Archive for October 24th, 2009

24
Oct
09

Dave Wiltshire Emerger Pattern (CDC Again)

Midge Emerger by Dave Wiltshire

Midge Emerger by Dave Wiltshire

“Out of all the dry flies tied and ready for action, it is the CDC loop emerger that ticks all the boxes for me. I know I post variations on this theme alot, but trust me, they are a worthy addition. Big rivers, tiny freestone streams, brooks, chalk streams and vast reservoirs have all seen this style of tying persuade fish.” Dave Wiltshire Check out the little Brassie patterns as well…

24
Oct
09

Extraction Mining and Watersheds (Is It Inherently Wrong?)

Extraction Mining

Extraction Mining

“El film es un viaje alrededor de algunas de las explotaciones a cielo abierto con cianuro que las corporaciones han instalado en el noroeste argentino –San Juan, La Rioja, Catamarca, Tucumán Salta – y la reacción de las poblaciones aledañas frente a la contaminación. Se trata de una obra coral contada por sus protagonistas: ingenieros, maestros, chacareros, indígenas, vecinos, ambientalistas, que hacen contundentes denuncias sobre el despojo y cuentan conmovedoras historias de resistencia a la depredación de las mineras. Estimulados por la lucha de los asambleístas de Gualeguaychú contra la instalación de la fábrica de papel “Botnia”, en el Río Uruguay, el movimiento ambientalista logró que en siete provincias –Chubut, Río Negro, La Pampa, Mendoza, San Luis, Córdoba, Tucumán- se prohíba la minería a cielo abierto con sustancias tóxicas.” Mendoza Fly Fishing

“… my only regret is that you, as much as we and thousands of other fishers around the world have to be giving the fight against mega-projects that threaten the sustainability of resources.  It seems to be one of the new responsibilities of the modern fisherman, to defend the waters of the advance of “progress”.

Is there a need for mineral extractions on the level it occurs around the world? Is it inherently evil in our eyes by the industry alone? If there were no contamination would it still be unacceptable because of the eyesore? What are the legitimate needs and levels of need around the world? Is it possible to mine without contamination? Is this simply about anti-big,anti-outside conglomerates,  have’s and have not’s? Does fly fishing trump minerals? Just questions I ponder.

Mendoza FF and Decolando FF frequently take on these issues re the lack of stewardship of the earth’s resources in Chile, Argentina, Brazil and elsewhere.

24
Oct
09

Nature’s Forces: Lions, Water Buffalo & Croc (Standing Strong to Seemingly Foregone Conclusions)

SO MANY LESSONS HERE ON SO MANY LEVELS…

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24
Oct
09

Vimeo Fly Fishing Channel (Nice Explanations and Visuals)

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While exploring Reinaldo Ovando’s excellent site, I noted he has created a tutorial fly fishing channel. It has excellent information and the mayfly piece (Dean Hodson) was informative (note the typical position of tied emergers v. actual positioning. Perhaps the Klinkhammer posture is more for stillborns?). There are some exceptional South American sites with cutting edge technology to be found.  Vimeo has a free signup option and hit subscribe to Reinaldo’s site on the Vimeo link.Oh, Josko.Org isn’t bad either!

24
Oct
09

Training Those Obsessive Lil’ Twits In Your Life…Time To Go Fishing

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Yes! You can go fishing. A little preparation and wa la, or no, is it voila?

24
Oct
09

Fly Fishing’s Onion

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There are many reasons we start and continue to fly fish (and the related pursuits). I started 46+ years ago because of a neighbor friend. I watched him tying flies for a local merchant. At the time, I was not drawn to the tying as much as the possibilities of seducing a trout to the hook. I had not been a successful fisherman and the fly opened a whole new area of possibilities. It worked. The fly (Tied Down Caddis) was repeatedly successful; as much or more than the Pautzke Balls O’ Fire or Rooster Tail spinner. I was hooked and reinforced this success over and over in streams and backpacking lakes.

This initial intrigue has never ceased to be my primary motivating factor. I have at times succumbed to numbers of fish, and of course, the size of fish (still do). Fly tying expanded this quest for seducing the prey with the additions of steelhead, salmon, carp, bass and bonefish.

I have never been the one touting the fabled waters. Maybe I have mentioned certain B.C. stillwaters or Christmas Island. However, I know my realities and financial limitations. Someday I will visit Montana & Idaho. I will venture further North into more of B.C. I look at trout-steelhead bums as lucky, fortunate souls (whether they know it or not) and akin to the visual porn of fantasy v. reality for most of us. Does that make sense?

But, I am content near home too as long as the simple enjoyment remains: a created fly (mine, yours) tricks the fish and I enjoy ‘the moment’. Those moments, whether the fish came to hand or not, are etched in my memory bank and drive me. That original appeal remains all these years later.

24
Oct
09

Amelia, Sure. But What About Fred J. Noonan?

“During the night, Itasca’s radio operators had become increasingly exasperated. Earhart’s voice had come through in only a few, brief, static-marred transmissions — “sky overcast” was one — and hadn’t acknowledged any of Itasca’s messages or its steady stream of Morse code A’s sent as a homing signal: dot-dash, dot-dash… They decided the glamorous 39-year-old “Lady Lindy” was either arrogant or incompetent.

What nobody knew — not Earhart, and not Itasca — was that her plane’s radio-reception antenna had been ripped away during the takeoff from Lae’s bumpy dirt runway. The Itasca could hear Earhart, but she was unable to hear anything, voice or code.”

EARHART & PAUL MANTZ, HENRY MANNING, & FRED J. NOONAN.

EARHART & PAUL MANTZ, HENRY MANNING, & FRED J. NOONAN.

“Should we be so fortunate as to eventually relocate the bones found on Nikumaroro in 1940, or find more which may still be there, we’ll need samples of mitochondrial DNA from both the Earhart and Noonan families so that comparisons can be made. We must have mitochondrial DNA because that is the only kind expected to have survived in 61 year-old bones. This hardy form of DNA is passed exclusively through the female because the male’s mDNA resides in the tail of the sperm which, of course, never enters the egg. That means we need living, female line relatives of both Fred and AE. Amelia is no problem. Her sister’s daughter could be a source.

Fred is a problem. At present we know of no living relative except an alleged male cousin. Surprisingly little documentable information is available on Frederick J. Noonan and most of the brief biographical sketches of him in books about Earhart are little more than folklore.”

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I work with a guy that is an Amelia fanatic. The movie coming out is probably quite an event for him. But, obviously I have not paid attention over the years because I thought Amelia was alone…first woman to fly around the world I guess does not exclude a male navigator. Never heard of Fred Noonan and his role in this event. That said, just another oddity in the whole story. Like the pilots overshooting Minneapolis…Earhart/Noonan missed Howland Island for no explicable reason.




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