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Fly Tying in Bloomington IL.
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Ok, here it is.  The Illinois Smallmouth Alliance is holding fly tying dates once a month during the winter months.  Would there be any interest from you guys in central IL?  Most of the time there…Continue

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Fly tying bench for sale.

These are what I use to organize my tying.Give me a call 309-287-1425Continue

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OK, today I went ice fishing for the first time in about 20 years.

I have had this fear of falling threw ice since the last time I fell in. I was in my late teens, it was about 4 degrees out and I fell into a lake we were riding our motorcycles and snowmobiles on. The lake had an aerator that did not allow the ice to freeze as thick in certain places. When I fell in, I was up to my neck and it was very hard to get myself out. However I did get out before my friends got back to me. I got on… Continue

Posted on January 28, 2010 at 1:41pm — 7 Comments

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At 6:12am on December 5, 2012, Mark Sleeper said…

Hi yes i too went through the ice as a teen too,I was running on thin ice in a gravel pit with my friends, i surfaced in the same hole i went through, had to swim and crawl as i broke ice back to the shore,it's something you never forget. Yes i love the nor vise its built like a tank  its worth every $$ ,i watched norm on you tube put dubbing on with it, that sold me on it ,fast and user friendly.the jaws hold very good ,I have tied from a # 22 to a #2 with the standard jaws .I also have a HMH vise that is made about 10 miles from my house,it too is built like a tank, both are rotary ,but the nor vise smokes it. i use standard bobbins and the auto ones with the Nor vice.Thanks for the friend add on. Sleepy

At 1:17pm on June 25, 2012, Mark Stine said…

Hi kirbaer, Sounds like you have as much rod building experience as me except this was my third fly rod.  Everything I know came from youtube and I think one of the best sites on the web for fly rod building.  I love building em just can't afford too many.  plus not enough room to store em. finished the 5 wt this morning, I am very happy with it.

At 5:08pm on December 19, 2010, mike needles said…

i was just wondering if you have done any squirrel hunting this year. did you get a dog?

At 5:05pm on December 19, 2010, mike needles said…

have you done any squirrel hunting this year? did you get a dog?

At 12:53pm on August 12, 2010, Tim Roberts said…
Thanks for the info. I look forward to buying a dremel tool sometime soon. I'm sure it works well with balsa too.
At 7:05pm on March 7, 2010, Jim G said…
Do you have a problem when on the lowest setting the dremel spins too fast. I think I could do better if it was slower. I used a small grout bit and have pretty good success, the speed is now my biggest problem. Thanks for the help!
At 12:37am on March 3, 2010, klrbaer said…
Sand the needle with heavy grit sand paper, back and forth on the shaft. Not around the shaft. Use a course grit emery board to form the poppers and VERY LIGHT pressure.
Good luck.
At 3:50pm on March 1, 2010, Jim G said…
I was looking at your rig to make foam poppers with a dremel. I've tried this but I can't get the foam to stay spinning when i try to form it. Any hints would be great. I use a lot of foam ear plugs. Where do you get your leg material for your poppers?
At 2:54pm on January 20, 2010, Jen Nayfly said…
As a matter of fact this is the first time I'm trying the nail polish on the eyes. After I painted them, I coated them with rubber based cement. Gonna see how they hold up in the water.
At 6:47pm on January 10, 2010, klrbaer said…

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