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  1. KEWL X-rays. What lure is the bottom one with the three balls?
  2. Spyderco Ikuchi. Paul Alexander design. Not yet released. 3.26" blade on prototype. 2.5mm thickness. S30V. Wheel or front flipper. Carbon fiber peel ply G-10 scales. My favorite deep carry wire pocket clip. Spyderco's proprietary compression lock. To be manufactured in the Taichung, Taiwan plant that arguably makes Spyderco's finest quality knives. Superior fit and finish and attention to detail down to even a small thing like a sharpening choil. Pretty good deal at a MAP price of $130. On another note............since this is basically a salt water fishing forum, I find it strange that in 115 pages, no one has mentioned the recently released Spyderco Native 5 Salt in LC200N. If ever there was a candidate for a Salt Water Fisherman's EDC I figured this would be it.
  3. OK, I'll bite. What principle is that? Prejudice?
  4. If stored with a plastic bead, move it up the line away from the plastic bead or it will melt the bead.
  5. Nice custom work. Please tell me more about your manual pickup. Where to obtain or how to make. Mucho thanks.
  6. Rubber band and double splits are the simplest way to correct mag mods where the belly treble gets pinned to the head facing the wrong way.
  7. Take heed JimW knows stuff. Overheating PTFE's or PTFOA's releases toxic gases. Your pet parrot will be dead. They say it's not toxic enuff to kill humans, but it can't be good. I have only one nonstick pan and that's for eggs & omelets. Even so, it receives less and less cooking time as some of my cast iron is becoming virtually nonstick. As far as rejuvinating a nonstick pan, they can be professionally refinished. It all depends upon how much the pan is worth to you. It also depends upon what the base metal is. If it is expensive stainless steel triply or cast iron you might decide to go a different route and just remove the nonstick coating and polish the cooking surface but beware of inhaling airborne particles. Believe it or not, once upon a time Le Creuset made an enamel covered cast iron skillet with a nonstick surface. This was early on when nonstick was becoming the rage. Le Creuset has since learned the error of its ways. I picked up such a pan at the local Good Will store for about 10 bucks. I took it to an outdoor patio furniture restorer and had them and blast the nonstick coating away for $30.00. Money well spent for peace of mind re: inhaling airborne particles. My friend then smoothed out the cooking surface with an orbital sander. Smoother than any Griswold I've ever seen. It's a winner IMHO. Whether or not it's worth the expense, time and effort is up to you. In my case it was.
  8. Nice! Luv the Lakota. Such a shame that Hoffman got screwed out of his own company by investors which later died a gruesome death by mismanagement. Back in the 80's his designs won quite a few awards. Hawk, Lil' Hawk, Fin Wing, Falcon, Fishhawk, Teal, and Phoenix. Brings back memories. That's when I began to suspect I suffered from OCD.
  9. Been tying rabbit/bunny leech jigs for decades. Started tying larger versions for stripers around a decade or so ago and they are effective; however, in my experience, salt does not play well with the rabbit hides I've used in the past. After about a dozen uses, the strips begin to become rather stiff and require longer soaking to hydrate after each use. Soaking in fresh water at the end of the day helps, but it is still inevitable. Perhaps the expensive stuff they sell in fly tying shops has a better more salt resistant tan to them. I cut mine from whole hides around 3/8" in width. Now a days I palmer the zonker strips up the shank of the jig hook. I don't bother with cross cut. Breathes and pulsates differently than bucktail. Prefer bucktail in stronger currents, otherwise, palmered rabbit seems at least as effective. So many hits on the drop with a light jig. (1/2-5/8 oz. size 8/0 hook.) More mileage out of your rabbit fur. <g> Still, not as durable as bucktail. The fine rabbit hairs easily get caught in the striper gristle/teeth and tear out on the inside of the hook shank. I get around 50 fish before it's too ratty. Simply unravel and palmer on another zonker strip and you're good for another 50 fish.
  10. No argument from me on that point. <g> Am told that the G10 scales are really pretty grippy, tho. Not a fan of bumble bees. Already have a Spydiechef in LC200N for my salt knife and really like it a lot. Takes up much less real estate in my pocket than a Caribbean. Everybody's tastes and needs are different. The Waterway may be a good choice to go on the wader belt, tho.
  11. That was a pretty unique design. Form follows function so what was it exactly that appealed to you? Spyderco hasn't forgotten about the salt water fisherman. This year they released the Caribbean which comes in either their leaf shaped blade or a sheepsfoot style blade. Your choice of plain edge or Spydie serrated edge in LC200N steel. If your preference is a fixed blade, Their Waterway is soon to be released in LC200n steel and a Boltron/Kydex sheath.
  12. Too bad about the Gerber. That model is very collectable.
  13. IMHO you have a winner. Some think that it doesn't matter. To me, the worst case scenario is if the spine is 90 degrees to the casting stroke. Some rod builders believe a spinner should have the guides placed on the inside curve. I prefer to have my guides placed just the opposite. ie, 180 degrees to the inside curve or spine. IMHO rods built this way are more accurate casting and more sensitive. All rods have at least one spine. YMMV, but IMHO your rod is built correctly.
  14. Depends. <g> Whenever anyone asks about a favorite anything, there's always that qualification....depends. We come from many walks of life and professions and different interests. Knives are tools and which ever best suits those needs are many. Today's activities may demand that a particular knife be in my pocket. Tomorrows favorite may be something entirely different depending upon what's needed to get me through the day. Normally I don't see this as a problem as I think it is entirely normal to EDC three knives. If asked for an overall favorite, I guess it would come down to what I carry most often and that would be a Spyderco Mantra 2. Not a very popular knife....especially with those Spydie nuts who like those broad leaf blade shapes that take up real estate in your pocket. Nor do I particularly care for big holes in my blades. The Mantra 2 just carries so well in the pocket. Better than the leaf bladed regular Mantra. In my pocket just as often is a Sanrenmu 7010 but I wouldn't exactly call it a favorite. It's sole role is a just in case knife. Just in case someone wants to borrow a knife. Just in case I have to cut wire or otherwise abuse a blade. When at the beach, the Mantra 2 stays home. Salt air and M4 steel don't play well together. A Spydiechef takes its place in my pocket. Hunting season brings a different set of answers. Depending upon the game.