Archive for March 15th, 2009

15
Mar
09

Parkour, PK, Free Running (check it out…have the ice ready)

“Parkour (PK) is about responding appropriately to the terrain through which a person is moving and is not about extraneous movements or tricks. Flipping and other stunts that do not contribute directly to getting from point a to point b as quickly and efficiently as possible are not part of Parkour, but a related discipline called “Free Running” that is a distinct activity according to the people who have been the most influential in creating this new form of movement and self expression.”

PK Parkour

PK Parkour

 

It takes about 4 minutes to load the attachment and about 3 minutes to feel your lower back, ankels, and knees start to throb…I see this stuff and see how it has evolved from the Jackie Chan movements and marvel at the endurance, strength and tenates required…wow! Russian Climbing (or Parkour) is mind boggling. If we only did an extremely modified version, we would be in amazing shape. I have known I was not wired for bungee jumping, rock climbing, parachuting, downhill skiing, etc. I am not a thrill seeker in the sports tradition. I have had my adrenaline in other non-sporting pursuits in life. I like adrenaline. I just have a wierd inner ear, so odd movements send me off kilter. So, when I see these explosive athletes, I admire them. I am sure, if you take the time to load the video you will also. 

http://finding-my-own-way.blogspot.com/    http://www.sportmediaconcept.com/parkour/

http://thomadventures.blogspot.com/                      http://www.beastskills.com/

15
Mar
09

Emerging Caddis (Innovative and Inquisitive)

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Tan Emerging Caddis~Ashley Artis

http://www.kossiedun.com.au/EmergingCaddis.htm

Hook: Kamasan B100 (or suitable pupa hook)
Size: 14
Inner body: Spirit River Diamond Brite, Olive dubbing
Outer body: Spirit River Body Flair, Dark Sand
Thorax/Head: Spirit River Fine & Dry dubbing colour Callibaetis
Wing: CDC puff Natural Mallard

.I have not seen the BodyFlair before. Spirit River is in many shops in the U.S. or the item could be ordered. I like the look of this pattern. The Body Flair would be nicer than messing around with Antron or Z-Lon.

15
Mar
09

Russian Train Travel to Chelyabinsk and beyond…………..

map-russia-roads-rail

A humorous piece about a man with aerophobia, who has the Russian train system figured out..sort of:

“By the way, you will probably be waited on by a very young and good-looking waitress wearing a lot of cheap makeup. When not busy at the restaurant, she makes rounds of the train with a food trolley loaded with beer, peanuts and Snickers bars. She has to be good looking because it improves sales. With their caked-on makeup, dining car waitresses look like moderately expensive rural town call-girls. This adds a little subconscious eroticism to the restaurant visit.”

“Speaking of eroticism, I’ve encountered some really well-made Russian porn movies where all the action took place on a train. Since then, I have often fantasized about being accidentally put into the luxury compartment with a horny model. It’s never happened.”

http://readrussia.com/magazine/spring-2007/00020/

http://readrussia.com/blog/

http://www.russia-ukraine-travel.com/maps-of-russia.html

15
Mar
09

Wier Outdoors (Rock Solid Solutions….backup anchor system)

Back Up Anchor System
Back Up Anchor System

 

Saw this  sling system for a backup anchor for drift boats and a smaller rig for smaller vessels, like a pontoon boat or rubber raft. Not a bad investment for the drift boat, etc. should you lose your anchor. Find a rock and you are in business. Yes, you could rig something up, but why bother for $20. plus shipping…Wier Outdoors is located in Eugene, OR

http://www.wieroutdoorsandmore.com/outdoor-fishing-boating.php

15
Mar
09

Caddis Pupa (Simple To Tie…seriously simple)

Caddis Pupa, Tan~SwittersB

Caddis Pupa, Tan~SwittersB

Caddis Pupa, Green~SwittersB

Caddis Pupa, Green~SwittersB

So many patterns, so many options. I know. I like this pattern and The Harriet (I posted it last Summer here). How simple is this pattern? Put on the bead of choice on a curved pupa hook. Tie in braid and melt end so it doesn’t unravel and dub over tie in point for thorax. Done…Diving Caddis, Caddis Emerger…simple to tie. If you want less diving, use a glass bead. Mix up your dubbing. Above on tan pupa, I used the same dubbing I used for the early posted (today) Caddis/Dragon Pupa. On the green pupa I used a mix of fur, Ice Dub and some cut up tinsel, which I blended together and can use when I want a scraggly dubbing with some flash.  Whatever, mix it up, throw in a hackle collar if you must..but you don’t need to.  Those busy, busy little dubbing fibers will be pulsing and waving all over the place. 

15
Mar
09

Caddis or Dragon Fly (earth tones, flash and big eyes)

Caddis Emerger~SwittersB

Caddis Emerger~SwittersB

This is a pattern that can pass for a Caddis Pup or Dragon Fly Nymph. Above, it is tied on a size 8 hook (the shank has a slight bend), I dubbed a blend of dark olive, medium olive and light brown (blended in and old coffee bean grinder). I twist the dubbing onto the thread (as opposed to a dubbing loop) and wrap the dubbing forward to form an abdomen. I wrap a gold tinsel ribbing forward 3/4ths. up the body. Then I turn the fly over (rotary vise or turn upside in a fixed vise) and tie in on the underside dark deer hair or elk hair, which trails just to the end of the hook’s length. An optional piece is turkey or crow feather fibers tied on the sides and underneath but only extending half way back. I then tie in short partidge feather fibers on the sides (they should contrast to the earth tones). The plastic dumbell eyes (you could use heavier but it would the flip fly over). Now dub with the same dubbing the thorax area to cover up your tie in spots for the wings and end point of tinsel/ribbing. Wrap the dubbing up and around the eyes, keeping the dubbing sparser as you wrap around the eyes so as to not obscure the eyes. If I skip the underwings and keep the wing like materials to the sides, this is a great dragon fly pattern too. I have fished it in stillwaters as is and it still performs…the silhouette and presentation being equally important. I have not experimented with different colors as this is how I originally found the pattern tied..I do not weight the pattern, but if I did, it would be on the shank as opposed to heavy eyes.         

15
Mar
09

Brown Trout Tattoo (Perfection For Richard Lee Merritt)

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http://richardleemerritt.com/2009/02/brown-trout-tattoo/

http://jasonclaydunn.com/

http://blog.jasonclaydunn.com/about-artist-jason-clay-d.html

15
Mar
09

Water Works of Oregon (Healthy Rivers by what means?)

Low Water Eagle Creek, Oregon

Low Water Eagle Creek, Oregon

 

Ran into Water Works of Oregon at the Albany Expo and gathered up materials. The message seemed clear: yet another crisis of habitat and yet another legislature caving into growth and  agri interests. According to WWO, the Instream Water Rights Act of Oregon has helped but has not gone far enough. So, the answer for fish and fowl and wildlife (and recreationist) is to force a reduction in the water drawdown allocations to help maintain levels that will sustain the habitat.

That is the crux of the problem: wanting the water levels that will offset nature’s varieties and attempt to sustain life even if nature isn’t helping in the game. The bottom line is agriculture will take the hit an WWO is calling for buy outs and force outs to protect the habitat. Hmmm? WWO has identified the drainages and I would agree with their vulnerability. I am not sure a picture of a kayaker is compelling to most non-urban Oregonians. Is the value of 100 kayakers ability to access moving waters superior to farmers or ranchers that manage crops? The argument would be that those ranchers are perhaps evil out of state agri interests and Oregonians should have superior and natural opportunities. But, are all those ranchers representing out of state interests? No. Many actually settled those lands back 150 years ago or so, when most activist’s families were safely ensconced in urban comforts.

So, the concept of incentives (buy outs, paid to save or return) is a good plan. Also, a review of two things: what excesses are taking place now and why in the hell does Governor Ted sit on his non-leadership ass and not gain the bully pulpit. When in fact does he speak toward anything of substance? Also, excuse my annoyance with Portland Urban Angst Ridden Enviro’s. They are so insulated and self absorbed that I hesitate to align with them in any way, because I suspect they’d easily throw the baby out with the bathwater for feel good agenda’s, with little regard for anyone they deem unworthy. Here, perhaps, there is room to agree it is obscene to draw down any drainage and over allocate limited resources even in high water years. State agencies need to better manage nature’s fickle ways. Dams were an effort to do that with reservoirs, etc. We have seen the consequences of that.

What is the balance? I don’t think it should be kayakers v. ranchers, but rather sustained habitat v. rancher….responsible rancher).  WWO’s puts forth  the message that Oregon State agencies do not advocate on our behalf re water rights. There is the point. We are looking outward to Pebble Mine and every other climate change obsession and right here in our own backyard are the key issues for our fisheries health. I have much more to learn about this topic and know several sights like Oregon Fly Fishing Blog and The Big Pull have been highlighting these problems…I want to see a definitive study of the consequeces to agriculture. I don’t see that from enviro’s because I suspect they do not care and only care about the end game and to hell with the insensitive farmers and ranchers? Well WWO does seem to have a plan, but it sounds like it requires our pressure toward those bureaucrats, who are insulated from representative government. 

http://www.waterwatch.org/healthy-rivers 

 http://www.earthshare-oregon.org/our-groups/profiles/waterwatch/      




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