Archive for March 28th, 2009

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.  

28
Mar
09

Havesting Game

Received this pic from good friend, Tom Anderson of Billings, Montana.

Main Course Options~from Tom Anderson

Main Course Options~from Tom Anderson

28
Mar
09

Deschutes River Passage (tower almost done~additonal habitat improvements likely) 3/27/2009

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“Once the construction is complete, engineers and crews will spend the next month thoroughly testing and balancing the system. This unique tower is designed to selectively draw cold water from the bottom of Lake Billy Chinook and warm water from the surface during different parts of the year to meet downstream water temperature and quality requirements. Withdrawing water from the surface of the lake will also create surface guidance current to attract migrating young salmon and steelhead into the floating top structure. ”

http://www.deschutespassage.com/news/?p=49

“As the runs of steelhead and salmon become more firmly established, PGE and the Tribes plan to add facilities that will allow the fish to migrate past the dams with less human interaction…”

“In addition to these projects, PGE and the Tribes have established the Pelton Round Butte Fund to assist the efforts of local watershed and conservation groups and public agencies. This fund of more than $20 million supports various fish passage and habitat improvement measures in the Deschutes Basin. PGE and the Tribes will continue to monitor the whole fish passage project to determine how well the salmon and steelhead are doing and what is needed to support their return to the upper reaches of the rivers.”

http://www.deschutespassage.com/deschutes-passage-future.html

Check out the PGE site for Supporting Projects re interesting watershed/habitat projects that millions of dollars are being spent upon. Also, in concert with this, check out Water Watch of Oregon. They note these expensive projects can be ineffective if the water drawdown is so severe for ranching etc. A concerted effort is in order.




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