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  1. I pumped ~1000 gal one day at Warsaw, started 18-19 cents/gal and closed at 9.7 cents. Can't recall what year it was but I worked there "66-'68 so that time frame, our usual price was about 18-21 cents. Most of that 1000 gal. was at about 11 cents and the boss called the Company three times over the day to get authorization for more drops. I remember seeing gas wars at 3-6 cents several times in the early '60s for short time periods, prices dropping tenth of cent at a time because the pumps back then didn't calculate smaller than tenths.
  2. In any gauge, the gauge height is the measure of discharge rate, so in essence they tell the same thing. Trouble is that not all streams are created equal- one might be 3' wide and another might be 300' wide, width x height are the limiting factors to how much volume can pass in given time. So, a 6" difference in height might be a slight increase on one stream or it might be a major increase on another stream. The USGS keeps data on the discharge column in CFS for many years and the median flow in CFS is recorded on their graphs so that it is easy to compare with the recent instantaneous value. Because over time width of the stream or the flow speed may change, they don't report historical gauge data, so there is no way to guess how current gauge height relates to "normal" from 2 or 10 years ago. It's not so much the current reading of CFS that is important to me , it is how that compares to historical readings that tell me if the river is out it's banks.
  3. in 1916 gas was 21.5 cents/gal and up union brick layers got 65 cents/hour-$30/week; today bricklayers get ~$26/hour; for gas to be equivalent it would cost ~$8.96/gallon. Of course there was a shortage of gas that year and a war in Europe cutting off supplies from German and Austrian refineries, and a revolution in Mexico that cut off any fuel from there. I recall Dad and others talking about 20 cent a gallon gas when wages were a $1/day, maybe in the '30s.
  4. In the early 1900s gasoline was likely a novelty in it's own right. Moonbows on a puddle would have been rare. I'm not even sure they had slang words back then.
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    Doors?

    Fix the settling problem. In general though of the 3-4000 doors I installed, Sliders had lots fewer problems than French doors. Mostly because sliders have built in slop of about 3/4" and swinging doors have about an 1/8". Smaller tolerance binds sooner. On the other hand sliders are almost impossible to secure, if that's a concern.
  6. I check some of these almost daily and you can compare current reading with historic and mean flows to see just how blown out the crick is today. https://waterdata.usgs.gov/mo/nwis/rt
  7. tjm

    Holy cow

    I don't know about there but down here the ground is super saturated and any measurable rain will cause the hills to leak. 2" in the last rain caused runoff equivalent to what 6-7" might in spring/summer. Still have wet weather springs running full tilt days later.
  8. Baby brother has had cancer 25+ years, full chemo 9 times and I guess at least that many surgeries, so you can't be sure it's going to kill you right off. That said, at some point in anyone's life, bad habits have reduced potential to harm.
  9. I'd look at two things, nearby affordable lodging and multiple easy accesses allowing relatively short floats. I've been mighty cold in March. Especially when wet. It seems to me that March is when all my streams go through the annual flood of the Century cycle, so you might want other nearby entertainment. There may be a reason that most reports are summertime reports.
  10. I have no idea what that is. I asked about a base because a base of thread gives friction and a slightly uneven non-slick surface so that materials tied in over it can be bound between the layers of thread, I have seen new tyers try to tie over a bare slick hook shank, resulting in materials moving. Any of those should catch a fish, although the olive color would be one I would chose. Carry on.
  11. Are you laying down a good thread base prior to tying in the feathers? ... and are they pulling out or breaking off? some marabou is more fragile than it should be.
  12. If you have a chemist friend he can tell you what the stuff is pretty quick I bet. It seems unlikely to me that an entire plant is set up just manufacture a few hundred tubes of paste wax, but I've always been a bit of a skeptic. They do say the Wonder Cloth is "mildly abrasive".
  13. yeah, I remember catching trout in Idaho on dough balls and on bare hooks fished with willer limbs, now all them pork eaters have them trained to only get caught on $1100 fly rods with size #36 hooks Making it harder does two things, It justifies buying extravagant toys and it allows the fisher person to exercise his ego inflation genes. If I was better at fishing I might try catching a carp.
  14. Doesn't the bass pro shop there have a fly fishing department too?
  15. lead deforms easily with any impact, paint doesn't= result chipped heads I think powder coating stands up better, but I also think it is for the customer not the fish; I think movement, noise and silhouette are the triggers and any color is secondary to contrast.
  16. That Sunray description sounds like Albolene or Coconut oil... I've used that to clean with also What ever you put on either needs to dry hard like RainX or weather strip spray or it needs to be rubbed off with paper towel or coffee filter so that it doesn't gab a bunch of new dirt, The little "Cleaning Pads" that one line company or two have supplied actually made my lines nice for an hour or two but resulted in dirtier lines after a few hours because they left a dirt grabbing film. Made me wonder if they wanted to wear my line out with cleaning so that I would buy another. Well thinking about this I remember years ago running my line over a bar of Ivory soap to clean it while camped, and I think the wax? glycerin? in the soap made that line cast better for a while, but it could be just getting the dirt off made it better.
  17. Website still up and they have casting lessons and knot tying lessons- http://plateauflyshop.com/pfs-services/ I like a 7wt as a general purpose rod. I don't like really long rods, so ~100"-111" and I tend to want a more moderate action- hence suggest the help of professional instructors in evaluating what will work best for you. Like buying shoes we don't all fit in the same size or mold.
  18. other things I've seen recommended= Rain-X windshield dressing - Mucilin green label is a silicon paste line dressing; hair conditioner containing silicone-- I've used Albolene smeared on and wiped/polished off with paper towels basic dish soap/H2O 50-50 to clean will do as much good as anything, i use a couple 20 year old lines
  19. 303 Aerospace Protectant ? I don't think it's 3M but it's supposed to be good PVC line coating should respond to any thing that is used on other PVC things like seat covers, what?
  20. Those subsidies keep the food available at low cost to the consumer, but without them the farmers could likely increase profit with decreased production. Hungry people will pay whatever it takes for a loaf of bread. I will agree that currently most farms are subsidy dependent. I guess that makes wildlife in many places subsidy dependent.
  21. No frills, but fit me well and look almost like new after 2 or 3 years, https://www.academy.com/shop/pdp/magellan-outdoors™-mens-canvas-wading-boots They live in the trunk and walk the bank as much as wade.
  22. SC blanks are available from their factory in Mexico; https://rodgeeks.com/pages/about-us the Carbon 2 is the SC II and the Carbon 4 is the SC IV the US made SC V is sold from there after painting, I think
  23. Often you can knock on a door and prevent confrontation. i wouldn't want to get shot over a gravel bar the way that guy did a few years ago.
  24. I don't think it can be addressed by the legislature, unless they want to buy all the stream beds from all the various land owners. It falls to the Courts and to dedicated trespassers willing to go all the way. Wrench, I wish you luck with that but I believe you will find that mining is not commercial use in terms of navigation in fact. The Delcour decision is based on dozens of other cases dating back a century or three and any new case would have to be examined in respect to all those cases and by now probably a hundred more cases in other states that affect or interpret the old cases. And you are correct we may not want things clarified, we can still wade and I read that in some other states you can't touch the bottom at all, not even to pole a skiff.
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