Archive for June 27th, 2008


Old Fishing (the good and bad of it….)

the good: rods & reels that work and have endured; waders that make you look seasoned and have yet to have a serious leak; old men who share the keys to the kingdom; old homesteads that make you wonder; old hats that don’t make you look like a rube; old dirt roads and no one around; old rods and reels set aside out of respect for new more efficient gear; old spots that are still productive; rediscovering proven flies.

the bad: old reels with no drag; development near your secret spot; paved roads; gates blocking access to old spots; glass rods; too many leaks; improved campgrounds; wool; gutted Salmon for the roe; small runs; tired and damaged bodies; taking off neoprene waders on freezing days; cheap, cracked flylines; old, unfriendly farts who don’t share; snaggers; arrogance of privilege.

This is an evolutionary experience. At the ends of the age spectrum you are either too young or old to care. In between, you are usually making choices and identifying preferences, and heaven help you boundaries. This sport affords many of us great blessings to travel, experience the far reaches of our sport and to do it again. Stay humble about that and don’t set too many boundries for this sport in your mind. Always learn from those willing to share. Don’t be a know it all….that guy or gal standing nearby may know way more than you..and you will look like a bozo!    


Fishing Chironomids (like a prerequisite math class, ugh)


I know, I know. A significant staple of trout and available year round. But, unless it is the last light evening or early morning hatch, I am bored to tears to anchor and fish vertically. I have watched it numerous times in BC. Guys fishing their two rods (legal there..odd, but you can’t fish two flies per rod…more odd) and well dialed into depth and fishing vertical and getting fish. I have done it. I have fished beside a BC gent, who gave me gentle instructions. It worked. We were anchored in heavy wind with rolling 6″ to 1 foot waves and we did catch fish. I think I could do it in waters where it is best to not fight the wind. Anchor up and fish toward the shoreline and see what shakes. But, I do get twitchy to move about. I can’t sit for long and need to move. At any rate, the attached chart by Phillip Rowley does suggest, at least for BC/Eastern Washington lakes that midges and scuds are pretty darn important. But Mayflies at the same level as Zooplankton? Doesn’t seem right. Just thinking of static fishing makes my head hurt…like rolling out of bed, heading off to school and sitting through a math class that just did not compute for me. Necessary but boring. Course, I have all manner of pupa and emerger patterns, even a few larva patterns (bloodworms), but I am not disciplined enough to make them a priority. The chart  suggests that is wrongheaded. At least you should make a wise decision. Pupa photo by Brian Chan. (Read!)

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