Archive for October, 2011

31
Oct
11

Blue Collar Trades (Men & Women)

As I pass the time, of late, with my 94 y/o aunt, I hear stories from the 1940’s. She recounts the scary times of leaving home as a teenage girl (she and my mom left abusive conditions as teenage girls and made it cross country to California and Oregon) and later working in factories as a young woman doing men’s work. The men were mostly gone then, in the military for WWII. She recounts with pride making 55 gallon drums for hours on end for the war effort. My dad was blue collar his whole life. My father in law as well. I am surrounded by tradesmen and women (farm girls that could do it all). Odd how I moved away from that direction. Not by cognizant design, as much as by educator’s expectations & my peers all heading off to college (although I do remember a high school counselor telling me I’d be better served to forgo college and just go straight into the Army). 

Lately, I have been seeing Mike Rowe (the Dirty Jobs guy) pushing an initiative for more emphasis on blue collar trades education and promotion. I couldn’t agree more. There is a glut of the highly educated/leisure class. Perhaps some day we can have an increase in the trades that is viewed as an honorable life choice. Mike Rowe Works 

Mike Rowe promotes the Trades for the Men & Women of America

31
Oct
11

Wilderness Communications Devices

 “If there’s no risk, there’s no adventure.” Those who are drawn to wilderness medicine—and to the places and circumstances where it is practiced—are, by definition, drawn to adventure and its accompanying risks. Whether it is a backpacking trip, an international mountaineering expedition, or a disaster response, risk cannot be avoided (nor would we wish it to be). What needs to be done in these circumstances is to understand, accept, and manage the risks involved. The tools available for managing risk include thorough pre-departure planning, critically evaluating the situation when problems arise, making sound decisions, and having a plan in place for communicating with sources of outside aid, should their assistance be required.”   

 “A belief that one can readily call for help and be rescued should not lead to taking imprudent risks that would be considered unacceptable if the ability to call for help were not present. Anything that is dependent on technology or batteries can fail. Terrain, weather conditions, and distance can all delay or prevent rescuers from reaching an individual or party in distress. When traveling to the wilderness or to other remote locations, each individual must accept responsibility for themselves and for all the possible outcomes of their adventures.”    Wilderness Communications

 

30
Oct
11

Twilight Zone Theme Music now……………….

In the Whackadoodle Genre there are all manner of screw balls. But, also, attached to these ‘unexplained’ natural phenomena there are interesting visuals. Peruse the Truth Behind the Scenes blog and you will find all manner of interesting visuals and the supposedly unexplained. Not delving into it too far; I just enjoy the photos. 

30
Oct
11

Slightly Risque Calendar Girls: Elvgren’s

The Slightly Risque Calendar Girls of Elvgren

30
Oct
11

Cooking The Books: BEST (Muller) & Curry Responds

“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”      Winston Churchill 

I personally follow the Bjorn Lomborg concepts re climate change. Climate Change, or whatever they want to call it to suit their agenda, does exist. And, per Lomborg, how we address the issues is important as well. Watch Cool It ….no, actually watch it.

What I also follow is the adjustments to data and deceit amongst scientists to force outcomes that sustain their agenda. I imagine this goes both ways. But, given the intentions of some agendas, I believe we must demand answers from supposed scientific organizations that control how our nations and our resources are to be utilized.  Oh, I know, not a popular thing to bring up right now. Football, Winter steelheading, Bristol Bay feel good donations, OWS feel good associations. But, I believe it is what it is….some are cooking the books. The stakes are too high to tolerate this. Floggings are in order….. Useful idiots stand aside please. Watch for the counter propaganda on slaught to take place…obscure, distract.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff…Move Along Folks…Nothing to See 

Article in the Daily Mail…come on now you can do it…go on…take a peek

29
Oct
11

Bacon & Flank Steak Roll Ups

Bacon Wrapped Flank Steak by Lilli Bakes Cakes Lordy Me!

Lilli Bakes Cakes for the wonderful looking ingredients

29
Oct
11

Little Winter Stones

I have written here before about having memorable Winter fishing in Central Oregon at Tetherow Crossing on the Deschutes R. one very cold day. I wasn’t prepared to identify or even have the right patterns to fish for the browns. There were smaller fluttering insects landing on the water followed by little wallops at the surface. I had no clue if the insects were coming off or landing and laying eggs. In those days I focused on the fish and were they visibly feeding. That was about it. I tied on the closest pattern I had, a black Elk Hair Caddis and caught fish.

Later, I described the where, when and what of it all and a Sisters, Oregon shop owner filled in the details. Little Winter Stoneflies. I have tied up some black Stimulators in the past, but frankly I am superstitiously fond of the all Black Elk Hair Caddis. You can explore other patterns, just be alert for the hatch. There does not have to be snow in the ground, although they be easier to see. Small (size 10-12, slender, Hare’s Ears or more exacting) black nymphs would round out your presentations. Remember how these Stoneflies emerge and how they return to lay eggs.

Black Elk Hair Caddis (SwittersB)

29
Oct
11

Fly Tying: Mono Loops & 2 Flies

While perusing the excellent tying of John Newbury, I noticed his Hazel’s Cased Caddis and the atypical addition of a mono loop at the bend of the hook. Looking further at this tying technique for multiple fly set ups, I came up with a couple other uses for the mono loop (Hoppicator Loops at Winona Fly Factory) and the addition of a stiff mono loop at the rear of the fly to keep the trailing rabbit fur from fouling around the hook bend. These three options are interesting presentation options for the fly fisher.

Hazel Cased Caddis by John Newbury

Hoppicator @ Winona Fly Factory

Make sure to watch the video linked at Winona of how to rig the two loop setup. I watched this last year and for some reason didn’t grasp the method. Today, when I watched it again, it made sense. Newbury’s pattern is an option in lieu of tying the second fly to the bend. Three options I have seen and never used. They all have merit and expand your presentation arsenal?

28
Oct
11

Sculpin S-B-S for Browns or …………?

Predator fish appear to clobber the Home Invader by Doug McKnight given the success of Satoshi Yamamoto at Lefty Angler Blogspot. Here is a S-B-S by McKnight and a look at Satoshi’s Montana angling experiences. I like the anchoring of the dumbbell eyes atop the lead wire wraps base. Open loops, side arm/over the top casts (Belgian casts?) or chuck and duck. Barb the hook.

Doug's Home Invader Sculpin pattern (LeftyAnglerBlogspot)

28
Oct
11

BWO’s: Small Nymph Time for Winter

Patience Brewster

As a beginning fly tier, you may be jumping all over the map with your tying. Perhaps as the trout season slows down a bit hatch wise, now is a good time to catch up on tying a fly fishing staple and it will also serve you well through the Winter season (if you venture out in the cold to chase trout…a steelheader will, of course, relish this masochistic time of year).

SwittersB Fly Box (Direct Sunlight Shot per advice of Planet Trout)

Tie up a bunch of Pheasant Tail Nymphs and fish the little beauties for the coming Blue Winged Olive’s this Fall and then again in late Winter/early Spring. I am sure you tied a few of these in your beginning fly tying course last Winter. Now revisit the pattern and tie a bunch more in sizes 14, 16 and yes 18’s.

Pheasant Tail Nymph (SwittersB)

In addition to Blue Winged Olives (BWO), you should consider/research some “Little Dark Stones” and Chironomids/Midges. 

 




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