Archive for January 9th, 2011


Slumgullion Stew (Cold Weather Comfort)

My dad was big into stews, beans, earth foods. His staples were not out of a box or bag. Born into the poor hollers of West Virginia, he only knew the simplest of foods and as it were the healthiest of foods. Slumgullion variations and good bread (to be honest sometimes that good bread was simply Wonder Bread and lots of butter) were offered up.

(recipe courtesy of Lake City, Colorado)

1 1/2 # Beef Stew Meat, cubed
1 large onion, chopped
3-5 medium carrots, sliced
3 red potatoes, diced
1 bell pepper, chopped (optional)
1 can black eyed peas(optional)
1 can tomatoes, chopped
4-6 cups water
1 tsp. thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Brown the meat over high heat with 1-2 TB olive oil in a dutch oven. Saute onion with meat. Add carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, and water and simmer for at least 1-2 hours or until the vegetables are tender. Add seasonings to taste. You can add leftover veggies such as cabbage, corn, green beans, etc.

Thicken the broth with flour. Add 1/2 cup macaroni in last 1/2 hour cooking, if desired. Adjust seasonings if needed. If you are using stove top, be careful to not overcook. If you are preparing this dish in a dutch oven over coals, be careful that the heat isn’t too hot. Enjoy!    (From The Urban Homemaker)

I was never lost, but I was bewildered once for three days. –Daniel Boone

Spey Fly Fishing: Managing Loops & Why’s

The why’s of my drawn out dalliance with a spey rod go back some 15 years. Years ago, I won a raffle prize, a guided trip on the Deschutes R. to fish for Steelhead. Oddly, there was not a single handed rod in the drift boat. All very long two handers. That was an awkward day. The guide scouted the bank from above for holding fish and left my son, Kelly, and I to flail away. This was the days of long line spey lines. No running line.

But, despite many awkward roll casts, I could still see the fly going out into a zone that only dangerous wading and exceptional casting would have afforded me. I felt the possibilities. Yet, I didn’t mess with it again, preferring the single handed rod for swinging or  nymphing. It worked just fine.

Years later, there was a bargain on a telephone pole length spey rod at a shop. It was suggested I should grab it and just have it in case I got immersed in the new wave of spey fishing. I did, a heavy 10 wt. with a Rio Windcutter set up and multiple heads. Again, I tried it and again out there by myself, it kind of worked but again, I ventured back toward the tried and true single hander…..but, this time in my life there was a difference. My shoulders were failing. My hips/lower back were riddled with arthritis and nerve damage. My casting stroke and wading were becoming more painful and tentative.

So, a few years back, I purchased a mid-level set up: Echo spey rod and Lamson reel. Not the top of the line set up my son, Tony, has. But, it is much more of a delight to manage than my old, lumbering spey rod from years ago. It is now much easier on my my body. No, I am not much better than before in casting. But, I have an incentive to reduce pain, wade safely, reach a reasonable distance. I have never felt compelled to cast long distances with a single hander, nor will I with a spey rod. I just want to be smooth and on target like I am with the single hander. I like the new challenges and it feels easier and I like the sense of rhythm. Now, that’s out of the way as to the why’s…. how about something re line management…management of the loops.

A Long Unattended Loop of Running Line

The  stripped in running line always drifts down stream in a long loop. The drag upon that loop is resistance that hinders the running line zipping up the guides with the casting stroke. So, how to manage that running line. I have tried  multiple coils pinched in the top hand and the bottom hand. It works ok. The torque of the casts sometimes causes the slippery running line to separate away from my grasp against the upper grip. I do need to better manage this if I want to reach reasonable distances. Here are a few suggestions on how to better manage running line loops.

Deneki Fly Fishing has a visual to study. I need to better understand the turning of the hand.        

Spey Pages has some ideas as well and references Deneki as well.

Salmon River Spey suggests the multiple loops gathered in descending sizes.

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