Archive for January 19th, 2011


Shameless with William Macy et al is akin to………

Bad!!!!!!!!!  Mind crushing bad! Uncomfortably bad. So bad you will marvel at how they assembled so much uncomfortable, unspeakable bad in one hour of addictive mind warp. Crass? Believe me, yes.


Dear me, spare yourself the mind twisting experience of that amazing ensemble cast that takes your brain on a ride on Shameless on Showtime. Watch it if you dare. William H. Macy will win an Emmy. The cast is top to bottom amazing. Kids in it…not for kids <14 or so (depending upon your threshold for explicit sex, suggested sex).

Nothing to do with fly fishing, fly tying, outdoors? It is why the hell you thank your lucky stars and turn toward the solace of the rod and water.  You won’t find balance, harmony, mellow here. Ok, back to normal….

Now you see why I don’t do movie, music, TV reviews……. Ok, I had  a few too many Stoli’s and Cranberry juice bebida’s. Actually, I posted this yesterday with a, I thought, creative, edgy, over the top string of obscenities and uncomfortable visuals following the “akin to….” part. I was quickly overcome with some latent, Catholic guilt thing and cleaned it up. Not as edgy as I thought.


Stillwater Fly Fishing: Slip Bobbers and Flies

Slip Bobbers: I have written a couple of times about this technique, I first saw on a BC TV production with Brian Chan. If you query slip bobber in the search box you can find those additional posts. Today, I wanted to point to a nice piece by ‘Doc’ Monteith at Fly Fishing Central that has some specific visuals of not only the slip bobber rig but of the fly set up as well.

One thing I have adopted long ago for working the horizontal presentation was the non-slip loop knot. But, Monteith advocates it for vertical presentations as well. I find the larger loop and hooking capabilities interesting. I would hesitate to impart too much available movement in a vertical presentation, yet Monteith says it has improved his hookups. Worth a try for sure....

“Whether using one fly or a multi-fly rig, presenting your flies is important and the knots you choose to use can impact your success. For years I tied my chironomids using an improved clinch knot to the eye of the fly, then a couple years ago I started using a non-slip loop knot. This change in presentation has increased my catch rates substantially and I now only use the clinch knot in specific situations. The non-slip loop knot is not only strong but because it doesn’t synch up to the eye of the fly, it leaves the fly moving freely and more naturally in the water. I’ve found the size of the loop does not appear to affect catch rates…..”   (more to read)

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