Archive for September 19th, 2010


Fly Fishing: Coffee w/ Cream Brown

Ah, a chunk of free time, yes it had rained a bit, but apparently I did not pay attention. I checked below near the Troutdale Bridge to see if silvers were coming in and above (Dodge) for a good place to swing for Steelies. Brown and more brown. The ‘fish more’ part needs serious attention.

Sandy River above Dodge (SwitterB)


At a Place & Time Near You…Breast Cancer

The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure was a well attended event today in Portland, Oregon. From a personal perspective, this year I can say “In celebration of two breast cancer survivors” and in another, but no less important cancer variety~category, “In memory of a my mom.”  It touches us all, sooner or later. Most often we hear about it as it brushes near or far. But, when it reaches in and seizes the mind, body and maybe soul of a dear one you enter a whole new world. That world swirls about you everyday and the fear, anguish and drawn out journey is tough on all, but never as hard as the courageous women (and sometimes men) that endure.

“About 40,000 people — including about 3,500 survivors — streamed through downtown Portland this morning as part of the city’s 19th annual  Race for the Cure.”  Oregon Live


Fly Tying: Red Tails of Old

One would have to assume that the red tail acted (or acts) as an attractor, an ‘excitor’ to the trout. But, you would be hard pressed to find many fly tiers that use red in their patterns these days. I am not talking about Steelhead patterns, but rather the trout patterns. I think red tails are perhaps worth a try and purple, hot green, blue, orange….  Water clarity and depth can influence the color spectrum and visibility. Experiment with some colors.


Fly Tying: ‘Bozo’ Caddis Pupa

'Bozo' Caddis Pupa (SwittersB)

Bozo Caddis Pupa by SwittersB: a size 10 hook (straight eye), abdomen is 4 strands of synthetic yarn; a rib is counter wrapped (opposite of the direction the body material was wrapped so ribbing does not sink down into body material); the thorax is deer hair captured in a dubbing loop and wrapped right behind the ‘bozo the clown’ red, metal bead. In truth, I am sitting at the vise, tying up October Caddis Pupa patterns and just experimenting as I go. Each pattern is different and creative. I am trying to adhere to body size and color, but beyond that, I play. Part of the beauty of tying and not being bound. The proof is in any patterns success or consistent failure. Your project, your experiment. Mine too.


Fly Tying: Marabou Shines

“Of all the diverse feathers used in fly tying, marabou feathers have to be one of the most distinctive and valuable. The great thing about Marabou is that beginner fly tyer’s can still create realistic replications, which is great reason why beginning fly tyer’s should use it frequently.” Fly Tying Club

For Beginning Fly Tiers: Truly, marabou is one of the most suggestive, life giving materials you can use in fly design. Out of the water, wet, it collapses and looks unimpressive. Back in the water, it comes to life and pulses with life. Be careful where you place it. In tail designs, it can get wrapped around the hook bend and lose effectiveness. Wrapped around the thorax area as a wing, the feather shines. The pic below is of a tail I tied in and, in general, it is too long and prone to get tangled. I show it to show the beauty of the material….a very beautiful feather.

Marabou Shines (Yes, chessy) SwittersB

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