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About Otony

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  • About Me:
    Tonsured cleric in the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia (ROCOR), now semi-retired. Retired from USPS after 32 years service. Currently manage the gun department in a pawn shop (part-time).

    Late bloomer, born in 1955 and have a 10 year old daughter and a almost 13 year old son, as of 2018. Keeps me young, and tired!
  • Interests (Hobbies, favorite activities, etc.):
    Reading, hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, shooting, and currently, making plugs on my lathe. We own and operate a small, 4 acre farm
  • What I do for a living:
    See above

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  1. Here is a pic of the Cressi, works great, 24 bucks
  2. It's hard to beat the value of the Uncle Mike's belt that Scooby suggested, but another dive belt is still a good idea, and you don't have to pay an exorbitant cost. My Cressi was about 25 bucks with a stainless steel buckle. Bought it on Amazon about two months ago. Comes in a few colors as well.
  3. Yeah, what’s blamber? Please enlighten us......
  4. I noticed, and I see you did. The OP may not be aware he is killing his casting distance as a result.
  5. For whatever reason, I've always regarded travel rods as just a necessay excuse for a more desirable 1 or 2 piece rod. That is probably the wrong way to look at them, because obviously they do come in handy oftentimes. But I usually view them as sort of a 2nd class substitute, and figure performance will suffer. That being the case, I tend to spend a great deal less on takedowns, which is probably not the best idea. If you want better, buy better, right? However, I do have two travel rods that have performed quite well. One is a 7' Tsunami Wave that breaks down into 3 pieces. I picked it up for real cheap second hand, and my only complaint is that it is a heavier action than I would have liked. But it is well built, with decent components, and if buying new you have a decent selection in that series at reasonable prices. My other takedown was very intentionally purchased to be a cheap substitute, but it has surprised me quite a bit. It is a Fiblink, purchased on the big river site, 9' long, 4 pieces. These are offered in three lengths, 9, 10, and 12'. Each length has a different action, I chose the 9' specifically for its weight rating. Cost with shipping was around 50 bucks. I know a lot of you will turn up your nose over a rod like this, but it hit all the right points for my perceived needs (cost vs use hours), and has actually turned out to be a good rod. Is it equal to my Tsunami Airwave Elite, or my Lamiglas rods? Nope, it is NOT. But it fits into a less than 3' tube, and for a quick dash to the shore in my buddy's econobox, it isn't a struggle to deal with. I matched it up with a Penn Fierce II, and it works just fine. YMMV......
  6. On November 7th, 1920, in strictest secrecy, four unidentified British bodies were exhumed from temporary battlefield cemeteries at Ypres, Arras, the Asine and the Somme. None of the soldiers who did the digging were told why. The bodies were taken by field ambulance to GHQ at St-Pol-Sur-Ter Noise. Once there, the bodies were draped with the union flag. Sentries were posted and Brigadier-General Wyatt and a Colonel Gell selected one body at random. The other three were reburied. A French Honour Guard was selected and stood by the coffin overnight of the chosen soldier overnight. On the morning of the 8th November, a specially designed coffin made of oak from the grounds of Hampton Court arrived and the Unknown Warrior was placed inside. On top was placed a crusaders sword and a shield on which was inscribed: "A British Warrior who fell in the GREAT WAR 1914-1918 for King and Country". On the 9th of November, the Unknown Warrior was taken by horse-drawn carriage through Guards of Honour and the sound of tolling bells and bugle calls to the quayside. There, he was saluted by Marechal Foche and loaded onto HMS Vernon bound for Dover. The coffin stood on the deck covered in wreaths, surrounded by the French Honour Guard. Upon arrival at Dover, the Unknown Warrior was met with a nineteen gun salute - something that was normally only reserved for Field Marshals. A special train had been arranged and he was then conveyed to Victoria Station, London. He remained there overnight, and, on the morning of the 11th of November, he was finally taken to Westminster Abbey. The idea of the unknown warrior was thought of by a Padre called David Railton who had served on the front line during the Great War the union flag he had used as an altar cloth whilst at the front, was the one that had been draped over the coffin. It was his intention that all of the relatives of the 517,773 combatants whose bodies had not been identified could believe that the Unknown Warrior could very well be their lost husband, father, brother or son... THIS is the reason we wear poppies. We do not glorify war. We remember - with humility - the great and the ultimate sacrifices that were made, not just in this war, but in every war and conflict where our service personnel have fought - to ensure the liberty and freedoms that we now take for granted. Every year, on the 11th of November, we remember the Unknown Warrior. At the going down of the sun, and in the morning, we will remember them.
  7. The surface finish is equally comparable between all three. I’ve used the Millionaire a fair amount, so it is time for a good cleaning and lube job. Because of that, it doesn’t feel as smooth as the Abu or the Chaos, but I’m certain that is because of its need for service. If you are a traditional round level wind aficionado, I can see no faults with the Chaos. It is attractive to the eye (which is a bit of a weakness for me, nice lines and color and I’m often sold), it feels SOLID, and so far, has performed well. Of course only time will tell, but in the other post you mentioned, the tear down photos reveal a high level of fit and finish internally. To me, that is a telling clue, so I feel confident with this reel.
  8. Oh, sorry, I didn’t see that you had asked. It is working out very nicely, smooth casting. I’ve been using it for salmon on the Snake instead of my smaller Daiwa Millionaire and my Ambassadeur.
  9. I have a Piscifun Chaos 40 that is proving to be a terrific reel, and I bought my daughter a pink Piscifun fly reel that has been working perfectly from the get go. Great values for the money....
  10. I will take the new one please at $26. Could you PM me with your info. I am in Washington state, no pick up I'm afraid. I'd love to fly in to Boston and drive home to Milford, NH, but that will have to wait until next year!
  11. Your comment was submitted successfully! Comment Tracking Number: 1k2-96h1-6v1g Your comment may be viewable on Regulations.gov once the agency has reviewed it. This process is dependent on agency public submission policies/procedures and processing times. Use your tracking number to find out the status of your comment. Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Document Type: Rulemaking Title: Fisheries of the United States: Regulations for Striped Bass Fishing in the Block Island Transit Zone Document ID: NOAA-NMFS-2018-0106-0001 Comment: I strongly oppose opening the EEZ in the Transit Zone Block Island. The striped bass population is still in the midst of recovering from it's collapse, due to previous errors on our part. To open it now would prove disastrous, and may well contribute to the complete loss of a valued resource. Remember what we have done to other fish resources! NO on opening The Block Island Transit Zone. Done!
  12. Looking for a spool in new or excellent condition. Chinese or US, either will work so long as it is clean. Can PayPal asap for the right deal.... Thank you!
  13. My first thought, lol!
  14. /\ This Plus way past time for a proper MRI....if you keep pushing it without knowing the underlying cause, you can be doing additional damage. Oh, and get a set of utility suspenders like cops use, make sure your surf belt is well supported on both sides, not just with a strap. Any and all weight on your body needs to be evenly distributed.