Archive for January 17th, 2009

17
Jan
09

Playing & Fighting the Fish, Enjoying the Moment…seriously, enjoy it.

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Perfect Posture

Now, I have only a little to offer, but you have to pay attention…down here…yes, the drag has to be set so the spool doesn’t over run on a big fish- it shouldn’t be too tight as big fish snap rods-the bend in the rod should aid in fighting the fish-don’t put a hand too far up the rod causing stress on the rod-  bend or bow at the waist to the jumping fish to take pressure off the line as the fish crashes down upon the leader (at least drop your arm)-once the fish stops strong runs but zips a bit here and there move the rod tip at different angles from hi up to down to the water surface…keep the fish off balance with the ‘walking the dog’  technique of moving it in the opposite direction of the fish’s surge and do it smoothly…speaking of smoothly, don’t get so adrenalized that you stumble about and slip and slide. Move smoothly AND….most importantly!!! pause at times and savor ‘the moment’…seriously, this is what it is all about…preparation, tying, presentation, deception, the take, success…yes, all good, but savor that moment…you have earned it.

If you were standing elbow to elbow on some Alaskan, Oregon, Michigan river flinging hardware or drift gear and you hook that fish…you have about 10 seconds before some dipshit starts casting into the general direction of where you were fishing and others  expect you to raise your rod and move down river with your fish and hurry up while you are at it! Fortunately, fly fishers usually are spread out a touch more, and are more patient…giving you maybe a minute or two to savor your success…so enjoy…feel the power, feel your equipment work (you paid enough for it) and feel how darn smooth you can be under that adrenaline surge…     

17
Jan
09

Yellowstone’s Underground Caldera (yes busy underneath, but still some time to fish)

Yellowstone Caldera

Yellowstone Caldera

 

 

“One way of looking at the power of volcanoes is what scientists call the Volcano Explosivity Index (VEI) — sort of a Richter scale for eruptions. And like the Richter scale used to measure earthquakes, the power of an eruption increases exponentially from number to number in the VEI index.”

http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/supervolcano/under/under_03.html

Mega Caldera

“The crater left by a super volcanic eruption is called a mega caldera. In Yellowstone National Park there is a mega caldera measuring about 34 miles across. Experts know of at least three occasions in which the Yellowstone super volcano has erupted: 2.2 million years ago, 1.3 million years ago, and 640,000 years ago. If Yellowstone keeps to this schedule, we still have about half a million years til the next eruption. Geologist Chuck Wicks of the U.S. Geological Survey says explosions of this magnitude “happen about every 600,000 years.” Yellowstone, if it sticks to its history, isn’t due just yet,….”  http://hubpages.com/hub/Yellowstone-State-Park-Super-Volcano

17
Jan
09

Mustad to Replace the ‘old’ hooks…with Signature Model

Mustad Study Materials

Mustad Study Materials

Many tiers prefer the Tiemco, Gamakatsu, and Daiichi wire and  switched from the Norwegian iron many moons ago. Mustad is replacing the hooks with their “Signature series”, they’re twice the price of their standard hooks and compete directly with the Japanese product lines…There’s no mention of the change on the Mustad web site.

http://singlebarbed.com/2009/01/10/mustad-to-discontinue-the-classic-standard-fly-hooks/

No, she is not a tutor. You have to study up on this yourself. I started tying a ways back and recall using the 3906B and the 94840 hooks for nymphs and dries….somewhere along the way, Mustads became invisible on shelves or pegboards and Tiemco’s and Daiichi became the norm. All this aside…the old 3906B was a great hook…how did I stop using it.  

This is all so confusing…I think I may need some personal instruction.

 

17
Jan
09

Roll on Mighty Columbia River (case study in govt. head scratcher’s inertia)

Columbia River Basin

Columbia River Basin

The EPA reportcompiles monitoring data in the Columbia and its tributaries since 1990 for four well-known and long-lasting hazardous pollutants. The sources of those substances range from water running off farms and industrial lands to wastewater from sewage treatment plants….Meantime, levels of mercury and of fire retardant, one of a host of “emerging” toxic substances that originate in consumer products, appear to be rising….The EPA’s first state of the river report for the Columbia doesn’t present new data, rather it compiles thousands of previous monitoring results….Northwest Tribes first identified the human health hazards of Columbia contaminants in the early 1990s. Charles Hudson, a spokesman for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission, said it’s good the EPA reached similar conclusions.

Huh? And, we want ever more involvement of the Feds and while State Govt’s appear inept and/or corrupt. Study, study more study. But as one man remarked:  “We need to spend less time scratching our heads on what (data) is missing,” he said, “and more time figuring out what actions we’re going to take.” (Charles Hudson, a spokesman for the Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission). Bureaucrats and more bureaucrats…and then what? http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/columbia_river_toxins_at_unacc.html

I find the fire retardant an interesting factor, given all the dumps in remote canyons. It is instructive to see the infiltration of our waters, wildlife and food via distant applications. If this data is accurate and the risk factor is not overblown or exaggerated for agenda purposes…then this is perhaps the immediate cause for NW fly fishers to gather around, rather than distant ANWR; does it not carry the gravity of the Pebble Mine cause celeb??? It is surely of greater import to a great number of  people. We have dumped a billion $$$ into the restoration of NW salmon runs…while over studying and blinking at the true problem…the poisoning of the well??? Save the Columbia River Basin???    

17
Jan
09

Trout, Bass or Sea Kittens (PETA always making us think….the worst!!)

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I seriously doubt, one dimwitted PETA advocate possesses a fraction of the integrity or reverence for fish that most fishermen have…whether they harvest or not. Ethical treatment yes, harvest yes, waste no…otherwise shut up and eat your kale and brussel sprouts.

In fact, the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals want Whitefish High School to rename itself Sea Kitten High School, encouraging everyone to refer to fish and other marine animals as sea kittens….The name-change request – which is admittedly tongue-in cheek – is part of a national initiative on behalf of all fish species, which PETA says suffer unduly because they are not “cute and cuddly.”  

 The only thing more pathetic than the relentless absurdity of  PETA is when some bureaucrat agrees to these far fetched pronouncements and adopts asinine PC speak… I know this has been out a bit, but I remain equal to the task to remind fly fishers that you are only one step removed from these twits on many of your less than reasoned, knee jerk eco pronouncements…strange bedfellows in deed…with, heaven help us, potential bad consequences…. http://www.fishinghurts.com/ 

http://www.missoulian.com/articles/2009/01/08/news/local/news04.txt 

photo via: http://www.2flashgames.com

17
Jan
09

Bhutan Fly Fishing (Himilayan Similarities to Western Habitat)

Bhutan Brown Trout

Bhutan Brown Trout

I was killing time and watching a Sundance Channel movie…one of those ‘et’s expand your world view’ movies: Travelers and Magicians (2003). The story line is one of modern v. tradition; subplots of infidelity and murder, etc. But, the scenery in the Bhutan mountains was akin to the Western US/B.C. (my only reference point). Beautiful streams and forests. So, I did a little looking and found brown trout were introduced into the streams almost a hundred years ago and have taken hold along with another species called ‘snow trout’, a white fish or carp like fish suited to freestone enviornments. I am not promoting the movie..it was ok for a ‘love triangle’, but it did provide the incentive to research a beautiful enviornment and once again fly fishing opportunities abound around the world.

 

Bhutan

Bhutan

http://flyfishing.hook.tv/Clip.aspx?key=ACFC2B391EA44499

    http://www.private-guides.com/guide-in-bhutan/index.php




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