Archive for February 11th, 2009


steelhead nymph pattern (copper swan)

Copper Swan (Gold & Orange)

Copper Swan (Gold & Orange)


Black Copper Swan

Of late, my steelhead fly fishing efforts have been confined to a two hander. But, not to be forgotten are the fly fishers that fish for steelhead and salmon via the nymphing techniques akin to trout fishing. The technique is much the same and the flies are usually bigger. The Copper Swan has been around for a few years and is best suited for nymphing as opposed to swinging the fly. The original tie shows a biot wing like the Prince Nymph. The recent versions I have seen are indicative of what happens…innovations, even improvements. That is fly tying. Even the legendary patterns have multiple versions. That is part of the fun. I did not tie these flies. I purchased them at a local fly shop and have found them good flies and even a good choice as a heavy point fly for trout in a two fly rig.

I have included a link which discusses the fly tying portion. You can see the biot tail above (like a Prince) and the two colored wire body (not woven). I like the rubber legs and stouter body on the ones above.       


Coconut Crabs and a Big Pot of Water

Coconut Crab

Coconut Crab (Rebecca Dominquez @


Coconut  Crab (Birgus  latro) is the largest terrestrial arthropod in the world. It is  known for its ability to crack coconuts with its strong pincers in  order to eat the contents.

It  is sometimes called the robber crab because some coconut  crabs are rumored to steal shiny items such as pots and silverware  from houses and tents.

The second  photo gives you a good idea of how large these crabs are – a coconut  crab is seeking food from a black trashcan.The coconut crab is a large edible land crab related to the hermit crab, and are  found in the tropical Indian and Pacific Oceans . They eat coconuts for a living! How would you like to be on an island and come across a crab that is more than 3 feet from head to tail and weighs up to 40 pounds, with a pair of large pincers strong enough to open coconuts! They can climb trees too, but they only eat coconuts that have already fallen to the ground. Coconut crab meat has been considered a local delicacy.

Reference Point

Reference Point

I recall walking from the dining hall to the annex at the Mini on Christmas Is. at night. A few beverages and low light made seeing the scurring smaller crabs difficult to see as they moved across my path with pinchers extended upwards. These critters are beyond my comfort level! I would not want to run into one unless I was armed and had a BIG pot of water boiling.

The first photo is attributed to Rebecca Dominguez @ Flickr ID (bluebec).

The photo URL is here:


Damsel Fly Pattern


Rogue Angels Fly Fishers (K8 battling back to highlight women fly fishers)

“…I want to apologize to anyone who came upon the old Rogue Angels site and had to see the offensive material posted there… Rogue Angels is not affiliated with that nonsense. Welcome back to the real Rogue Angels. Thanks for joining us!”
I remarked a few weeks ago about Rogue Angels retooling and that their previous website was down and that K8 had moved to a new site. The site has been back and growing with the same zeal for highlighting fly fishing women. I wish K8 the very best in rebuilding….it is hard enough maintaining a site with new, fresh material and learning the how to’s of a format. Very hard to go back and recapture material from a corrupted site. I am sure in time, much of the origninal material will be re-incorporated into the new site.  I love the header….beautiful!!!!!!
Rogue Angels United

Rogue Angels United


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