Archive for February 20th, 2009


Sri Lankan HooK Set (outsourcing production tying~headed to Europe and Asia)

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka

“Lanka Fishing Flies Ltd, a Sri Lankan based company which claims to be the largest producer of artificial fishing flies to the US market is exploring the possibility of penetrating the European and Asian markets. “Fly-fishing,” is a popular sport in the United States and we supply 90 per cent of artificial fishing flies to the USA market,” its Managing Director Suresh de Mel told Daily News Business. He said they export all products under the Umpqua brand and are proud to be the exclusive North American distributor for Tiemco hooks. For twenty years Tiemco has been the world’s most respected designer and manufacturer of hooks designed exclusively for fly-fishing.”

“He said that the fly fishing sport is gaining popularity rapidly in Europe and Asia. Therefore, they are now in the process of expanding into other regions as well. The idea was mooted by our founder, Dennis Black in 1972. As a fast and professional fly-tier, Dennis was known for his skills and speed in producing hundreds of dozens of flies each year for the larger mail order houses. However, he was also quick to realize how fast the demand for excellent flies would outstrip the abilities of cottage industry types run by him. He said that Dennis established the first of what would eventually be five separate fly-tying factories, first in India, then in Sri Lanka and finally in Thailand.”

I rarely buy flies. Every once in awhile, I will see a novel pattern and decide to buy it and study it further. This can be instructive as to proportionment and how the fly looks in your hands v. in a book, magazine or on the net in a poorly photographed thumbnail. Buyers in each shop have a large selection of flies to choose from via Umpqua, Idyllwild, Wapsi or ???. The flies are rarely the same once beyond the basic dries and nymphs. That is when each shop often carries a few patterns unique to other local shops. So, in my area, if I travel to Kaufmanns, River City, Oregon FF Outfitters or the Caddis Fly, I will observe a half-dozen unique patterns in each shop, not available in the other shops. If I see one unique and interesting I buy it. Some woman in Sri Lanka, India or Thailand may have labored over a vice to create one thousand+ of that unique pattern I have discovered in a shop in Eugene, Oregon.      


Switters B (origins amongst the juiced receptors of Tom Robbins)

robbinsBy way of explaining, should even one person care, I thought I would explain Switters and B. Switters was born from the main character in Tom Robbins’  Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates. A character so diverse and betwixt that I just related at the time of my Tom Robbins binge. Have you read Tom Robbins? Any NW rain sodden brain should have read some Robbins. Why?

“Not infrequently, he’d spot one of them [girls] in the market again and exchange with her one of those futily desirous smiles that are like domestic postage on a letter to a foreign destination.”

“The old market, worn half away by dampness and fingerprints, sweat drops and shoe heels, pigeon claws and vegetable crates; soiled by butcher seepage, sequined with salmon scales, smelling of roses, raw prawns, and urine; blessedly freed for the winter from the demanding entertain-me-for-nothing! gawkings of out-of-town tourists, the market bustled now with fishmongers and Vietnamese farmers, florists and fruit vendors, famous chefs and food-smart housewives, gourmets and runaways, flunkies and junkies, coffee brewers and balloon benders, office workers and shopgirls and winos of all races.” (any NWester should know where this is)

“The Latino smiled, but it was not a friendly smile; it was, in fact, the sort of quasi-smile one observes on small dogs in the backseats of parked cars just before they begin to bark..”

“When she unhooked her bra, it was like a farmer unloading a cart, and when she pulled down her panties, Switters thought he was back up the Amazon.”  (Oh, baby)

(B)umpatter was born from an appreciation of the curved, the firm, the yielding.


Sage Rods (sign of the times…what’s next Walmart, Costco?)

Valley Angler: More proof that the apocalypse is near

A lot of companies are making major changes to their marketing strategies as well. One of the most shocking renovations announced a few weeks ago was that the Sage rod company would market a rod exclusively for Cabalas. Any shop that has been one of their dealers for any length of time and has maintained the inventories that Sage has required over that time period must be mortified. In my opinion the company sold out their dealers and sold their soul to Cabalas.

Actually, they can do what they need to, to survive…just a bit odd given how dictatorial they have been to so many shop owners. Maybe Walmart could say, ‘No thanks, our boys  don’t fish Sage’. 


Cut Trees~No Don’t Cut Trees (Common Sense Up in Flames)

Brush Fire, Australia

Brush Fire, Australia



During question time at a packed community meeting in Arthurs Creek on Melbourne’s northern fringe, Warwick Spooner — whose mother Marilyn and brother Damien perished along with their home in the Strathewen blaze — criticised the Nillumbik council for the limitations it placed on residents wanting the council’s help or permission to clean up around their properties in preparation for the bushfire season. “We’ve lost two people in my family because you dickheads won’t cut trees down,” he said.

This story highlights the issue of enviro policy that is wrapped in the climate change absurdities and the infringement upon property rights for the supposed greater good. The aftermath of such tragedies is often filled with enormous grief and anger. Hopefully, clear headed assessments will be made to determine if eco policies may have contributed to fuel that allowed the deadly fire to cause such harm. Common sense brush clearing or tree removal is not equal to Brazilian deforestation. Again, balance. 

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