Archive for January 17th, 2010


Habitat Preservation (Back to Basics…NSW Habitat Considerations)

NSW Government: Fishing and Aquaculture (Habitat)

“Human activities that destroy aquatic vegetation, block channels and waterways, and disturb the balance between sediment and water flows in rivers and estuaries all contribute to the destruction of fish habitat.” Doesn’t matter whether it is in New South Wales, Oregon or Poland. The basics of habitat preservation are elementary and often ignored. Seems elementary to know this. Not so easy to affect sustained policy and financing to maintain changes.


Fly Tying Technique: Tying in a Marabou tail (working front to rear)

Most often the fly tier attaches materials at the rear of the shank near the bend and/or over the barb of the hook. In the linked instance, the material is tied in further up the shank then pulled back toward the bend. Thread wraps are wrapped over the material while progressing toward the rear end point. Note the instructions say to lay down a thread wrap base the length of the shank and to not progress beyond that thread base when over laying the marabou with securing thread wraps. The underlying thread wraps on the shank acts like a friction mechanism in preventing the material from rolling off the top of the shank, as it might on a bare metal hook.  In fly tying classes, I have often cautioned beginners to avoid building up the fat rear end at the bend of the hook. This often occurs from attaching tail, ribbing and body material at the same tie in point; from too thick of tying thread and from too many thread wraps. The technique of attaching materials farther up the shank and wrapping back toward the bend helps space out the bulk at the rear end.   Fly Fishers Republic


Fly Fishing Destinations (Huh? Just Interesting)

Fishing Abroad or Next Door Resources

“Fishing in France is quite good and France has produced enough fly fishing world champions to prove that you can fish and have fun while learning a lot on our rivers. BUT ! fishing here is rarely easy. France does not compare with any of the usual commercial fishing destinations. I am not joking, this is a serious warning. No one must expect miracles here, it is a different pleasure !”

In Bulgaria, ‘sweet water’ equals freshwater and you cannot harpoon fish in sweet water.


WW2 Nose Art Search (Ain’t Misbehavin & Marjorie, the Model)

William Gent would like the assistance of any WWII Nose Art enthusiast, who might know of the downed B-24 Liberator bomber, the Ain’t Misbehavin. Gent’s family member, Mother Marjorie, was the model for the nose art. The plane was shot down over Italy. If you have any photo’s of the plane or the application of the nose art let me know and I will provide you Mr. Gent’s contact info.

B-24 Liberator Bomber, WW2


Spey Tiers Requiring Heron Feathers (B.C. Source; Excluding the U.S.)

Adipos Fly Tying & Heron Feathers


Fish Habitat Requires Women to Foresake Birth Control!!!

Hot Raw Sewage by Trey Ratcliff at

“Of course, scientists and environmental groups alike are very careful to avoid making recommendations for restricting artificial contraceptives. (Oh, well yes, we want to be careful)

As we all know, most of us would not take kindly to the suggestion of restricting or banning hormonal contraceptives. In today’s modern world, it has become not just an issue of economic necessity, but also an issue of personal choice and freedom.”

“There is mounting, creditable research and evidence that documents this contamination. This contamination is beginning to have significant affects on the reproductive function and is feminizing fish and other wildlife.”

(Don’t even start….!)

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