Archive for December 26th, 2009


Fly Tying with Marabou (The Beauty of Marabou)

Whether you manipulate or present your WB this way, look at the movement of the material as the fly makes its way across the bottom. This view gives you confidence in the material, whether in a stream or ten feet down in a lake. Slow and easy and trust in the life of the marabou.


Spey Casting (In Its’ Simplest Form, Big Advantages in Coverage)

Evan Muncy Looking at the Business End of a Z Axis


I don’t propose to instruct you on the finer points of a two hander. I have a couple rigs and suspect I will be spending the rest of my life trying to remember all the moves beyond the C spey, the Skagit Double spey, the Perry Poke etc……There are numerous movements involved in Spey Casting and if you know them well it is probably akin to telling someone how to ride a bike…   But, I know this…the basic moves of the spey rod produce amazing results with minimal effort…even for a novice. Like buying a one hander, if you can afford at least a mid range priced set up, do so. Don’t be intimidated by those waving the magic wand…take a lesson or too, be patient with yourself, very patient. Pull with that bottom hand more than push with the top and have fun with a sloppy 70-80′ cast with the bank high to your rear. Get better and the drift is yours to explore and understand. Read the works of Larimer, Hogan et al and watch Ward’s dvd, check out YouTube vid’s…be inspired. Go to the river and do not compare and be frustrated (unless you are blessed)…just quietly and patiently work on the basics and soon enough you too will try to explain just how you ride a bike. Buy Ed Ward’s Skagit Master DVD and watch over and over…then get out there. Excellent fly tying info re tying Intruder’s


Riffles, Swirls, Heavy Rains….Time, Precious Time

Looking-glass River

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Smooth it glides upon its travel,
Here a wimple, there a gleam–
O the clean gravel!
O the smooth stream!

Sailing blossoms, silver fishes,
Pave pools as clear as air–
How a child wishes
To live down there!

We can see our colored faces
Floating on the shaken pool
Down in cool places,
Dim and very cool;

Till a wind or water wrinkle,
Dipping marten, plumping trout,
Spreads in a twinkle
And blots all out.

See the rings pursue each other;
All below grows black as night,
Just as if mother
Had blown out the light!

Patience, children, just a minute–
See the spreading circles die;
The stream and all in it
Will clear by-and-by.


A Fish To A Fly (‘Screw Trout’…No, Not For Real…Just Don’t Waste the Resources)

Yes, I understand that if you cannot love the one the one you want…love the one you’re with. Good for Tejas and  misapplied stocking programs of trout. A fish to a fly is the basic concept; pick your favorite specie(s).  Put and take stocking programs are often wasteful and misapplied to satisfy the gluttony of a 1950’s mentality. Put and take is ok, if the sportsman remains mindful of the wild stock and the priorities of habitat. Man’s meddling and arrogance about managing the fishery often makes a mess of things…and, the harvesting angler becomes less concerned for the habitat and fish and more for the frying pan or freezer…. I mean they did pay for that license, so they have a right to meat….right?

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