snookster

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  1. Those talents must have made you very popular.
  2. If you are of the age of 50, you probably have enough mercury in your mouth to load several red fins. The amalgam used in dentistry for fillings is more than 50% elemental mercury. I think it is still used to some extent. I believe that in the 1960's you could purchase elemental mercury in some/most pharmacies. I still remember high school chemistry class in about 1959. One of our experiments was to heat a reddish brown powder with a Bunsen burner which released the elemental mercury from the compound. Some of my classmates discovered that if you rubbed a little ball of mercury in your palm it would disappear. Of course it was being absorbed into your skin. The chemistry labs back then had no exhaust hoods. Yet no one died on the spot and most of those classmates are still alive and kicking. Most of the older houses in town had water pipes leading into the homes that were made of lead. The town workers told me they replaced them as they eventually leaked. Yet most of the residents of these homes lived to well in their 90's. I'm not advocating anything but using caution when dealing with these materials. But just presenting some facts.
  3. I know the NGC is touted to be the cat's meow for distance casting and I guess it works to some degree. Yet British distance casting champion Terry Edmonds states that most spinning distance records were set using the Kigan 50 MM guide set up, which I believe is 50 - 40 - 30 - 20 - 16 plus a 16 tip top. Sort of sounds like a COF set up?? So I wouldn't worry about it too much. In a fishing environment I couldn't tell the difference between COF, NGC or modified NGC. Maybe if I was casting in a field and using a tape measure my views would be different.
  4. So sorry for your loss. May your Mom rest in peace.
  5. Here is something you can do while sitting down watching TV. Take the tip section of a rod and attach about 3 feet of bright yarn to use as your practice outfit. The yarn will show you when you are forming your loops correctly. Since you are trying to make your strokes in a straight line you can eye your thumb or hand so it traces the ceiling-wall line. Good luck.
  6. Either that or store them in the packets they came in if you have them.
  7. Yup. Well sort of, if you mix them with non-elastech lures or plastic containers you will wind with a sticky mess. They tend to not like to stay tight to the heads of jigs. A drop or two of super glue solves that problem.
  8. Unless they are already infected without symptoms and they bring it to that island which may not have the facilities to deal with the ensuing outbreak.
  9. When I watched the news conference Dr. Fauci did not say that Chloroquinine was dangerous and/or ineffective. He did state that there were instances where the drug was administered and the results appeared to be positive. He did say that these instances were merely anecdotal since there was no formal testing done under controlled conditions. I think I would prefer to get the drug rather than a placebo if I were infected. A Boston Hospital was just on the news saying they were administering this drug to infected patients. I'm sure the naysayers will negatively spin this some how.
  10. About 20 years ago my wife was working as a Nurse at the Cape Cod Nursing Home in Buzzards Bay. There was a severe flu outbreak at this time. They unfortunately lost 20 out of 100 residents. So I’m sure that losing 25 residents in a larger facility is possible.
  11. He used a dropper leader that was 10 lbs heavier than the main leader. This was tied to the bottom eye of the swivel. I think he used a clinch knot or improved clinch knot to tie the dropper. He was adamant about not using a loop attached to the swivel since it would not stand up to large fish. He was a huge advocate of using droppers with good reason. By the way he may have caught a 67 lber on a dropper fly but he also caught a 73 lber.
  12. I could have sworn that I read that Stan's first lure was created from the leg of a chair. But it was so long ago that I certainly could be wrong. Thanks for the correction A1.
  13. Isn't that how Stan Gibbs started?
  14. I believe the Fenwick blanks were more expensive than the Harnell or Lami blanks. I remember driving up to Spag's to pick up a couple (one for me and one for a friend) of Lamiglas blanks. They were #1165's and I believe they were on sale for $5 each. My friend told me to cut 7" off the butt and 5" off the tip to make it a great Canal rod and it was. My first conventional rod was a custom 10' Harnell 542 made by Emilio DeStanfano on Washington Street in Boston in 1962 or 63. I was a sophomore in college at the time and managed to save my food and beer money to purchase this $25 beauty. I still have it many sets of components later. A late friend had a Canal custom made at Red Top. It was 9' 3" built on a heavy walled Harnell blank. It had red under wraps and variegated black and gold over wraps. I have a custom wire line rod with the same colored guide wraps that I got at Red Top. The reels that everyone that fished the Canal seriously at the time were Penn Squidders. I remember driving to a bait shop in Seekonk to buy one on sale for $6. The first time I saw someone with an Abu reel along the Canal, I asked Lee Routon (Stan Kuzia's fishing buddy) about them. He said only Pilgrims (the word for googans before googans was a word, at least on Cape Cod) used them. Many years later I bought a used one and tried it. That was the last of my using Squidders. So I went out and bought a new Abu 7000 and used them until I finally went to the dark side and started using spinning tackle.
  15. I'm sure that if killing seals were legal, there would be a large market for their carcasses. I don't think this market would be so much for human consumption as food but rather for the products that could be produced through a rendering process. Products such as soap, shampoo, body oils, pellets to be used as food for chickens or in aquaculture and many others could be produced I'm sure. Back in the late 1970's when I was working at the Quincy Shipyard when I went back to college, I recall seeing railroad tanker car after car loaded with animal renderings headed for Proctor and Gamble where this nasty mess was converted into useful products. The same could be done with seal carcasses. Of course the PC Liberal people of MA would never allow this to happen no matter what the Federal Government would decide. It would offend someone for sure.