Archive for May 2nd, 2009

02
May
09

Elk Hair Caddis (dubbed, ribbed and scraggly)

Caddis (Low Water Profile)

Caddis (Low Water Profile)

The hardest part of this pattern is dubbing a minimal amount of your favorite sparkle, synthetic dubbing and then winding a thin copper ribbing up through the dubbing. Then brush out the dubbing to a scraggly style to animate the surface. Remember an ultra thin copper wire, tinsel or thread type ribbing.  This is a size 14 dry fly hook and, of course, and Elk Hair wing. A slightly different version from the usual EHC pattern. It will float lower and offer more movement on and in the surface film. Of course, the dubbing can be a different color, say tan, cinnamon or darker. Found this pattern to tie at The Caddis Fly Shop; Eugene, Oregon. A similar pattern, I have shown before, has CDC palmered around shank and under wing. This pattern would be more durable.  

02
May
09

The Alaska Chronicles by Miles Nolte

 

The Alaska Chronicles (Hatches Magazine Pic)

The Alaska Chronicles (Hatches Magazine Pic)

Exactamente! Writing that takes us to places most of us will never get to see, smell and experience. The book, The Alaska Chronicles is out. A bit spendy ($27.95/216 pages), but Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, your birthday, another bailout for banking…you deserve this. 

“By the time Miles returned from Alaska, his online musings had attracted a loyal and vicarious following of anglers and guides from around the world. They praised him for his articulate candor, and they thanked him profusely for transporting them with each new post to a place they may have otherwise never reached.

02
May
09

Greenland and Char (I hadn’t thought of it)

This is an example of my geographical knowledge shortcomings: Greenland. Recently, I noticed I had visits from Greenland. ? Greenland? My grade school geography lessons had failed me once again or more my middle age long term memory…Greenland and fishing? Certainly, it must be some ice  bound village, where hearty souls venture forth for Cod or some such endeavor. This blog, and the research that goes with it, has taught me so much about fly fishing around the world. Places I will never get to go, but where others live and other lucky fishers go.

greenland_lakes

Greenland is a char fishing paradise. Although this awe-inspiring wilderness is fairly new on our angling list, it is fast becoming a firm favourite amongst our clients. Our reindeer hunters have been returning full of praise for what they have experienced there, and so too are the growing number of anglers. This is ‘frontier fishing’ at its most exciting!”

And, it is apparent it is a remote venue: We highly recommend an emergency evacuation membership for this trip. It costs well over $100,000 to be air lifted to a safe US hospital from many parts of the world. These services will not be covered by general travel insurance or medical insurance.”

Beautiful Images..Sisimiut, Greenland

Beautiful Images..Sisimiut, Greenland

Greenland

Greenland

http://www.ulnits.dk/rejser/groenland_kangia.htm

02
May
09

Ocean Fisheries Need Immediate Help (Sink Greenpeace in the meantime)

drifting

Ok, it appears from the alarmism on every topic anymore that one has to elevate one’s crisis to a higher level than everyone else’s crisis. I find that annoying and harmful to people sorting through the Al Gore like bullshit to find true environmental-habitat issues. The ocean fisheries appear to be a legitimate enviro issue given the declining numbers. It appears to be an issue with which the oft vaunted ‘global community’ (gag) can agree on restorative measures to protect and restore fisheries and to form consensus that will actually show improvements. It appears this is being done in areas around the North Sea/Great Britain. I need to learn more about the successes and lapses of these endeavors.

But, Greenpeace thugs, whether on land or sea, need their collective heads cracked. Oh my, can’t say that? Screw them and the ship they road in on. Where in the hell is a Somali Pirate ship when you need one?

The Ocean Fisheries are in peril and the immediacy of the problem appears more demonstrable than many of the perils we are berated upon ad nauseum. This is an issue that eco hand wringers can settle upon; that fisher’s of all stripe can join forces with…careful because PETA will be standing next to you with Greenpeace….

“Such is the human feeding frenzy, there may come a time when there are no fish left to catch. In 2006, a study in the US journal Science warned that every single species we exploit would have collapsed by 2048 if populations continued to decline as they had since the 1950s. By 2003, nearly a third of all species had collapsed, the study found – meaning their numbers were down 90% or more on historic maximum catch levels. Extrapolate that on a graph, and the downward curve reaches 100% just before 2050. That prognosis – now disputed – was based on a four-year study of fish populations, catch records and ocean ecosystems.

We really see the end of the line now,” said the author Boris Worm of Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, at the time. “It will be in our lifetime. Our children will see a world without seafood, if we do not change things.” Many imagined a world where there would be no fish protein left to eat apart from jellyfish and marine algae.”

Perhaps a real issue? Most probably a real issue? While you worry about melting polar ice caps, rising seas, CO2 emissions, etc etc..factor in some mental energy for a more demonstrable problem: the ocean fisheries.




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