Archive for January 16th, 2010


Stillwater Fly Fishing (Know Your Line’s Sink Rate & Countdown)

East Lake, Dean Crouser

Know the sink rate of your Intermediate and ‘Type’ lines. The line, leader, tippet and fly need to get into a zone of fish. If you just row, kick about, or still fish and chuck and wait…well, you are the equivalent of Earnest and Jean on the shoreline in their folding chair. Lazily chatting away with their rods propped on the Y stick and Power Bait waiting on the bottom…they are you if you just mindlessly spend time waiting for an intersection of fly and fish. How mindless. Yes, I have wind drifted and relaxed while drifting across a stretch of lake. But, that technique rarely produces equal to the attention given to assessing not just the pattern, but the depth, retrieve method and location of your presentation. Stillwater fly fishing  deserves the same attention to detail and timing that stream fishing demands. Focus on how many inches a second a line sinks. Do the math from there. I almost exclusively fish an Intermediate in waters up to 15′. Some would advocate switching to a Type 2 line at that depth. I carry the usual arsenal, but find a patient countdown of the rig gets me into the zone and lets me fish in a less frantic manner too. Slow down for better presentations and less stress.


Chest Pounding Success (Catch ’em and Kill ’em)

"A day's catch at Big Lagoon." June 11, 1908 (Dave@Shorpy)

“The stocking of trout in wilderness lakes of the western United States began in the 1800s. This practice was followed for nearly a century with the singular goal of creating and enhancing sport fishing and without any consideration of its ecological ramifications. Following the advent of a new environmental awareness in the 1960s, and thanks to new research that revealed negative impacts on the biota attributable to introduced fishes, traditional fish-stocking practices came under question first at federal land management agencies and later at their counterparts within the states. The highly utilitarian ethic that drove resource management until well into the 1960s was gradually replaced by one that acknowledges the value of all life forms and their ecological complexity, a view currently supported even by many anglers. The necessity for wilderness fish stocking is now the subject of widespread debate, especially in view of changing social values and priorities. Options for future generations cannot be preserved if introductions continue to erode the biodiversity of mountain lake ecosystems.”

‘Following the advent of a new environmental awareness in the 1960s’….What was the research? Do we stop stocking? Many enjoyable Western fisheries were started from scratch.


Fly Tying: The Kite @ Kossiedun (exposing material below a top layer)

The Kossiedun piece reveals a great deal about the origin and design alterations of the pattern, The Kite by Oliver Kite. What I found interesting, aside from the overall excellent info at Kossiedun, is the idea of laying down a layer of abdomen (the purple silk, in this instance) and then over wrapping it with spread wraps of heron (or perhaps ostrich) and allowing the under layer to show through. The usual intent is to closely wrap one wrap against the previous wrap. Nice picture and always an informative site at Kossiedun.

“In tying this pattern, I have also included a different way of tying a parachute. Hans Van Klinken, famous for the ‘klinkhamer’, originated this approach.  What I like about it is that the tying off actually occurs right at the bottom of the wing post and under the hackle.  This effectively places the thorax and body down into the water surface and this, I am sure, gives the fish a better profile and establishes a key trigger point.”


Cougar Attack; Boston Bar, B.C. (Angel Saves Boy; Cop Saves Angel)

“The cougar had dragged Angel under the porch, where it continued to savage the dog’s neck and face despite the officer firing two rounds into its hind quarters.”

Golden Retriever Protects Boy From Cougar

“When the officer finally shot and killed the wild cat, its jaws remained closed on the dog’s face. When the cat was finally killed, the dog was silent for a few moments, then took a big gasp of air and got to her feet.”

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