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Tying Chat / Small SS brushes
« on: December 22, 2013, 12:53:34 PM »
I got some in the mail.  I use them to pick out fibers when I'm almost finished with a fly.

Anybody else need one?  Barter system is in place...   ;)

Puck

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LOL / I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit
« on: December 17, 2013, 09:10:23 AM »
I was diagnosed with A. A. A. D. D. - Age Activated Attention Deficit
Disorder.

This is how it manifests:
I decided to wash my car. As I start toward the garage, I notice that there is mail on the hall table. I decide to go through the mail before I wash the car. I lay my car keys down on the table, put the junk mail in the trash can under the table, and notice that the trash can is full. So, I decide to put the bills back on the table and take out the trash first..

But then I think, since I'm going to be near the mailbox when I take out the trash anyway, I may as well pay the bills first. I take my checkbook off the table, and see that there is only one check left. My extra checks are in my desk in the study, so I go to my desk where and I find the can of Coke that I had been drinking. I'm going to look for my checks, but first I need
to push the Coke aside so that I don't accidentally knock it over. I see that the Coke is getting warm, and I decide I should put it in the refrigerator to keep it cold.

As I head toward the kitchen with the coke a vase of flowers on the counter catches my eye--they need to be watered. I set the Coke down on the counter, and I discover my reading glasses that I've been searching for all morning. I decide I better put them back on my desk, but first I'm going to water the flowers. I set the glasses back down on the counter, fill a
container with water and suddenly I spot the TV remote. Someone left it on the kitchen table. I realize that tonight when we go to watch TV, we will be looking for the remote, but nobody will remember that it's on the kitchen table, so I decide to put it back in the den where it belongs, but first I'll water the flowers. I splash some water on the flowers, but most of it
spills on the floor. So, I set the remote back down on the table, get some towels and wipe up the spill. Then I head down the hall trying to remember what I was planning to do. At the end of the day: the car isn't washed, the bills aren't paid, there is a warm can of Coke sitting on the counter, the flowers aren't watered, there is still only one check in my checkbook, I can't find the remote, I can't find my glasses, and I don't remember what I did with the car keys. Then when I try to figure out why nothing got done today, I'm really baffled because I know I was busy all day long, and I'm really tired. I realize this is a serious problem, and I'll try to get some help for it, but first I'll check my e-mail.

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George Phillips, an elderly man, from Meridian, Mississippi, was going up to bed, when his wife told him that he'd left the light on in the garden shed, which she could see from the bedroom window. George opened the back door to go turn off the light, but saw that there were people in the shed stealing things.

He phoned the police, who asked "Is someone in your house?"

He said "No," but some people are breaking into my garden shed and stealing from me.

Then the police dispatcher said "All patrols are busy. You should lock your doors and an officer will be along when one is available"

George said, "Okay."

He hung up the phone and counted to 30. Then he phoned the police again.

"Hello, I just called you a few seconds ago because there were people stealing things from my shed. Well, you don't have to worry about them now because I just shot and killed them both, the dogs are eating them right now." and he hung up.

Within five minutes, six Police Cars, a SWAT Team, a Helicopter, two Fire Trucks, a Paramedic, and an Ambulance showed up at the Phillips' residence, and caught the burglars red-handed.

One of the Policemen said to George, "I thought you said that you'd shot them!"

George said, "I thought you said there was nobody available!"

(True Story) I LOVE IT! Don't mess with old people.

REMEMBER, GROWING OLDER IS MANDATORY. GROWING UP IS OPTIONAL. 

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LOL / Reporting an attempted murder....
« on: December 17, 2013, 05:04:12 AM »
 ;)

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General Discussion / Christmas Party !! was a rousing success.
« on: December 16, 2013, 05:33:27 AM »
49 people were there, with plenty of food, and fun.

Report later.

Those of use that brought cameras need to work with Dave to get the pictures, and videos, onto tthis site.

Puck

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TFF has been invited back to participate in the expanding of young minds at one of our local high schools.

We will be speaking to 3 different classes, starting with the first period.

Day 1 (2014-01-31) - Introduction to fly-fishing
          Most of this is "Show and tell"
Day 2 (2014-03-14) - Fly casting
          In the hallway is what we did last year.
Day 3 (2014-04-11) - Fly Tying
          This is the most challenging due to the time limits.  A wooly bugger may be too complicated for the limited amount of time.  Ideas anyone?

We will need some more volunteers.

Updates are in the works.

Puck


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Orvis / Orvis 2013-11-06
« on: October 31, 2013, 05:42:03 AM »
Clousers.....

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Tying Chat / Gudebrod is out of business.....
« on: October 30, 2013, 10:09:36 AM »
Does anybody know a reliable replacement for thier size "A" rod wrapping thread?

Puck

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Skunk

Puck

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The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches.  That's an exceedingly odd number. 

Why was that gauge used? Because that's the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US railroads. 

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that's the gauge they used. 

Why did "they" use that gauge then?   Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing. 

Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing?   Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that's the spacing of the wheel ruts. 

So who built those old rutted roads?   Imperial Rome built the first Long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions.   The roads have been used ever since. 

And the ruts in the roads? Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels.  Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing. Therefore the United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot.  Bureaucracies live forever. 

So the next time you are handed a Specification/ Procedure/ Process and wonder "What horse's behind came up with it?" you may be exactly right.   Imperial Roman army chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of the rear ends of two war horses. (Two horses' behinds.) Now, the twist to the story:

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank.   These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory at Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site. The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains.   And the SRBs had to fit through that tunnel. The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses' behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world's most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse's behind. And you thought being a horse's behind wasn't important?   

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Damon's Seven Lakes / TFO Mangrove 10wt
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:32:51 AM »
I just ordered a 10wt Mangrove from our favorite TFO dealer.

Puck

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I have been asked to tie the woven stonefly again, before the meeting starts.

Bring a vice, and I can guide you through the process.

Puck


PS:  I been asked to put the date-time-group "translation" up there for civilians

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Orvis / Orvis 2013-10-17
« on: October 18, 2013, 07:30:10 AM »
I have no idea who won the drawing.  Can somebody let the rest of us know who the lucky person was?

Mike won the casting games last night.

Here are some photos.

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Tying Chat / Redfish Crack on a Diet
« on: September 22, 2013, 01:48:46 PM »
Look how skinny it is....

Tied on a size 6 stinger hook.

I have yet to test it out.

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Orvis / Thursday night at Orvis, 2013-09-19
« on: September 20, 2013, 09:55:52 AM »
I got there a little early and started tying 5 minute redfish cracks.  We had a total of about 20 people show up.  I didn't take pictures, but I did see cameras out.

The casting games were a hit.  Since the gang had to stay inside we had the additional challenge of indoor obstacles.  I don't know who actually won, but there were a lot of good natured cheering, and jesting, as the game progressed.  Some of our beginers made some of the best casts, since they didn't have the bad habits to "unlearn."

Presenters of the evening were from an Orvis endorsed fishing lodge in the Bahamas.  I'll get the website for those guys when I get a few more minutes.  They were part of the group from the first moment. Only later did we learn that these were the presenters that evening.

They both are extremely enthused about the fishing, and were great at answering Golden's questions.

More later.

Puck

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