. Think about wind resistance and weight of the fly/hook. Certainly the line you are using and the weather/water conditions are factors to consider as well. Good luck! Alan
  14. Good stuff as always! Alan
  15. M sax with amazing ties as always. As already stated, mostly used for fresh water patterns - muddlers, hopper legs, cut wing caddis, etc. It often times can be substituted for pheasant, but it does lack the sheen and iridescence that pheasant has. Alan