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

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?




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?   

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.


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.


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

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.

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.

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.


Orvis / Thursday Night at Orvis, 2013-09-05
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:17:43 AM »
I have no idea what the program tomorrow night is, but I plan to be tying my version of the RFC(redfish crack)


Orvis / MOVED: Home for good...
« on: September 04, 2013, 05:16:03 AM »

Fly Fishing Gear / WTB a 10 wt ??
« on: September 03, 2013, 09:37:33 AM »
I will be buying a 10 weight before Christmas. 

Skip is loaning me one for PINS later this month, and Nilo has approved my purchase of one.

I prefere a much slower action than most of the club.  I'm just too lazy of a caster for the extremely fast rods.

Suggestions are welcome.

Or if you have one you are willing to let me "try before buy" let me know.


Outing Chat / Christmas Bay solo kayak trip
« on: September 01, 2013, 11:28:24 AM »
Launched late, about 0830. 

There was no wind, but plenty of vampires.  The water was perfectly clear with some floating grass. 

Hooked up 3 times, but landed no keepers.  One rat red to hand on a spoon fly.

Covered 4 miles, for very little fishing activity, but it was a great day to be on the water.  No work, no chores..  as Scott B. reminded me..


Tying Chat / Where can I find this particular foam head?
« on: July 25, 2013, 09:45:10 AM »
Rainy's Foam Diver HeadsRainy's Foam Diver Heads

I ran out of them, and the place I used to get them went out of business.


Outing Chat / Anahuac, 2013-07-13
« on: July 14, 2013, 01:56:41 PM »
Mike Q and I left Katy at about 0615 and drove straight to the water just pas the boat launch in Anahuac, Tx.

It was a quick one mile paddle to get to the first set of flats.  The water was fairly clear, but not much salt.  Bait was all over the place in the channels going towards the boat launch, so we though we would have good day.  On the water by 0800.

It was spooky, no wind.  Easy paddling, easy casting.  Temp in the 90s.

Mike hooked and landed a nice flounder.  (Picture later)

I caught a mullet, hardhead catfish, and a ladyfish, (Pictures later) all on a redfish crack that Mike loaned me.  Another nice fish was hooked up, but I was cut off by oyster, or something else sharp.

We saw redfish, and plenty of mullet.  The largest, and most exciting, sighting we had was the enormous alligator gar rolling and feeding sometimes just feet away from our kayaks.

Off the water trying to beat the incoming rain by 1400.  We were loading the kayaks on the trailer and it started coming down.

More later.


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