Archive for February 4th, 2009

04
Feb
09

Caddis Dry flies (more macro) & the Pheasant Tail Nymph

A combined effort to start my Spring tying spree for trout and to improve my macro skills. I have to admit that my mind has been over in the spey world. I do have a stillwater trip planned in the next month or so, once the daytime temps come up a bit. But, also I am not going to lighten up on the two hander. So far I am a mess with a Skagit head. It is practice and I need more. But, in the mean time here are some Caddis dries and another shot at the Pheasant Tail Nymph with the Macro. For the Caddis, use ultra fine copper or gold wire counter wrapped from rear to front through previously wrapped hackle. The flies were all tied on size 14 hooks and are held for the photo in a pair of hackle pliers. Thread was size 8/0. Lens is Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM on a Canon EOS, 400D, Rebel XTi.   

 

Elk Hair Caddis~G. Muncy

Elk Hair Caddis~G. Muncy

Deer Hair Caddis~T. Muncy

Deer Hair Caddis~T. Muncy

Black Elk Hair Caddis~G. Muncy

Black Elk Hair Caddis~G. Muncy

Long Horn CDC Caddis

Long Horn CDC Caddis

Pheasant Tail Nymph~G. Muncy

Pheasant Tail Nymph~G. Muncy

 I primarily fish Elk Hair Caddis for most caddis hatches save Traveling Sedge or October Caddis. I noted in the post yesterday re the French anglers that the depicted patterns in their post were equally interesting patterns. The PTN was shot again to try and improve the clarity of the image. I apologize for the size of the pics if it overloads your system. Learning about that too.

PTN Thorax~G. Muncy

PTN Thorax~G. Muncy

  

04
Feb
09

Skunk & Dog (how to remove the odor)

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“Paul Krebaum, a chemist at Molex Inc. added a dash of soap to hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and developed the first home remedy for skunk spray.
How do you get rid of the smell that comes from two tiny but ingenious glands at the business end of a skunk? A garden hose is impotent, soap is utterly useless, and tomato juice is a quaint old wives’ tale that has left many people with skunk-sprayed dogs that not only stink, but are pink.
Krebaum came up with a formula that neutralized the foul smelling thiols in skunk spray. His formula was 1 quart of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, which costs about $2 at a drugstore, 1/4 cup of baking soda, and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap, which breaks up the oils in skunk spray and allows the other ingredients in the solution to do their stuff. The solution, after applying, should be rinsed off your pet with tap water. It works!”

http://www.primitiveways.com/wilderness_&_urban_tips.html

http://www.howtogetridofstuff.com/

http://www.lgd.org/skunked.html

04
Feb
09

1st. skydive? Halfway down Your Instructor Dies…now what?

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An American soldier whose skydiving instructor died mid-jump says he owes his safe landing to watching how they do it on TV.

Daniel Pharr has spoken about how he managed to guide his parachute to the ground and perform CPR on his teacher.

The soldier was on his first skydive strapped to George “Chip” Steele when the instructor suffered an apparent heart attack.

“Approximately 5,500ft, he deployed the main chute, and at that point, we were talking,” Mr Pharr explained.

“I asked him a question, he responded, then I continued to ask him additional questions and there was no response.”

While Mr Pharr said he would like to take the plunge again, the experience proved too much for his loved ones.

“My family has pretty much told me that is a no-go, so I’m going to keep my feet on the ground,” he said.

http://news.sky.com/

When you read the article, Pharr sounds extremely calm. To visualize the sequence of events is akin to those dreams or visions one has where the pilot of the plane is dead and you’re it. Slightly different in the mechanics perhaps, but no less stressful…wow! The pic is from Google Images…query those pics and it is 99% male instructor and female student…perhaps a good gig for the hands on sort of chap.




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