Archive for November, 2010

29
Nov
10

Rich Schaaff Passes & The Awe Factor

 

SwittersB

I have read several posts tonight by friends of Rich Schaaff. He  just passed away. I didn’t have the privilege of meeting Rich in person. He is described as an exceptionally nice man. Sometime back, I found his blog and was struck, awe struck, by the beauty of his work. Several of the fly fishing photographers of today inspire awe. Their work, for me, is  often a glimpse of heaven’s gate on earth. Rich Schaaff’s work was truly inspiring in that light.  East Fork Fly At peace now. . . .

 

29
Nov
10

‘When Memory Is More Than Prospect’

Sir Grey

“The time must come to all of us, who live long, when memory is more than prospect. An angler, who has reached this stage and reviews the pleasure of life will be grateful and glad that he has been an angler, for he will look back on days radiant with happiness, peaks of enjoyment that are no less bright because they are lit in memory by the light of the setting sun.” Sir Edward Grey of Fallodon

A bit morose and too reflective for some. But, it does either elicit reflection, acceptance or reaffirmation that there are many more prospects before one. Either way the passage serves the purpose to reflect.


28
Nov
10

Dean Crouser’s Art

I have noted the work of Dean Crouser before. Oregon based, he has exceptional painting skills and is a fine gentleman. Check out his new website at www.crouserart.com . Dean does wonderful work with a very reasonable price. Visit his site and admire the watercolors, ceramic tiles and wildlife creations. Gift Certificates are also available. His work completes one of my living room walls.

Dean Crouser

28
Nov
10

Fly Tying: Dubbing Brushes

 

Caddis Pupa Style Nymph (Czech w/o backstrap & ribbing)

I have mentioned dubbing brushes before. They are not necessarily superior to standard dubbing techniques, but they are a treat…like a special dessert now and then. I always buy some when attending the FFF fly fishing gathering in Albany, Oregon (March 2011, look for it). Fly Tying Specialties offer them in single, double and triple color options. In the pattern above, I use a 3 color variation. Tie and and wrap. The brushes never fail to please.

28
Nov
10

Fly Tying: Emerger’s Trailing Shucks

Still experimenting with a variety of CDC wings and Zelon/Antron shucks. I wonder if the ‘tail’ could be doubled over to form a loop and better suggest a nymphal shuck? There are several materials that can suggest the trailing shuck for a Mayfly emergers/stillborns (synthetics like Antron fibers, feather fibers, ostrich herl). I am anxious to get out and test the options in a BWO emergence.

SwittersB

27
Nov
10

Fly Tying: Spinning Deer Hair (Muddler Minnow/Streamers)

One of the best trout and bass flies around. Everyone should have this fly in their box. Spinning the deer hair head forms that blunt head that displaces water and attracts attention.

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Spun Deer Hair and Muddler Minnow Variation (SwittersB)

27
Nov
10

PGE Deschutes’ River Passage Project Update?

There has not been an update on PGE’s Deschutes’ River Project’s status since August 2010. Given the significance of the project on the most notable (ok, probably one of the most notable) rivers in Oregon it seems there is only a trickle of output re the project.  Scot Lawrence (scot.lawrence@pgn.com) is noted as a contact point for ‘Fish passage and stream/habitat enhancement’.  What is the current status of the project, projections, upsides/downsides of the project so far? Scot?

27
Nov
10

Fly Tying: Tandem Hooks Worms~Nereids

A tandem hook set up can be used for freshwater, not so freshwater and saltwater. A wiggly, worm/nereids pattern is possible with two stinger type hooks. I was researching various nymph rigging setups and came upon a saltwater multi-fly set up, which led to the tandem hook set up I thought worth sharing. It provides a worthy fly pattern for various species of fish. A smaller version of Derek Fergus’ MOAL pattern.

Scorpion Worm c/o Surf-Perch.net (SwittersB)

TUTORIAL FROM GLOBAL FLYFISHER (REAL RAG WORM, Kasper Mühlbach)


26
Nov
10

Pioneer Courthouse Square, Portland, Oregon

 

Pioneer Courthouse Square. Portland, Oregon (SwittersB)

I was walking, in a hurry. I glimpsed to the right and saw the old Pioneer Courthouse. I pulled out the ol’ crackberry and snapped a shot. It turned out pretty darn good. I especially like the blue balloon drifting across the square. Tonight they lit the 75′ Christmas tree provided by Stimson Lumber. It occupies the center of the square, in the middle of the shot. Given more time a better shot would have been likely, but this was on the fly, a random shot. Darn light post!

Update: How ironic I post this yesterday and some piece of mierda was plotting to blow up the square! News Piece! Chingate! Mohamed Osman Mohamud! Bomb Plot. Car Bomb. FBI did not entrap.

26
Nov
10

Fly Fishing & Tying: Hafele’s Nymph Fishing

The book has been out since 2006. It is a valuable book re what to use, when to use and how to use. Particularly informative were the segments: ‘behavorial drift’ and determining the most likely nymphs drifting in a body of water (behavorial & emergent drifts). The book is full of excellent information. Any work by Hafele is excellent for the fly fisher/fly tyer regardless of level of expertise. Dry fly purists need not apply.





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