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  1. To keep wifey happy and in an effort to move out of a back closet, I re-purposed this circa 1929 girls white vanity table that a neighbor put out to the curb. I found a beat up antique oak chair two days later. After a few weeks of elbow grease, sanding, paint stripping, stain, and polyurethane coats..... they came out well. Found some striped bass ceramic drawer pulls on line. I avoided stripping the legs as it appeared too daunting for my limited time schedule. I had to add some end caps to the legs to get my 6 foot some thing legs beneath:) Very neat now.......we'll see in a few months! Happy Holidays to all!
  2. From the album Post Your Tying Station

  3. From the album Post Your Tying Station

  4. From the album Post Your Tying Station

  5. In response to your first question- there are a plethora of websites catering to those getting started in fly tying. There are numerous youtube videos posted on the subject too. Here is a website for starting up fly tying for example: link removed - Alan - Best of's a great feeling to hook up on your own fly.
  6. There are prints indicating folks flyfishing in Tripoli in the 1st or 2nd century. The Japanese engaged in dipping small insects on thread with wispy poles then also- although no real casting was involved in the sport known as "Tenkara" The first WRITTEN account of fly fishing was found in Roman times by a writer named Claudius Aelianus who never fished but described flyfishing in Macedonia with long wispy rods and also described a fly used: “……… they fasten crimson wool around a hook and fix on to the wool two feathers …………the fish, attracted and maddened by the color, comes straight at it………” The earliest known comprehensive treatise on fly fishing is from 1496 in England from a woman using a pen name, and thought perhaps to be a nun named Dame Juliana Berners. She was also way ahead of her time with discussion on conservation of fish: “Also, you must not be too greedy in catching your said game as taking too much at one time, which you may easily do. Which could easily be the occasion of destroying your own sport and other men’s also.” The first illustration of a fly is noted in 1652. Finally in 1653 a Londoner Izaac Walton wrote the still famous book "the Compleat Angler" .......and to put it all in perspective the earliest known fish hooks date back 50,000 years!!! Fascinating stuff really.
  7. Could you indicate specifically how you make them float? tx.
  8. I agree. I believe it's an innovative idea- the precut foils are a first and a great convenience out of the package. I bought a silverside and sandeel pack thus far to use with my UV kit. The surfcandy is a classic, and ostensibly, this will improve the reproducibility and realism of that pattern. The price will be what the market will bear.
  9. Reminds me of the Gummy Minnow. When I first saw them earlier in my fly fishing career I thought they were the going to be great....they looked and felt great! However my enthusiasm diminished for these realistic imitations when my tied flies easily outperformed them. As many know- the width, length, profile, action,and color(?) have more to do with a fish strike than an mirror immitation of a bait. Admittedly, the foil sided minnow may have more action than a gummy given the tied fibers aft. A fun arts and crafts excersize at the least, and another tool in the arsenal at best.
  10. Stem cell research is in fact ongoing in university labs around the US. The FDA shut down various "stem cell clinics" that were collecting more cash than positive results from the treated patients. Stem cell therapy is exciting as a concept, but much more study is required to answer the many questions involved including: - What is the best source of stem cells- fat, bone marrow, fetal tissue, etc? -Which type of stem cell for which disease is most effective? -Are embryonic stem cells more effective than adult stem cells? -What are the harmful effects of stem cell treatment? - What is the best way to harvest and store such cells? - What is the safest and most effective way to deliver the cells to a wide variety of tissues- injection, IV, etc? - What are the ethical, political, and religious issues and dilemas involved in this harvest and "treatment"? - What if your kid had visual problems and stem cells injected in his optic nerve caused a severe malignant cancer? -etc -etc There is alot more research required and it indeed takes time and money. There are promising examples of success in limited studies. There are also clinics out there preying on desperate patients in terrible situations. I hope your brother is not planning to see a doctor in a clinic in the DR who has been thrown out of several countries already- including the Bahamas- which is hard to do btw!- this "specialist" was actually trained as a PSYCHIATRIST(really now?) and boasts all types of cures from epilepsy, autism, cancer, arthritis, and paralysis. He has yet to publish or share his results with anyone for obvious reasons. He has made millions and reportedly has paid patients large sums to spout his success. I am not saying anything new here- do some digging and make your own conclusions. Very sad. It is an exciting frontier in medical science. If I was to get a stem cell injection it would come at the hands of a Professor of Cell Biology at a leading academic institution like Harvard, UPenn, Stanford, Mount Sinai, NYU, etc.....and in time this will occur- as opposed to a retired unpublished psychiatrist on the run requesting money up front in a dirty carribbean clinic. I hope and pray your brother walks again too, I really do. Be careful.
  11. I am still shaking my you have an incredible talent. Thanks for sharing. From now on, when someone asks me if I am any good at tying flies- I know exactly how to answer.
  12. Oh boy what a set up! I spy 3 separate tying vises, severe organization, a Roc-Soc seat, and a tide clock to boot. Darn I have to get my act together and beg my wife to let me out of the cold back room converted pantry area! Dammit I need a more respectable man cave to do what I love. Frank, you have inspired me to speak my mind and take action! ps I may need a place to stay this weekend lol
  13. Rob 54- Surgeon, NY My fishing passion started in earnest at age six at the 1964 New York World's Fair in a trout pool, under a big tent. I begged my dad to let me fish- even after the man inside told us no one was catching that day .My Dad told me that if I was to take a fish, I had to eat it. (Prior to that I had only consumed one in the form a Mrs. Paul's fish stick.) A few minutes later, I was a proud kid with lovely rainbow trout wrapped in newspaper. I kept unwrapping and peeking at this beautiful creature for hours thereafter. I was in awe- and cared less about the rest of the fair that day! Later at home, my Dad fried it in a pan with butter and we both enjoyed it. Curiously, it has been all saltwater fishing since- residing since on the North Shore of Long Island . At age 40 I recieved a saltwater fly fishing outfit and never looked back. It remains my preferred method of pursuing fish. I enjoy everything about fly fishing- the sea, the fish, good and bad weather, tying and fishing my flies, the casting, my boat, the friends, the gear, and many memorable outings and experiences. I visit the board often and post occasionally. There are great ideas, and great tiers here who always seem to encourage even the newer posters and their sometimes humble offerings. Now with my last of four great kids headed off to college and my scant free time somewhat improved- I am plannning to tap into a broader range of fishing in the area from the Housatonic River in Ct. to the Delaware River to my south- and all else between. The short range bucket list also includes panga fishing in La Paz, a float plane trip in Canada, and a redfish trip to Louisiana. I enjoy this board as well!
  14. Fliesnplugs sent you a PM regarding Somerset. That redfish is a beautiful fish......on my bucket list!
  15. Yes- plan to be there Sat 26th all day