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  1. I have one and it works well tying nail knots and nail knot type knots. I used it for tying leaders with 50# mono and had no issues. It creates a nice looking knot which holds well. On the negative side, I can tie a palomar knot faster and without the use of a tool. The palomar knot seems stronger than the nail knot and harder to break (unscientific testing I did when breaking off jigs hung up on rocks). There are videos on the internet which detail the techniques for tying a variety of knots with this tool.
  2. Steve, I have attached a photo (or tried to anyways) of a bunch of Gibbs lures in their Squid color. It appears that this color evolved over the years. The difference is much more stark in person than what the photo captures. The darter may in fact be a stock Gibbs color at that time. The Trolling swimmer is actually a color they called Whiting.
  3. I think that the brown over off yellow Gibbs Darter is actually brown over white. Over the years the clear coating on some of the old Gibbs plugs tends to yellow a bit. The brown over white was commonly used in the Canal when squid or whiting were present.
  4. Best wishes for a complete recovery.
  5. The hooks on Savage jig heads have been responsible for more than one shattered dream.
  6. Are you guys able to cut the 6X VMC's for Canal rigging or do you just use 2 split rings? I have tried to cut 4 or 5 VMC 6X hooks and the eye on everyone shattered. Just wondering if you have a technique that is better than the small bolt cutters I use. The VMC 4X hooks never present a problem using the bolt cutters.
  7. I guess it worked twice as well as I had hoped.
  8. Fly Pattern - Flatwing Deceiver Comparison.mp4Fly Pattern - Flatwing Deceiver Comparison.mp4 I don't know if I did this right, but here is a comparison of a Deceiver and a Flatwing.
  9. It is sort of like the hero in shining armor swooping in to rescue the damsel in distress and then leaving her there for 2 years before removing her from danger. I bet the District Attorney will be running for some high office in the near future. This gives him a lot of publicity and supposedly some credibility.
  10. Well with the worm hook you have to tie all your materials at or near the eye of the hook. The bend of the hook inhibits some of the action of the hackles. Ken uses marabou plumes at the bend of the hook and doubled marabou palmered at the eye of the hook. Artic Fox acts nothing like this. He also uses some hackles which are a bit thicker than the normal flatwing hackles to gain some bulk in the profile. I tried tying some flies on those EWG hooks for some flies in FL. I didn't like the way the flies acted. Maybe you should just stick with Deceivers and Holl9ow flies if they were effective for you. I always found the flatwings easy to tie, easy to cast, easy to keep from fouling and super productive.
  11. Your choice of hook makes it very difficult to arrange the materials in such a manner as to achieve the desired profile. This plus your substitutions and selection of materials adds to the problem. For what it is worth, I fished flatwings on the outer CC beaches after dark for quite a few years and never experienced any issues with the flies fouling.
  12. The one that gets it in first untangles it. He then gives the other fisherman a heads up and tosses the jig as far off the bank as possible. The other angler retrieves his lure as fast as possible to prevent it from getting snagged on the bottom. At least that's the way I've handled these situations for over 50 years. They seem to happen a lot more frequently now than they did in the 1960's.
  13. Try a search for "What Was Really Going On At Orchids Of Asia?". It seems to explore this topic.
  14. All of the solar panels I've seen on the roofs of homes sit a bit off the roof. So I would assume that the wind could and would get underneath the panel and create a force that would attempt to lift the panel off of the roof. Since most roofs are built to sustain the forces of rain, snow and wind that would be pushing down on it not pulling up on it, this change in the direction of forces would have to be taken into account. Many older homes use matched boards instead of plywood for roof sheathing. All of these things might cause a perfectly good roof to be unsuitable for solar panels without modification. So maybe the solar panel isn't a SAIL but it certainly is SAIL-LIKE. The key to making these panels feasible are the subsidies. So one way or another you (and we) are paying for it. Nothing is FREE. I think that a person I know that owns a windmill gets 16 cent a kWh for the electricity that it produces. Of that, 8 cents is what is actually paid by the grid and 8 cents is a subsidy. So I suspect the exorbitant rates you pay for electricity are mostly taxes and electric company greed. Do whatever works for you!
  15. And when they are not out of service for maintenance. They are very maintenance intensive. I would say at any given time 1 out of 4 is not turning at the Kibby Wind Farm in Maine.