Archive for December 30th, 2008

30
Dec
08

Fish & the photarium

photoarium2

http://www.flyanglers.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=6176

photarium-3

http://www.wildfishconservancy.org/store/wild-fish-photarium-large

30
Dec
08

Fly Fishing Streamer~Killer (Mrs. Simpson looks good, for her age)

Mrs. Simpson
Mrs. Simpson

 Hook: #2 – 10 regular shank
Thread: Yellow or red
Tail: Black squirrel
Body: Tying thread
Wings: pheasant rump feathers
Head: black. 

Mrs. Simpson
Mrs. Simpson

I love the look of this NZ born streamer pattern. Originated decades ago, this pattern should be resurrected for experimentation on rivers and lakes. It strikes me as every bit as enticing as a Matuka or Muddler Minnow. The drab qualities of these patterns beg a bit of Krystal Flash, but it should be initiated as is and additions added to further experiment.    

Some additional fanciful history perhaps: http://www.flyanglersonline.com/features/oldflies/part236.php

30
Dec
08

Fly fishing Northern India for Golden Mahseer on the fly

Golden Mahseer

Golden Mahseer

“There is only one kind of Golden Mahseer- the Barbus tor putitora and it lives only along the Himalayas- from Uttaranchal and Himachal in the West to Assam and Arunachal in the East.”

 “Like all of India’s wildlife, the golden mahseer is in decline, both in sizes and numbers. Where available in numbers, they run small, when it comes to size, some of the biggest have been killed off, especially the great females which grow the biggest.”

http://www.otterreserves.com/

Flyfishing for Mahseer’s has been evolving for the last 25 years. Streamers are often used to lure the fish. Most fly caught fish are in the steelhead poundage range. The 60+ pound bruiser above is more often caught in deep pools with hardware of bait. Much like salmon. The Golden Mahseer is becoming endangered and C & R is expected in regions that cater to fly fishers. A 1989 movie, Casting for Gold (Baily/Boot) reportedly highlights fly fishing for Mahseer in the foothills of the Himalayas. This is viewed as a novelty fishery to the West. Euro’s are frequent pursuers of this species with the swung fly with one and two handers.

 http://www.rackelhanen.se/eng/10339.htm   

http://www.indiaangling.com/Fly_fishing_tackle.htm

30
Dec
08

Winter’s Little Brown Stones (or Black)

On a past trip  to Central Oregon’s Deschutes River at Tethrow Crossing, I was fishing a Midge Dry amongst the cat tail reeds and quiet water. I was picking up a few browns and rainbows. The only other angler visible on the cold January day was fishing above me and having repetitive success. I waded out and sat nearby smoking my briar and after awhile the man walked my way. 

Blk. Stimulator

Blk. Stimulator

I noted his success and asked the usual question of the unsuccessful. He showed me his fly..a smallish black Stimulator (maybe a size 14, 2x or so). He explained he was fishing to match Black Winter Stoneflies. Huh? I knew about the big California Stones of May and the Golden Stones of Summer. However, I had never heard of Winter Stoneflies. He displayed his fly box with Black Elk Hair Caddis and Black Stimulators. He also had black Hare’s Ear Nymphs. He told me to fish the edges of riffles in the quieter water with any smaller black nymph. I had no dark hairwinged flies. The man pulled a black EHC from the box put it into his palm and rolled it into my palm. I thanked him and he departed up the hill toward his pickup.

 

black-lil-stone-nymphsI fished some ten feet out from shore..not wading…and proceeded to catch a half dozen

Winter stones

Winter stones

 or so brown trout with memorable ease. I have added dark hairwing flies to my winter arsenal of midges and  bwo’s. I have learned to fish the edges much like other stonefly fishing. These small black or brown stoneflies crawl toward the edges like their larger cousins. 

  http://www.westfly.com/feature-article/0001/feature_110.php     (this is an informative piece by Hafele and Hughes that explains the habitat and appearances of Winter Stones).




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