Archive for January 31st, 2009

31
Jan
09

Ditto! Hell Yes! Yo Tambien! Ic Auch! imitación! me anche!

In a relatively short period of time, we’ve seen the marketing compass swing 180 deg. from targeting grey-haired retired guys ensconced in all the trappings of sprawling McLodges, streamside Cubans and pre-broken-in, River Runs Through It fedoras, to young dudes sleeping in the back of their car streamside, eating a cold can of beans as testament to their dedication. Dog knows I’ve spent a lot of nights sleeping in, under and on top of vehicles myself, and I can’t afford lodges anyway  (but not because I’m a “bum”). I’ll give credit where it’s due – it is great that you’re attempting to lure in a younger audience.

But you know what didn’t change at all when that demographic compass swung ’round? The fact that you’re still perpetuating a simplistic, tired stereotype as a means to convince people they need to spend thousands of dollars to get outfitted to go fly fishing. Yes, I know that’s your job, marketing guy. It still sucks.

http://busterwantstofish.com/?p=1317

Yes, it is like sleep deprivation. You know you are kind of tired, but you have long since become to numb to zone in what is aggravating you and how tired you really are. Until a breath of fresh air blows in to add clarity. Something just didn’t set right with this ‘trout bum’ deal and I didn’t want to chalk it up to pure envy…something else suggested it was too perfect. Buster is right on. So what would happen if the destination, the hot babe and the ‘too cool to give a shit’ attitude becomes old….back to individual basics? Not sure. Just know it is hard enough, if you work, to get to the Sandy, Deschutes or B.C. let alone Kamchatka. Bottom line its all about me parting with $4,ooo to $8,000+ to do these ‘trout bum’ exploits. If a guy can do that on his own without corporate sponsorship, great.

31
Jan
09

Drunken Horse Riding in a Blizzard (RHWI or is it RHUI)

CODY, Wyo. – A man has been cited for public intoxication while riding a white horse during a snowstorm in the northern Wyoming town of Cody.

Police say they cited 28-year-old Benjamin Daniels after they received a call Sunday afternoon from a motorist

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concerned that a man was creating a road hazard by riding his horse on a street in conditions with poor visibility.

Cody Assistant Police Chief George Menig says officers noticed Daniels was intoxicated after they stopped him to explain that drivers were having difficulty spotting his slow-moving white horse.

Menig said Thursday that Daniels was detained Sunday and released the following day. He will go before a municipal judge later.

A friend of Daniels picked up the horse.

There was no telephone listing for Daniels.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/odd_drunken_riding

31
Jan
09

Czech nymph Tutorial (Loren Williams’ Perfect How To)

Loren Williams' Cz Nymph fly box~by Loren Williams

Loren Williams' Cz Nymph Flybox~by Loren Williams

http://www.flyguysoutfitting.com/czechnymph.html

http://munkyfisher.blogspot.com

31
Jan
09

Skagit River History (Men were Men & Klootchman Better stay busy)

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Men still outnumbered women in the area by a ratio of 2 or more to 1 as the century began. In the early days, when Caucasian women were scarce, loggers and farmers took Indian girls as wives. These young girls from the various Skagit Indian bands were called Klootchmen and were expected to literally keep the home fires burning on preemption claims and often worked as hard, if not harder, than their husbands. Early settlers were able to claim up to 160 acres of government land at a cost of $1.25 per acre in their own name, and another quarter section in their spouse’s name. As women began braving the trip from back east or California, the klootchmen were often unceremoniously sent back to the reservation near LaConner, but some stayed on the family farms, becoming babysitters for the children of the new wives. You may notice that we do not mention many women in this overview. That is partially because the wives did not start arriving until 1880 and were not present in great numbers until the 1890s. A frontier wife worked as hard as her husband and the older girls in a family had their hands full, caring for younger children in families with five to ten members.

http://www.skagitriverjournal.com/S-W/Pre1900/Bughouse01.html

“The most in-depth, comprehensive site about the Skagit
Covers from British Columbia to Puget Sound. Counties covered: Skagit, Whatcom, Island, San Juan, Snohomish & BC. An evolving history dedicated to committing random acts of historical kindness.”

31
Jan
09

Blending Fur (A new Coffee Grinder for the Wife)

When I started to tie flies there were little if any synthetics to tie with. Fly bodies were constructed of either Chenille, a strand of three or four ply wool yarn or animal fur minus the guard hairs. The underfur of beaver, muskrat, seal, fox and hairs ear etc was pulled out and dubbed onto the shank. Eventually, I read somewhere of cutting the fur from the hide and putting it into what was then new in itself…a coffee bean grinder. This worked well and generated spiky dubbing blends. When new sparkly synthetics came about I cut small pieces  into the fur pile and blended it all together for fur with flash. And, as you can imagine, this was all available in short order, mostly rabbit fur with some synthetic flash. 

Today, many tiers never buy or acquire fur unless it is that small plastic envelope on a hook in a fly shop. Gone are the days of blending your own furs…or is it?     

Copper Hares Ear~Jean-Paul Lipton

Copper Hares Ear~KBarton

 “Materials vendors don’t cater to guys that tinker, and that single-shade pack of rabbit would work well on a small dry fly, but we’re cooking up something with lead and multiple X’s of hook shank. Two bucks worth of bunny bottom just don’t cut it…”       http://singlebarbed.com/2009/01/29/nothing-makes-the-fur-fly-like-using-the-wifes-coffee-grinder/

31
Jan
09

Spey Tube Fly Wing Construction (Images of How They Should Look)

The Contemporary Wing of a Spey Fly

The Contemporary Wing of a Spey Fly~Jan Erik Granbo

http://www.guidelineflyfish.com/english-edition/power-team-tips/moderne-toffe-laksefluer.html

Good visuals re the Wing for Spey Tubes. The blending and layering of the wing material is very nice.

http://www.granbo-flyfishing.no/

Jan Erik Granbo

Jan Erik Granbo~Norway

31
Jan
09

Women Fly Fishers Leading the Way & Writing About It

http://www.flyfisherwomen.com/

http://reel-women.com

http://www.womeninthestream.com/

http://fishchicks.com/links.html

http://www.shelovesflyfishing.com/




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