Archive for August 23rd, 2008


PETA tells DNC ‘Tax Meat, Stop Global Warming’ & Ecobot Madness

Pork Purveyors, Lamb Lobbyists, and Poultry Pushers Are Harder on the Environment and the Nation’s Health Than Gasoline, Alcohol, and Tobacco, Says PETA

For Immediate Release:
August 22, 2008

“……meat is a leading cause of global warming and causes cancer and heart disease–driving health-care costs through the roof. According to a recent U.N. study, raising animals for meat is responsible for more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the cars, trucks, SUVs, ships, and planes in the world combined. PETA is calling on the government to end its millions of dollars in wasteful subsidies of the meat industry’s unhealthy products and to tax meat at 10 cents per pound to offset its staggering costs, just as alcohol, tobacco, gasoline, and other items are subject to a “sin” tax.”

Ok, these people are bizarre. They stretch every health finding, trend or theory to suit their agenda.

“We have wished, we ecofreaks, for a disaster or for a social change to come and bomb us into Stone Age, where we might live like Indians in our valley, with our localism, our appropriate technology, our gardens, our homemade religion — guilt-free at last!” — Stewart Brand (writing in the Whole Earth Catalogue

“We must make this an insecure and inhospitable place for capitalists and their projects . . . We must reclaim the roads and plowed land, halt dam construction, tear down existing dams, free shackled rivers and return to wilderness millions of tens of millions of acres of presently settled land.” — David Foreman, Earth First!

“Everything we have developed over the last 100 years should be destroyed.” — Pentti Linkola

“What we’ve got to do in energy conservation is try to ride the global warming issue. Even if the theory of global warming is wrong, to have approached global warming as if it is real means energy conservation, so we will be doing the right thing anyway in terms of economic policy and environmental policy.” — Timothy Wirth, U.S. Senator (D-Colorado)

“The collective needs of non-human species must take precedence over the needs and desires of humans.” — Dr. Reed F. Noss, The Wildlands Project

“Phasing out the human race will solve every problem on earth, social and environmental.” — Dave Forman, Founder of Earth First!

“The continued rapid cooling of the earth since WWII is in accord with the increase in global air pollution associated with industrialization, mechanization, urbanization and exploding population”. — Reid Bryson, “Global Ecology; Readings towards a rational strategy for Man”, (1971)

“This [cooling] trend will reduce agricultural productivity for the rest of the century.” — Peter Gwynne, Newsweek 1976

“This cooling has already killed hundreds of thousands of people. If it continues and no strong action is taken, it will cause world famine, world chaos and world war, and this could all come about before the year 2000.” — Lowell Ponte “The Cooling”, 1976

“If present trends continue, the world will be about four degrees colder for the global mean temperature in 1990, but eleven degrees colder by the year 2000…This is about twice what it would take to put us in an ice age”. — Kenneth E.F. Watt on air pollution and global cooling, Earth Day (1970)

Environmentalist Wacko Quotes
by John Hawkins

Women Flyfishers:

Dolly & Steelhead, Praise the Fish God

Dolly & Steelhead, Praise the Fish God


Rogue Angels (Jenny~Sweden)

Rogue Angels (Jenny~Sweden)

 This is a great site for women flyfishers. It is young, full of energy and pretty much independent of men (save a few guides/clients). The pictures capture the same euphoria of ‘The Moment’ we all chase and recollect.



It is apparent these gals travel far and wide and as their numbers grow on this site I foresee pics from the far flung reaches of the world.


Minnow Pattern Tutorial (only slightly more work than a ‘bugger’)

 The link is to a Mustad Flytying tutorial. The clip is informative and shows techniques I had not considered on forming the minnow’s body.

C. Edghill Minnow (GFF Archive)

C. Edghill Minnow (GFF Archive)

Edghills Minnow is close in appearance to the fly created in the clip. I found this on Global Fly Fishers.


East Lake, Oregon (Brown’s & Streamers in the cool Fall)

East Lake, Oregon

East Lake, Oregon

As the Summer flyfishing season wanes, as the Callibaetis hatch (size 18’s by now) deminishes, you should prepare for a replay of ice off presentations to Browns. Once mid September and early October rolls around, the temps are going to be sub freezing in the morning and maybe pleasant in the afternoons. Be prepared, just like in early June for temps that make you uncomfortable and shorten your time on or in the water. So, the Browns are going to move in again. They will return to that area within 50′ of shore and be predatious for other smaller and not so small fish.

Matuka Spruce

Matuka Spruce

This a perfect time to use sink lines and streamers, balancing the sink rate with remaining vegetation and depth of water. An intermediate will be fine in waters 15′ or less. This is not as productive fishing if you kick about trolling a Bugger. Yes, you will probably catch fish, but once you are keyed into location, you will have to elevate your retrieve’s speed to a more pronounced suggest a minnow, chub or small trout. This is taxing fishing, requiring more casts, attention to the retrieve and bigger flies. I cannot sustain hours of this like I use to on Hosmer L. in the Fall. Just blitz along working it good and then rest every so often while fishing a more conventional presentation…then gear back up.

Minnow Bugger

Minnow Bugger

This is a good time for any style of Minnow pattern you want to experiment with: Wierd & regular Woolly Buggers, Bunny Leeches, Clouser Minnows, Steelhead patterns…sling them and strip them to ellicit the predatory hit from Browns and some nice, big Rainbows too.

Practice catch and release. East Lake Resort seems to promote trophy shots of vertical, dead 5-10# Browns. The resort and ODFW need to post more info re Mercury levels in large browns. They are not suitable to eat so should be carefully photoed, if desired, and released.     

‘The ODFW has an advisory of high mercury levels in East Lake. Anglers should avoid eating brown trout of 16 inches or longer from the lake, according to the 2008 Oregon Sport Fishing Regulations.’


Halloween Voodoo

Halloween Voodoo



Remember, the morning temps can be into the teens, so be prepared for very cold temps and even ice in the guides into October. The resort stays open until about mid-October if you want to spring for a cabin (my recommendation) but check site for availability and call the resort in case of any unknowns and for good up to date advice on fishing conditions.             

Spruce Fly~Tony Muncy

Spruce Fly~Tony Muncy



Protect The Skeena R.! ANWR BS! Eco Balance Please

I have nipped a link (via to alert re gas exploration near the ‘Sacred Headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine (Rivers)…..



I am going to ask this, knowing some places are obviously sacred and of a fragile nature: but is there anyplace ok to drill, explore, mine? Is everything going to be ‘sacred’? Is a corporation always going to be described as ‘big’ therefore bad? I just do not hear a balance to any discussion re energy exploration. Just wondering if we are so lockstep re Pebble Mine and other truly ‘sacred’ sites, that we are going to always resist reasonable development. It seems quite the chic thing to resist all development. Just hope we are intelligently selective on the battles to fight and win. Intelligent environmentalism v. Alarmist Warmist/Ecobots and associated ilk. The mights, coulds, mays, at risks, possibly rhetoric is so risk avoidant and alarmist. I know that is part of risk management and avoiding harm. Good. But, it is also part of the new speak that has us fearful of our shadows. Somewhere, mature discussions on these issues has to emerge. Can you bring yourself to say, oh my, we should open up part of ANWR and drill?!? (The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is a National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska. It consists of 19,049,236 acres) 19 Million acres….is this also really???? so sacred in its entirety that not one part can be drilled? When are you headed to ANWR? Hmmmm?  19 MILLION ACRES!!!!! and not one acceptable area to drill?  Look at the acreage below of National Parks (to be protected for sure) and how vast they are and then think….no where to drill in 19 MILLION acres?          



The National Park System

Source: Department of the Interior, National Park Service.

The National Park System of the United States is run by the National Park Service, a bureau of the Department of the Interior. Yellowstone, which was opened in 1872, was the first national park in the world. The system includes not only the most extraordinary and spectacular scenic exhibits in the United States, but also a large number of sites distinguished either for their historic importance, prehistoric importance, or scientific interest, or for their superior recreational assets. The National Park System is made up of 376 areas covering more than 83 million acres in every state except Delaware. It also includes areas in the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Here is a list of some of the National Park System’s sites. See also the excellent Web site of the Park Service:

Note: n.a. means “not available.”


Name, location, and year authorized Acreage Outstanding characteristics
Acadia (Maine), 1919 46,998.43 Rugged seashore on Mt. Desert Island and adjacent mainland
Arches (Utah), 1971 73,378.98 Unusual stone arches, windows, pedestals caused by erosion
Badlands (S.D.), 1978 242,755.94 Arid land of fossils, prairie, bison, deer, bighorn, antelope
Big Bend (Tex.), 1935 801,163.21 Mountains and desert bordering the Rio Grande
Biscayne (Fla.), 1980 172,924.07 Aquatic and coral reef park south of Miami; was a national monument, 1968–1980
Bryce Canyon (Utah), 1924 35,835.08 Area of grotesque, brilliantly colored eroded rocks
Canyonlands (Utah), 1964 337,570.43 Colorful wilderness with impressive red-rock canyons, spires, arches
Capitol Reef (Utah), 1971 241,904.26 Highly colored sedimentary rock formations in high, narrow gorges
Carlsbad Caverns (N.M.), 1930 46,766.45 The world’s largest known caves
Channel Islands (Calif.), 1980 249,353.77 Area is rich in marine mammals, sea birds, endangered species, and archeology
Crater Lake (Ore.), 1902 183,224.05 Deep blue lake in heart of inactive volcano
Death Valley (Calif.-Nev.), 1994 3,367,627.68 Largest desert, surrounded by high mountains, containing the lowest point in the Western hemisphere
Denali (Alaska), 1917 4,741,800.00 Mt. McKinley National Park was renamed and enlarged by Act of Dec. 2, 1980. Contains Mt. McKinley, N. America’s highest mountain (20,320 ft.)
Dry Tortugas (Fla.), 1992 64,700.00 Formerly Ft. Jefferson National Monument. Located 70 miles off Key West. Features an underwater nature trail
Everglades (Fla.), 1934 1,507,850.00 Subtropical area with abundant bird and animal life
Gates of the Arctic (Alaska), 1980 7,523,898.00 Diverse north central wilderness contains part of Brooks Range
Glacier (Mont.), 1910 1,013,572.42 Rocky Mountain scenery with many glaciers and lakes
Glacier Bay (Alaska), 1980 3,224,794.00 Park was a national monument 1925–1980; popular for wildlife, whale-watching, glacier-calving, and scenery
Grand Canyon (Ariz.), 1919 1,217,158.32 Mile-deep gorge, 4 to 18 miles wide, 217 miles long
Grand Teton (Wyo.), 1929 309,994.72 Picturesque range of high mountain peaks
Great Basin (Nev.), 1986 77,180.00 Exceptional scenic, biologic, and geologic attractions
Great Smoky Mts. (N.C.-Tenn), 1926 521,621.00 Highest mountain range east of Black Hills; luxuriant plant life
Guadalupe Mountains (Tex.), 1966 86,415.97 Contains highest point in Texas: Guadalupe Peak (8,751 ft.)
Haleakala (Hawaii), 1960 28,091.14 World-famous 10,023-ft. Haleakala volcano (dormant)
Hawaii Volcanoes (Hawaii), 1916 209,695.38 Spectacular volcanic area; luxuriant vegetation at lower levels
Hot Springs (Ark.), 1921 5,549.46 47 mineral hot springs said to have therapeutic value
Isle Royale (Mich.), 1931 571,790.11 Largest wilderness island in Lake Superior; moose, wolves, lakes
Joshua Tree (Calif.), 1936 792,749.87 Desert region featuring Joshua trees and a great variety of plants and animals.
Katmai (Alaska), 1980 3,674,540.87 Expansion may assist in brown bear’s preservation. Park was national monument 1918–1980; is known for fishing, 1912 volcano eruption, bears
Kenai Fjords (Alaska), 1980 670,642.79 Mountain goats, marine mammals, birdlife are features at this seacoast park near Seward
Kings Canyon (Calif.), 1940 461,901.20 Huge canyons; high mountains; giant sequoias
Kobuk Valley (Alaska), 1980 1,750,736.86 Native culture and anthropology center around the broad Kobuk River in northwest Alaska
Lake Clark (Alaska), 1980 2,636,839.00 Park provides scenic and wilderness recreation across Cook Inlet from Anchorage
Lassen Volcanic (Calif.), 1916 106,372.36 Exhibits of impressive volcanic phenomena
Mammoth Cave (Ky.), 1926 52,830.19 Vast limestone labyrinth with underground river
Mesa Verde (Colo.), 1906 52,121.93 Best-preserved prehistoric cliff dwellings in United States
Mount Rainier (Wash.), 1899 235,612.50 Single-peak glacial system; dense forests, flowered meadows
National Park of American Samoa, (American Samoa) 1988 9,000.00 Two rain forest preserves and a coral reef on the island of Ofu are home to unique tropical animals. The park also includes several thousand acres on the islands of Tutuila and Ta’u
North Cascades (Wash.), 1968 504,780.94 Roadless Alpine landscape; jagged peaks; mountain lakes; glaciers
Olympic (Wash.), 1938 922,651.01 Finest Pacific Northwest temperate rain forest; scenic mountain park
Petrified Forest (Ariz.), 1962 93,532.57 Extensive natural exhibit of petrified wood
Redwood (Calif.), 1968 110,232.40 Coastal redwood forests; contains world’s tallest known tree (369.2 ft.)
Rocky Mountain (Colo.), 1915 265,727.15 Section of the Rocky Mountains; 107 named peaks over 10,000 ft.
Saguaro (Ariz.), 1994 91,452.95 Giant saguaro cacti, unique to the Sonoran Desert, sometimes reach a height of 50 ft. in this cactus forest
Sequoia (Calif.), 1890 402,482.38 Giant sequoias; magnificent High Sierra scenery, including Mt. Whitney
Shenandoah (Va.), 1926 197,388.98 Tree-covered mountains; scenic Skyline Drive
Theodore Roosevelt (N.D.), 1978 70,446.89 Scenic valley of Little Missouri River; T.R. Ranch; wildlife
Virgin Islands (U.S. V.I.), 1956 14,688.87 Beaches; lush hills; prehistoric Carib Indian relics
Voyageurs (Minn.), 1971 218,035.33 Wildlife, canoeing, fishing, and hiking
Wind Cave (S.D.), 1903 28,295.03 Limestone caverns in Black Hills; buffalo herd
Wrangell-St. Elias (Alaska), 1980 8,323,617.68 Largest Park System area has abundant wildlife, second highest peak in U.S. (Mt. St. Elias); adjoins Canadian park
Yellowstone (Wyo.-Mont.-Idaho), 1872 2,219,790.71 World’s greatest geyser area; abundant falls, wildlife, and canyons
Yosemite (Calif.), 1890 761,236.20 Mountains; inspiring gorges and waterfalls; giant sequoias
Zion (Utah), 1919 146,597.61 Multicolored gorge in heart of southern Utah desert

19,000,000 Acres in ANWR and no where to drill??? Oh yes, diverse plants, stressed Porcupine Carabou, only so much oil to last so long….whatever go get it…..yes, whatever, convenient scientific studies, and the usual mights and coulds. Drill on the <10,000 acres (hugely overestimated) and yes, let the infrastructure be built. OK, enough about ANWR. 

To a much more realistic area to protect and preserve for many more reasons than several thousand acres of ANWR, the Skeena River drainages and the nearby towns, people, livelihoods and greater degree of impacted wildlife species: (provides the link to Royal Dutch Shell’s exploits)


‘Royal Dutch Shell, the world’s second largest corporation, wants to exploit the Sacred Headwaters of the Nass, Skeena and Stikine basin for coalbed methane gas.

Please click here to send an instant e-mail to Royal Dutch Shell and Premier Gordon Campbell opposing this. For more information please go to the Skeena Watershed Conservation Coalition.

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