Archive for September 4th, 2010


Wild Flowers: Sow Now, Not In the Spring

Trillium Wild Flower

“In the wild, the life cycle of wildflowers shows us what to do. When the flowers go to seed at the end of the season, the dry winds of fall scatter their seeds far and wide….We make the mistake of sowing our wildflower seeds in the early days of spring as soon as the gardening urge strikes us. But, in many cases, this is too late,…”   How to … Sow wildflowers in fall


Fly Tying: Emerger (Tie in at bend or at eye)

The feather overlay or backstrap and tail of mallard, teal or gadwall can be tied in two ways: at the bend first or at the eye. At the bend requires a little finesse to keep the feather out of the way as you wrap up the body of whatever material you choose (here I used rainbow Krystal flash) and then grizzly hackle….then you pull the feather barbs up over it all and tie off at the eye. If you tied in at the eye first, you would wrap the hackle, then form the body finishing at the rear. You have to take extra measure here to measure the length of feather barbs so the tail is the length of the shank. The feather would be pulled back over the body to the rear and tied off. A whip finisher would be ideal here to secure the thread. This pattern is nice in the film as an emerger (mayfly or chironomid) depending upon size/color choices. The hook is a nymph hook here…a bit stout. For an emerger, a lighter wire hook would be better.


Hobo Spider in NW U.S. (Dangerous or Not?)

As I walked down a garden path I had not visited for the past week, I was mindful that I moved through a half a dozen spider webs. I joked that I was clearing the way for those that followed…very funny until my daughter shrieked that there was a ‘big ass spider’ on my back. ‘Well get it’ I yelled as the freak sensation traversed up my spine in a nano-second. As I looked about the yard, I saw many webs with rather large inhabitants. Mindful that some of my visitors get rather pissy and pinched if I misidentify a spider, I thought I will again provide a pathway of knowledge re these busy critters and let those that wish to, sort it out. For the pissy and pinched…well never mind. Are Hobo’s dangerous or not?

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