Archive for August 6th, 2008

06
Aug
08

Stillwater Dragon Nymph (Doll’s Hair Dragon Fly Nymph)

Doll's Hair Dragon Fly Nymph~GM

Doll's Hair Dragon Fly Nymph~GM

 I decided to separate this pattern out from the just prior post so it can be focused upon as a stillwater fly. It is a very simple yet effective fly. I am not sure where the Doll’s Hair name came from. I tied it with fuzzy brown rug yarn and what use to be a leech yarn. The fly could be weighted by wrapping lead on the shank. The abdomen was the yarn wrapped into a football shape and considerably bigger than the thorax. A hackle was wrapped one to two times at the waist (gap between the abdomen and thorax). The thorax was created by wrapping a pronounced ball of brown ostrich herl. That was it. A darn good fly. I am so glad I rediscovered this fly!!! Try it and let me know if it is productive. Just looking at it you know it has to be. I lost or misplaced or loaned Don Roberts book. If anyone has it I would appreciate the particulars re the Doll’s Hair.    

06
Aug
08

my summer steelhead flies (25 years ago, they worked)

Summer Tan Caddis~GM

Summer Tan Caddis~GM

Yellow Caddis

Yellow Caddis

Doll's Hair~Don Roberts

Doll's Hair~Don Roberts

Don Roberts' Nymph Fishing Lakes

Don Roberts' Nymph Fishing Lakes

Twenty five years ago, I fished with flies for trout with the conventional rod and reel. But, for steelhead I most often used a spinning reel and rod. I set up the normal drift gear and instead of having a corky or bait, I used a fly. I fished in crowds and a fly rod seemed a poor mix with bait slingers and alike. Taking turns casting, drifting, retrieving, waiting your turn, no more than five or so feet separating you up or down from the next fisherman, it required not only concentration on your presentation but coordination with your neighbors. I caught many steelhead on the above patterns. How did I arrive at them? Not from much personal experience or even study. No internet, no money for all manner of books. I watched guys and there was one fellow I saw on the Salmon R. (Sandy R. trib) when it was open to steelhead angling (Geez, that was a great fishing river) and he only used a tan and a yellow chenille wrapped fly with some hackle and a black fuzzy thorax. He caught fish after fish every time I saw him when no one else did well. I copied his patterns and immediately thereafter, caught many steelhead. I also copied the Doll’s Hair from Don Roberts’ old lake fishng book (actually probably not old then!) It was a great Dragon Fly nymph in his book. I used it with success for Steelhead. No Green Butt/Red Butt Skunks, the standard have to have pattern then. No, I used these three flies with great success. Then I learned how to flyfish on bigger water. I studied more. And, as often happens, I abandoned what was working for what is suppose to work. I share this as keeping track of your options; not forgetting what works and at least resurrecting one or two now and then. There is no doubt the long forgotten Doll’s Hair will get a new try on stillwaters for sure (I came across one…only one, in a flybox tucked away with old, poorly tied experiments). Lucky me and you too!

06
Aug
08

Ban Fishing by indocrinating our munchkins! (PETA plan)

PETA KIDS Save the Fish

PETA KIDS Save the Fish

Fish look so different from us, many people don’t realize that they feel pain—but they do! And being hooked hurts. Fish have very sensitive mouths, so it hurts badly when they are caught on hooks. And just like you can’t breathe for very long under water, fish can’t breathe when they’re out of water. So when a fisher pulls them out of their watery homes, they start to slowly suffocate and die. Even if fish are thrown back into the water, they can die from the injuries that hooks cause.”

“If someone asks you to go fishing, explain why you won’t go. Tell them that fish have feelings and deserve to live just like anyone else. Suggest some of these activities instead: Frisbee, kite-flying, basketball, snorkeling, in-line skating, riding your bike, or bird watching. There are lots of ways to have fun outside without hurting your animal friends! Create a “fish-friendly” display for your local library. Include pictures of fish, useful facts, and information on why people shouldn’t fish.”

“If your town is holding a fishing tournament or other fishing event, hold a demonstration—it’s easy, and it only takes a few people. Make some signs with slogans like “Hooks Hurt” and “Fishing Is No Fun for Fish” and stand outside the event. Pass out leaflets (order them from PETA) and tell people the fish’s side of the story.”

http://www.petakids.com/fish-corner.html

PETA Trained Snakehead Fish Kills Humans

PETA Trained Snakehead Fish Kills Humans

 

“A SAVAGE fish that eats everything it comes across, including people, has been hooked by a shocked British fisherman — sparking fears of a deadly invasion, The Sun reported.

The giant snakehead, originating from South-East Asia, has a mouth crammed with teeth. It’s deadly in the water, but it can also “crawl” on land and survive out of water for up to four days.

The discovery of the fish  in Linconshire, northern England, has caused widespread panic amongst conservationists and anglers.

An Environment Agency source told The Sun:  “The reaction was, ‘Oh s***’. This is the ultimate invasive species – if it starts breeding here it’s a disaster.”

Andy Alder caught the snakehead in the River Witham while using a sprat as bait for pike. He told the Sun: “It had a gob full of razor-sharp teeth. To be honest it looked terrifying.”

It is believed the fish may have been smuggled in for an aquarium and illegally released.”
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23245870-401,00.html

I say, this is an obvious PETA ploy to covertly insert this highly trained, non-native species into British waters as a form of paybacks.




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