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About You / Re: New to the group
« on: November 01, 2013, 04:36:23 AM »
And please  - don't inflate Puck's ego any further... we'll never hear the end of it!

George

Hey....

I resemble that remark.

 :)

Puck

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Orvis / Re: Orvis 2013-11-06
« on: October 31, 2013, 11:40:19 AM »
I have the material in the go box to tie Clousers.

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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Outing Information Only / Re: REDFISH RODEO!!!! Entry fee...
« on: October 29, 2013, 09:33:56 AM »
I'll pay at the meeting tonight.

Is cash OK?

Puck

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Outing Information Only / Re: REDFISH RODEO? No recomended flies?
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:33:20 AM »

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Tying Chat / Re: Redfish Crack on a Diet
« on: October 29, 2013, 05:32:39 AM »
Tested this exact fly, and it did catch a fish.

 :)

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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8)
Add or subtract 12
So 5:30 + 12=1730. or 1730-12=5:30. 

Does anyone know were I can find KeeHee flies locally?   I have ordered some from Fishers Direct but it takes a while.

I'd suggest calling the local Vendors.  You can find a list of a few of them here http://www.texasflyfishers.org/reports/index.php

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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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Outing Information Only / Re: October 2013 - Anahuac - Trinity Bay
« on: October 22, 2013, 07:23:09 AM »
Okay, that's just not fair! I am chained to my desk for the rest of my life!

Call Joe French. He plays hooky on Fridays. He might like to join you.

Thanks.   He and I are setting it up now. 

I'll take pictures.  You can live vicariously through photos.   :)

Puck

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Outing Information Only / Re: October 2013 - Anahuac - Trinity Bay
« on: October 22, 2013, 05:04:02 AM »
Don't tell anybody, but I have a kitchen pass for Friday.   :-X

The weather is looking good.  I think I'll try to sneak over there early that morning.

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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