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About Broadbill

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  1. Why go to India when you can go to Lancaster County? Think Harrison Ford in Witness. You'll look plain.
  2. Love those Sherman Denton fish prints over the tying bench. What club is that?
  3. Bob -- Are the openings south-facing? Most birds don't want direct sun. Turn the entrances north or toward shade. Are there natural perches nearby--trees or bushes? Most birds like a little cover to land in going in and out of nests. How close are the boxes to one another? Bluebirds for instance are pretty territorial. Can't recall without resorting to goog, but you need some serious yardage between poles/houses. Swallows are a little more more neighborly. As Ditchbag asks, what kind of houses are you using? The diameter of the opening is fairly key; a quarter of an inch either way can mean the difference between bluebirds and trashbirds.
  4. New guy (not to SOL or gardening, but to this thread) checking in. First an answer, then a question. Answer: On sources for potatoes (and I haven't read the whole thread), a favorite of mine is Fedco Seeds in Clinton, Maine. This year, they're offering about 40 varieties. They're Maine Certified, and the prices are much better than Johnny's, my other Maine potato and seed vendor. Gnarly black and white catalog, but great to deal with. Question: What creative solutions have you guys come up with for tomato cages, especially for long-season sprawling indeterminate varieties like Sun Gold? Even the largest of those inverted wire cages braced with stakes isn't supporting/containing the plants. Anybody fabricate PVC cages? Wire mesh trellis 6'-8' high? What have you got? Thanks in advance.
  5. MitchellNJ won this thread in post #5
  6. Just had a male bluebird at the suet feeder. I'm in Dartmouth, two miles north of Buzzard's Bay. Down here we have Great Blue Herons year 'round. Saw one flying up Slocum's River on Sunday. Same for Turkey Vultures--see 'em in every month. What's interesting is that this is the second year I've seen wintering Black Vultures. Never used to see them much north of Pennsylvania, nevermind in winter.
  7. Thoreau said "Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after." Gunner gets it. Nice essay.
  8. Noted. Thanks, HillTop.
  9. Dick et al, is the Bear's Den show at the shop or a nearby location? I couldn't find an address or venue identification on the show page on the Den's website. TIA.
  10. In the past, The Saltwater Edge has run, in tandem with Orvis, one-day fly fishing courses, but typically in spring, after the season starts. SWE usually runs some fly-tying courses and tying nights over the winter, but I haven't seen anything yet in emails from them on schedules. Call the store. Same for Bear's Den, pretty sure they have tying classes. Worth a call or visit to their respective websites.
  11. Sheila Hassan is a a student and colleague of Joan Wulff, one of the best fly casters of all time, male or female. When Sheila was teaching with George Roberts ten or so years ago, I took the course and worked with her. Can't speak to the book but she's a terrific teacher in person and her husband is a member on this board. So. . . recommended.
  12. I was contending with Horsehead or Gray seals off Wellfleet bayside on Monday. The straight pull is pretty diagnostic.
  13. Dick -- Tell me what hospital you'll be in and I'll borrow a doctor friend's scrubs and stethoscope and sneak into your room with a couple of cups of DD--one to put in the drip line for the caffeine effect and the other to leave open by your bed so you can smell it. Taste isn't as important as smell anyway. Joining the big school of fishermen here sending good wishes to you and positive messages out to the universe.
  14. You understand, don't you, as Sull 155 said, that Mute Swans are an introduced species, like Starlings and House Sparrows. They are trash birds that do not belong in this ecosystem. They eat the eel grass that is the forage of good native species like Black Ducks, whose numbers are down as a result of swan population growth. There are communities with out of controls swan numbers where, anecdotally, animal control officers are addling swan eggs to reduce the population. That they are a protected species is, like the protection of gray seals, a crock--with unintended consequences that harm native species. Bring on the golf clubs, and use the kayak paddles edge on.
  15. FB - I understand. Thought I'd lob it in just in case. I use it with an 10'6" Loomis rod that a geezer like me can cast 4 oz. with all day. But not your 6-8. Had the Loomis rod for sale last fall but no takers. Buy the rod and reel together. Outstanding combo--old school tackle, 21st century performance.