Archive for September 2nd, 2010

02
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Super Ant by The Jersey Angler

I was checking out the blog spot The Jersey Angler re his recent trip to Montana. A nice tutorial was provided and I thought this is perfect for the beginning fly tier and fisher. Terrestrials are often overlooked. Ants, Hoppers, Beetles etc….are often as important as mayfly or caddis…especially when you don’t have any.

The Super Ant by The Jersey Angler

02
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Motely Crew Peeking Caddis

Part of the rescue flies program, I tied these long ago with brown rug yarn and a semblance of a peeking pupa (or is it larva) protruding from the casing (rug yarn). The hook shank could have been longer to form a slightly longer casing. Not sure it matters much. The pattern is not weighted…probably should be with a couple turns of weight beneath the casing. The flies are on a size 12 hook.


02
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Exciter Fly Patterns (goofball alert)

Back in the late 70’s or early 80’s, I came by a book called Exciter Fishing: A New Way to Catch Trout, Salmon and Char by Fred Olson (Winchester Press, 1978). The gist of the book was that migratory fish were not feeding, but rather responding to stimuli that excited the striking responses of the fish. One of the assertions was that certain colors or combinations of colors were ‘exciters’ to fish, therefore you might as well combine those colors into one ‘exciter’ palette and see what shook. OMG!

So, this is akin to self flagellation, but here are a couple such patterns, tied long ago. Part of yesterday’s rescue effort, the wings are a little worse for wear from moths, but you get the goofy intent and craziness of it all. To a much lesser degree today, steelhead patterns are combinations of colors and movement to excite the striking response…but, at the time, and even now, these were outlandish patterns.

"Exciter Fly" By the Colors (SwittersB)

02
Sep
10

Osprey Migration…Did You Know?

Osprey (Chesser Decoys)

Was reading some enquiry at Oregon Live about Osprey taking a fish from a fisher on the McKenzie R. As the article notes, it is not unusual to see an Osprey swoop down for fish on a lake…but, even then they don’t usually take the fish from the angler. Now, as I have written before…those damn pesky Loons in B.C. are freakishly conspiratorial in seizing your catch on a lake.

However, what the article did mention, which I had never considered, was the migration of Osprey south during the Winter. Where did I think they hung out? Never thought of it.

Well, those amazing predators do migrate. And, they set down far to the South. Who knew? Well, I didn’t think about it.

Migration routes & Wintering locations.

02
Sep
10

Spey Fly Fishing: No Abracadabra Here (Feeling the Fit)

Feel Good Tool (SwittersB) Spey Rod/Reel

“The whole “fit and feel” issue dominates the forums, with every third question being “what should I use with my ..” – so I’m in good company. I’m just disappointed that every other response involves someone’s mother – making the learning process painstaking slow as chaff is sorted from wheat, and opinions are isolated from ego.” Singlebarbed on Spey Kungfu

The how to’s of this endeavor are difficult to sort out. Mr. Barton touches on the core issue for many a novice entering this new arena….the inner circle seemingly holds the keys to the kingdom of knowledge and are hesitant to share. The why’s are another issue. The reality is unless you know someone (I have been fortunate to know Matt McCrary, who graciously endures novices) it is likely you will waste considerable money and time before feeling the right outfit is in your hands. The forum world can be pretty daunting as novice offends alpha’s. Singlebarbed tries to help with that learning curve to make a better, informed decision.

02
Sep
10

Chupacabras Attacks & Ufology? Huh?

Is this a Western Hemisphere phenomenon? Muy interesante..these Chupacabras and associated livestock deaths. Seems to range up into Tejas as well. Currently, rivals Montauk Sea Monster, or whatever the hapless critter was, for notoriety.  Inexplicata: The Journal of Hispanic Ufology

02
Sep
10

Fly Tying: Foam, Hoppers (Platform for Droppers)

I was bumping along this morning, reading my favorite blogs (my blog roll has exceptional writers/artists/fly fishers) and noted a foam binge at the Fat Guy FF site. Alex referenced the Hopper Fishing blog and upon checking it out, it does have a perfect tutorial on how to construct foam hopper patterns.

I have all the foam. I have had good intentions. But, beyond a few crude Chernobyl’s, I have not put in the effort to tie/construct the foam floatation devices that would provide the perfect support for dropper patterns. Hoppers, Stoneflies, Damsels, Ants…there are increasing materials out there to create floating morsels.

I have recently realized I am too much of a nymph minded fisher. I tie dries and fish dries, but my mind always visualizes downward. Hence, my fly boxes are woefully short on dries and especially hoppers and stonefly dries. Foam affords the perfect insurance your pattern will float, support a dropper or the enticing silhouette for a swamping wallop.




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