Daily Edge for Fri. 9/27 – Tools of the Trade

GET SET!  Friday will provide some outdoor opportunities and Saturday morning will allow for adventures as well, as the rain bumps back into the evening.  Take advantage because a damp, cold and windy stretch is on tap for early next week…plus a chance for everyone’s favorite white four-letter word!?

Featured Photo:  Organized (kinda).  Fly tying and lure crafting tools find a home – at least temporarily ahead of the season – in a desktop organizer. We cover some of those “other” tools, beyond the vise and bobbin, in today’s Outdoors Roundup.  Simonson Photo.


WEATHER (Bismarck Forecast):
Today:   Fri 9/27 – Cooler – Hi 55, Lo 40, Wind NW@10
Tomorrow:  Sat 9/28 – Heavy Rain PM – Hi 53, Lo 39, Wind E@20, G30


SOLUNAR (Bismarck Times):


Sunrise        Sunset
7:36AM        7:31PM


Moonrise      Moonset       Overhead               Underfoot
5:50AM        7:31PM         12:47PM           12:20AM

Moon Phase:  Waning Crescent (2% Full)


EDGE HOUR:   7:00-8:00PM.  Moonset and sunset align with lessening winds and clear skies to trigger some deer movement – you’ll want to be on stand tonight in our Edge Hour!





HACKLES UP.  Clip-on hackle pliers allow easy palmering of neck and saddle hackle feathers around a fly, making realistic legs and gills from their fibers.  A rotary version is also a nice add to any tool collection.

SHORT CUT.  A side snip allows for a quick trim of hooks when crafting jointed flies and easily trims spinner shafts and wire leader.  In a pinch, many needlenose pliers have a wirecutter built in that will do the trick, but for heavier guage wire (such as .051” common in muskie in-lines) you’ll need something that doesn’t hurt your hands.

LET IT BURN.  Add a small butane lighter to any fly tying desk to melt the ends of yarn or chenille, like on the San Juan Worm and to reduce plastic shrink tubing around the shaft-splitring-hookeye connection on bucktails for pike and muskies.  No specialty fly store needed, just stop in at your local Kwik-E-Mart!



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