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Old 03-19-2003, 11:45 AM
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Hal, I love taking time to look-and-see what so many others' interests are, or were; to find 'new' information and ideas, or be 'reminded' of long forgotten memories. Rambling through the Internet not only helps educate and amuse me, but also energizes me to at least think about how I can improve my skills, if not make me want to tie everything I've never tied or fished, fish every body of water I've never seen or only heard about, just like you. I don't think many of us are very different.

You openly wonder why you spend money on paper research items. My own reasons struck me as an older, generational thing that the Internet may never supersede. I have always enjoyed books, manuals, magazines and such for their hands-on value, their ability to fill my hands and mind both. As we progress day to day we are hustled along by "progress", by development of new electronic ways to research, to study, to 'better' our lives; sometimes, we don't want to be pushed. Arguably, I agree with the General Electric slogan, "Progress is our most important product"; it's great in too many ways to mention here, but I very often wish for what we somewhat weathered, slightly older types would call a 'simpler' time. In that regard, I will always enjoy a book more for it's art and pictures, inflections and cadence, as well as it's ability to put me down in one place and make me pay attention to it, to relax and enjoy it.

In a recent communique' with a newer member of this assembly, I proffered a sense as to my scope of educational reference, whether historical, anecdotal or first-person. That scope of educational reference spans an almost one and one-half century block of people's lives. I wish I'd paid more attention to what they offered; I wish I'd practiced more of what I'd been taught. Further, that I often looked forward to the distractions the Internet and places like FFF afford, as they give me (perhaps all of us) an opportunity to 'divert' from the daily grind. Regardless, I still like to and tend to sink back into a less electronic means of communication, education and relaxation. Stranger still, I don't even remotely rely on my 'ancient' computer programming training to try and understand where computer technology's gone in twenty years; I wonder if I would even understand it.

Quentin's points are very well taken; I've done so myself. But, what I've accomplished by copying something from the 'net is to be able to use/enjoy it when I want to instead of when there's "time" - same thing, you ask; not to me.

Like you, I've been at this for well over forty years. I am not, by any means, an authority on anything. Your scope of reference, generationally, is probably as broad as my own and so many others of us. I would love to know all that you or Fred or any of the others know about salmon or steelhead fishing. I'd love to be able to step back in time to Zane Grey, Hemingway, Carrie Stevens, Herb Welch, for instance, to have watched and listened to; to my own family's five generations I remember as alive and in the same room at one time, so I could ask to be taught all of it again. I'm happy and grateful I hands-on learned to rig baits from some old leathery 'salts'. As much time as I'd spent on the water as a kid, had I not put to sea as an adult, I wouldn't have appreciated or respected the true strength or mercilessness of Mother Nature.

Those are some of the ways I'm reminded of how we arrived where we are. I guess it can be summed up this way: when I was younger, I couldn't stand the Beatles; as I've aged, I've learned to appreciate and enjoy them as well as realize their music is part of my life.

IMO, technology would be an empty evolution without any tip of the hat to the history which precedes it. I hope to learn much more; I hope to be able to teach some of what I have learned before I check out.

Though I'm glad I had the time to put this together; I've enjoyed thinking about it more. When I go home and sit down with feathers and thread, a crackling fire at my back, I'll remember to thank you all, too.

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Old 03-19-2003, 12:13 PM
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DFix - I can relate completely with what you're saying, though you have a few years on me. Without some reference on which to base progress, how can it be appreciated? I suspect that you and I are alike in many ways; longing for simpler times and less media distraction. The internet is unquestionably the gateway to a wealth of knowledge, both that printed on paper and existing purely in the minds of the authors, and I use it daily in my job and at home to communicate with friends, family, and others such as the great bunch on the FFF. However (and maybe I'm some sort of generational throw-back), I much prefer to sit back in my antique leather chair with a good book in hand (some of my favorites are by John Merwin), dog(s) sleeping by my feet, Guinness or home brew on the end table, with nothing to focus on but the words on the page and the mental images that I relate them with. No moving images, no pop-up ads, just the pages and the information presented there. Is it any wonder that I nearly never watch TV or listen to the radio anymore? I hear enough about world news every morning at the office... The internet is a great resource, but my collection of books will never cease to grow. Is it wasted money? No, not to me. It's all in the perspective.

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Old 03-19-2003, 02:23 PM
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I just found an awesome technical fly fishing research article on the net, might keep it to myself for a while, you know to keep ahead of these internet young fly fishing guns, so us older guys like me have a knowledge advantage. Can't believe they are giving away this great information for nothing on the net.

I just surfed into by pure luck.

Don't get the wrong idea I still cherish my historical fly fishing books, actually got some nice old fly patterns from them this
winter.

"Knowledge itself is power" - Francis Bacon - 1600 something.

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Old 03-19-2003, 03:48 PM
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where do you get these qoutes hal?

back on the topic of streamers which would yo say that you use the most for me it would be either a muddler or bugger
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Old 03-19-2003, 03:50 PM
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Hal are you going to the Bass pro spring classic?
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Old 03-22-2003, 11:56 AM
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"Knowledge is power"

Yeah, it sure is. Some of us even know how to keep 'em hooked so we can LAND 'em, too! That's the essence of fishing, in case you haven't heard!:hehe: :hehe:

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Old 03-22-2003, 08:33 PM
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Wow missed a good thread here.

Sean, my favorites, in no specific order are:

Wooly Bugger
Black nosed dace
Muddler minnow
Maribou streamers

The wooly bugger is great for spots where a flys half half life is measured in minutes.

The black nosed dace matches the forage fish in many streams I fish.

Muddler minnows I just like to fish. Having confidence in a fly means a lot.

The maribou streamer is another simple fly . White, black or the black nosed dace colors are good. Don't be afraid to try your own combinations to match the local forage fish.

A fly I have high expections for this year is one submitted by PMFlyFisher in the simple but deadly fly swap. The fly is at http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flyta...ple+but+deadly
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Old 03-22-2003, 08:43 PM
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Old 03-24-2003, 03:33 PM
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how did you double that post they are ten minutes apart too
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Old 03-24-2003, 03:41 PM
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Sean, it takes skill to screwup that well. :hehe:
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Old 03-24-2003, 05:10 PM
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Just tie some marabou on a hook with some tinsel on the shank.
White and black is all I needed, as a kid 40 years ago, now you have more colors to choose from.

Keep it simple, black or white will work.

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