Archive for June, 2009

28
Jun
09

Fly Tying with Circle Hooks?

I do see circle hooks used for salt water streamer patterns, but I have not seen much use for freshwater patterns. Are there any advantages or negatives re use for freshwater fish? Do the same benefits attach from salt water use?

Midge Emerger with Circle Hook by Albannach Cuileag

Midge Emerger with Circle Hook by Albannach Cuileag

Electro Static Buzzer

27
Jun
09

Jean Paul Assaigne’s Perfection of Images

Les Nymphes~La Perline by Jean Paul Assaigne

Les Nymphes~La Perline by Jean Paul Assaigne

Sans doute Jean Paul Assaigne du site est l’un des plus agréables pour étudier la mouche liant. Les images sont magnifiques et les tutoriels sont la perfection. Merci, Jean-Paul
Without a doubt Jean Paul Assaigne’s site is one of the most enjoyable to study about fly tying. The visuals are magnificent and the tutorials are perfection. Thank you, Jean Paul
27
Jun
09

Platte River Ghost Midge (darn near a gnat, I’d guess)

Platte River Ghost Midge by Chad Trout

Platte River Ghost Midge by Chad Trout

Itty bitty midge emerger pattern. Judging it to be a size 18 hook, mylar or pearl krystal flash like body counter wrapped with super fine black wire, with perhaps a Peacock Ice Dub (or similar synthetic) thorax, two pearlescent wings of a flashabou like material, a tuft of pearl Ice Dub (or similar sythetic) and a small glass bead. Sorry for the lack of specificity…saw it posted at Life on The Fly and wanted to share.

27
Jun
09

The ‘Traitor Parachute’ by Anthony Naples (Pittsburgh, PA.)

For those with superior vision or those funny magnifying gizmo’s, Anthony Naples has a nice tutorial for a small parachute pattern for BWO’s or Midge. Check out his entire site. Anthony has been diagnosed as ‘fly fishing obsessive’ so we know he is in need of support for this incurable malady. 

Traitor Midge Parachute by Anthony Naples

Traitor Midge Parachute by Anthony Naples

27
Jun
09

“Traditional Fly Fishing” (Could We Be Refining Ourselves Into a Corner?)

frog 

Do the purists force (via legislation) other fly fishers into a corner with ‘traditional’ techniques only? I for one do not want to be forced into a dry fly only waters situation. The full gamet of top to bottom fly fishing should be maintained and C&R maintained. This country seems hellbent on following all manner of Euro methodology. Don’t give an inch on techniques or  access. Carefully monitor preservation decisions to be nothing more than a back door ‘sea kittens’ ploy. If you want to use dry flies have at it. As long as no snagging or flossing is taking place then mind your business not mine. I know several rivers already have these ‘no added weight’ restrictions and that is fine…so far, it is ok to still fish subsurface. Perhaps we could institute ‘blindfold’s only waters’ for those that need an ever increasing challenge while preserving the fishery.       

I stand corrected:

 Perhaps you missed that the article is aimed only at those waters “currently designated as “Fly Fishing Only” (FFO).”

I don’t care how anyone else fishes – I use many different methods including a worm and bobber on a warm water pond – until the state starts setting aside public fisheries for a particular group, excluding others. At that point we should, as responsible anglers and citizens closely examine the purpose behind such restrictions. When weight was allowed on FFO waters here (in 1992 after 40+ years without weight), the primary conservation benefit (sanctuary) of FFO was lost. The water should have been set to ALO (Artificial Lure Only) as some fine sections of our trout streams have been for years. By going ALO the water would be open to all anglers and would still provide some conservation benefit over general law including bait. Retaining FFO when many of the implements allowed were clearly jigs and other lures is hypocritical at best, don’t you agree?

BTW, the article does not even remotely suggest dry flies only. Unweighted streamers, wet flies, and nymphs have been used effectively on the waters I mentioned since I can recall. I was catching fish on one such water using streamers in 1963 – it just takes patience to bring the fish up to the fly, rather than the fly down to the fish. You don’t catch as many fish, but you appreciate each you catch as a fish not a number.

JMO

22
Jun
09

Wet Flies & A Beginner’s Retreat (Stop Thinking So Much)

Wet Fly~SwittersB (Lose the bead to go lighter)

Wet Fly~SwittersB (Lose the bead to go lighter)

You are a begining fly fisher and overwhelmed with Dry flies, stillborns, emergers, nymphs, pupa and larva. You glaze over at Rhyacophila, Dicosmoecus, Rhithogena and those are some of the more frequent ones. So my recommendation borne from some experience and some damn good fly fishers I know is go wet. Saves you many hassels of figuring out hatches and dredging the bottom. Tie or buy a simple assortment of wet flies….or ‘flymphs’/soft hackles and cast them precisely, swing them, retrieve them, jerk them back in fits and starts and you will catch fish. While you do that and have reasonable outtings you can still study and observe. But you will relieve yourself of all that thinking. Do you want the thinking? The puzzle? Then keep it simple for awhile: caddis, mayflies, golden stones, dragonflies, damselflies, baitfish or midges. Recognize the difference between a caddis and a mayfly. Recognize when to put on the Elk Hair Caddis or the Adams or small Midge. If you’re fishing subsurface with a nymph then stick to Hare’s Ears and Pheasant Tails. Keep it simple. The Latin can come later if it must. In the meantime, when you walk the shoreline before dinner or after poke that wet fly here and there. Read the water’s different verses and savor each perfect and not so perfect casts. KISS.   

http://wcflies.com/blog/2008/10/soft-hackle-materials/

http://wcflies.com/blog/2008/10/pheasant-for-soft-hackles/

http://wcflies.com/blog/2008/10/soft-hackle-demonstration-starling-and-herl/

20
Jun
09

next time you reach into that vending machine…eek!

raccoons

I like the guy’s t-shirt logo “I handle wildlife for a living. If I’m running, keep up”.  A related version: My son was providing safety & security in the vicinity of a small town’s ginormous fireworks display on a floating barge. The operator of the barge came by for a flare. The young firefighters remarked they don’t carry road flares on their boat. The fireworks guy had forgotten the means to activate the fireworks display. He was wearing one of those shirts..”I handle explosives for a living. If I am running, keep up”. The young firefighters backed off their boat a bit from the barge.

This video clip is interesting of how critters adapt  to where you would least expect it. Thank goodness it wasn’t a rattler. Did she call this guy the “Skunk Whisperer”?  (SMAPP)   




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