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About JohnDe

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  1. BFD had a gift. I think he knew it because in his thousands of contributions to this forum he shared it. I admired him not only for his fishing skills but in the colorful way he could describe his journey at the end of a long day on the water, often with an added bonus of photos. I admired him because every time he got knocked down he was determined to get right back up again. I’m not a big fan of the jelly donut and I’m not a big fan of the glazed donut but when Dick mentioned the glazed jelly donut I had to have one and then another. Add me to the long list of those that will miss and often think about BFD and how he made a real positive impact on so many people.
  2. Paul Young created the Driggs River taper back around 1952. At 7' 2" in length he designed it for fishing in tight places, to effectively roll cast and the ability to drive a fly forward with a little bit of oomph. It will fish a 4 weight or a 5 weight. I found a bamboo blank in the driggs river taper and built it out several years ago. This is my favorite trout stream rod.
  3. Sticky back foam sheets.... peel and stick... If your eyes are like mine you will want a bright color on top.
  4. I don't think that is supposed to happen. I wonder if something wasn't right in the manufacturing process that caused the hook to be brittle. I've seen it with small #16 mustad (up eye) dry fly hooks and I've seen it on tiemco 800s in 4/0 (since discontinued) hooks where they would snap at the bend. Send that picture to Partridge. Something else should fail before an 8 ought hook on a fly rod.
  5. I've had the 2 gal one of these for five or so years now. Wish I had bought it sooner. No spills, no parts to lose, easy to fill. I store it in the shed so it looks like the day I bought it.
  6. congrats and beautiful striper! Hope you have some room left for the tatoo.
  7. You guys think the foxes and coyotes are a bigger threat to the pheasants than hawks? Aside from the loss of habitat I think a pheasant doesn't have a prayer of surviving with the number of hawks around. I see a few now and then running through Miles Standish and not very far from where they are released.
  8. The reel is yours. Thanks for your generosity. I’ll follow up when it ships.
  9. Cosmetically, this reel won't win any beauty awards. But wipe it down, add a bit of grease/lube, replace the line and it is good for another 50 or 60 years, The click is strong, the drag works the way you would expect on an old Pflueger and no wobble in the spool. Here is the offer. I send you this Akron made 1495 1/2. If you like it then donate $20 to either Americal Cancer, ALS or Parkinsons research. If you decide you don't like it then just send it back.
  10. the Ballardvale section in Andover Ma is known to have a sizable population of white squirrels as well as being the neighborhood where Jay Leno grew up. I live in the next town over and had a few black squirrels but that was maybe 10 years ago. I’ll see a black one running across the road now and then.
  11. Let me know if you are interested in this set of three. They are done on 3/0 tiemco 811s and are between 8" and 10".
  12. HillTop #3 is a Hardy Perfect which they have been making for over 100 years. There are guys on the internet that should be able to tell you the ~ year made. Some Perfects are very desirable to collectors. The smaller ones 3 1/8" and below match up nicely with bamboo as will some of your other reels. They have the most recognizable click of any trout reel.
  13. My solution to “cabin fever” was to learn how to make dovetails using hand tools. I had failed miserably years ago at this but now with youtube and the internet all you need is time and patience plus a willingness to spend money on some tools that you will never ever (like fishing equipment) recover. So about a year ago started the journey with better lighting. Fortunately those new LED shop lights are cheap. Sharp tools are essential and I didn’t know how to sharpen so I had to overcome that obstacle. Then I had to acquire tools to measure, mark, clamp and cut as well as learn how to use them. The learning curve continued with sharpening hand planes and chisels, squaring up and preparing boards, going back to the videos and trial and error. If it is real cold outside then I go read a book. If it is near freezing or above I waste time in the basement making a stool or a small box. I enjoy the process more than the end result and like making stuff. You could accomplish the same result with powertools in 1/20th of the time. I still have all my fingers which are needed for fly tying, fishing, clamming ( I only use two for typing) and it gets me through the off season and out of the nut house. After I cross this off my bucket list I’m moving to half blind dovetails. Example of time killer – this one is oak and rustic walnut
  14. Crease flies and deer hair poppers have already been mentioned. I've had more success fishing crease flies with an intermediate line but a real fun fly to fish in any case. Deer hair is just theraputic to work with. Years ago, too many, I got Page Rogers VHF tape on tying. One of, maybe her most popular pattern is the floating sand eel. I hadn't tied one or fished one in years. This October I happened to be on a beach with marauding stripers in 1'-2' of water. I only brought a handful of flies but I had an old yellowed floating sand eel that I tied on. I hadn't gotten a tug for several casts so it caught me off guard that the first cast with the sand eel scored. And the one after that and the one after that. The 20" -25" schoolies were moving fast but I did manage to land and release a half dozen on the floating sand eel. I made a mental note to tie up a few over the winter. The fly on the bottom is the Rogers sand eel.
  15. When I built my cave almost twentyseven years ago I had just read production fly tying by AK Best. He emphasized the height of the table/vise, width of the bench, lighting, proper chair, accessibility to tools, materials and on and on If you are a casual tyer then this stuff is of less importance. If you sit for a couple hours a day during the winter then you want to be comfortable. Of course, cameras, monitors LED lighting are new factors that also need to be considered. I went with the 2 x 4 workbench. For the top I used a 5' (or is it 6') section of laminate countertop in a solid almond color from the orange store. The depth of the top is a bit over 2' and it has a built in backsplash and a rolled or bullnose edge. After you knock over your first bottle of adhesive you won't lose any sleep. I see lots of guys opting for the antique oak rolltop. They don't fit my tying style. Too restrictive. If you do go for the fancy furniture make sure you are comfortable tying at that height and that the background color works. My 2 cents. Your mileage may vary.