Archive for January, 2011

31
Jan
11

Fly Tying & Fishing: March Brown Madness

Just weeks away or so are the March Brown hatches. The first significant, larger mayfly hatch of the season, it is well to study a bit on the habits of your March Brown. I say ‘your March Brown’ because there are several varieties depending upon where you reside. Rick Hafele goes over the East/West/In Between varieties and how they appear and behave. Time to tie those chucky clinger nymphs, emergers and duns. Read here at Rick Hafele’s Laughing Rivers post about March Browns.   More & More re Western MB’s. Pay particular attention to that migration from faster riffles into the slower seams and edges.

 

Greg Glitzer's March Brown Nymph (Pennsylvania FF Blog)

PFFB

31
Jan
11

Fly Fishing: ‘Oh what a relief it is……….’

Awhile back, I remarked that I was having a heck of a time with a pair of Simms G4 Guide Boots. They never did feel right and caused a lot of aggravation to the outer ankle bone. More than once I was hobbling back some distance to the rig. Because of the excellent customer service at The Caddis Fly Shop in Eugene, Oregon, and Lou Verdugo, I made a trade of sorts for a new pair of Simms boots, the Guide Boot. Wow…what a relief. I ache enough with other maladies, so no pain in the feet is wonderful. (Best wishes to Lou!)

30
Jan
11

Mind Transport: Petrucci v. Gilmour & ‘Comfortably Numb’

PERTRUCCI’S

GILMOUR’S

30
Jan
11

Columbia River Dams & Fish Runs (Mucho Data)

COLUMBIA RIVER DAM DATA & ALL FISH RUNS (HISTORICAL)

 

30
Jan
11

Fly Fishing: What the Hell Happened?

How did this so slowly evolve without some alarm bell being activated? I recently found myself taking a break during the course of a short four hour window of fishing. I sat down on a bench and took in the river. No edgy energy. No sense of urgency. I just sat there and took it in.

It seems like just yesterday that I hit the river at first light and fished all day with seldom a break for lunch. I had boundless energy. I recall the slightly older gents I fished with barely got in an hour or two and they would retreat to sit and socialize shore side. Why, I wondered? We were burning daylight and opportunities. Why would anyone squander this precious time on the water?

Now, something has changed. Less testosterone? Less serotonin? Injuries? I have always appreciated nature and had an eye for the beauty near and far from the water, but took it in while intensely focused on fishing. So, is seems to be this change is upon me. I sense it is not a passing phase, but rather a transition. Embrace it? Like so many things in life, at my age, you adapt and strive for a positive attitude. Hell, what’s next…naps on camping trips? It’s all good.

30
Jan
11

Outdoors: Bears (Inside & Out)

BEARS More BEARS

29
Jan
11

Fly Tying: Gamakatsu Vertical Eye Hook for Emergers

Came across this hook the other day for emerger patterns. This is the first time I have seen a vertical eye on a hook.





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