A display of the upside down trout and the unraveling fly in its lower jaw. Somehow it still is a perfect moment…if not visually…physically for sure.
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Beneath the surface your fly patterns hopefully imitate reality or by virtue of colors entice, incite and provoke the take….the moment. Here is an exceptional article about the colors, vision, the spectrum in that world below the surface at Mid Current: Shining A Light on UV Materials
“A fish also uses its lateral-line system to determine the direction and distance to the source of a sound, sometimes with startling accuracy, and to orient itself in a current or position itself among waves. Experiments have shown that certain fish can detect and catch prey within 10 to 20 feet by using their lateral-line system.”
“A fish’s lateral line picks up nearby or near-field (within 20 to 30 feet or so) low-frequency sound caused by water movement and turbulence, which can be caused by currents or breaking waves, by movements or activity of other animals, or by movements of the fish itself. The lateral-line system is extremely accurate when the sound is within 5 feet or so. The ability to sense sound through the lateral-line system is sometimes referred to by scientists as a “distant touch” sense.” (Source: FlyLifeMagazine)
The above sensory magic of the lateral lines points to the need for obvious stealth when wading, rowing, kicking, paddling toward an area in search of fish.
Many years ago (1980), I bought Polly Rosborough’s Fuzzy Nymphs book and of all his flies, the Casual Dress Nymph was most appealing and successful for me. I highly recommend the pattern. The color scheme is traditionally as depicted. The tail can be the original fox fur or hackle fibers or rabbit fur guard hairs. Above I used the brown hen hackle barbules. In some instances you will see it without a tail and suggestive of a Caddis pupa. Tumbled down streams or retrieved upward through stillwaters, it is an excellent nymph pattern.
My son’s (three of them) are grown men now. They all grew up camping, backpacking, fly fishing and enjoying the outdoors. Now they are immersed in day to day life and find little opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. I went through this as a young man. I found I had unintentionally stepped away from the outdoor pursuits and enjoyment my Dad had exposed me to. I had to find a balance, a pathway back to enjoy it. On occasion, I still have to do that. But, I know I need it. Soon they will, hopefully, realize that need also in their very busy, hectic lives.
Here is a brief collection of my youngest son, Tony, as he moved along with fly fishing and fly tying.
Loreto, Mexico (La-ret-o….not La-ray-to) is a lovely little town in Baja California that has less tourism than the other larger Baja townships. The Spanish and French influences are visible. The streets are quieter and the pace perfect for the mind.
Certainly something is in order after that bout with the Chicken Paws. So I thought I would throw up two pleasant photographs of frequently used stillwater patterns and a beauty I caught this Fall. Trout caught/released.
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