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Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: Robert Flowers (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 07:12PM

The Great Lakes, indeed all of the world's fresh waters are stressed due to many pollutants. I've been paying attention. A thought came to me, micro plastic particles and fibers. These are miniscule in size, but are entering the food chain of the tiny critters that feed on algae. These get eaten by small bait fish, then by larger fish, then by us. The fibers have been found in trout, pike, walleye, perch, and virtually all freshwater fish. They have been found in the gills, in the muscle tissue, and the stomachs; and they cause the fish harm. There are literally tons of microg-platics in the Great Lakes.

When we tie flies, especially streamers, synthetic materials such as nylon, floss, craft fur, flashabou, etc, get used to design our flies. They make for beautiful, and effective flies. But, they also contribute to micro-plasitics in our waterways. Silk tying thread, natural furs, and feathers are available, and are naturally biodegradable.. I think that I will try to start tying all natural flies, and when weighted wire is called for, use tungsten wire in place of lead. Even copper and brass corrode in time, and can be used. Plus, there are some naturals that just seem to attract fish, such as ostrich hurl, marabou, and other naturals.

Just something to think about.

Tight Lines and Frisky Fish

RJF

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: March 24, 2021 08:11PM

Robert,
GREAT POST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Thank you!!!

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!! BUILDING YOUR OWN SIMPLY ENHANCES THE EXPERIENCE.

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---)
Date: March 25, 2021 11:25AM

Robert: Well said!

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: March 26, 2021 02:20PM

As a good fishing buddy use to tell me when i was getting a little too silly about anything:"Maybe it,s all in your imagination." lol..

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: Robert Flowers (---)
Date: March 26, 2021 07:37PM

ben belote Wrote:
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> As a good fishing buddy use to tell me when i was
> getting a little too silly about anything:"Maybe
> it,s all in your imagination." lol..

I wish it was just in my imagination. Check this out: [news.jrn.msu.edu].

and this: [www.ecowatch.com]

Tight lines and frisky fish

RJF

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: Joel Wick (---.mercury.net)
Date: March 26, 2021 07:46PM

I'm quite certain that in the grand scheme of things, the foot or so of UniThread or the couple strands of Krystal Flash in the fly I tied is not going to be a problem.

I also feel like the enslavement of Silkmoth larvae to make silk, is animal cruelty. Free the caterpillars!

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: Danny Smith (---)
Date: March 28, 2021 03:08PM

I am quite certain that in the grand scheme of things, there are literally millions of flies made throughout the world each year. My few flies might not hurt, but my few flies are not all that are being produced. I have been reading about micro plastics for some time, and there will be a time that we really regret using plastics. Good post.

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Re: Not rod building, but important to all fisherpersons
Posted by: ben belote (---.zoominternet.net)
Date: March 28, 2021 04:59PM

Google plastic eating bacteria..

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