Archive for November, 2011

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Nov
11

BP Oil Spill & New Gulf Coast Tourism Promo

BP Financed Tour the Gulf Coast Now Ad Airing on TV this week!

Was the BP Oil spill the monumental, cataclysmic, enviro event it was portrayed as? Noticed this ad on TV last night and noticed BP paid for it to help promote tourism on the Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Has nature rehabbed already? 

29
Nov
11

Fly Fishing & Brrrr! Conditions: A Review of Layers

REI Primer on Layers for Outdoor Activities

27
Nov
11

Fly Tying: Basic Scud-Nymph Tutorial

This is a good, basic tutorial on how to tie a Scud pattern, best used in rivers. A lighter version would be suitable for lakes. In time, you will select color combinations (green, tan, orange) that provide variety. This basic pattern style had potential for Caddis Pupa/Czech Nymph variations, as well.

Grau Scud Nymphe (Angeltechniken)

 A Grey Scud/Nymph Pattern Tutorial at Angeltechniken

27
Nov
11

Fly Tying Threads (Near and Denier……….)

We are told the thread industry utilizes the ‘denier’ designation for sizing and strength. The 3/0 to 14/0 ‘aught’ thread labels that many of us have used here in the U.S. and beyond are reportedly going away.

All well and good, as long as there are comparison charts during the transition from ‘aught’ to ‘denier’. There already is great variety in tying threads around the world. In my little corner, I/you will eventually figure out the four + sizes of thread, I require and we will move on.

Threads (Aught vs. Denier) Fly Tying World Blogspot

26
Nov
11

Trout TV & Hillary Hutcheson

Hilary Hutcheson, Trout TV Co-Host

I certainly remember Hilary’s brief stint as a news anchor in Portland, Oregon. Little did I know, she had the outdoor cred’s in her resume. She is now co-hosting on Trout TV. I have watched a few episodes, and Ms. Hutcheson definitely carries herself well in front of the camera, both while fishing and while interviewing guests.

 

Hutcheson comments: “Getting more women into fishing is more about getting them out and letting them fall in love with being on the water,” she said. “The next thing they know, they’re good at it.”

Hutcheson said she makes a point of avoiding top-of-the-line equipment.

“We use affordable rods and gear that gets the job done,” she said.

“I’ve been fishing all my life and I’m still a hack and I always will be. I go into every trip excited to learn something new.” (I like this!)

The term “hack’ is an exaggeration, but it helps her make a point.

“A lot of people are intimidated to go into a fly shop and ask the right questions,” she said. “That’s not a good bridge into the sport.”

26
Nov
11

Old Photographs & Western Settlers

I was messing around with old photo’s from SwittersB to create a small collage. I went looking for more and came across an old box of black and white photo’s that took me way back to being  a young boy.

A very young, dirty faced, SwittersB, 1953, NW Vaughn, Portland, Oregon

I have always enjoyed the transport back in time, especially looking at photographs of settlers in the U.S. I certainly imagine anyone enjoys the same nostalgia ride regardless of their locale around the world.

Tacoma dock, men unloading halibut, 1888

AMERICAN WEST PHOTO ARCHIVES

 

24
Nov
11

Fly Fishing: Organizing The Flies….Hmmm?

Cal N's SwittersB

MIDCURRENT’S TAKE ON HOW TO ORGANIZE AND TOP 10 FLIES 

Truth be told, I have become a bit of a hoarder with regards to fly boxes and flies. I love to tie so much, that I probably have way more flies than I could possibly use for the rest of my days on the water. 

As a beginning fly fisher/tier, you most probably have less than three or four fly boxes filled with store bought flies and your own creations. How to organize those  flies?

If you check out the Mid Current link, above, you will see that renowned fly fishers have varying methods of sorting, storing, carrying their flies. My random thoughts regarding this subject are as follows: lake fishing or river/stream fishing; time of year and probable hatches; trout…bass…steelhead/salmon…pike fishing?; what are the probable hatches on that/those body of water? 

I most often carry most of my flies in a central repository in my rig (there is a risk here of losing everything with a vehicle break in). From there, I usually in advance, load 1-2 fly boxes with the probable food sources for the fish, in that particular location, at that time of year. I have tried to refine this over the years, so as to not carry a ridiculous amount of flies.

This method usually works and the simplified selection process eases the mind (mine anyway) and lets me relax and focus on presentation, observation and relaxation. I get the ‘what flies to carry/use’ out of the way, in advance, if I can. I don’t like to be sorting through fly boxes at the location, unless I note something on the water and have the luxury of heading back to the rig to grab some flies I now see I need, given my observations.

You are at a slight disadvantage when you stop at a location and have no clue about the typical insects in that stream or lake. Eventually, you will have a general sense of the probable insects at different times of the year and carry basic dries, nymphs, emergers, streamers that will work in a pinch: Parachute Adams, Hare’s Ear Nymph, Wet/Soft Hackle flies, Pheasant Tail Nymph, Elk Hair Caddis, Woolly Buggers, San Juan Worms, Ant pattern……….. OK, we are filling up one small fly box already. 

This whole process, begs for you to study and identify what food sources are probably available at a given time on a lake or river. There are plenty of online resources about hatches, patterns, timing, locations to help you fine tune your plan. This is all part of the fun, I think….sorting, studying your patterns, wondering if this or that would work, envisioning your presentations and the take…’the moment’. 




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