Archive for January 3rd, 2009

03
Jan
09

Powder River Basin’s Coal Bed Methane (Consequences of Rapid Development)

http://pubs.usgs.gov/wri/wri01427un9/html/report.htm

In the above 2001 report the USGS writes of concerns about the rapid development of coal bed methane gas wells and what will happen to discharged water used in production. Reservoirs and ground water dispersal were concerns to scientist back in 2001. Now that leases are in the works the concerns, that apparently were not on the radar of environmentalists, are now front and center for review and the usual angst ridden ‘the sky is falling’ writings. Is there no end to the evil energy development schemes of Dick Cheney. The Dark Knight is truly amongst us and laying waste to the Western U.S.  

This habitat issue is of direct relevance to a fishery compared to many less than established enviro concerns. What is the current data on discharges and contaminants in the Powder R. basin? Have there been fish studies or tissue samples taken of area fish re levels of tissue infiltration? Perhaps if Ted could break from preaching to the choir and report on this we would all benefit from the specifics of this potential example of cause and effect. Such cause and effect is missing of late. It would take us out of the realm of might’s, maybe’s, could’s back to the research of the 70’s and 80’s when specifics showed consequences and change was easier made. We have swung too far afield with green light of sorts that ignores basic research and run amok into hyberbole and scare tactics. Sound decisions based on sound research and less political posturing and agenda driven drivel are called for.    

Coalbed Methane Well

Coalbed Methane Well

http://www.cookinletoilandgas.org/kpb/issues.htm

Alaska Information re similar concerns and prior hearings and writings over last decade.

http://www.cookinletoilandgas.org/Shallow%20Coal%20Bed%20Methane/Analytical%20Studies/Montana%20CBM%20Primer.pdf (78 pages)

03
Jan
09

March Brown’s Are Coming (How To Tie from OFFB)

March Brown Emerger~Matt Stansberry (OFFB)

March Brown Emerger~Matt Stansberry (OFFB)

http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2008/03/01/video-how-to-tie-a-march-brown-soft-hackle/

The tutorial is slightly different than Matt’s beautiful pattern, but they would both be great. Think of, if water levels allow, drifting the Willamette from Armitage to Harrisburg and finessing these enticing wet/emergers for Cutts.

03
Jan
09

Woolly Worm’s Resurrection

Woolly Worm

Woolly Worm

Do you recall a time of no fly shops, or at least not many? You would walk into a hardware store, that decided to carry fishing supplies. Mostly spinning gear and trolling rigs, Pautzke’s Eggs, sinkers and snelled hooks were on the wall. An assortment of pliers, a refrigerator with worms, and gizmo’s to hook your catch onto before headed home for the fish fry. Also, there was a very small spot at the end of a counter made of  plastic or wood that had twelve small bins, with half empty. In the used portions were flies. Big Royal Coachman; a yellow body leadwing coachman, some other effort at a dry fly, and eventually you would eye the Woolly Worm…usually a yellow chenille body, a palmered grizzly or light dun hackle and the bright red tail. That bright red tail was the attractor more often than not for the fingers plucking the fly from the bin and the trout or perch grabbing the fly tethered to a gawdawful heavy line.

Over time, fly shops grew into prominence and the fly fisher did not enter the True Value store anymore unless looking for mantels for the lantern or Coleman Fuel. And, without noticing, the Woolly Worm gave way to the ubiquitous Woolly Bugger. The undulating Marabou tail out performed  the glowing red hackle fibered or yarn tail. Well, there is no doubt the Woolly Worm in all its variations is one awesome fly. However, I am intending to start an exploratory endeavor this next year with the Woolly Worm. Yes, I will have the yellow body and red tail for old time’s sake. But, I am going to use some of the newer sparkle chenilles and a few dubbed bodies. I am going to experiment with different colored tail colors, using some of the hot colored steelhead feathers. Sans marabou, it will be the same as a Woolly Bugger, but I want to pay homage to that clunky size 10 fly from the hardware store and let it push the leech pattern aside for a bit and see if it can suggest the dragon, damsel, hellgramite and cased caddis.  

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  Woolly Worm Model




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