Archive for July 15th, 2008

15
Jul
08

Stick Fly (simple, suggestive, don’t over think it)

 
Stick Fly~1
Stick Fly~1

  

Stick Fly~2
Stick Fly~2

 Stick Fly~3

                                                                                                                      

Stick Fly~3

I first read about this from a past Westfly contributor and excellent flyfisher/flytier, Jeff Morgan. He wrote about the Stick Fly. At the time, I thought..’Geeez, must be hard up for something to write about’ A Stick Fly? Well, I am here to tell you that it shines in streams and rivers, cast along the seams of slow and faster waters. I have tied it in several variations. Stick Fly 2 was based upon a Peeking Caddis (at the bend and not so easy to make out). It has worked ok, but the protruding larva needs to be more pronounced/contrasting. The Stick Fly 1 has been good in streams and lakes. I have only experimented with it in a size 12. The ostrich at the front and rear adds just enough movement regardless of direction to give it life. Stick Fly 3 is a newer variation that I am experimenting with as a Midge Emerger. Simple to tie for the beginner and suggestive of life, top to bottom. The fore and aft ostrich and the small extensions beyond the bend and eye are even more complex than the simple dubbed shank that I have seen. I believe it is worth tying up a half dozen in tan, black and green to see what happens.

15
Jul
08

Davis Lake, Ore. (Bass eats duckling; traumatizes children)

OK, if you flyfish Central Oregon, you know that Davis Lake is a shadow of its former self. The trout are scarce because illegally introduced largemouth bass feed upon the young trout. If you fish Davis Lake in mid June, I am told you can sling sizeable bunny Leech patterns to redds and hook into fairly substantial bass (5-10#). I cannot personally vouch for that, but I have seen 5-10# bass cruising amongst the reeds and at the base of the lava dam. 

Recently, a friend of mine was chasing the elusive rainbow trout on Davis L. working the inlet channel. His family was taking a nearby nature walk at the edges of the lake when they encountered a duckling that appeared to be in need of assistance back to the water. The family, in a moment of setting nature back into balance, placed the little duckling back into the water. All was right with the duckling as it kicked away…a pleasant moment, I am sure. 

The significance of this, to the flyfisher, is the consideration of a duckling pattern. A giant, largemouth bass came from the depths and rose up to engulf the duckling. The family helplessly watched as the duckling disappeared into the large bucket mouth. So dust off those rubber duckies or something similar.  Just kidding; well at least about the rubber duckie part. Ok, ok, forget the duckling pattern…but it is, to me, fascinating how predatory fish can be.       

 https://swittersb.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/flyfishing-for-bass-prototype-duckling-pattern/ (After much consideration, I made a feeble attempt at a duckling ‘fly’)

15
Jul
08

Damsel Adult (what the #%&^?)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damselfly

15
Jul
08

Sunscreen (same old reminder, until that odd skin sore)

“I’m a little tired of reading and writing about sunscreen. Maybe it’s not the actual reading and writing that has me worn out. Maybe it’s the realization that I keep reading and writing about sunscreen yet the information is just not sinking in with the masses of sun-hungry people out there — according to the EPA, there has been a staggering 1,800 percent increase in malignant melanoma cases since 1930. Recent figures show a shocking rise in skin cancers among those in their 20s and 30s.” http://www.thecancerblog.com/2007/07/21/worthy-wisdom-suncreen-sunscreen-sunscreen/

“Sunscreens not only reduce sunburns, but the author knows from decades of patient care that sunscreens also definitely reduce precancers of the squamous type and they definitely reduce basal and squamous-cell cancers. No wonder these patients felt protected. They could see the results for themselves, less cancers and better-looking skin. Even if Dr. Berwick is right, there is no reason to abandon sunscreens just because they might be ineffective against melanoma, a cancer that affects only 1 in 100 to 125 Americans. Sunscreens certainly work against other cancers, as well as prevent painful sunburns. However, Americans who are susceptible to, or at risk, of melanoma should be concerned…”

http://www.skincancerinfo.com/sectiong/sunscreens.html

Without overloading you with the same old sunscreen admonitions, the gist of everything I read was that if you have a history of melanoma in your family, then sunscreens are not a true safeguard for you to abuse your skin. You or your loved one(s) are at a much higher risk with or without sunscreen so wear the appropriate clothing and reduce your time in the sun. This limits your activities but extends your life. Whether on a high mountain lake, the tropical flats, a high desert river or a remote bay in Alaska the sun is often welcomed for a sense of well being and vitality. But, we all know how harsh it can be. How many passes do we get until there are consequences?

 




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