Archive for December 28th, 2008

28
Dec
08

Jurij (Yuri) Shumakov’s Tube Flies

The late Shumakov tied beautiful long winged/shorter tube flies for Salmon in his Russia and beyond in his final resident country, Sweden. He was a pioneer in Russia, working with meager resources and an innovator in the land of  Spey 

http://www.angelfire.com/wa/salmonid/contributor18.html

Coca Kola

Coca Kola

……in 1993, was invited to Lund University for post-doctoral training. Since 1993, I live in this small university town in the south of Sweden. Here, I have found a very rich environment for my hobby: many rivers, lakes, P&T reservoirs, not counting hundreds miles of first class coast line for fishing sea trout and other species. I have many friends here with whom I work behind our ‘vice’, fishing together and discussing future fishing trips. Here, I discovered for myself Scandinavian style tube fly-tying and became a ‘die hard’ fan of it. There is no doubt that a particular article in UK “Trout and Salmon” magazine by Hokan Norling, the inventor of the Templedog fly, opened up a whole new world of tube flies for me to discover. It gives almost endless possibilities for tying. I have fished tube flies with great success since 1995, in many rivers on the Russian Kola Peninsula and in Kamchatka, as well as Sweden and Norway.
28
Dec
08

Did Governor Kulongoski blink on the enviro scene?

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Threatens Deschutes River (House Bill 3494)

Governor Kulongoski signed a bill (House Bill 3494) that will negatively impact streamflows in the Deschutes River, a river protected under the State Scenic Waterway Act. In the dry season, groundwater accounts for approximately 90% of the surface flows in the lower Deschutes River. HB 3494 will allow new groundwater development in the Deschutes Basin at the expense of river flows needed for wildlife and recreation. For example, fish need enough water in the river to access important spawning grounds.

http://www.olcv.org/accountability/governorvetoes/document_view

28
Dec
08

NW Wind Power & Unintended Consequences (as usual) to Fish

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You see, when the wind is really blowing and the farms are operating at maximum capacity, the present system will not be able to handle all of that electricity, which ultimately affects fish.

This isn’t just a theory – it actually happened recently.  At the end of June, there was an unexpected surge in wind power and too much energy was created for the regional grid to handle.  To compensate, the dams cut their power by spilling more water.

Spilling more water is dangerous for fish because water plunging from the dams into the river becomes saturated with air.  Air is mostly nitrogen and salmon do not like nitrogen saturation.

http://www.katu.com/news/33967994.html

28
Dec
08

Fly Fishing in Japan (Chasing the Amago, Yamame & the Ayu )

Amago

Amago

 

 

Freestone streams dominate fly fishing like much of the Western US  and elsewhere in the world. Headwaters and small gear. The flies are tied (Kebari, Ke ‘feather’ bari ‘hook’) much like anywhere else and bait fish patterns are used for territorial species. The streams appear to be beautiful freestone streams with inviting pocket water.

Yamame

Yamame

   http://members.ozemail.com.au/~kamosida/Japan.htm

28
Dec
08

Flyfishing Insects by Photographer Joshua Bergan at WFF

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Photography by Bergan of NW/Rocky Mtn. FF Insects

http://www.joshuabergan.com/photography.php

http://www.joshuabergan.com/images/photos/Fishing/Aquatic_insects/images1/

http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/links/entomology/

28
Dec
08

Nymph’s (Molting & Vulnerable)

 

Molting Scud~V. Markov

Molting Scud~V. Markov

Fly patterns imitating the molting stage can have different shapes but they need to have the following parts, trailing shuck, old (aft) body part, and new (fore) emerging body part. Newly molted insects also usually have a light coloration. My most successful patterns are Hare’s Ear Molt Nymph , Molt Scud and Bead Head Molt Nymph.

http://www.markov.baikal.ru/keep/menu/molt.html

http://www.markov.baikal.ru/keep/8m/mou_s.html

28
Dec
08

fluorocarbon comparisons (and a NW staple…Maxima Ultra)

Interesting study in strengths and weaknesses of fluoro’s. I have noticed a striking improvement in stillwater success since going to clear Intermediate line and fluorocarbon leader material. However, I always use Vanish because of cost and have little probs with it. But, Vanish does not rate very well against most of the other flouro’s. Hmm? Anyway, a review to study and draw what info that benefits you. Breaking, knot strength, mono to flouro have never been an issue for me. Under the stresses of steelhead and salmon, some may have had different experiences. I have never had a failure with bigger fish…yet. I included Maxima because, well, it is familiar and reliable.

 http://www.tackletour.com/reviewfluorocarbontest.html  

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewfluorocarbon2pg4.html

http://www.tackletour.com/menulines.html

http://www.tackletour.com/reviewmaximaultrag.html

28
Dec
08

chironomid, midge, gnat (klaus peter brodersen’s amazing images)

Midge Pupa

Midge Pupa

Pictures give you the elements of proportions, detail and colors. Then you have to learn your materials and visualize matching the images you can find re each insect. Matching existing patterns and trusting the tier matched the actual insect is ok…but, when you can come across the hard work of others like Brodersen or at Troutnut.com…then it is all up to you to match or use the impressionistic style. Walk into any flyshop, craft store or fabric store (yes, you can cruise amongst the bolts, threads, yarns and patterns looking for something unique…and cheap) and you look at a material to do what? Color, flash, translucence, movement, life.

http://www.zi.ku.dk/personal/kpbrodersen/Chiropics.htm    

28
Dec
08

Steelhead’s Old Seducers (not to forget the simple)

With all the innovation in steelhead flies toward the larger profile, it is easy to forget the smaller, sleaker, proven profile. Beauty for the beast.

Old Steel

Old Steel

I recently saved this shot, but neglected to note the source….sorry.  A very pretty fly and productive, I am sure.   

28
Dec
08

‘Rivers of a Lost Coast’ (those that went before you, to the remote altar) Preservation & Urgency

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“At the turn of the 20th Century, a handful of pioneers carried their fly rods into California’s remote north coast and gave birth to a culture that would revolutionize their sport. For a select few, steelhead fly fishing became an obsessive pursuit without compromise.

Leading the pack was the mythical, Bill Schaadt, an off-kilter angler famous for his ruthless pursuit to be ‘in the fish’. The new endeavor was ruled by a demanding, unspoken code, which made ‘breaking in’ almost as difficult as ‘breaking out’.

By the early 1980s, the Golden State’s coastal fisheries found themselves caught in a spiraling decline. As California searched for its disappearing salmon and steelhead, these men foraged for their souls.”

http://www.riversofalostcoast.com/index.php/story/     http://www.riversofalostcoast.com/index.php/roalc_blog/
via http://www.rogueangels.net




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