The Snowshoe Hare Snare – Update

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I did hear from one of the companies that I had ordered from and they sent me two feet and refunded the rest because there is evidently a fair amount of difficulty getting cute little cuddly rabbits to give up their feet!

As for the other business, I’ve still had no contact.  Payment was made and the transaction completed on Feb. 27.  How long would you wait?

Ben

The Snowshoe Hare Snare

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Where have I been?  Oh never you mind, never you mind.

This June, Beth and I will be headed to Poland, New York to participate in the Trout Power Weekend (more at TroutPower.com).  We’ll be fishing some with my buddy, JP Ross and chasing down those elusive brook trout!

But back to the title.  What am I talking about?  Well the go to fly in the Adirondacks is The Usual.

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To achieve the best quality in this fly you need Snowshoe Hare‘s feet.  The proverbial lucky rabbit’s foot.  My local shop didn’t have any so I turned to online and ordered some from a few different places.  The one store I’ve always had great success with is Hook & Hackle.  I highly recommend them for their service.

I also ordered from another shop that shall not be named as of yet.  The payment was through PayPal and I have yet to receive anything including an email.  It’s been almost 2 weeks now.

On top of those I ordered some pretied flies as samples from someone claiming to be an associate of Fran Betters, the originator of The Usual.  Nothing, nada, zilch.  Again the transaction was through PayPal.

Intentionally I’m not naming names at this point but I certainly hope my mailbox explodes shortly with orders coming in or I’m going to be busy with PayPal and on here blasting certain businesses.

So what the Hell have you all been up to?

Ben

 

Writing

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I know I haven’t posted in quite awhile but sometimes you get caught up in life.  The temperatures and weather here in Ohio have forbid fishing, but hopefully things will get better.

I’ve been smoking a lot of meats on my new smoker and doing so quite successfully according to my friends that have been fortunate to taste my food.  Let me know in the comments section if you are interested in a some posts about this topic.

What I really wanted to talk about is my writing.  Some of you know and some of you don’t know that I’m write fiction and poetry based in the Horror and SciFi categories.   Many moons ago I started a novel called Azrael: Burning Rain and got side tracked do to some personal losses.  I think I’m now close to picking up the pen again and am contemplating starting from scratch.  What do you guys think?  Should I post a few chapters for you to read?

Hope things are well for you all

Ben

New Fly Rod Part 3: My Honest Opinion

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While I purchase my new rod from JP Ross Fly Rods for stream fishing I’ve used it for small river fishing for trout and also for a casting pond (read Bluegill and small Bass) that is near my house.  I’ve cast many different types and sizes of rods but nothing and I mean NOTHING has ever cast as smoothly and nicely as my 6’6” Beaver Meadow 2wt.

This rod is without a doubt my most prized fly fishing possession.  If I never got to fish it again I would hang it in a place of distinction on my wall.  It is a gorgeous gloss green rod with blood red wrappings at the guides.  The various engravings I requested only cap off the beauty of the rod.

As for fishing, OH HELL YEAH!  Last night in a stiff breeze I was able to cast direclty into the wind straightening my Lefty Kreh line out to lie upon the soft rippling water only to have a bunch of fifty cent piece sized Bluegills attack it.

I guess it boils down to some simple things for me.  Sometimes we do business with someone and it sucks or is okay.  Maybe I’d do business with them again. Let me make the next statement perfectly clear:

I HAVE NEVER HAD A BETTER BUSINESS EXPERIENCE IN MY LIFE THAN I DID WITH JP ROSS AND HIS COMPANY!

It’s that simple for me.  The man is a joy to work with and truly is concerned with the not just the quality of the product he is delivering but that it will truly meet your needs and expectations on ALL levels.

So here they are, my final rankings for JP Ross Fly Rods:

Looks of the delivered product – 10+

Business experience – 10 (can’t give a 10+ because it cost me money!! Just kidding JP)

Rod Performance – 10+

JP,

I’d like to personally thank you for delivering such a high quality experience to me.  It means the world that every time I pick up that rod, I’m reminded of my parents.  I look forward to doing business with you again!

Your Friend,

Benjamin Rogers

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