Archive for December 19th, 2008

19
Dec
08

Green Rockworm Larva (drifting and tumbling through the riffles)

 

 

 

Rhyacophila Larva

Rhyacophila Larva?

 

 

 

Green Larva~http://www.westfly.com/entomology/caddis/green.shtml

Green Larva~http://www.westfly.com/entomology/caddis/green.shtml

 

Picture casting just  above riffles and tumbling a juicy, green morsel down through the holding water, past some pocket water and into the drift. Short casts at first, covering the water before you. Incrementally you work the line out and watch for the darting take, the stop in the line and the set…the moment realized. 7″ or 17″ part of the thrill is know the fish took your creation as it tumbled down through the aerated water.

A Green Rockworm pattern is a juicy larva of the caddis genus~~Rhyacophila. It has no case, so it is like lobster or shrimp without the shell. By the time you have celebrated Mom’s Day or planted your string beans and peas, caddis are percolating in your river. You can add bead head pupa patterns and Elk Hair caddis to the mix as the season or hatch progresses. All these patterns can be tied in larger sizes of size 8 to 14, which makes for comfortable tycing, casting, fishing and catching…what more could you ask for.  Green to greenish tan, segmented, legs and not to fat a head for the larva will do the job. V Rib, beads, whatever you use add segmentation and a bit of curve. The Czech Nymph lends itself well to caddis larvae. 

 

Green Czech Nymph

Green Czech Nymph

Larva pic from WorleyBuggerFlyCo.

http://www.worleybuggerflyco.com/Yakima_River_Hatches.htm    

Czech Nymph Pattern at www.glennriver.com

(See Comment  by Guy Stottlemyer; I made his text bold in two places )

 

19
Dec
08

The Grey Fred (Killer Baitfish Pattern for Coastal Environs)

Grey Fred, tied by Gerhardt Lund Anderson, photo by Hans Weilermann @ Danica

Grey Fred, tied by Gerhardt Lund Anderson, photo by Hans Weilermann @ Danica

The fly is very universal imitation of any small, bright fish, and can even stand in as a shrimp. It is of course tied in the very well known Wooly Worm tradition, but still differs from this mainly with it’s eyes and large dubbed head. You can vary the fly in color and get almost any nuance you want. Brown and black are a staple colors in many boxes, but orange can also work well. But the far majority of Grey Fred’s are brightly grey like the fly shown here.

http://globalflyfisher.com/patterns/frede/

This is a pattern quite similar to a Dragon, Damsel, Baitfish pattern tied by Henry Hoffman of Oregon. Henry uses the chickabou/afterplume feathers from developed capes to tie many of the traditional  subsurface patterns. I am partial to Grey Grizzly combo and have had nice success with the color in B.C. and Oregon. The GFF how to segment is great on explaining how to tie the pattern and the variations of the fly. This pattern is also similar to one I have tied in the past, but not Palmer ribbed like a Wooly Worm or Wooly Bugger, the smaller Scarecrow.

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

Scarecrow

19
Dec
08

Oregon Access to Rivers & Streams (Study Up and Get Involved)

Bank Access..Not Just for the Quickly Moving Fly Fisher

Bank Access..Not Just for the Quickly Moving Fly Fisher

‘Oregon river access rights battle brewing — get ready’
Here’s a quick primer on Oregon River Rights from Common Waters of Oregon:
Even if the bed of a waterway is privately owned, the waterway may be used for public recreation and other purposes if it meets the state test of “floatability.” A waterway is “floatable” if its length, width and depth allow boats—even small boats or canoes—to make successful progress through its waters.If a privately owned waterway meets this test, the public may use the water for recreational uses, including boating, fishing and swimming. On these rivers, the public may not interfere with the landowners’ use of their property. Similarly, the landowners may not interfere with the public’s right to use the river, even though the landowners own the river bed. For example, landowners may not build a fence across a river or string barbed wire across a river that meets the floatability test.
The public’s right to use a river does NOT entitle the public to trespass on upland private property to gain access to a river from the upland. The public’s rights are to “use” the rivers, not rights to “access” the rivers. “Necessity” or emergency may be an exception, but do not assume so.

 http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2008/12/17/oregon-river-access-rights-battle-brewing-get-ready/

Court upholds public river access in Montana

  http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2008/12/07/INJV14GCC6.DTL

19
Dec
08

Snow & Oregon’s Pathetic News Casts

Dusting of Snow=News Room Chaos

Dusting of Snow=News Room Chaos

This is it, the full force of the ‘Arctic Blast’. Yet, news vans are spread about the city overpasses and earnest newscasters in parkas, holding mic and wind meters brave the flurries to set forth pathetic and frankly embarrassing accounting’s of motorist mishaps on small hills, and provide obligatory pics of truckers chaining up and yuppies spinning out in their invincible Forrester’s and CRV’s.  It is akin to the twits that stand in harms way in the emerging hurricane winds. One wishes a piece of sheet metal would wipe them from the screen. 

But, why am I watching this over hyped coverage and belly aching at the same time? I love snow. Aside from looking out my window, I still check local coverage to see what the forecast might be. Then I get caught up in the coverage, start my rant, and put everyone in a festive mood. I should just look at the net and check the weather links and only watch TV to get any traffic messes….then forget it. If I had no where to be, I would hunker down and enjoy, or even venture forth for fun. Work and a workforce to tend with complicates life. But, I swear these excitable twits in parkas infect the populace to become wimps and hand wringers. The dusting of snow becomes a huge obstacle on getting to work in time, if at all. Expectations are mitigated or neutered by nattering nay bobs in hooded parkas standing on overpasses.        

Do newscasters in Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, Alberta, Montana, Maine, Idaho act this way? Is this sissyfication a recent Portland phenom? If there ever was a perfect example of msm over hype, it is weather outside the norm…they all follow each other to the overpasses and we watch and hopefully bitch.




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