Archive for May, 2010


Memorial Day……Thank You

Perfect timing today, Memorial Day, a rainy morning. We and many others came to honor the departed. A common theme at Willamette National Cemetary…someone served. Thousands upon thousands of American flags point to those that had served. We walked in the rain to the spot, and as by chance, we were close to cannons that boomed out a 21 gun salute, which echoed from atop the hillside. That alone gets your attention. Followed by taps, we gazed down at our two patriots and up at all the others.

There were several placards depicting the fresh faces of several hundred NW soldiers that had recently died in the Middle East. A reminder of the older and newer generations that served…and some that did not get to serve out the rest of their interrupted lives. Without additional comments…Thank You.


Fly Fishing: Little Yellow Sallies (More To Learn)

As I enjoyed a few early evening hours on the McKenzie River last week, I noticed a few BWO’s, PMD’s, a few Caddis coming off as well as a larger, bright yellow fly that looked like a stonefly (not a mayfly). But would a stonefly be hatching in mid stream? Hmm? Well, let me express and share my ignorance once again.

I had believed all stonefly nymphs crawl out onto the shoreline rocks and vegetation to hatch. But, a little research reveals that not all stone flies follow that path. Some, like the Little Yellow Stoneflies in fact can sometimes emerge like other insects right out of the water and take flight, as I saw those bright, larger yellow flies doing. Actually, now that I think about it, I think I have seen the same thing with Little Black Winter Stone flies as well? Also, my first impulse would be to tie on a yellow Stimulator or similar dry pattern. But, another approach is sometimes advisable as written about at Fly Fishing Smoky Mountains:

Yellow Sally (Ran Dry Fly)

“As simple as it is in terms of matching either the nymph or the adult Yellow Sally,
many anglers still fish the hatch wrong. In fact, I think most of them do. When they
start seeing the adults flying, in the bushes or on the banks, they start fishing an
adult fly pattern. This shouldn’t be done until you actually spot trout eating the
adults. That means the egg laying adults. That is the only time an adult stonefly
gets on the water.”

“They hatch out of the water and they don’t go back on the water
until the females deposit their eggs or the males happen to die and fall on the water.
That is actually rare because they mate and die in the bushes and on the banks,
not over the water like mayflies in the air. So, while you fish an adult imitation, you
should be trying to imitate the egg laying females. The females may hatch and live
out of the water for a few days before they begin to deposit their eggs. So often,
anglers are casting a dry fly imitation of the adult when the trout are not looking for
them on the surface.

Of course, this is all contingent upon my observations of maybe a half dozen of these fluttering larger, yellow flies. They were not like any mayflies that I have ever seen that fly away in a fairly uniform manner…these creatures had the same gangly fluttering mannerisms as other adult stones I have observed over the years, but never as emerging out of the water before me. It is a pleasant part of fly fishing to solve these little questions and add them to your wisdom and to share them. So, more observations are needed to see if those were indeed Yellow Sallies or some other insect I had yet to observe. Part of the learning experience that keeps fly fishing enjoyable.

Oh, as I hiked out in a pleasant state of euphoria of once again being on the water and catching a few trout and feeling the rhythms of the rod, I looked up from the trail and…….eek!

Almost Skunked (SwittersB)

A moment of contemplation. A moment in which I asked myself, how exactly do skunks spray? How fast do skunks move? Do I run? Does the skunk run? I moved to the right and the skunk stayed squared and moved equal to my tentative moves. Yes, I was calm or stupid enough to snap a pic. But, can I just say as a slight waft of that familiar sent, one usually only smells along the highway, floated my way I was soooooo happy when the skunk turned and trotted away into the stream side vegetation……it was a whew moment…not a phew moment.


Fly Fishing: Saracione Fly Reels for the Spey Crowd

Hot trend in Oregon with the two handed crowd are Saracione Fly Reels. The reels are manufactured in Sandy, Oregon and I bet the company’s production capacity is being pleasantly strained right about now. Saracione has been around for twenty some years and has  been rediscovered by a new generation. Cool!

Saracione Fly Reels (Sandy, Oregon)


Fly Fishing and Safe Wading (No felt, Rubber Soles & Studs)

The fly fishing industry is promoting the enviro safer wading boot with Vibram soles rather than felt soles. Felt has not been universally prohibited just yet. But, recently, I opted for a new pair of wading boots, a pair of Simms Guide Wading Boots with the Vibram soles. The boots come without any studly adornments. MISTAKE!

A few day ago, as I waded along a river as if skating on ball bearing and felt every muscle torqued hither and yon, it occurred to me that perhaps those Vibram soles were not sufficient for safe traction. Obvious you say. Well, they were represented as tacky and adequate to wade by the sales guy. I don’t think he intentionally misrepresented. That was then this is now. Shop owners now have there containers of cleats and studs on the counter and a tool to dispense about ten studs into each sole in a pattern to assure better traction and fewer torn groin muscles and wrenched backs. Currently, I feel like an abused wish bone. Oh, is it true that Patagonia is still only producing felt soles? Really? If so, Yvon get with it.  




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Fly Fishing: Some Fish & Some Click…Framing the Day

Eric McMillan & Jason Osborn Chasing Early Summer's (Tony Muncy)

My kid takes a few moments each outing to click away to capture cool moments, or he experiments. That is his way…artistic, thinking, looking close and far. I asked, “don’t Jason and Eric have cameras to take a few shots of you?”  My kid didn’t hit me with “dude”…he knows better…I hate the f***ing word…but, in his most condescending way he informed me that “…these guys fish. they don’t screw around. they fish all day.” So, I get that. I use to be that way. Oblivious to bodily, familial, dutiful needs. I wore out. So, I admire that ability. And, I appreciate anyone that can set aside the rod and spoil the focused ones. Don’t get me wrong…the kid can fish, he just has this artsy thing for which I’m thankful and envious of his eye.

Boat Adrift Washougal River (Tony Muncy)

He doesn’t have a great camera, a beat up Pentax Optio W30, several years old, that has withstood the demands and does pretty well.

Their World (Tony Muncy)

PMD..No Match the Hatch Today (Tony Muncy)

Thanks Tony for taking a few moments out from a long, wet day with plucks, tugs, takes  and nothing to show for it except great memories and a few moments captured.

Framing the Day (Tony Muncy)


Chew…Bad Habits, Spit Cups & Good Company

“Like cigarettes, spit tobacco also contains nicotine—an addictive drug. In fact, holding an average-size dip in the mouth for just 30 minutes can deliver as much nicotine as smoking three cigarettes. Nicotine addiction can make quitting difficult.”

Snuff Said (Tony Muncy)

Quite pervasive amongst the young men on the rivers and in the shops, chew has never been my thing. Can’t judge as I smoke cigars and occasionally a briar. But, the frequency of chew use causes concern. I’ll let the women in his life do the nagging.

“The large numbers of Southern men, and these were of the better class (officers in the Confederate army and planters, worth $20,000 or more, and barred from general amnesty) who presented themselves for the pardon of President Johnson, while they sat awaiting his pleasure in the ante-room at the White House, covered its floor with pools and rivulets of their spittle. An observant traveller in the South in 1865 said that in his belief seven-tenths of all persons above the age of twelve years, both male and female, used tobacco in some form. Women could be seen at the doors of their cabins in their bare feet, in their dirty one-piece cotton garments, their chairs tipped back, smoking pipes made of corn cobs into which were fitted reed stems or goose quills. Boys of eight or nine years of age and half-grown girls smoked. Women and girls “dipped” in their houses, on their porches, in the public parlours of hotels and in the streets.” A History of the United States since the Civil War Volume: 1. by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer; 1917. P 93 Quite good historical  company…bare floors and spittoons have given way to cups, empty beer cans and …………..


Brown Recluse Spider Bites Dangerous


It’s springtime & cleanup is going on. Be careful where you put
Your hands. They like dark spaces & woodpiles.  Also areas in the attic.

This guy was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider.

Brown Recluse Spider Bite Day 3

The following illustrates the progression of a brown recluse spider bite.
The affected skin actually dies on his body!
Some of the pictures towards the end are pretty nasty, but take a look at the last one – it is a picture of the spider itself.

Day 6

The Brown Recluse Spider is one of the most dangerous spider that we have in the USA

A person can die from it’s bite. We all should know what the Spider looks like……

The Dangerous Brown Recluse Spider

The name “brown recluse” spider correctly refers only to the midwest species; additional species are known by common names such as the desert recluse, the Arizona recluse, etc. Unfortunately, non-arachnologists incorrectly lump them all under the “brown recluse” moniker. This is a potentially incorrect extrapolation because only the brown recluse has been intensively studied. All recluse species are probably capable of inflicting necrotizing bites, however, there may be behavioral and toxicological differences among the various species.

Two other spiders that have the potential to produce necrotizing wounds, though much less well-documented than the brown recluse, are the hobo spider and the yellow sac spider. The hobo spider (Tegenaria agrestis) may be found in the Pacific Northwest as far east as Montana and south into Oregon and Utah. The two yellow sac species (Cheiracanthium spp.) are found all over the United States, but probably only produce minor necrotic wounds. SPIDERS Spider Bites Gross


Fly Tying & Fishing: Frank Sawyer “Take Down The Balloons”

Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph (the daily fly paper blog)

One man’s opinion, albeit a pretty noteworthy man, FRANK SAWYER, that the basic bug shape is all that is necessary and that more important is the presentation…the imparting of swimming or locomotion or drifting, that the bug would make. Sawyer believes all those materials are a matted mess and of little value in suggesting life and triggering a response. Hmm, not sure when his piece was written. But, dare I say I disagree. Yes, presentation is quite important, perhaps most important at times. But, today’s patterns and materials may sometimes be a matted mess when pulled out of the water (marabou, ostrich etc.) but they come alive once back in the water. Every little bit helps to suggest life, movement or struggling.Those that totally collapse are not the right materials.

“…the point I wished to make when I started this article – which simply is to question the need to make artificials with wings and legs and which to us look like flies, when what the fish expect to see are tyings which conform very closely to the form of nymphs.  Why not construct nymphal patterns in the first place and then fish them in an imitation of nymph behaviour?”

“Years ago I came to the conclusion that no fibres are necessary to suggest legs on artificial nymphs for, as I explained in my book “Nymphs and the Trout,” when nymphs swim, their legs are held in streamline form, and therefore should not be noticed by fish, or if so, only as part of the body.  Time has proved this to be true for today the “Sawyer” patterns are used throughout the world and many thousands of fish have been deceived by them.

Nymphs tied in true nymphal form are much easier to construct than any patterns of wet-flies, and though perhaps the finished articles are not so spectacular to look at from the human point of view, it is the fish that must act as the judges.”
Mr. Sawyer is akin to the person that comes to the birthday party, looks about and says, “nonsense, take down the balloons. Put away those silly hats and whistles. A cake and one candle will do.” Pure, streamlined responses like the flies. Can you say boring if that is all there is? Efficient…yes. Interesting…No. Perhaps my intuitive ADD response, I have never cared much for the simplest Sawyer Pheasant Tail Nymph, but then I never cared much for the opposite end, the bedraggled Hare’s Ear Nymph. Oh my. Perhaps somewhere in the middle? Life impressions plus presentation? Relax..just a bit of tongue in cheek. I hate those big mylar balloons too.

American PTN (Mike Hughes NZ)


Fly Fishing: Willow Grub Presentation (Marc Griffiths)

Willow Grubs (Marc Griffiths @ Wildflies)

Suspend a Jelly Grub an inch or so below a dry fly, when the fish are rising to floating grubs.
In situations where visible trout are taking grubs below the surface, do not use an indicator.
Try to achieve a drag free drift that will place the imitation on the nose of a sited fish.
Strike when you see the flash of white of the fish’s mouth opening and closing. Wildflies-NZ

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