Archive for April, 2010


Fly Tying: Passing Time

A random, scattered day of tying. A distraction. A diversion. Fly tying can be that. Not tying with intense purpose for an outing. Just going through the motions with a hint of creativity…an automatic embellishment here and there. Today, I tied a couple of patterns to use some chenille that Jean Paul at roughfisher sent my way. Also, I wanted to use the aftershaft or filoplume at the bottom of a patch of  ringneck pheasant feathers for a tail; short tufts of webby fibers. I tied enough to get some shots and enough to know I like the material Jean Paul sent my way….thank you. Triple click on this top pic to see how beautiful those feathers really are.

In the above pattern, I wanted a hint of hot green feather fibers on either side of the head. The hook is a size 12 streamer hook (Mustad 79580), the body is Roughfisher’s chenille.

The below pattern is a fluff job, typical of stillwater creations. As I tied it, I thought…nothing too unique there…the bead chain eyes are actually very light plastic from a long chain. So, they are light enough that I doubt they would flip the fly over.

Boy howdy! That is a nice little fly isn’t it?

Ringneck Pheasant Tail SwittersB

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Fly Fishing: Debris’ Puzzle

Pieces of a Puzzle (Deschutes R. ~ Tony Muncy)

I say a giant cased caddis….I mean frigging giant! Or, some primitivo device from Halo Reach Beta!!


Fighting Giraffes (She Must Be One Hot Babe)

Great footage of fighting giraffes. gets pretty vicious at times. Filmed on safari in Tanzania.

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Al Gore…Give All That Money Back

The Duped & The Climate Change Enriched?

Aside from all the shenanigans and plain BS spewed about climate change, there is one clear point: separate out real environmental issues from the climate change mantra and work to reduce pollution for health and habitat reasons. Frankly, I believe we are being duped and maneuvered like sheep. Power and Greed even comes in shades of green.

“Former Vice President Al Gore and his wife, Tipper, have added a Montecito-area property to their real estate holdings, reports the Montecito Journal.  The couple spent $8,875,000 on an ocean-view villa on 1.5 acres with a swimming pool, spa and fountains, a real estate source familiar with the deal confirms. The Italian-style house has six fireplaces, five bedrooms and nine bathrooms.” LA Times (lot of bathrooms for one so full of shit).



Fly Fishing: “Treasure Found” Blaine Hallock’s Travels

'Treasure Found' (SwittersB)

Discovered this book today wedged between the usual bookstore offerings for fly fishing. I think many of us, particularly from the NW (U.S./B.C.), find satisfaction in the early pioneers of the sport. What I found particularly interesting about this book was the back cover, which provides a teaser….a man’s recorded recollections from world travels left, unpublished, only to be discovered 60 years after his passing. Blaine Hallock’s daughter made the discovery locked away in a box, and the value of the work resulted in it being published.


Fly Fishing: Brownlining and Going Local at a Slough or Ditch

All the rage, going local and simplifying your  life. Turning away from consumption and living within your means. The evolving brownlining, fish local, fish it all approach does expand the world of options.

“Trout and steelhead are fun, but I want to cast big, nasty, furry flies and have some fish straight of the Pleistocene epoch chase it down like a starving coyote after a limping field mouse.” (more thoughts)


Fly Fishing: Switching Rods

I have a collection of traditional one handed fly rods. I have come to enjoy 3 wts. more and 6 wts. less. For steelhead and salmon, I have a collection of 9′ rods in the 8 wt. to 10 wt. range. And, of course plenty of reels, spare spools and all the lines to match. Like most addictions, I don’t compute the cost, the price, the toll. Denial and gratification.

So, when I first went spey casting in the early 90’s on the Deschutes R. it was a novel experience swinging a telephone pole about and yes when I didn’t wrap the line around me and embed the barbed hook in some part of my attire, I did launch that fly a respectable distance…and as they say, farther than I could with a conventional single handed rod. As much as that must irritate the hell out of an excellent single handed caster…the formula remains even for him/her….they too would out distance their selves with a two hander.

So, I bit. I have a couple of spey rods. The initial mid range priced telephone pole; heavy and ponderous. I should shop it to a local high school track team for the pole vault. Next I sprung for an Echo set up and it has been beautiful. Perfect. Of course, along comes the next phase of switch rods. Why do I resent this? Why don’t I embrace it?

A dose of random, temporary guilt. So little time, so little opportunity. Some ancient genetic makeup inserts itself of late…’make do’ …’you don’t use what you have’….’you have a nice spey rod, learn how to use the damn thing’. So, for you fly fishers without a compass toward restraint…the switch rod might be the new tool in the arsenal. I have linked to a couple nice articles by Greg Nielsen at Shasta Trout that give a good overview of switch rods. The pieces were written several years ago, so the weapon has been around awhile. I know several youngsters dominating the mid-size river chrome circuit with switches. They seem particularly well suited to mid size streams streams with big fish. Any stream for that matter.

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