Archive for April 4th, 2009

04
Apr
09

Bonefish Tailing (a surreal recollection)

Fish Tailing

Fish Tailing

I have written here a few times about my Christmas Island adventure. I had not been in that environment before and may never again. It was bizarre dozens of times over. I cannot put into words the images and spatial adjustments your vision and mind have to try to adjust to. It is, by virtue of never ending horizons, a tilting, catawhompus world.

The above picture by no means is related to a salt flat, but it made me think of standing with a guide facing outward toward the edge of the flat, as the light sand gave way to the blue abyss. I saw nothing. The guide stared out seeing or sensing something through those copper colored lens. And, then they were there.  A dozen pointy tails lined across my path some fifty feet out. The tails were sticking up out of the water ever so slightly and the bonefish were nose down feeding…  A surreal scene of contrasts, wind, shimmer and life.

The Tail

The Tail

I was instructed to carefully cast before the fish and not on top of the fish. As much as you can judge distance so easily on a stream or lake and plop that fly down where you want, on the flat I was never sure if that was really fifty feet, one hundred feet or shorter. This time, I fought the wind and succeeded in placing the fly before the approaching, feeding bones. The take was immediate and the run was beyond description for speed and power. I have tried to explain what that is like compared to my freshwater experiences, but nothing compares for speed or power (by size). The bonefish screamed out so quickly toward the deep and then down and down until the leader was cut from the coral.

My lasting memory from that moment was the fish yes, but really those bobbing tails out of the water just enough to excite and bring the stealth mode out, always enter my mind.  It was like casting to the rising trout or the stillwater fish up in the shallows picking off damsels from the reeds. The stalking is the same.     

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04
Apr
09

Lightning Bug Tutorial And Good Photog Site

Lightning Bug~FlyArtStudio
Lightning Bug~FlyArtStudio

Directed to this fine site re fly fishing photography. Also, has a good tutorial on tying a productive little pattern called the Lightning Bug. The pattern has been around a few years. My son, Tony, has had great success with this pattern on stillwaters, but I am sure it would be successful in streams as well. 

04
Apr
09

Bristol Bay (Pebble Mine?) (hearings coming…rhetoric of could’s and might’s abound)

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I have posted this piece from the Bristol Bay Times. It is informative on several fronts depending upon one’s position re Pebble Mine, Bristol Bay fisheries, off shore drilling, eco agitprop or enviromental issues, AND hearings re Bristol Bay (most importantly).

Verner Wilson III was born and raised in Dillingham. He salmon fishes in Bristol Bay every year and recently graduated from Brown University with a degree in environmental studies. He now works for the World Wildlife Fund, Kamchatka/Bering Sea region, in Anchorage.” 

“On April 14, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will be holding a public hearing in Anchorage to hear public comments on offshore drilling in Alaska. If you are in Anchorage, please join us in providing your testimony. If not, you can sign the petition “Fishermen for Protecting Bristol Bay from Offshore Drilling,” which I am proud to say that more than 650 Bristol Bay fishermen have signed so far. We are trying to get even more for Salazar’s visit, and will put all names of people who sign in an advertisement. You can visit Nunamta Aulukestai’s office on Main Street in Dillingham, or e-mail me at Verner.Wilson@wwfus.org to sign.”

Wilcher Award: 2004 Award Recipient 

Verner Wilson III

Verner Wilson is the son of Verner Wilson of Dillingham and Jackie Wilson from Savoonga/Nome.  He first became involved in environmental issues through an Alaska Youth for Environmental Action-sponsored trip to Juneau.  Since then, his infectious spirit has inspired others to become involved and aware of environmental health in his Dillingham community. Verner launched the Dillingham AYEA chapter. He has received statewide recognition of his efforts, including a 2003 Spirit of Youth Award for his efforts to maintain a healthy environment where Alaska Natives can continue their cultural traditions. He spoke on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) as a youth panelist at the Alaska Native Health Board in 2003. At the conference, he stated: “To continue our traditional ways and to pass them on to our children . . . we must protect our environment, our animals and their habitat. By protecting these things, we are protecting our tradition, culture, and way of life.”

So, if Salazar is scheduled for hearings re Bristol Bay, then the Pebble Mine issue is hopefully looming and the outreach should begin. Somehow, I am leery of the motives of so many enviro’s ….I am sorry to say, I see it as a vehicle toward greater restrictions and crushing conformity. I refuse to kneel at the Religious Altar of Green. I know, sacrilegious to utter this anymore. I believe it is a trap of could’s, maybe’s, might’s, probably’s calculated to steer you where those that spout that relentless mantra are hellbent on controlling so many aspects of our life. Mr. Wilson  smoothly touches upon all the right buttons of class envy, demonization, anti corporate, anti oil, alternative energy, global warming, the sky in falling. I am all for controlling drilling, mining, logging, the works..BUT not destroying the industries.  The intent is not balance. The die is cast…something is fishy besides Bristol Bay. But, I suspect it is too late. The young ‘bots like Mr. Wilson chant the repetitive mantra. 

The Altar:  “One way this free-range spiritual thinking has played out is how love of nature and to some extent the environmental movement itself have become the accepted secular faith here.”

FELINE INFIDEL: Kill Your Cat, They Are Anti-Green (what would PETA say?)

“The rank and file are usually much more primitive than we imagine. Propaganda must therefore always be essentially simple and repetitious. The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly… it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”— Joseph Goebbels Nazi Propaganda Minister

Then, all the ‘bots pickup the message and group speak it as well. It all must be true, right?

04
Apr
09

The Tick or The Deer (which came first?)

Deer Ticks to Scale

Deer Ticks to Scale

 

A tense dialouge is seen between those that see the narrow chicken/egg construct and those that live with the realities of living with nature. Only post it from a humor point of view because my yard is not invaded with deer…I have coyotes in a suburban setting.

Deer Tick

Deer Tick

“To begin with, ticks don’t fly, jump or blow around with the wind; these suspects are not ticks.  They are small, very patient and amazing in their approach to locating their host/prey.  Their purpose in life like so many species is to propagate their species.  They don’t feed often, but when they do, they can acquire disease agents form one host and pass it to another host at a later feeding.”

What to avoid: Smothering or burning a tick could make it release fluid—which could be infected—into your body and increase your chance of infection.

Do not try to:

  • Smother a tick that is stuck to your skin with petroleum jelly, nail polish, gasoline, or rubbing alcohol.
  • Burn the tick while it is stuck to your skin.
04
Apr
09

Man Flies!! (Faulty Wiring…Genetic Abnormality)

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I am one of those rare individuals that freaks out over Magic Mountain, Tower of Terror or even the thought of a roller coaster. Born with an inner ear malfunction (my own diagnosis) I have difficulty doing a forward roll, let alone anything more daring. So, no bungee jumping, no hang gliding, no parasail in Mexico (although I risked my kids’ lives). No, I am content to marvel at the efforts of other danger junkies and the less fortunate.  Well, think I will go out and mow the lawn for first time. Can’t find my kid anywhere. Damn.   




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