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There are lots of guide-spacing programs available. This is one of the ones I’ve used. Also, I’ve used a graphing program when I knew I wanted a land a guide where I could combine the guide wrap with the ferrule wrap. That program is also very helpful for doing marine design work and fairing lines. In line with your Dad’s method, here’s how to find the nodes on a xylophone.

“What”, someone might ask, “does any of this have to do with bond investing?”
“Exactly as much as anything else does”, I would reply.

Bond-investing is nothing if not comparative shopping. The faster and easier you can analyze data --any data-- and turn it into information, the better able you are to make informed decisions about anything, because you see the interconnections more quickly than the less flexible and less practiced. Buying bonds or building fly rods are no different in their essentials. Once you have that Taoist mind, it becomes easier to act intuitively no matter the task at hand. 'Grace' Hemmingway called it in another context. But the idea is the same. The right thing to do is what you do. Daniel Kahneman has studied this trait extensively and terms it "fast thinking". The implications of his work for investing are huge (but a post for another time).


Nothing and Heaven share the same root.
Difficulty and ease are a part of all work.
The long and the short are in your hands,
Above and below exist because they each do,
Neither future nor past can exist alone.
The sage has no attachment to anything,
He therefore does what is right without speaking,
By simply being in the Tao.

(from the Kwok, Palmer, Ramsey translation)
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