Archive for January 21st, 2011

21
Jan
11

Fly Tying: PETA & Your Ethical Decisions

Ok, you ugly, insensitive bastards. You have a decision or two to make. Craft store, synthetic doll’s hair or Temple Dog. Elk hair or….. Partridge feathers or….. Grizzly hackle or……. Well, there are options like Ice Dub and …… Geeze, we may be fishing egg patterns after all. Of course, the fly tying issue has not crossed PETA Pathetic’s minds yet. But they are more than honed in on your hurting the fish. And, please don’t don’t send me the supporting documentation of studies re fish pain levels etc.

There’s nothing funny about being electrocuted, drowned, strangled, gassed, beaten to death, or caught in a steel-jaw leghold trap just so that some greedy, heartless person can wear your skin because they think that it makes them look rich or glamorous. In reality, it just shows everyone how ugly they are.”  (or tie flies! you heartless, uncaring , oblivious person)

The Pubis Fly cannot be far behind. Well actually I think that has been tried.

What’s Wrong With Catch-and-Release Fishing?

Fish who are released after being caught can suffer from loss of their protective scale coating that makes them vunerable to disease, a dangerous build-up of lactic acid in their muscles, oxygen depletion, and damage to their delicate fins and mouths. According to one fishery expert, catch-and-release victims “could be vulnerable to predators, unable to swim away, or if nesting, not capable of fending off nest raiders. Some guarding males could in fact abandon the nest.” Researchers at the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation found that as many as 43 percent of fish released after being caught died within six days.  (ah, meaningful research. Don’t throw them back in you morons!)

21
Jan
11

Lion Tacos….No not Loin

I just remarked how watching  Shameless was akin to many awkward, uncomfortable, unspeakable mind warps. Well, I am almost as tweaked, as if being pulled through a ‘bunghole’ regarding a Tucson Taqueria (Boca Tacos y Tequila) offering up, on Exotic Taco Wednesday, tacos with Lion meat. Really? Where are all the hipsters who get their collective panties in a bunch over faux gras? Lion meat?

At $8.95 per taco the obvious things pop into mind: aren’t they protected? Are these ‘hatchery’ Lions, so to speak? How is a hole in the wall taqueria in Tucson, Arizona able to import Lion meat? From some deranged Saudi prince connection via the Congo and a smuggling route through Nogales? Does the FDA know about this? Bizarre Taco Time is a better weekly special name. And, that is a little spendy as I normally order 4 tacos. River Front Times Gut Check article

21
Jan
11

Stillwater Rigging, Techniques and ‘Bungs’?

A couple interesting pieces at GFF re rigging the Diawl Bach (Little Devil) and Buzzers on a reservoir-loch-lake near you. It is a bit early for many of us either because of ice or regs. But, for others it is a timely impetus to brave the cold winds and waves. A bung is a word for a strike indicator. Defined as a:  ‘A kind of plug or cork..’  My mom had a much different and derisive use of bung coupled with hole aimed at those she shook her fist at (she was a feisty, old German women): ‘a cork or other stopper for the hole in a barrel, cask, or keg; a bunghole’. I know. I just launched into that when I saw the GFF reference to bung for a strike indicator. I hadn’t considered the word in years. I think I will use indicator, even bobber.

A. Ferguson commented at SB re a previous post on his slick, slender buzzer pattern. So, given the piece by GFF re slender, chrionomid-buzzer patterns we’ll show this excellent tutorial (SBS: Step By Step) again “The Electro Static Buzzer SBS”.

Many in B.C. will take exception with my comment, and I don’t blame you, but the seemingly definitive experts on fishing chironomids are the Brits. Different techniques perhaps? Perhaps not. Either way, good to study the techniques and patterns from the lochs and reservoirs.




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