Archive for July, 2010

31
Jul
10

Fly Tying: Good Tips Here

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31
Jul
10

David After Dentist (Dad Has Two Heads)

At first, I was going to make some attempt at humor re this young kid’s post dental, drug induced brain fizz. Then as I watched it, I had a few different feelings: I felt dizzy; I got a little bit annoyed at the dad, who seemed to be recording a drunken friend at a party rather than his young son; I got annoyed at seat belts; then I thought…I want some of that without the dental work & stitches…then I remembered that head spinning, dizzy, I’m gonna puke feeling.

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30
Jul
10

Fly Tying: CDC & Thread (And, a Touch More)

Been tying more with CDC of late and fishing it more. I love the low in the film quality this material imparts to flies. I was experimenting with a simple pattern. Nothing unique…but it is effective. Call it what you will…emerger…dun…(I was going to say hairwing dun, but the wing is not elk or deer hair). At any rate, this pattern has been working in the midst of caddis and mayflies and I am going to continue to experiment with it. I tied one with a dubbed thorax and one without. You can see by the cant of the wing how that influences the wing angle. The wings are a touch long. They probably don’t need to extend back past the bend of the hook. Notice on the second pattern that I rolled the Antron tail off the top. This was not visible to the eye…the lens detects such slips. The bottom of the hackle could be clipped short to float the fly even lower in the film. I wanted to build up a thread abdomen with the 8/0 thread. That was ok, but once I tied in the CDC, I maybe should have used 14/0 thread to tie in the hackle and finish off the thread head.  Not too inspiring, but that is the point…experimenting. Fine tuning. Trying something different. Part of the fun. Just sharing the less than perfect. All fishable, but not pretty.

CDC Emergers (SwittersB)

The hook is a size 18, down eye (I photographed a pack of straight eye, I didn’t know I even purchased); 8/0 olive thread for the abdomen and overall tie, dark green Antron for tail; BWO dubbing for thorax; CDC for wing and medium dun hackle.

Materials for CDC Emerger (SwittersB)

CDC Emerger (SwittersB)

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Odd CDC Wing (SwittersB)

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30
Jul
10

Biting Midges? (Blood Sucking Looking for a Host?)

Interesting post re turtles and female ‘midges’ that require blood supplying host for reproduction.

“Female midges need blood for protein to produce eggs; males eat flower nectar. To our knowledge, we do not have any biting midges at Hilton Pond that attack humans (or mammals in general?), so the insects on the turtles may be a large midge species that specifically needs reptiles as blood hosts.”  Yellowbelly Slider Turtles and Midges

Yellow Belly Slider (www.hiltonpond.org)

29
Jul
10

3 Legged Gator in St. Pete Canal

Across the nation, from bears in Montana, a three legged ‘gator is lurking in a canal behind a meat market in St. Petersburg, Florida. Oh, just in case you want to make sure you have the right 13’ gator, it is the right front leg that is missing.

“Mahmoud Said, 23, owns Tony’s Meat Market, which is in a strip mall in the 1200 block of Fourth Street South, next to the canal where the alligator frequently is seen.  “It’s a big one,” he said. “They’re actually more than one.” On his cell phone he has a picture of the dismembered remains of a dog left in the water by the alligator Monday. msnbc

Yesterday, state fish and wildlife officials granted him a 007-like “license to kill:” permission to shoot the gator on sight. “I don’t really want to think of it like that,” Carpenter says chuckling, “But I can see the analogy.” Until now, local laws made it illegal to discharge a weapon anywhere in Pinellas County. So Carpenter asked FWC for special permission. They discussed the urgency of the situation with officials in Pinellas County, and the special shoot-to-kill exception was granted.”   WTSP News

It is a bit freaky, being from the NW, to read a series of headlines, that are probably common place to folks in the SE: Huge Alabama Gator..a 10-foot alligator bit off a man’s hand…11-foot alligator was lounging on her front stoop…a 10-foot alligator wandered onto the road and refused to move.

Of course, this may not just be a SE problem: “It was at another open manhole, about nine miles away on East 123rd Street in Manhattan, that teenagers shoveling snow one February day in 1935 did, in fact, see one in a city sewer, or said they saw one. They pulled up a sickly, 125-pound, 8-foot alligator with some clothesline they borrowed from a nearby stove shop, only to kill it with their shovels after it snapped at one of the boys.  “Alligator Found In Uptown Sewer,” read the headline in The New York Times.”  NY Times

Ok, I promise I won’t now discuss sharks off Cape Cod or Stinging Jelly Fish.

29
Jul
10

A Grizzly Bear Can Cover 100 Yards in 6 Seconds!

Watching naturalist Jack Hanna describe his encounter with grizzlies in Montana in the after math of another, deadly bear attack in Montana. Maybe rare, but given his degree of expertise with animals and how sobering he said it was…I hope to avoid such an encounter. I have come across blacks in B.C. and browns near Sitka. Those were edgy enough for me, with a car somewhat close. Being up on a steep slope with family really reduces ones odds….pepper spray or not. I like the headline: “Jack Hanna: Zookeeper shoos away Glacier grizzly“.

In the interview I saw, Hanna said he and others encountered the bears on a cliff side near a sizable drop. They backed down a trail for a considerable distance, as a female and two almost grown cubs backed them up. Hanna and his entourage ended up in a meadow. The female veered away. But a Grizzly male (one of the ‘cubs’?) charged Hanna. Several sprays of pepper spray distracted the bear and he turned away.

“At least one bear rampaged through a heavily occupied campground Wednesday near Yellowstone National Park in the middle of the night, killing one person and injuring two others during a terrifying attack that forced people to hide in their cars as an animal tore through tents.” Soda Butte CG Bear Attack. Apparently food or provocation was not suspected as a motivating/triggering factor in the attack.

27
Jul
10

Fly Tying: Condom Worm 2 (I Promise This Is It)

I tied a few of these this weekend and received a comment (Josh McFadden @ hatchhunters.com) that I shouldn’t use an under layer of chenille, or anything but flattened lead and multiple layers of the wrapped condom. I experimented, based upon those suggestions, and it was a better result. Also, I used an orange condom rather than red (I haven’t tried the Vladi Pink). I liked the color potential here. The darker central portion was the securing thread wraps over the flattened lead. After quite a few thread wraps the black thread shows through. If I wanted to lose that affect, I might choose a different color thread. Not sure I want to.

Condom Worm (Orange Condom) SwittersB

Condom Worms (Bent Shanks) SwittersB




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