Archive for February 16th, 2009

16
Feb
09

The Snatcher (stillwater emerger in the surface or deeper)

I found this pattern in a two year old copy of Trout and Salmon (September 2007 by Stan Headley) from the UK (excellent publication). The Pictures of The Snatcher were most appealing. I found some pictures online (not from the article) and have included them here. It is in someways like other flies, but in other ways it seems a refreshing pattern for here in the US and beyond (it is apparently well known to UK fly fishers on reservoirs/lochs). It would be easy enough to overdress this pattern with hackle wraps and dubbing. I like the looks of this pattern. The article mentions fishing this pattern in a size 10 or bigger for buzzers. I can see this pattern in size 8 to size 14, fishing nicely on NW lakes and B.C. stillwaters (of course, it would be just fine on streams too). Also, in the article the pictures of the flies showed them tied on a ‘goldish’ or shiny brass Tiemco TMC 2487  scud-pupa hook…very nice. When overdressed it has the classic wet fly look..still productive I am sure, but the pictures of the pattern in the article were much sparser (is that a word?) and suggestive of more movement and life.

Snatcher

Snatcher

Snatcher

Snatcher

Snatcher (As Depicted in Article...more sparse)

Snatcher (As Depicted in Article...more sparse)

http://www.wonderhowto.com/how-to/video/how-to-tie-the-claret-snatcher-for-competition-fly-fishing-169754/   (Excellent Tutorial)

http://flytyer.wordpress.com/2008/04/03/shadow-snatcher/

http://www.flyforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=3269           by Andrew P.

16
Feb
09

Nose Art and Tattoo’s Merge History

I have posted before about WWII Nose Art, the adornment of bombers with either provocative hot babes or fearsome images…this practice advanced up to present times, but has diminished through PC Idiocy, surely not through a lack of artists or new technology. I was researching area ink artists when I came across this work by Jason Leisge at Oddball Studios, Portland, Oregon. It reminded me of the WWII artists, who sketched and then painted sexy babes on the sides of bombers and fighters destined to deliver young men into combat. The ink artists of today are often extraordinary artists. The ink art can betray the details one sees in their pencil drawn templates or sketches of concepts they have milling around in their heads. Now, I wouldn’t personally opt for the sleeve, but the wearer of the art has an interest in WWII history equal to the Nose Art aficionado, for sure. 

WWI Sleeve by Jason Leisge

WWII Sleeve by Jason Leisge

http://www.tattoosinflight.com/index.php 

http://www.oddballstudios.com/artists/

 

pacific-princess

nose_03

There are some fine sites out there re Nose Art and Wartime Tattoo’s; I need to keep looking for what my next fly fishing tat might be and who will do it…  

16
Feb
09

Mongolian Fly Fishing (or perhaps a little Eagle Hunting for Dinner)

Eagle Hunter & Guide (You Carry the Club?)

Eagle Hunter & Guide (You Carry the Club?)

 CLASSIC EAGLEHUNTING 2009-2010

Eaglehunting is a Altai Kazakh tradition dating back about 2000 years (Marco Polo mentions it). Kazakh people use female eagles as they are one-third heavier than the males and far more aggressive.The eagles are trained to hunt hares,wild cat, ibex, foxes and wolves(eagles have eight times more acute eyesight than humans), and release them to the hunter, who clubs the prey to death.”  http://www.bluewolftravel.com/toursmore.php?cid=80

 

or perhaps:

Taimen, Much Like Steelhead or Sea Trout

Taimen, Much Like Steelhead or Sea Trout

I don’t for a second pretend to know much about Mongolian or Russian Fly Fishing. I do find it a fascinating adventure because of the remoteness and the surrounding culture. Unfortunately for me, the price tag is beyond my means and probably my fitness level in a few years. If I am quibbling over a mid price spey rod and reel, then as Clint said..”a man has to know his limitations”. I did Christmas Island last year, well 2007. Maybe I will get to do another exotic trip in the next few years….otherwise, perhaps the next life? The Mongolian trips, the Nomad trips in Chile, the Slovenian or Dolomite’s all are probably not going to happen. But, those adventurers that stage these trips and set up the excursions for well healed types are probably worth a good story. Yes, the pic of the guy holding the 20+ pound Taimen is interesting. But, more interesting to me are the guys that put him there…into the raft, into the drift, into the fish.

//www.fishmongolia.com/mongolia-taimen-fly-fishing-trips/float-trips/

Adventure in Mongolia~http://www.fishmongolia.com

 

 Hello to the folks in Ulaanbaatar and beyond.

16
Feb
09

A Woman With A Fly Rod (sabrina shares the love)

Sabrina@She Loves Fly Fishing

Sabrina@She Loves Fly Fishing

http://www.shelovesflyfishing.com/fly-fishing-blog.html

http://www.shelovesflyfishing.com/index.html

Sabrina shares the basics, “how to’s” of fly fishing on a stream or lake.  




Below @ “The Past” you can search back to 2008 month by month

February 2009
M T W T F S S
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
232425262728  

Please visit MUNCY DESIGNS (click)

Welcome to SwittersB & Exploring. Please Share, Comment & Like Away!

Please subscribe just below. Use the Search box to search topics.

Enter your email address to subscribe to the SwittersB blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 4,215 other followers

The Past

231!!! Countries Visiting SwittersB~Thank You!!!

free counters

Blog Stats: There are lies, damn lies and statistics

  • 4,819,212 Visits/Views (WP Original Stat~Pre Flag Counter Stats)

There’s No Accounting For Taste; Search the Blog for Much More. Thanks for Visiting!


%d bloggers like this: