Archive for November, 2008


Tube Flies w/ a ‘Dimestore Rivet’ (adding life to the swing)



The flat surface of the rivet brings your TF to life, allowing you to use soft “life-like” materials like marabou, arctic fox, fin raccoon and so on.  Rivetheadz displace water around the outside diameter of the rivet, thus creating its own vortex or turbulence which causes your TF to move freely and maintain its volume even in the slowest or hardest currents.


Frödin & The T~Dog Tubes (flyfishusa w/ good primer)



Scandi Tapered Needle for F.I.T.S.

Scandi Tapered Needle for F.I.T.S.

The plastic tubing used in the construction of these flies is very lightweight and flexible. This extra-lightweight tubing combined with a heavy brass or heavier tungsten cone gives this fly design a front-end weighted action.  This often accentuates the variances in the currents giving the fly an action that settles in the calm spots and rises in the fast ones; giving the fly an up and down motion.


Good info on components at the Welches, Oregon site.


Fly Fishing’s ‘Beatdown’ Energy~The Risks, Outcomes & Benefits


WHAT IS BEATDOWN? – BEATDOWN is the relentless pursuit to
destroy the opposition with whatever it takes to succeed. BEATDOWN is the feeling when you or your opponent is backed into the corner and the only way out is to fight your way through.
BEATDOWNis the passion bred of hatred toward somebody who challenges what you stand for. BEATDOWN is overcoming humiliation when you didn’t meet your expectations the first time.BEATDOWN is dropping bombs to your challenger’s skull again and again. BEATDOWN is anticipation and adrenaline rush just before you beat someone down. BEATDOWN is when you feel like giving someone an old-fashioned, passionate ass whoopin’ because they antagonized you.     

I have written before, with support, for the beatdown of arrogance and stuffiness of experts within the flyfishing industry. A little kick in the ass to long time blusterng bozos seemed good. A new generation is coming and there is a choke point in the media industry to recognize emerging innovators. I welcomed the energy and verve, which I took to be a positive force for recognition of innovators and new life.

swittersb-6-20081But, I suspect for some dishing out the beatdown, the means is the end and their frequent means of discussing life in general. Frankly, these few beatdown bullies need to get parked back on their candy ass and reconsider their rudeness. Hiding behind the facade of toughness, that few of them possess, is generating harm to the sport and the potential of the ‘beatdown’. The sport needs solidarity re habitat, real environmental issues, momentum to maintain any degree of clout, and to welcome new participants. The ‘beatdown’ goes to far when you sound like wingnuts. Enough of the misdirected, hipster rudeness. Make your points with intelligence and do not bash fellow, ordinary FFer’s. 

Save the hostility for the staid industry, misguided fish and wildlife agencies, governors, senators or your favorite looming environmental disaster. Beatdowns aside, why not use your blogs, now and then, to highlight an innovator, a renegade that is unrecognized and will not make the pages of a mag. I recognize the amazing Matt McCrary, spey fisher extrordinaire from Oregon. I noted in a post yesterday from Busters, a comment,:

it’s our hope there will continue to be campfires burning the midnight soul somewhere within that valley, ringed with a few quiet real steelheaders you’ve never heard of and never will, who’ve managed to set up their lives for a few weeks off in fall, to gather somewhere special and experience a magic extremely personal. It’s that kind of place.

That eloquent bit is it, isn’t it? Who are those ‘few quiet real steelheaders you’ve never heard of and never will’ men? The Beatdown crew should periodically put their energy together to post re those unheard of fishers that venture forth. Because many of us don’t get to make it to the Skeena or Olympic Penn. or Skagit. We would enjoy reading about people closer to us than tackle reps, etc. 

To end, dispense your pummeling where it belongs and back off those that don’t get your point. but could. What goes around comes around. Forget the red lettered beatdown mantra.


Egg Pattern Beads

big_boy_0282Freshies:  These beads are bright eggs right out of the egg shoot that didn’t get fertilized and are rolling free down the creek or river.  They are big time producers in riffle and fast water dumps off the back of gravel flats.  Get ’em while they’re fresh. Available in 6mm and 8 mm sizes.

There are a variety of methods to present a bead from tufts of yarn, egg flies, bead/skein flies, and your own beads you dab fingernail polish on. If you fish beads as I do behind Chinook in the Fall for Redsides, then a little variety at the hands of some entrepreneur from the NW/BC/Alaska is a good thing. The price is a touch steep, but hey, Christmas is coming.  


BWO Primer for this FF staple

RS2~BWO Emerger

RS2~BWO Emerger

I want to share a Dave Whitlock quote from Dave Whitlock’s Guide to Aquatic Trout Foods;

“Far less than 10 percent of all fly fishers have enough working knowledge of this insect [mayflies] to identify, match and fish it successfully when trout are feeding on its various life stages.” Whitlock then warns; “This is because all aspects of fly fishing have traditionally suffered from far too much complication spawned by “experts” using their hard-earned knowledge to bewilder and discourage (if unconsciously) the newcomer.  Unpronounceable Latin…confusing biological terms and irrelevant facts from chemistry and biology turned me…off to the simple, beautiful and basic facts about playing fly-fishing’s finest game to recognize, match and fish trout foods as close to nature as our artificial means and personal abilities allow”.   



Skeena River Lottery? Are Guides Ruining Access for the Do-It-Yourself FFer?

 The Skeena is essential and one of the last remaining, road-accessible strongholds of truly authentic steelhead culture. After all the camera crews pack up and leave and take their boxes of Green Drakes back to Bozeangeles, it’s our hope there will continue to be campfires burning the midnight soul somewhere within that valley, ringed with a few quiet real steelheaders you’ve never heard of and never will, who’ve managed to set up their lives for a few weeks off in fall, to gather somewhere special and experience a magic extremely personal. It’s that kind of place.

I, we, urge you to literally take 10 seconds out of your busy day, click here to quickly learn more and sign the petition against this. Not only does it affect anyone who’s ever dreamed of an unguided Do-It-Yourself trip to Skeena Country, imagine the sustainable tourism dollars the entire Skeena Valley could lose at the expense of a few selfish Smithers guides who just want a little more room for their clients. Newsflash, dickhead guides: Tough economies always lead to an increase in poaching.


I have not had the luxury for many guided trips (maybe a half dozen). I have enjoyed them all and will do it again…more out of friendship than as a client…but, the essence of all this escapism, for me, is to do it alone or at least mentally alone and the freedom. Friendships and grab ass are fine, but at least for me, there is a solitary component, a singular connection, I crave.

Update: I post this comment from bacon-to-fry, who raises some good points even if he is a self-admitted dick…he has some key points. I would only ask that those that use this typical ecobot enviro argument, provide examples and documentation in the Western Hemisphere (and no not South America or Mexico) of these extraction company abuses. I am not quick to promote any heavy industry near pristine headwaters (excepting AMWR..fucking drill), but we do not argue our cases convincingly with ‘coulds, mights, maybes, perhaps, potentially’ hand wringing. How about a solid critique of Highland Valley Copper Mine in BC. Someone dish out what a catastrophie that operation has been (if it has?). Where should mineral extraction ops be, once they are removed from all watersheds? I assume they should be permanently outlawed?

Any way, because bacon-to-fry fishes my home waters that I want preserved, I am going to lend him an ear, even if he is wound a bit tight (and, yes, I am looking for that time machine and don’t fuck with me once I’m in it!). Actually, bacon could use a little alone time, now and then. Just teasing bacon. He made me consider beyond the end of my swinging hook.

 bacon_to_fry Says:
November 24th, 2008 at 10:55 am

happy to explain.

1. advocacy: wild, native steelhead and salmon need all the friends they can get, and by limiting the amount of fishermen from the americas and europe that make a real physical and emotional, experience-based connection to the valley, i.e. potential advocates, we all lose. much peer-reviewed science is supported through private donation now (case in point, the US-based Wild Salmon Center’s increasing presence in Canada’s Skeena Country, where they believe they’ve got a real chance of saving what’s left of the last, great anadromous fisheries regardless of what country that fishery might be in.) and without advocates ponying up for science that influences policy, no science that might help here gets done there. or in kamchatka, where things haven’t gone completely to shit. or anywhere, including BC. these fish run the gamut, headwaters to the estuaries to the sea, and their presence have long been an indicating factor of riverine health. despite false boundaries, biology thankfully, remains global.

so hell yes, come fish the sandy and clackamas with me. check out how badass it is to hook bigass wild steelhead within 20 minutes of your front door and when the time comes, help me fight for my local waters now not with blind knowledge, but with a clear picture in your head of what we could lose. guarantee you’ll fight with a lot more passion and conviction. easy as that.

2. economy: canaduh, mid-to-north BC in specific, relies on resource extraction for a lotta their cash, so if sustainable dollars are taken away from town like smithers, terrace, hazelton’s local economies, etc, what local’s gonna put up fight next time some giant boom and bust company comes around and wants to fuck up their woods or drinking water? in this case, the rules benefit a few guides, NOT the residents of the area.

without fish bringing fishermen to these places, locals get hungry and these extraction companies promise jobs (albeit ones that could irreparably damage the environment and quality of life). on the other hand, if us dumb americans keep coming north and blowing cash on food (restaurants, delis, groceries), beer, petro, lodging and campgrounds, guides, gear, boat repair, shuttles/helidrops, these towns (and those on the main highway arteries running south to north) see a seasonal infusion of capital they’ve learned to count on each year. cash that doesn’t cost them their environment and makes it far more possible for them to stand up and defend themselves when those boom/bust companies come knocking.

above all, as i’ve said above, when times get tough, poaching increases. the poaching of a pretty finite resource.

regardless of which side of the border i sit on, these fish swim in a common ocean and evolved from california to kodiak island long before some cartographer scratched out the 49th parallel. in a day where we can’t deny the globalization of business and now have to accept responsibility for our actions on a world financial level, why do we stop there? in this case, fish are business and if it’s all about money (and make no mistake, it is), then why shouldn’t i have an opinion here about what happens there?

i’ll stop now because i’m starting to sound like a dick, but ‘cmon nick. this kind of shit’s so much bigger than you or i or anyone’s desire to fish alone. want solitude? get a time machine.


Small Stream FFing (Never forget this centering experience)

A Treasure

A Treasure

Beautiful Brookie

Beautiful Brookie

Small stream fishing brings the kid out in me and lets my imagination run wild. My mind transports me to the early 19th century and I can see the settlers crossing the streams or the Abenaki tribes trekking through the woods and meadows with great old oaks and maple trees whispering about the history they have experienced.

It’s so easy to do when you have wild land surrounding you and no signs of civilization Very Happy

Pop on an elk hair caddis or golden stone dry and start picking pockets.

I have written before that I started my flyfishing with a Sears & Roebuck, Ted Williams rod and reel. My neighbor provided one fly, a tied down caddis. He and I fished a small Oregon stream, Silver Creek with cutt throat trout. It was a small stream, with cutts lurking beneath overhanging trees and near beaver damns. This was a wonderful lab to see the take, learn roll casting, make the side arm back casts, learn the pocket water. All this is transferable to big water. This is a great beginning for any ff’er or a respite from the intensity of big fish…big effort. 


Steelheading, the Spey and Paying Your Dues (All for ‘the moment’)


The fly carried with it a lot of expectations. A lot to ask of a fly I know. Only thing left was to make the casts and take the steps.

I’m sure the guide started me up away from the bucket cause he knows how giddy a newbie can be and he didn’t want me blowing it on the lame warm up casts. I was on the inside of a soft bend that opened up into a wide pool. The near side dropped moderately fast and the far side was broken up by a small downed tree forming a seam along the cutbank. The depth looked consistent across the whole run. You could tell from the surface that there were a few nice sized rocks below that could hide a steelhead or two.

Cast after cast…step after step…I fired that fly to the far bank, mended, and settled into the swing. I felt at any moment it could happen. At this point I must have made three dozen casts. Then, at the sweet spot of the 37th swing I felt it…three deliberate taps. Instead of waiting for the fish to commit and burying the rod low and to the bank, I got anxious and effed up the whole thing……………With so much water left, I figured one of us was walking away a winner. Unfortunately for us, the rest of the day just turned into a beatdown of epic proportions.

As I read Yi’s account of a Late Fall flyfishing trip with his brother, I am reminded of a trip I posted here this past October. It is universal isn’t it? All the planning, tying, pumping eachother up, but a lingering voice of doubt developed over the years from failures…many disappointments. It is a glimpse of life to want something so bad and to try hard for it, yet walk away empty handed. The euphoria of success on the river is equally powerful. I have found the normal FFer is also burdened by the price of a guide, the price of optimum gear, the prepatory stories to friends and acquaintances re your pending trip and your probable success (were you careless enough to suggest success) and perhaps the getting there. These factors create tension, in advance, and when the day is one big refusal, these factor add to the weight of a long drive home. The nagging feeling stays until the next time. Of course, there will be a next time, on and on. The preparations and chatter long ago eliminate any twitch over a $$$ set up or guide fees. It is all part of the culture. Go it alone or in someone’s drift boat, it is all ‘paying your dues’ for ‘the moment’.       


Fishing Fury (Dialed in; Creative Energy & Imagaination)

Write Clive at Fishing Fury and encourage him in producing his T design. Then purchase them!

Fishing Fury Design

Fishing Fury Design



This a great site where the Fishing Fury team ventures forth catching all manner of species. There is a strong sense of the search here. They are experimenting, enquiring, researching…figuring it out. This is a common trait for most inquisitive fishers. In recent discussions with my son, Tony, we noted how celebrities of sorts dominate the fishing industry mags and ezines, but the real innovations often come from the ‘bums’ who tweak the gear, the lines, techniques to suit the harsh realities of less than optimum conditions. The bums often spend the Winter locked down with the gear, planning and scheming and fishing in the harsh environment. The celebs are off to the Seychelles; the bums barely have money to buy a spare spool. If you peruse the Fishing Fury site you will quickly see the ‘team’ speaks of this drive more precisely than I could:
 Jonathon Marshall
The science of fishing. Jonathon’s thirst for knowledge is unquenchable. He approaches fishing like a mathematical equation, finding solutions in all types of conditions for all types of species. Ultimately this knowledge leads to the answer every fisherman looks for. How to find big fish consistently. When you see Jonathon changing his lure or approach, don’t make the mistake of asking him why unless you have some spare time. Instead, sit back and watch for a moment, as he’s likely on the trail of something monstrous.

Clive Mathias
The art of fishing. Clive’s abilities and skills were acquired by years of experience, his almost unconscious creation and imagination of methods often defy general explanation, but the results speak for themselves. Asking him why he chooses that particular lure at any given time is like asking a musician why he chose a specific note. His father, a deep sea fisherman in BVI, died before ever passing on the whole of his fishing knowledge, but it lives on in the blood coursing through his sons veins, pure instinct and gut feeling give him an almost supernatural fishing ability.

What is Fishing Fury?
Fishing Fury is a group of friends with an overwhelming passion for the sport of fishing, the great outdoors, crazy adventures, exploration of the world around us and doing what makes us happy. Our eventual goal is to one day have a TV show where we take you the viewer along to experience fishing and the great outdoors as we do, introducing you to interesting and unexpected topics, people, and circumstances.




Steelhead Bums (Dream Weavers, Schemers, Willing Deceivers)


With all of the new advances in our sport, quit frankly, it can get a little intimidating. If you’ve ever been to a spey clave, you would’ve heard many folks talking in what may seem like a foreign language. Phrases like grain weight, tip deflection, weight windows, & constant motion casting buzz around circles of casters. Our goal is to cut through that buzz and make sure you get the right product and information for your needs… Without having to learn a new language. If you do speak the foreign language of the planet steelhead, we can do that too.
There are many reasons Spey casting has become the dominate style of casting on steelhead rivers of all sizes. To begin with, two-handed casting allows the angler to cast with very little back-casting room, a huge attribute on many tree lined steelhead rivers. More so, the distance one can obtain with a Spey rod is incredible. In the game of steelheading, covering lots of water is critical for success. Furthermore, the quick set-up and casting cycle allows Spey anglers to get way more casts in during the day when compared to single hand casting. When you’re fishing for a fish that takes 1000 casts, this is key.

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