Archive for August 2nd, 2008

02
Aug
08

Man Has Sex With Fish (I am disgusted!)

Man and Fish Get It On!

Man and Fish Get It On!

Not a sign of protection in sight! I knew this kind of thing loomed. What with all the kissing of fish before releasing them and calling them ‘baby’ and ‘darlin’. I blame this on the Southern influence of Bass fishing and Jimmy Houston in particular. Once you cross the line like this your sexual identity can be thrown into total chaos. The old lady will never look good enough again. And, coming home with the smell of another fish on your person! Well, this puts fishy smell in a whole new category. Deplorable I say. Imagine what the ecobots will have to say about this. If you can’t catch them and release them you sure as hell can’t fornicate with one!

Update: OK, I am a little troubled! Unless you know this remote and insignificant post exists…then why are some of you querying only two words “fish” “sex”? What’s up with that? Alarming fetish…a misplaced fetish. You love to fish…even love fish…but not make love to fish or equate sex and fish in same query.

02
Aug
08

Ban flyfishing! Save the fish! (Ecobots Unite Because You Care)

Greenie Sexist Marketing Ploy

Greenie Sexist Marketing Ploy

Nice bumpers sticker for ecobots! The PCbots are not going to like the sexist marketing for this radical Tshirt site.
Well, I for one think you have to get that message as far out front as you can. Some aspects of marketing transcend the political divide.
For some well reasoned and meaningful information about the future of the USA visit this gaggle of ecobots and whiney little regressives:  http://www.bant-shirts.com  
Radical times are a comin’
02
Aug
08

Steelhead Flyfishing (Spotting the fish…sometimes)

 

Green Lantern Summer Steelhead Fly

Green Lantern Summer Steelhead Fly

http://www.onlinefishinglog.com/blog/17/Spotting-Steelhead by Troy Pearce (good info on spotting an also steelhead behavior characteristics.
02
Aug
08

Crackleback v. Griffith’s Gnat

Crackleback

Crackleback

Griffith's Gnat

Griffith's Gnat

I have caught numerous Trout with either pattern. I believe the Crackleback is a more multi-dimensional pattern, however. The Griffith’s is almost always tied small (18-20) and the body is only peacock (an admittedly great material). The Crackleback can have any colored body with two to three strands of peacock pulled up over the body. Hence, you get a variety of body colors and the effectiveness of the peacock. Also, note the hackle is wrapped to allow more visibility of the body. If the Griffith’s Gnat is supposedly a midge cluster, the Crackleback can also be tied for this clump of midges and also pulled under to represent emergers, etc. The pattern was originally tied (Ed Story~FC Feathercraft of Missouri) as a river/stream pattern fished on the surface, drifting down until it went under and stripped back in darting movements to elicit a strike. Below is a how to link with the ususal extraordinary photo by Hans Weilenmann. 

   http://www.danica.com/flytier/bhaugh/crackleback.htm

02
Aug
08

The River Why (A Few Production Observations, If I Might)

 

The River Why (My 1983 Copy)

The River Why (My 1983 Copy)

 

Ok, normally, I am just too mentally abusive of the notion of hanging out around a movie ‘set’ (like it is a frequent occurrence). Recently, my son, Tony clued me in that the production staff for the movie, The River Why had approached the fly shop, Northwest Flyfishing Outfitters in Portland, Oregon, to see if the shop could be used for a portion of the movie’s production. Cool, I thought. My son said he would be there to sit back and watch. Have fun, I thought. But as this last Thursday approached I thought maybe I would drive by on my way home from work. Just to see the rigs and equipment and give a wave, I thought. As I drove home, I did approach the shop and my pickup, with a mind of its’ own, was soon parked at the curb. 

I was quickly motioned to to ‘come over here’. Cool I thought, they are inviting me in to witness the process. No, actually you have parked adjacent to the filming about to take place and if you are about to exit your vehicle could you quickly move your sorry ass over here out of line with the imminent filming? Well, of course, I would be delighted to do just that! I spent the next hour or so watching the start-stop process of filming that soon makes it apparent how tedious and mentally demanding it is for the dozens of production staff and actors to stay on task and deal with all manner of adjustments.

I was struck by the youthfulness of the crew. I am not familiar with the company filming, but maybe they are as an industry young and always have been, but these were for the most part kids in their 20’s and early 30’s and operating in what seemed to be a well coordinated team. Communications in use to stay in sync and little scene by little scene they worked away. This was one of their last days filming in Oregon and they as a group looked tired this day. Course, I have nothing to compare to. It was muggy by Oregon standards this day as a front was pushing in against mid 80’s temps so humidity was a bit up.

Zach Gilford (Gus)

Zach Gilford (Gus)

I had the good fortune to be in the shop when the star of the movie, Zach Gilford, took a break from the filming and just sat down amongst us. He was tired, yet congenial.  He graciously answered gentle, probing questions about his career path and general background. He exhibited zero ego (unlike a couple extra’s with bit parts). Zach described how mentally demanding it is when you are the center of the story line. My son, Tony, got to spend time with the movie’s producer and they worked on tying up an ant pattern that might be in the movie…a pattern concocted without the typical tying tools (in the movie the fly is made from a piece of heavy thread from a garment.

I toured the old school bus parked nearby where every conceivable treat was stored and managed by a young lady. The numerous trucks had loads of equipment. Extra’s stood by and waited their turn. The proverbial ‘Quiet’ and ‘Action’ were yelled out. So many people hovering around the every move of the young star, Gilford. I did not get to see the beautiful Amber Heard, although Tony brought his Maxim magazine (she graces the cover) for an autograph.

Tony & Zach

Tony & Zach

Of interest, I recently read Borger’s blog (he is the technical advisor~I would have selected a NW flyfisher for advice, not a Midwest guy), where he waxed on about the greeness of the project. I will say, greeness aside and people’s devout need to kneel at the altar of their new eco religion, there were rumblings of absurd lengths required to satisfy greenies during the production so snails and the like were not distressed or earthworms harmed or stream studs worn that might disturb the substrate, etc. (*Please read the Commnets Section for a response to my remarks, by the movie’s Producer, Kristi, to better understand their personal commitment to balancing production needs and leaving minimal damange behind) 

So, that rant aside, it was a very fun experience. As I drove away (having received clearance to walk to my rig) I felt a bit foolish, like how I have imagined I would behave if a star were seated at a nearby table; trying to act nonchalant, but feeling a little bit giddy. Hell, I have been known to look at a People Magazine while waiting in a doctor’s office. My son was invited to attend the after shoot party tonight. I wasn’t invited. Maybe he will snap a shot of him and Amber that I can share.  (Update: Party cancelled as they continue to shoot river footage…update later if invite still good).

Tony & Zach

Tony & Zach

 

I read this book many years ago (1983) and it is a classic with colorful characters set in Oregon. They have filmed on the Wilson R. and the Clack.    

Summary of Book, I found: The protagonist –Gus to his mother and Augustine to his father– is raised by a pair of dysfunctional parents. His father, a fly fisherman, writes fishing stories for magazines; his mother, a live bait fisherwoman who rules with a shotgun, disagrees with her husband on just about everything. Upon graduating from high school, Gus rents a secluded cabin on the River Why, and becomes the consummate fisherman. Along the way he meets Eddy, the true love of his life, and slowly begins to discover the spiritual side to life and learns the answers to “why.”

As a disclaimer, it is important to note that neither Tony nor I are deriving any financial or other advantage by posting the story or pictures. The privilege of being allowed to watch and associate with the entire production staff, to include Zach, was a special experience.   




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