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.


29
Jan
11

Ebb & Flow

29
Jan
11

Fly Tying: Why Do You Tie?

~To save money.  ~To learn a new facet of the sport.  ~Enticing fish to your special, creations.  ~Satisfying your creative bent.  ~It links to your understanding of what fish feed upon and why.  ~Playing with tools, gadgets, materials, constructing, the process of it all.  ~The obvious, to catch fish, to feel ‘the moment’. ~More rare, to make money as a commercial tier, grinding out hundreds of dozens.  ~The challenge of something progressively more difficult.  ~Because your peers do, so it just seems that you should too.  ~Celebrating traditional aspects of the sport by tying classic patterns and to better understand the history/evolution of the sport. ~It provides balance. Fly fishing goes with tying; tying goes with fly fishing. What else?

27
Jan
11

Fly Tying: Blue Moon Caddis Pupa Pattern

Be it novelty, intrigue or curiosity, the blue thing has struck a chord of late. I have noted a few other tiers using blue abdomens and beads on their nymph patterns. This is just a fun concept to experiment with this coming year. The fly was constructed on a size 12 nymph hook. The bead is a blue, ‘metallic’ colored, plastic bead and there are several wraps of lead behind the bead in the thorax area. A dubbed abdomen of blended peacock and amber UV Ice Dub was wound up the shank and the thorax leg/wing effect is from a dubbing brush from Fly Tying Specialties. (Be patient with their website. Their products are outstanding if not yet shown to their full potential).




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