Archive for July, 2009

31
Jul
09

GO FLY A KITE……..TYPICAL

A husband in his back yard is trying to fly a kite. He throws the kite up in the air, the wind catches it for a few seconds, then it comes crashing back down to earth. 
He tries this a few more times with no success. 
All the while, his wife is watching from the kitchen window, 
muttering to herself how men need to be told how to do everything. 
She opens the window and yells to her husband, ‘You need a piece of tail.’ 
The man turns with a confused look on his face and says, ‘Make up your mind. Last night, you told me to go fly a kite..’ I know, I know…cheesy…but, had to.

31
Jul
09

Alaskan Tribes File Against Pebble Mine Project (July 31, 2009)

“In an attempt to head off the project before it gets too big to stop, a coalition of Alaska Native village corporations and others filed suit this week in Anchorage, charging that the state was violating its Constitution by allowing drilling and other exploration to proceed without full environmental review.”

Gold Ore

Gold Ore

“Trout Unlimited and other conservationists back legislation that would require a separate set of reviews for the Pebble Mine, given its proximity to Bristol Bay, which generates a third of the state’s commercial fishing revenue. The state Legislature won’t have a chance to act on that until it re-convenes in January.”

“Pebble Partnership Chief Executive John Shively said there already has been full inspection by state and federal agencies, including the state Department of Fish and Game and the federal Environmental Protection Agency. “So it’s not like there’s no oversight,” he told KTUU-TV in Anchorage, “or that the public doesn’t have the ability to look at what our program is and to go tell the agencies what they think about it.”

30
Jul
09

Catching & Releasing From Rodney Hsu

While checking FB, I noted April Vokey was a fan of Fishing With Rod. I decided to check it out and found an informative BC site from Rodney Hsu. Not all fly fishing but that is ok. Lots to learn and well presented. Any tip of the hat from April is worth a look. 

Good Bye & Thank You~Tony Muncy

Good Bye & Thank You~Tony Muncy

23
Jul
09

Tiger Trout (Reasonable Genetic Mixing?)

Tiger Trout~WashngtonFlyFishing.com

Tiger Trout~WashngtonFlyFishing.com

Tiger trout are a sterile cross of a brown and brook trout. The name comes from the wavy stripes along their body. A hatchery can readily produce them by fertilizing eggs of brown trout with sperm of brook trout, and heat-shocking them to create an extra set of chromosomes. Some claim they grow faster than either of their genetic origins.”

http://tailingloops.blogspot.com/2009/05/big-success-on-little-mahoning.html

tiger trout A

19
Jul
09

Spey Line Innovations (Away from the factory…a two handed compliment)

Matt McCrary~Clack R. 09

Matt McCrary~Clack R. 09

This shit was quietly happening all over the Northwest, influenced directly by one guy a lot of us had never yet met, stories passed down through some quasi-Indian like oral tradition around rainy winter campfires, building to legends and more and more ideas followed by questions. Fucking magic, all that. Felt like an entire region of winter steelheaders were in on something super sinister you couldn’t find out about unless you knew someone who knew something. Home-built gear, light years ahead of anything commercially available at the time, super tailored to the rivers we were and still are fishing.

I was going to say, I couldn’t say it any better, but really I would not be able to speak to it. I am one of those that benefits from the innovators. Such innovations are not just the mechanics of creation but then the applications and failures and redesigns, on and on and the infectious zeal amongst a very few who create the way. The new way. I know such an innovator…Matt McCrary…who no doubt learned at the hands of the Cap ‘n. Thank goodness for these guys….the challenge is there not to adapt to new factory gear or marketed trends but the pre-marketed trend…the real innovations.    

19
Jul
09

Emerger (Different Sizes and Colors)

Timberline Emerger

Timberline Emerger

 The Timberline Emerger by Kaufmann was originally tied for a stillwater mayfly…the Callibaetis. I have started experimenting with this pattern by replacing the grey tail and body with an olive chickaboo tail and olive dubbing. I have maintained the copper ribbing and grizzly hackle tip wings. Of course, the original pattern is awesome.  Simplistic and reliable.

19
Jul
09

Fly Rod Basics (Rod Actions and Grips)

rod action

Action

Fly rods come in different actions, or levels of flexibility. Action depends on the material used in the blank and the taper of the blank. The action is important because it dictates the speed of the casting cycle—how fast you must move the rod back and forth. The most common actions are:
  • Fast: The bend of the rod is concentrated near the tip. Fast action is good for casting in windy conditions because it generates the greatest line speed.
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  • Moderate-fast: The bend extends through the upper third of this rod.
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  • Moderate: The bend extends halfway down the rod. Moderate action is best for casting large poppers or bass bugs (see Hooks and Flies).
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  • Slow:The bend extends all the way down to the grip of the rod. Though slow action is not as popular, it has the benefits of reducing false casting and permits a greater amount of sunken line to be lifted into the backcast (see How to Cast a Fly).

 

grips

Grip

The grip, which you hold in your dominant hand while casting, should be constructed of cork rings. Various foams and plastics have been introduced as substitutes for cork, but the organic feel of cork and its excellent wear properties have never been replicated.

 

The grip style you should use depends on the size of your hand and the rigors of the fishing you do. If you’ll be casting large flies or poppers or have large hands, choose a large, fuller grip. Many people cast with their thumb pressing against the front of the grip, exerting tremendous force at this point. For them, a full wells or half wells grip, both of which have a lot of cork to take the thumb pressure, are best. The cigar, reverse half wells, and ultra-fine grips all taper at the front and are favored by those who use rods for close-in fishing with light lines.
My advice rent or borrow rods of different weights, various actions, with different various grips. Sort out your preferences and then fork out the moolah for a nice rod. Don’t buy wrong, buy again and settle and then finally buy what you want.  



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