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Tying Chat / "Alcohol burner?" I was asked.....
« on: August 29, 2012, 04:56:07 AM »
Why have one on your fly tying table?
1.   You don’t have to hold it lit like you do a lighter, so you won’t burn your fingers keeping a flame.
2.   It is pretty stable.
3.   There is absolutly no smell as it burns.
4.   For making bent legs and burnt mayfly wings it can be invaluble
5.   Also can be used in the production of shrimp eyes.

Some tips on how to use it:
1.   By denatured alcohol from a hardware store.  The flame will be cleaner without all the water that is in rubbing alcohol
2.   Don’t light it until you have multiple pieces of work to do.  No need to put all that heat out until you are ready
3.   Only keep it about half full.  Even with the lid on, the alcohol will evaporate out.

I keep one on my desk, and if I think of more I’ll post up.


Damon's Seven Lakes / 2012-08-11 report
« on: August 13, 2012, 09:23:36 AM »
Took Lilly fishing with me on saturday.  The only lake that I could get a topwater bite, on a yellow spider, on was Martin.

We fished for about 3 hours, and caught 4 mid-sized bass, and a dozen bluegill that went over 1/2 a pound each.

Russel was having the same kind of luck, but was using a PGPP.

No pictures, this time.


Damon's Seven Lakes / 2012-06-23 at Duck Lake
« on: June 24, 2012, 06:31:19 AM »
I fished the deeper water on Duck Lake from the canoe and wound up catching 14 decent panfish, with a bunch of "dinks" thrown in for sport.  The bluegill and redear want a squirrely slow and deep. 


Tying Chat / Squirrelly
« on: March 21, 2012, 12:17:41 PM »
Mustad 94833 size 12
Brown 6/0 tying thread
Bead chain eyessmall
Squirrel tail
CA Glue

Discussion: This is my winter “go-to” fly.  If you’ve ever used squirrel hair for a fly you know how slippery this material is. It has great action in the water on small flies but keeping it on the hook can prove to be a challenge that most prefer not to tackle. This small fly has worked well for me in the early part of the year, January through March, when the fish don’t like to move much, but a small minnow imitator is just irresistible. Through this out on a 3-5 wt rod and work it slowly. I’ve been known to use it from my “belly-boat” for that “next to no movement” retrieves.
Later in the year, fish it as you would any minnow patter, retrieving it through all the weeds and slop in those little holes in the weeds. It sinks well, and has a great action. In Toledo Bend, I’ve limited out on crappie doing a slow troll behind a belly boat. Flip it out, retrieve slowly for 10 feet, move 5 feet down the shoreline and repeat until fish are found.

The hook in the vice with eyes.  Place the eyes and use CA glue to lock in place

Turn the hook point side up. Cut a lock of squirrel tail hairs that extend 3 times the hook shaft length and lock then down at the rear of the hook behind the eyes, as shown.

Go ahead and clip the trimmed ends and clean up the area with thread wraps.

Bend the hair back and tie into place. Place a drop of CA glue on the threads, making sure not to cover the eyes of the hook.
Go ahead and clip the stragglers and let dry.

Damon's Seven Lakes / Lilly is well dressed, and having a good time
« on: February 04, 2012, 04:59:18 PM »
I made her wear her life jacket.

Damon's Seven Lakes / Fishing with Cris
« on: February 04, 2012, 04:57:14 PM »
He caught something!

2012 and previous / Padre Island National Seashore, TFF September Outing
« on: February 01, 2012, 12:51:24 PM »
Padre Island National Seashore

Putting it on the Calendar.

LOL / What's the smallest caliber gun you trust?
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:43:54 AM »
The question came up:  "What is the smallest caliber of gun you trust to protect yourself?

My personal favorite bear defense gun has always been a Beretta Jetfire in .22 short!

I've found over the years when hiking in bear country I never leave without it in my pocket.

Of course we all know the first rule when hiking in the wilderness is to use the "Buddy System". For those of you who may be unfamiliar with this it means you NEVER hike alone.  Always bring a friend or companion, even an in-law, that way if something happens there is someone to go get help.

I remember one time hiking with my brother-in-law in northern Ontario.  Out of nowhere came this huge brown bear and man was she MAD!  We must have been near one of her cubs.

Anyway if I had not had my little jetfire, I'd sure not be here today.

That's right, one shot to my brother-in-law's knee cap and I was able to escape by just walking at a brisk pace.

That's one of the best pistols in my safe!

Damon's Seven Lakes / SSG JL Puckett, 2011-12-29
« on: January 10, 2012, 12:48:55 PM »
Thanks to Mike's encouragement, my son, SSG James L. Puckett,  caught a 3+ LMB out of Duck Lake just a few days after Christmas, using unconventional methods.


Tying Chat / Squrat
« on: December 17, 2011, 05:14:41 PM »
Recipe updated

Size 12 nymph hook (I use Mustad 7671)
Size 6 black thread
Gold/brass bead chain eyes
Zonker style Squirrel skin
Your favorite head cement

Tie in the eyes and cover the shank with thread.

just showing the natural lay of the hair fibers

Tie in at the bend of the hook.  I leave about a hook length out.   Others like the tail end shorter or longer.

Palmer the skin tightly and keep the layers from bunching up.

Palmer the skin tightly and keep the layers from bunching up. Another veiw of the same step

When you get to the eyes, make an "X" across them.  This pictures shows the first pass.

When you get to the eyes, make an "X" across them.  This pictures shows the second pass.  Hold the skin tight and tie down.

Make a couple of half hitches.

Add your head cement, let dry, and go fishing.

LOL / Falling
« on: December 04, 2011, 09:29:07 AM »
An old man and his wife were sitting in their living room, quietly enjoying each other’s company, he reading, she doing needle work, when she looks over to him and asks, “Why did you marry me?  You knew you would have to leave your home up North, find a new job down here, find a new place to live, and start your life over.”  He looked over to her and replied, laughing, “I was stupid.”  She settled back with a contented smile and said nothing more. 

Days went by, maybe even weeks.  The old man still couldn’t understand why she was content with that answer.  He asked her, finally.  “Why did you take such a simple and silly answer and leave it at that?  Shouldn’t I have said that I did it all because I fell in love with you?”  She replied.  “But dear, people fall out of love all the time.  I have never heard of anybody falling out of stupid.”

« on: December 02, 2011, 05:31:33 PM »
Going to Church
One Sunday morning, a mother went in to wake her son  and tell him it was time to get ready for church, to which he replied, "I'm not going."
"Why not?" she  asked.
I'll  give you two good reasons," he said. "(1), they don't like me, and (2), I don't like them."
His mother replied, "I'll give YOU two good reasons  why you SHOULD go to church.  (1) You're 59 years old, and (2) you're the  pastor!"
The  Picnic
A  Jewish Rabbi and a Catholic Priest met at the  town's annual 4th of July picnic. Old friends, they began their usual banter.
"This baked ham is really delicious," the priest teased the rabbi. "You really ought to try it. I know it's against your religion, but I can't understand why such a wonderful food should be forbidden! You don't know what you're missing.  You just haven't lived until you've tried Mrs. Hall's prized Virginia Baked Ham. Tell me,  Rabbi, when are you going to break down and try  it?"
The rabbi looked at the priest with a big grin,and said, "At your wedding."
The Usher
An elderly woman walked into the local country church. The friendly usher greeted her at the  door and helped her up the flight of steps, "Where would you like to sit?" he asked politely.
"The front row please," she  answered.
"You really don't want to do that," the usher said  "The pastor is really boring."
"Do you happen to know who I am?" the woman inquired.
"No." he said.
"I'm the pastor's mother," she replied indignantly.
"Do you know who I am?" he asked.
"No." she said.
"Good," he answered.
Show and Tell

A  kindergarten teacher gave her class a "show and tell" assignment.  Each student was instructed to bring in an object to share with the class that represented their religion.

The first student got up in front of the class and said, "My name is Benjamin and I am Jewish and this is a Star of David."
The second student got up in front of the class and said, "My name is Mary. I'm a Catholic and this is a Rosary."
The third student got in up front of the class and said, "My name is Tommy. I am Baptist, and  this is a casserole."
The Best Way  To Pray

A  priest, a minister and a guru sat discussing the  best positions for prayer, while a telephone repairman worked nearby.
"Kneeling  is definitely the best way to pray," the priest  said.
"No," said the minister. "I get the best results  standing with my hands outstretched to Heaven."
"You're both wrong," the guru said. "The most effective  prayer position is lying down on the floor."
The repairman could contain himself no longer. "Hey,  fellas," he interrupted. "The best prayin' I ever did was when I was hangin' upside down from a telephone  pole."
Goat for Dinner
The young couple invited their elderly pastor for Sunday dinner. While they were in the kitchen preparing the meal, the minister asked their son what they were having. "Goat," the little boy  replied.
"Goat?"  replied the startled man of the cloth, "Are you sure about that?"
"Yep," said the youngster. "I heard Dad say to Mom,  'Today is just as good as any to have the old goat for dinner."

LOL / Cold in Minnesota
« on: December 02, 2011, 05:28:22 PM »
I just got off the phone with a friend in Minnesota.

He said that since early this morning the snow has been nearly waist high and is still falling.

The temperature is dropping below zeroand the north wind is increasing.

His wife has done nothing but look through the kitchen window all day.

He says that if it gets much worse,                               

 he may have to let her in.

About You / Puck
« on: December 01, 2011, 04:43:50 AM »
Hey,  I'm Puck.

And I'm a fish-a-holic    -  And the crowd cheers

My fly-fishing mentor, Tony, owns Fly Tyers Vice, in Pittsburgh, Pa.  That is where I learned to actually catch fish with a fly rod (1992).  I'd been scaring the scales off of them for years before that.  He was able to talk me into taking a fly tying class, where I learned the basics, and the rest is history.  I'm still hooked.

I fish for anything and everything, in just about any water.  I actually had a German fishing liscense for my last 3 years there (1995-1998) to be able to indulge.  Trout and northern pike were my targets of choice.

More later.

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