Archive for April, 2009



21
Apr
09

Xenophilia (for the freakish and interesting)

XENOPHILIA

Naughty Digits-Xenophilia

Naughty Digits-Xenophilia

Xenophilia’s Odd Finger Fixation…well not so odd

18
Apr
09

Deschutes River Passage Kaput!!! (now what?)

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‘Yeah great idea. NOT. Now that there has been a MAJOR setback because if the accident the other day all the smolt looking to get to sea will be unable to do so. I guess they create a few more trout to fish for in Billy Chinook and a few land locked salmon.’ Comment by Brian Meade

“In 2008, volunteers and wildlife staff placed 140,000 spring chinook fry in the Metolius River, said Mike Gauvin, Pelton mitigation coordinator with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. Those that survived the year started migrating this spring, and biologists don’t know how many are already in the reservoir, Gauvin said, but it’s probably less than half.

To catch the ones that are still on their way down the Metolius, biologists will add three traps to the two already in place on the Metolius, he said. People will check those traps daily, and truck any fish caught in them to the Lower Deschutes where they can swim to the Columbia River and on to the Pacific Ocean.”

http://www.bendbulletin.com/

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 ‘Over the weekend, a $100 million fish passage broke during construction on Lake Billy Chinook, near Madras. The Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs and Portland General Electric spent Wednesday contemplating how to fix the fish passage – and who will pay for it.”

18
Apr
09

Tadas Trinkunas Photography

Calvados & Casting by Tadas Trinkunas (Lithuania)

Calvados & Casting by Tadas Trinkunas (Lithuania)

Tadas Trinkunas has taken some cool shots of Brown Trout and gear. Many of his non-fly fishing shots are edgy.

Trinkunas Brown Trout

Trinkunas Brown Trout

18
Apr
09

Parkour Movements & Free Running (I Think I’ll Have Another Slice of Pizza)

 

 

 

OK, it's a Tabby and not a Panther

OK, it's a Tabby and not a Panther

 

 

Parkour: So, why you ask would this blog or an old guy care about a French discipline that has swept the world? Well, I was at one time pretty fit and daring. But, I was never blessed with balance nor an inner ear that suffered well the rapid relocation others enjoy in tumbling, roller coasters or rapid movements. I marvel at anyone that can move like these, shall I call them ‘athletes’?  I think so. An interesting discipline. Cat like in moves, the truly efficient are amazing to behold.There are established moves for the sport. Research it a bit and you will enjoy watching these transgressors of gravity, well not exactly..maybe better to say ‘successful transgressors of gravity’.     

18
Apr
09

Stillwater Slip Strike Indicator (bobber rig…sounds soooo non-fly fisher, but….)

Slip Strike Bobber

Slip Strike Bobber

Slip Strike Bobber
Slip Strike Bobber

 Most fly fishers become aware of the value of a strike indicator of some sort, usually while nymphing on a stream or river. Although Czech Nymphing is popular, the dredging technique still is probably not as popular as fishing with a strike indicator. In addition to streams, an indicator is used by some on stillwaters for chironomid fishing. I have posted before about wind drifting a leech or pupa pattern beneath a strike indicator on a lake and noticed that shows with Chan and Rowley often show them using a sizable ‘bobber’ that is set up to slide down the leader when the fish is struck and the resistance is felt. The above photo’s (sorry for the second one) show the loop. Rowley suggests the peg and loop be on the bottom of the bobber to eliminate less tangles with the lob cast. The key to this set up, if I can explain it correctly, was to do this: on upper end of  bobber use finger to press off leader so it does not slide, take peg that has leader running up the middle of it, and is on bottom side of bobber and draw it out or downward an inch or so and form a loop of leader as you insert the peg into the bottom of the bobber. The strike will cause the peg to be pulled out, then the bobber will slide down to the fish’s snout, pissing it off and enhancing your enjoyment…oh relax and shut up PETA…    Don’t insert the peg so tightly that the strike/fish resistance can’t dislodge the peg.  The top picture gives a good view but Chan and Rowley and B.C. officianados recommend the peg on the bottom. I would for enjoyment sake pick a bobber that is visible, supports the flies you are most likely going to use and don’t go too big to reduce air resistance.     

18
Apr
09

You Drink, You don’t get laid!! (somethings never change)

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If you were around in 1919 (just before prohibition started) and came upon the following poster………I mean seriously, would you quit drinking? (photo courtesy John Blackman, Alaska; Pieter Van Dyke, Oregon)

18
Apr
09

Michelle Mahood Photography (Insects and more)

I rediscovered a past nugget of visual clarity for fly tying via always interesting Planet Trout. I saw PT showed the link as Real Bugs. It was the photography of Michelle Mahood . For me, I gain so much more with quality visuals. It is one reason I have striven to improve my posted images of tied flies. Great shots of the real insects is even more informative and helpful with our tying.

October Caddis~Bottom Up (Michelle Mahood)

October Caddis~Bottom Up (Michelle Mahood)

I don’t know if Ms. Mahood flyfishes or ties, but her photography is visual blessing to those that do. Thank you, Michelle (and, Planet Trout)   




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