Archive for December 28th, 2011

28
Dec
11

Berdie Judd, driving sluts & res ipsa loquitur

Renowned fly fisher and advocate for women's rights

You are probably unaware, from life experiences, that once a woman takes to the wheel the community is rife with lust, infidelity and debauchery. That is the assessment of the ruling class in Saudia Arabia.

“In a typical move by the highest religious council in Saudi Arabia, clerics recently announced that if women were allowed to drive in their country, it would lead to “no more virgins” in the Kingdom.

The statement says a lot about the view of women in Saudi Arabia. First, it basically implies that women are all whores who are looking for indiscriminate sex around every corner. Men have to retain strict control over women’s movements, the sheikhs say, because women themselves, if given the slightest opportunity—the slightest freedom—will run around seducing anything that moves.” (more)

As you know doubt know, if you have followed here for several years, Ms. Judd has involved herself to promote women’s causes in France and the U.S. Often she participates sans clothing as a way of expressing women’s independence from the manipulations of men. Given her staging venue, Berdie assured me that she would not, that is not, be communicating without clothing.

Berdie said the abuses via the ‘theothugs’ must stop. She further slung Latin at me that I had to look up: res ipsa loquitur (‘it speaks for itself’). When I wrote back if she had been fly fishing of late, she responded that she had recently traveled, this Summer, to SE Europe, India and Spain to fish. I hope to eventually receive an update re her exploits. Happy New Year Berdie and please keep your top on. (you can enter Berdie’s name in the ‘search’ box and get up to date on her past exploits)

28
Dec
11

Fly Tying & Fishing with Ed Herbst and Friends

“…South Africa does not have an adequate record of  fly fishing evolution and development. Piscator, because it has been in unbroken publication since 1947, has performed that role in some measure and, as its editor for the past 15 years, I have always been aware of its importance as a journal of historic record. Many of the original pioneers are now dead but this DVD is an attempt to create a cinematic legacy.”

Recently, I was fortunate to receive a DVD from Ed Herbst entitled A South African Fly  Tying Journey with Ed Herbst and Friends. I found the DVD very enjoyable. Included in this work were fly patterns I had never seen before, as well as quite a few fly tying techniques also new to me. Ed Herbst, Fred Steynberg, Dean Riphagen and Tom Sutcliffe tie the fly patterns unique to the Cape.

Ed writes: “South Africa became the focus of global attention when we hosted the FIFA World Soccer Cup last year but not many fly fishers are aware that we have some very pleasant small streams about 90 minutes drive from Cape Town and it is these streams that have been the crucible of much development in small stream  fly fishing in this country.

The fly tying DVD can be purchased online through the Stream-X fly shop in Cape Town – http://www.streamx.co.za/index.htm  and its proprietor, Craig Thom – sales@streamx.co.za. An additional DVD re tying and fishing terrestrials designed in South Africa will be forthcoming in early 2012. Contact Craig Thom at the Stream X Fly Shop and order this first in a series of fly tying DVD’s and enjoy the tying and the gentlemanly camaraderie of the participants.

Ed Herbst and a Small Stream Rod/Reel

A side note: you will see Ed stalking trout in a beautiful small stream. He sent me a remark about that small stick… “Both the cover and the picture on the DVD itself show examples of the rod handles created by Stephen Boshoff in our never-ending pursuit of the ultimate small stream fly rod. The one on the DVD itself is a Scott 1 weight blank – alas no longer made  – and the reel is held on with plastic cable ties to reduce weight. To further reduce weight there is no butt capp and the blank is sprayed matte khaki to reduce fish-scaring rod flash.”

Thank you Ed for the most enjoyable gift of learning new concepts in fly tying and fly fishing.




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