Archive for March, 2009

31
Mar
09

Jay Moor Photography (Beautification of the mind)

Can I just say that few things in nature equal the crystal clear images of a trout. Jason Morrison of jayMoor Photography often captures magnificence….look at the Rainbow Trout from an early season stillwater venture. Can you relate? I bet you can. jaymoor-beauty

31
Mar
09

Arctic Caps Melting at Alarming Rate (Climate Change Denial is a mental disorder? Huh?)

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So much confusion, and I just can’t get that poor Polar Bear out of my mind out there on the last pieces of the Polar Ice Cap…and if all that ice is melting then the seas have to rise and all the devastation that will soon be upon us.

“Yes a picture is worth a thousand words, isn’t it? For those of you that visit these other blogs, be sure they see this updated picture and send my regards. While you are at it, ask them at the Telegraph to provide the source data and methodology for the creation of the two images used in the report. They look more like artist renderings than data based 3D models. The images were not part of the WWF report.”

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“Another cause for concern is that ice piled up in Greenland and Antarctica, in layers up to one and a half miles thick, is shifting uneasily. “Glacial” used to mean “very slow”: but it now looks as if, rather than melting gradually from the top down, over thousands of years, these sheets will break up long before they have a chance to melt, cascading into the oceans in the form of a million icebergs.”  

Oh my, What to do?

Oh my, What to do?

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“The only problem with a project to prove that Arctic ice is disappearing is the fact that it is actually getting thicker, says Christopher Booker.”

“David Neath found the company guilty of discriminating against Mr Nicholson under the 2006 Equality (Religion and Belief) Regulations, because his faith in global warming was a “philosophical belief”. Recalling how “eco-psychologists’’ at the University of the West of England are pressing for “climate denial” to be classified as a form of “mental disorder”, one doubts whether the same legal protection would be given to those who fail to share Mr Nicholson’s “philosophical belief”.”

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“If one thing more than any other is used to justify proposals that the world

Climate Chage Hip Boot

Climate Chage Hip Boot

must spend tens of trillions of dollars on combating global warming, it is the belief that we face a disastrous rise in sea levels. The Antarctic and Greenland ice caps will melt, we are told, warming oceans will expand, and the result will be catastrophe.”

“But if there is one scientist who knows more about sea levels than anyone else in the world it is the Swedish geologist and physicist Nils-Axel Mörner, formerly chairman of the INQUA International Commission on Sea Level Change. And the uncompromising verdict of Dr Mörner, who for 35 years has been using every known scientific method to study sea levels all over the globe, is that all this talk about the sea rising is nothing but a colossal scare story.  Despite fluctuations down as well as up, “the sea is not rising,” he says. “It hasn’t risen in 50 years.”

30
Mar
09

Hypothermia (Fly Fishers Often at Risk…Watch Out for Eachother)

Maggies Farm points the way to a good site re outdoor survival skills in cold and cool weather. The info is dated and still critically vital… 

“…many hypothermia victims die each year in the process of being rescued. In “rewarming shock,” the constricted capillaries reopen almost all at once, causing a sudden drop in blood pressure. The slightest movement can send a victim’s heart muscle into wild spasms of ventricular fibrillation. In 1980, 16 shipwrecked Danish fishermen were hauled to safety after an hour and a half in the frigid North Sea. They then walked across the deck of the rescue ship, stepped below for a hot drink, and dropped dead, all 16 of them.”   

http://maggiesfarm.anotherdotcom.com/archives/10894-Freezing-to-death.html

http://www.ariverneversleeps.com/fishingwest/outdoors.shtml

Symptoms to look for:
-Intense shivering; slowing of pace, poor coordination, ability to perform complex tasks.
– Shivering persists, stumbling, thickness of speech, sluggish thinking, feeling of deep cold or numbness.
– Shivering decreases. Disorientation. Stiffening of muscles, jerky movements.
– Exhaustion, hallucinations and inability to get up after rest.

30
Mar
09

Red Gold Showing (Portland, Oregon-April 16, 2009)

RED GOLD tells the stories of the people and places of Bristol Bay, Alaska (the world’s largest sockeye salmon fishery) while also exploring the debate around the proposed Pebble Mine (what would be North America’s largest open-pit mine built in the headwaters of Bristol Bay). Since its release last year, RED GOLD has been winning awards around the country at various film festivals, including “People’s Choice” at both the Telluride and Banff Film Festivals.

When: April 16th, 2009, doors open @ 5:30 PM, film starts at 6:30PM
Where
: Bagdad Theater, 3702 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Cost
: $3
Rsvp
: purchase tickets at door
Co-sponsored by Slow Food Portland

30
Mar
09

Early Yellowstone Stillwater Success

 

HellIfIKnow Streamer Pattern

HellIfIKnow Streamer Pattern

Recipe for “HELLIFIKNOW”

Tail: dyed red squirrel, or red synthetic fibers, Body: silver tinsel, (mylar works, we use French metal,) Beard: reddish brown rump feather fibers from golden pheasant, Head: red thread. Hook: heavy nymph, size 4-12. Fish on short light leader in shallow clear water or long heavy leader in colored water. Brookies, Grayling, and other precocious young trout take this just the way a Bluegill takes an empty gold-plated hook.

29
Mar
09

The Farm, family & gratitude (find your quiet places when you can’t fish)

The Farm~Newberg, Oregon by G. Muncy

The Farm~Newberg, Oregon by G. Muncy

A day of ironies in several ways…a couple birthdays; the day my dad died; Spring was his favorite time of year because of the new beginnings; a granddaughter visiting the farm; the farm tired, old and still there; Emma the Lab running free from the constraints of urban life; a daughter finishing up highschool; a good day because we (23 of us) all were in harmony and thankful. 

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Old But Faithful

A cool, breezy Spring day with places, for most of those so inclined, to escape the loud banter and din. If you let yourself, you can focus, regroup and gain clarity. The Farm has always offered that when I visit. 

29
Mar
09

Rising Fish Tools & Gear (http://www.risingfish.net/RiggingS.html)

Rising Fish Tools & Gizmo's

Rising Fish Tools & Gizmo's

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29
Mar
09

Damsel Fly ‘nymph’ de Argentina

Damsel Fly w/ Bead Chain Eyes de BrownTroutArgentina

Damsel Fly w/ Bead Chain Eyes de BrownTroutArgentina

Trucha Marrón a la Argentina, lo siento, pero su fotografía recortada. Espero que sea bien.
I like this pattern because of the Ostrich Herl tail (check out my The Orb Callibaetis Emerger too) and the dubbed sgraggily abdomen/thorax as well. This fly was shown along with an article about the Rio Grande de San Luis in the Valley of Pancanta. I mention this only in that if the pattern is fished in a stream the tumbling of the fly would be expected. I wonder if in a stillwater-lago if the bead chain eyes would cause the fly to flip over and ride point up? Not necessarily a bad thing….just wondering. 
28
Mar
09

Ponder Your Certainty (Something a bit scary about Global Group Think)

dontpanic_1024-1Suppressing dissent is nothing new. Italian cosmologist Giordano Bruno taught that stars were at different distances from each other surrounded by limitless territory. He was imprisoned in 1592, and eight years later he was tried as a heretic and burned at the stake. Because he disagreed that the Earth was the center of the universe, Galileo was ordered to stand trial on suspicion of heresy in 1633. Under the threat of torture, he recanted and was placed under house arrest for the rest of his life.”

28
Mar
09

Rabbit Fur (Strips and Crosscut Pieces) How To Use

This is info to provide you the basics on how to use a valuable fly tying material for streamers. The flies tied with Rabbit Fur are used for many species of fish, so learn how to use rabbit. With new varigated or barred fur on the market, even more interesting patterns are emerging. For purposes of imparting the info about rabbit, I will highlight two different posts that demonstrated the material in the tying of the Lithuanian Bat.  

First, what is meant by strips and crosscut pieces? From Fly Anglers On Line: “There is one requirement in tying this fly, the rabbit strips used to construct it must be of the types specified. This fly utilizes both “Zonker” (straight cut strip), and “Crosscut” rabbit strips. For those of you who have not worked with rabbit strips before we will explain the difference between the two. Picture a rabbit, heading to your right, running very fast. The hairs on his back are all swept back in the wind. This also coincidentally is the way the hair grows, the grain if you will.  Now a “Zonker Strip” is cut from the rabbit from front to back, or your right to your left as you watch the rabbit run. A “crosscut Strip” is cut from side to side. This is important, which you will see as we construct the fly.”

Barred Affect in Rabbit Strips
Barred Affect in Rabbit Strips

 A good tutorial on how to tie the Lithuanian Bat and use the rabbit materials (straight cut and crosscut) is provided by Fly Fish Ohio.  The straight cut strips are for tails or Zonker bodies and the Crosscut strips are wrapped around the shank. By virtue of how the rabbit is cut (as stated above) the fur either is swept back (straight cut) or leans to the side (crosscut). Check out the tutorial at the FFO link.

Lithuanian Bat
Lithuanian Bat

 Always A Heretic (and part  of the fun of tying): This tyer (Wills Mullis) at Hatches Magazine  suggests only using the straight strips (forgoing the crosscut) for the tail and the wrapped body. Check out Mullis’ version of the Bunny Leech.   

Bunny Leech by Wills Mullis
Bunny Leech by Wills Mullis

 This baitfish pattern (below) is a production tie that Tony got at his shop (NWFFO). The point of showing it is the rabbit fur top is a straight cut (very narrow slice). It is tied in at the rear once the mylar body is formed. Then an application of adhesive is usually put down across the top of the body, the rabbit strip is pulled down onto the adhesive and then the strip is tied off at the front of the hook at the eye. Some would call this Zonker style. There are a couple of ways to afix the rabbit strip onto the shank, with progressive  wraps up through the parted hairs to secure the strip to the top of the shank. Or, fore and aft, or is it aft and fore?  

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Baitfish Imitation w/ Zonker Style Rabbit Strip

Tie In Point. At Rear of Shank for Rabbit Strip

Tie In Point. At Rear of Shank for Rabbit Strip

 

 

Tied Down at Head. Nice Finished Head

Tied Down at Head. Nice Finished Head

What is particularly nice about this pattern is the mylar tube body, hackle and rabbit fur strip have all been tied down at the eye, yet the tyer as a very small and neat head without the bulk and often encountered. Some good adhesive helps secure the materials with less thread wraps. Also, try to move toward strong, thinner threads such as 8/0 or smaller. Tying larger patterns with 3/0 or 6/0 usually results in clunky-chunky flies. There are newer, stronger threads out there…find them and use them.  




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